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Northwest Settlement House, Inc.

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448 Ridge St Nw Washington DC 20001 USA


In 1934 the Northwest Settlement House (NWSH) was established as an offshoot of the Tuesday Evening Club of Social Workers, a group of black women organized to extend a helping hand to friendless girls, deserted women and neglected children. A constant presence in the neighborhood for many years, NWSH was the site for the first Head Start program in the District of Columbia and sponsored the Shaw Redevelopment Project. Today, as it was in 1934, the mission of the NWSH is to serve the Shaw community from infancy to senior citizenship, helping to provide healthy alternatives to strengthen the community and to break down barriers. To implement that mission, the House offers a wide range of educational activities under three main program areas:


The Developmental Day Care program provides stimulating and nurturing child care for infants and pre-schoolers ages 6 weeks to 5 years. The Infant Center serves 15 children ages 6 weeks to 2 and 1/2 years. The Preschool, which is located on Ridge St, serves approximately 30 children, ages 2 and 1/2 to 5 years. The Social services program directs it efforts towards assisting families, individuals, and senior citizens to find long-term solutions to their problems while meeting their emergency needs. The program consists of several subsets including: Senior Citizen Services, Client Services, Advocacy, and the Parenting Program. The social services program partners with various community agencies and organizations to provide the best quality assistance to people served by NWSH. Social Services also operates an emergency food pantry. The Youth services program provides a safe place after school (3:00pm to 7:00pm) for young people ranging from age 5 to 16. The out of school time care program focuses on bringing education and recreational opportunities to young people in the Shaw community. These opportunities include Micro Economics, basketball teams, a home cooking program, and a computer lab. Youth Services also offers a summer day camp program option.

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