Our Place, DC
Rating: 5 stars 1 review
Issues: Crime & Law
Location: 801 Pennsylvania Avenue Suite 460 Washington DC 20003 USA
The mission of Our Place, DC is to support women who are or have been in the criminal justice system by providing the resources they need to maintain connections with the community, resettle after incarceration, and reconcile with their families. Our Place helps women remain drug and alcohol free, obtain decent housing and jobs, gain access to education, secure resources for their children, and maintain physical and emotional health.
Programs: This program provides HIV education and testing for women who are incarcerated and those who have already come home. In prisons and other facilities that hold women from DC, we provide a two-day HIV prevention course. In our drop-in center, we provide an abbreviated version of this course as well as confidential HIV testing and counseling.
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I found out about this organization through this article in the washington post http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/09/27/AR2010092705127.html and have been donating to it for 2 years. My review is based on the professionalism of the response to those donations, of both clothing and cash. I have received gracious and personal thank you notes for the cash and detailed itemizations and valuations for the clothing (boxes upon boxes of it), and all of it in a timely manner. They seem to be very clear about what they need and can use (not household items, for instance), and that, along with the polish with which they accept the donations, leads me to think that this is a very well run operation that is making a difference for an important population.
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