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Hyacinth's Place

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Causes: Health, Health Care

Mission: To break the cycle of homelessness in women with a mental health diagnosis. With stability, support, and guidance these women can get back on their feet and back into society.

Results: We've got a lovely building, but due to financial restraints are having difficulties using it at full capability.

Target demographics: Capable women who were homeless or at the risk of homelessness in the DC metro area.

Direct beneficiaries per year: At least 15

Geographic areas served: Metro DC

Community Stories

29 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Hyacinth's Place is an inspiration and gives hope to those who feel hopeless in a practical manner. The accommodation is of a high standard and the residents are surrounded by peace and beauty. Hats off to the hard working staff and a great team!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering for Hyacinth's place has been extremely rewarding. I've met one-on-one with many of the residents, who have told me their inspirational stories. Each of their journeys has been turbulent, but all were enthusiastic and thankful for the lives they have been forging at Hyacinth's. The staff, especially Executive Director Urla Barrow, are warm and hardworking, and the number of committed volunteers is astounding. How they donate their time is diverse - from landscaping to teaching financial management courses to cooking to organizing fundraising happy hours. I've gotten so much out of volunteering: learning the inner-workings of DC's low-income housing programs, networking and making friends with other volunteers, attending events with advocates who work on diverse housing issues in D.C., and getting to know the inspiring women whose lives have been changed by Hyacinth's.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Hyacinth's Place is great organization that help homeless woman regain their strength gives them a second chance in life. when I came inside hyacinths for the first time I was suprised on how beautiful and well kept it was. I walked pass this organization for years never knew what it was. I absolutely admire Ms.Barrows for making her vision come to life and helping these woman in their time of need. May god bless her and everyone at Hyacinths Place.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hyacynt's place is a wonderful facility, to help me to become the person I was intended to be. For example it is because of hyacynth's place it has allowed me to pursue my educational goals I am now attending Westwood Coolege in Arlington Va. Because of Hyacynth's place I have received my life back. I am learning to be resposible, learning to get along with others. Now through my Therapist here as well as my addiction counselor, I am learning to love myself as well as others. I'm so thankful for the opportunity of life's goals that hyacyn'ths place is allowing me to continue to grow and helps me to learn to continue to grow on a daily basis. Way to go Hyacynth's place. Just because life throws us some curve balls,does not mean we have to give up on ourselves, There are still people out there who still care about other human beings. Like Hyacynth's place. Thanks to all the staff here. Especially Urla Barrows the Executive Director whom had the vision to help others in need.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Hyacinth's is a modern facility that has given me a place to live. The staff are kind. The groups are interesting and I am so pleased to be a part of this program. When I have a problem there ils always someone here to solve it with me. We are a little family. Hyacinths has taught me to be independent and responsible. There's no place like home.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hyacinth's place is a non-profit that is true to its mission. It provides homeless women with a mental health diagnoses the services they need and they do so with dignity and consideration. In spite of the fact that the agency operates on a shoe string budget, it maintains a high standard of service through committed and dedicated volunteers. This agency should be commended for its work and the quality of its services.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a resident who lives at Hyacinth's Place. I have lived here for almost three years. I like this home because it is clean and comfortable. I have an opportunity to be employed by this agency and I am also allowed to cook. I enjoy preparing meals and I love the opportunity I get to interact with the other women. This agency has allowed me a second chance. I have learnt how to budget my money and to take better care of myself. I love the staff and the volunteers at Hyacinth's Place because they help me and allow me an opportunity to be myself.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a resident of Hyacinth's Place. I love the personal touches in our rooms and the way the entire place is decorated. It is very comforting to have the potted plants all around Hyacinths Place and the pictures on the wall that depict the strong women of our generations. These pictures give a person a feeling of warmth and hope when you see all the women that are of this generation like Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, and others,you see how they have come forward with their life stories,with theilr probles and have risen above all their personal trials to achieve. It is very inspiring and gives one a feeling that they can do all things through God who is the one that gives us strength. Hyacinths is a spiritual place and a place of education and learning through achievement. Thank you.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hyacinth's Place is beautiful, the women at the location have the opportunity to socialize with each other in common areas throughout the facility and during their quite time they go to their own private room to relax, watch TV or take a hot shower. Hyacinth's Place gives the women a second chance in life, while attending skill/job training, regular doctor’s treatment appointments; the women feel very secure and motivated about moving forward with their lives

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Recognizing Hyacinth's as a Place that's needed in more communities. Hyacinth's focuses on the needs of the individual from housing to support groups. Their mission is to help the women grow and enter back into the community as functioning independent women.

Thurman M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I came across Hyacinth's Place, after stopping by a fund raiser that was being conducted and was extremely please to hear the type of Services and Care that is provided and that the residents are extremely excited and pleased to be apart of the program that is being offered. Washington DC and the surrounding areas need more places like the Hyacinths Place. Thank you for doing what you do!

Board Member

Rating: 5

The architecture of Hyacinth's Place is absolutely outstanding. Moreover, the individual suites are impressive. I truly admire the dedication shown by staff and volunteers. Perhaps what is most remarkable is observing how a home (Hyacinth's Place) contributes to mental health stability/genuine happiness in the lives of the women.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

After seven years of diligent work, in November of 2011, Ms. Barrow and staff opened the doors of Hyacinth’s Place to fifteen homeless women with a mental health diagnosis. Hyacinth’s Place is constructed with fifteen efficiency self-constraint units fully furnished. Fifteen women now have a safe place to rest, feel at peace and receive twenty four hour support. In essence, Hyacinths Place and the staff are empowering women. I am absolutely inspired by the great amount of dedication and genuine support shown by the staff and volunteers of Hyacinth's Place. I wish this organization continued support and success.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hyacinth's Place strives to achieve the highest possible standards in delivering care/services with excellence and compassion to it's service recipients. It is the best non-profit organization.

Donor

Rating: 5

Hyacinth's Place is a dream come true for its Executive Director, Ms. Urla Barrow, and a dream come true for all those who call it home. The building is beautiful, warm and comfortable, offering a peaceful haven to women who would otherwise be exposed to the dangers wrought by homelessness. The program offers them a framework that allows them to transition to independence with stability, over time.

The physical layout of the building offers the ladies who live there the privacy of their own quarters, while providing common areas where they can spend time together and offer support to each other.

The Executive Director is a warm, caring individual who has spent most of her professional life caring for people in need of healing and guidance. Hyacinth's Place is truly a reflection of who she is and what she desires to sow into the world around her.



Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Hyacinth's place is a physically beautiful home for women who would have otherwise been homeless. It's decor is tasteful and there is an air of peace and contentment when one visits the facility. Both the staff and women whose home it is are warm and welcoming and the place is kept very clean and devoid of any negative institutional odours.If one remains in the facility long enough, the delicious odour of home cooking permeates the atmosphere. The expert cooks volunteer their time and expertise to provide wholesome nutritional food for the women.
The amazing thing about the facility is that it is mainly manned by a few dedicated staff and hardworking volunteers.Long may this facility continue and may it grow from strength to strength in acheiving its goal of helping and rehabilitating homelsess women who have fallen upon hard times in their life's journey.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer LPN working for Hyacinth;s Place. I've fallen in love with Ms. Urla Barrow's dream and the women who live there. The women who live there are very happy and appreciate what Hyacinth has offered/given them in the way of respect, love, guidance and medication education and above all a decent home. Without Hyacinth's place these women will be homeless and unembraced by the community. Hyacinth's place can use your help, it takes a lot to run a facility of this nature as one could only imagine. Women helping women -- please support the women of Hyacinth's. God bless you!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hyacinth's Place has been a dream of its Executive Director, Urla Barrow, who worked tirelessly, unceasingly and most of all prayerfully to have it come to fruition. It provides a safe environment for the ladies who live here, it gives them hope, an opportunity to gain financial stability, attain their goals, reunite with their families, go on to live productive lives.
Hyacinth's Place is designed so that each of the ladies has specific tasks, which gives them a sense of community, belonging and responsibility. They all take pride in the work that they do at the facility! Each time I visit Hyacinth's Place or come into contact with one of the ladies, they always seem upbeat and ready to share their progress and accomplishments.

There is so much homeless in our area and country, that we need more facilities like Hyacinth’s Place.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been doing volunteer work in support of the homeless population of the Washington Metropolitan Area since 2004. I was with the other organization until it closed in 2007. In that experience it was obvious that several of those being served were mentally ill. When I was presented with the concept of Hyacinth's Place (HP) and asked to serve on the board, I had to accept.

Since then I have seen both the consistent & persistent dedication of Executive Director Urla Barrow & the staff & volunteers, and also the joy of the residents. I intend to continue to give both my time and financial support to HP as this is a work of Love, Courage and Faith that needs to continue to give Hope & Sustenance to the women that it serves.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Hyacinth's Place came into being through the had and diligent work of its Executive Director, Urla Barrow. It is a non-for-profit agency catering to the needs of homeless and mentally challenged women of color in the Washington, DC area since 2011. It is beautiful, welcoming and caring facility for the women to whom this place is made available as an "assist" in breaking the circle of homelessness and mental disequilibrum in our society. We invite and encourage you to do what you can and are able to help us sustain our capacity to the women of Hyacinth's Place either by making a monetary dondation or advocacy and volunteering.

Thanks for all your help and prayers.
Emmauel Grantson, Ph.D and Ellie Grantsom

Board Member

Rating: 5

I just want to say that Hyacinth's Place is a solid program for Homeless Women in the District of Columbia. They provide resources , shelter and caring for the participants they serve. As a Board Member I have seen first hand the safety net given to these women to help them get back on their feet. The program provides a positive place to guide them in returning as productive members of the District of Columbia. I am certain that if you have a chance to see what they do you will agree with me that you cannot pick a more deserving program to assist than Hyacinth's Place.