Lydia's House in Southeast Washington DC

Rating: 4.92 stars   13 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Homeless & Housing, Human Services

Location: 3939 S Capitol St SW Washington DC 20032 USA

Mission: Our mission is "Growing Children, Strengthening Families and Changing Neighborhoods" to ensure that low income at risk families receive quality services, when they need them, regardless of why, from caring people. Lydia''s House, established in 1990 by Eugene and Patrice Sheppard, takes a holistic approach to family development and provides multi-faceted services to end the cycle of poverty. Over the past 16 years, Lydia''s House has grown to provide youth intervention services, including a homework center for children ages 6-12, tutoring, and mentoring for youth ages 13-17, teen parenting/ pregnancy prevention. Lydia''s House adult intervention services include adult literacy , entrepreneurial development, computer training, substance abuse prevention counseling and housing for seniors.Their work with families living in far southwest and southeast neighborhoods of Anacostia, Bellevue, Congress Heights and Washington Highland began in 1989 at a shelter for homeless families. Under their leadership, Lydia''s House has served hundreds of families, often paying rent to prevent eviction, providing food and paying utility bills. Lydia''s House provides fist time homebuyer training and works with lenders, real estate brokers and other industry partners to promote home ownership.
Programs: Lydia's House major operating programs include Housing Counseling Services that provide very low, low and moderate income families professional support to achieve homeownership, prevent foreclosure and eviction in the case of renters; and increase the number of families using banking services. We conduct weekly workshops for first time homebuyers, and financial literacy workshops.Lydia's House provides affordable rental units to senior citizens.Out of School programs for children ages 6-12; entrepreneurial and job training for youth ages 13-21; adult career development and literacy; and housing counseling services.Youth Zone, an after school enrichment program for children ages 6-12. The overreaching goals of the the Youth Zone are to: improve grades in reading and mathematics, reduce youth on youth violence, and increase school and community interaction. The program objectives are to provide a safe, fun structured environment during critical after school hours, provide direct support to allow children to complete daily homework assignments, ensure that each child knows the 44 sounds necessary to read english, ensure that each child learns addition, subtraction, multiplication facts, and improve garages. Promote environmental stewardship through a series of indoor and outdoor hands on projects, Youth Zone is open from 3:00-7:00 pm Monday through Friday. Children participate in peer mediation, conflict resolution training as well as self-esteem building to gain skills necessary to avoid violence. During the summer, Lydia's House operates "Kids Kamp" and provides a seven week summer enrichment program for 200 children ages.Tech Zone provides a technology based entrepreneurial training for youth ages 13-21 as well as personal development and career options that lead to work and/or self-employment. The program objectives include: provide low income at risk students and adults access to technology and business incubator support, increase employability of students and adults, assist program participant's to meet school to career and welfare to work competence and provide youth and adults with the skill training necessary to get jobs.Housing Counseling Services provide very low, low and moderate income families professional support to achieve homeownership, prevent foreclosure and eviction in the case of renters, and increase the number of families using banking services.Lydia's House provides affordable rental units to senior citizens.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I Have watched Lydia's House grow from a tiny non-profit serving the most vulnerable population, children many of whom were living in unstable homes. Today, Lydia's House is the only Housing and Urban Development (HUD) approved faith-based counseling agency in Ward 8, Lydia’s House is making it possible for first time home buyers to purchase property in the Washington metropolitan area. As a District funded full-service housing counseling agency, Lydia’s House provides homeless and homeowner counseling, foreclosure prevention and financial literacy. Today, Lydia's House has expanded its work to work with individuals and families who are struggling with foreclosure issues, helping them to navigate the road to successfully remain secure in homeownership

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Lydia's House is a United Way Organization and a Combined Federal Campaign charity that provides critical support to individuals to increase opportunities for secure housing, access to services and education to increase their financial management skills. The staff works with clients in an caring fashion. It is an honor to serve Lydia's House. I am humbled by their caring, resourcefulness and efficiency.

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2012

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Wow !!! , I am so glad that Lydia’s House has opened an office in Largo, Maryland to continue providing the great community services on which their reputation has been built. I know the Sheppard’s personally and have seen them go beyond their own means to make sure that our communities are receiving the care and help that it needs and deserves. I recently witnessed a financial literacy class offered to Veterans and walked away with a spirit of hope and optimism for the men and women that have served our country so well. I hope that the Largo operations will grow into a full service office so that the residence of Prince George’s County can see and feel the experiences that others have had over the past twenty years with Lydia’s House.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Have known the Sheppards for 20 plus years. Have had the awesome opportunity to see families grow and benefit not only from the programs Lydias house provides but the mentorship that comes along naturally when investing in a community.

My decision to support Lydias House via Combined Federal Campaign was an easy one!

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Rating: 5 stars  

Lydia's House has been a crucial part of the our community for years. Pastors Eugene and Patrice Sheppard's tireless dedication and unwavering support to this charity ensures that the people who are so often overlooked receive the support that they need in order to succeed.

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Lydia's House is dedicated to empowering the community it serves. Pastors Eugene and Patrice Sheppard along with the rest of the LH Team are committed to assisting those who reach out for help to better their lives be it through skill development, financial education, or achieving home ownership. As a member of the community, I've seen the direct effect Lydia's House has made on those who may have felt they had no opportunities or a bright future for themselves nor their families. As a former Board member, I recall the passionate conversations on meeting the needs of the community especially as the city changed due to new laws and programs implemented by the previous and current local government which in some respects, seemingly disregarded the residents East of the River. The outlook and approach was/is "leave no citizen behind" and that's what's needed for a group that the city seems just as well to do so.

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2012


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Lydia's House is a United Way Organization and a Combined Federal Campaign charity whic conducts their work with clients in an innovative and caring fashion regardless of the reason clients came by the condition they are in

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Lydia's House is dedicated to empowering the community it serves. Pastors Eugene and Patrice Sheppard along with the rest of the LH Team are committed to assisting those who reach out for help to better their lives be it through skill development, financial education, or achieving home ownership. As a member of the community, I've seen the direct effect Lydia's House has made on those who may have felt they had no opportunities or a bright future for themselves nor their families. As a former Board member, I recall the passionate conversations on meeting the needs of the community especially as the city changed due to new laws and programs implemented by the previous and current local government which in some respects, seemingly disregarded the residents East of the River. The outlook and approach was/is "leave no citizen behind" and that's what's needed for a group that the city seems just as well to do so.

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A lot

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I am a former Deputy Mayor for Economic Development for Washington DC. I grew up in the very neighborhood Lydia's house services. I was raised by a widowed Mother - who had only an 8th grade education. I have worked with Lydia's House since its inception - helping children doing after school homework, watching them grow into young adults, graduating from High School, going on to college and many graduating. In September 2012, we conducted a pilot program with Ballou Senior High School (March-May) and provided financial education classes after school to 9th and 10th grade girls. This provides an early financial education useful to promoting financial awareness over financial miss-hap. I have seen our people change the patterns of dependency to self-sufficiency.
Lydia's house serves a target population of low to moderate income families and they consistently serve a minimum of 1,000 clients each year.
One story I must relate. I mentored a young 8th grader some years ago in the after school program. He has learning disabilities and some personality challenges. We got him into a very good Charter High School and I worked we worked with him and his school throughout high school. I became close to his parents as did Lydia's House in helping them find housing and employment. He graduated 2 years ago - with honors and is in College. Lydia's House is the best. I will not ever give up being a part of this organization.

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One of the single most memorable facts I heard repeatedly while working to help revise the Lydia's House 2012-2015 Strategic Plan was the obvious sentiment of the staff who not only are caring people but they genuinely care about the clients who come to Lydia's House. While their focus is to serve low-income residents, each client regardless of the reason for their circumstance, are made to feel as if they are their only client. A staff of three full-time counselors, it is quite an accomplishment to see staff execute this personal and individualized attention for over 1,000 clients served annually.

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I have personally seen the families achieve homeownership and independent living thru the work of Lydia's House. And for more than one family! It is such a joy to see these individuals achieve a goal that most of them never thought possible. Thank you Lydia's House for all you have done!

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