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Bread for the City Opens Expanded Facility in Shaw for More Services

By P.L. Wolff

[Note: Photographs accompanying this news story in the print edition can be viewed in the full PDF copy in the Current & Back Issues Archive.]

With the completion of a new, $6.8 million building connected to its original building at 1525 7th Street, NW, Bread for the City has increased the size of the Northwest Center twice over. The agency assists thousands of low-income DC residents by providing food, medical care, legal and social services.

According Executive Director George A. Jones, the organization has “been planning this expansion for many years, as the need in our community had outstripped our capacity to serve in such cramped quarters.” (Their plans were originally reported by The InTowner two years ago. See, “Important Projects in the Heart of Shaw Will Enhance 7th Street Architecturally While Also Serving the Community’s Needs,” November 2008, page 1; Bread for the City project report starts on page 7, col. 2, 3rd para.)

The expanded facility’s new medical clinic doubles the number of exam rooms, allows for an enhanced laboratory, a family-friendly waiting room, and greater accessibility for patients with disabilities. In addition, the legal clinic now has its own offices that will allow for sensitive consultations and social service meetings to be conducted with privacy assured.

“Though the Capital Campaign has met its initial fundraising goal,” says Jones, “we now intend to raise more funding so that we may accelerate the development of critical new services.” The original expansion plan called for the addition of dental and optometry services, two of the great unmet healthcare needs of low-income DC residents. Jones says that, with continued support from the community, dental and vision care can be implemented at the medical clinic within the year — three years ahead of schedule.

A Grand Opening event will be held January 7, 2011, at 4pm. The public is invited but persons planning to attend are requested to email an RSVP rsvp@breadforthecity.org.