So Others Might Eat (SOME)



SOME has been serving the homeless and poor since 1970. We are the only interfaith organization in the District that offers a comprehensive and holistic approach to caring for the homeless and extremely poor residents of our city. Though best known for serving more than 800 meals every day of the week, we provide programs that meet a full spectrum of needs that restore hope and dignity to the men, women, and children who come to our doors.

We meet the immediate daily needs of the people we serve with food, clothing, and health care. We help break the cycle of homelessness by offering services, such as affordable housing, job training, addiction treatment, and counseling, to the poor, the elderly and individuals with mental illness.

SOME's integrated service model allows poor and homeless individuals in our community to move forward on a path out of homelessness and poverty.

As of January 2020 there were an estimated 6,380 homeless men, women and children in our nation's capital. One in six DC residents live at or below the poverty line.

To see our volunteer opportunities visit HERE.

What We Do

SOME offers comprehensive supportive services that allow us to meet the needs of the people we serve at each point on their journey from homelessness to independence. Our services are organized into three levels of care: Emergency, Rebuilding, and Stability services. We value empowering the people we serve by respecting their human dignity and by helping them to restore hope in their lives. 

Emergency Services: Dining room meals, provision of clothing, showers, groceries, medical services, and emergency housing for elderly

Rebuilding Services: Residential addiction recovery, employment training, and mental health services

Stability Services: Support service affordable housing for families and single adults, including seniors and veterans  

Our main location for volunteer service is in our dining room on 71 O Street, NW, in DC.  The dining room is open every day for breakfast and lunch, rain or shine, snow or government delay. 

In 2021, with the help of caring supporters, SOME provided:

  • 238,880 meals served in our Dining Room.
  • 23,991 free sets of clothes distributed adult men and women.
  • 10,618 free showers to those in need of emergency services.
  • 22,890 health visits to our Medical and Dental Clinics.
  • Emergency housing for 12 abused and neglected elderly.
  • Support and care to 1,973 adults experiencing homelessness and chronic mental illness
  • Comprehensive addiction recovery services, including a residential treatment program, to 224 adults.
  • 245 adult students received intensive job training, 58% employed upon graduation.
  • Safe, affordable housing for 202 families with 309 children, and 764 single adults.

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