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The Northwest Center (NORTHWEST CENTER INC)

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Counseling, Family Services for Adolescent Parents, Homeless & Housing, Housing & Shelter, Mental Health, Single Parent Agencies

Mission: To promote the dignity of women and a respect for all human life. We seek to accomplish this goal by offering the loving support and comprehensive aid necessary to enable all women to continue their pregnancies, deliver healthy babies, and adequately care for themselves and their children.

Results: 55,060 women and children served since our founding in 1981.

Target demographics: Pregnant and parenting women and teens as well as low-income families with infants or toddlers. They come from the greater Washington, DC area, particularly Arlington, the District of Columbia, Montgomery County and Prince George’s County. The vast majority of our clients are Latino and African-American, and most are threatened by long-term poverty and homelessness.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 1,402

Geographic areas served: Washington DC

Programs: Maternity Home and Pregnancy Center

Community Stories

45 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 4

I've donated to The Northwest Center for the last 3 years. I feel confident supporting them because I know what a valuable resource the Northwest center is to women in the local DC community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Northwest Center does incredible work for incredibly needy women and families. As a volunteer for 4 years I'm proud to be associated with the center.

Brigid B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've volunteered with the Northwest Center and later became a donor when I moved away from D.C. After volunteering at the Northwest Center, I have a better appreciation of the value of a dollar & how to turn pocket change into a meal for 10! There are so many ways to help the Nw center, I've helped collect donated baby supplies on Saturday mornings to baking cookies for their childrens' Holiday party to registering guests at their annual black tie fundraising gala. The ladies who run this center are not only inspirational, but the women who they serve are some of the most inspiring women you will ever meet.

Donor

Rating: 5

I really don't have much of a story but our family has participated w/ the Northwest Center on several occasions in terms of participating in their events such as fun runs/walks. My husband and I have attended their balls. We support Northwest because they are a pregnancy aid center and help young mothers keep their babies, learn job skills and lead productive lives while raising their children. What could be more important? As a mother myself of 4 children I know how challenging it can be to raise children in this day and age. I have a supportive husband and there are still trials and difficulties families face. Having to do it as a single parent is way harder! All the events that we have attended are well organized, fun, meaningful and well supported. We intend to continue to contribute to this nonprofit.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Northwest Center directly has a dedicated team and community that works to help pregnant mothers in need of support. Their work is inspiring! As a donor, I know that my contribution goes directly to helping mothers and their children. The staff is hardworking very hardworking, and very prudent stewards of the donations they receive.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been involved with this organization for many years and am happy to donate to such a worthy organization. I know that the funds I donate are going to a worthwhile purpose and that they are used wisely. The dedication and hard work of the staff make the Northwest Center a blessing to mothers and children in need in the Washington DC metro area.

Barry13

Donor

Rating: 5

I found out about the Northwest Center through a relative and I am so impressed with the entire, comprehensive program which the Center follows. All of the clients are required to participate in programs which will build their character, improve their skills, and teach them to be independent and not rely on government handouts. It is such a joy for me to provide the resources to save babies and change so many lives. I have met many of the residents and volunteers and am struck by the love the staff and residents have for each other. They operate more like a family then an organization and I consider it a privelege to be part of their family.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been familiar with the work of the Northwest Center since relocating to the Washington, DC area in 2000. Year after year, I was impressed with their efforts to aid women in crisis pregnancies through their fundraising events such as the Indian Summer Ball and their July Sky's the Limit event and their walkathon. I knew they did a lot of good in the communitiy, but it wasn't until this past year when I joined the Board that I realized how much they do with such a modest amount of money. I've been involved with a number of charities and Boards over the year and this one really understands stewardship and how to stretch a dollar. They do so much good with so relatively little. I'm very proud to be affiliated with the Northwest Center.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a full-time volunteer at the Northwest Center through the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, I had significant opportunities to observe the work of the staff and volunteers and the relationships they had with the clients of the Northwest Center. Not only does the NWC offer counseling, housing and material assistance services to its clients, it is also a comforting place for women and families in need to come to discuss their concerns and plan for their family's future. Some of the most rewarding experiences that I had as a volunteer were when clients came in just to talk about what was going on in their lives and share their experiences with me. It can be very difficult to be a parent trying to raise children on limited resources, especially so for single parents. The Northwest Center makes these challenges more tolerable by offering a supportive, caring environment for women and families to make important life decisions for themselves and their families.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering for the Northwest Pregnancy Center for over two years. I have been impressed with their leadership's humility, care, and hard work during that time, and hope to continue serving with them for many years to come!

Donor

Rating: 5

The Northwest Center provides life-affirming solutions to women and men in need of practical advice and resources in the face of an unplanned pregnancy. It is run by compassionate and dedicated staff and volunteers who care about the strength and long-term future of the entire family, both children and their parents. It is a truly inspiring organization.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

In February 1996 The Northwest Center Maternity Home opened it's doors to it's first resident. I was employed there part time as House Mom. Two months later the second and third resident moved in and it became one big happy home. The rest is History. I enjoyed assisting the moms with cooking, cleaning and especially helping with the babies. In 1997 I became Resident Manager and worked full time. Later in March 2000 I was promoted to Maternity Home Manager. I love that place. The Maternity Home is truly a Safe Haven for the women and children it house. The Staff, Volumteers and The Board of Directors are such caring, giving and reliable individuals. They all work hand in hand to assist the women with the goals they set for themselves to enable them to become Self-Sufficient. I have personally witnessed some of the women Graduate from College, obtain their HS Diploma or GED, complete Trade School, Job Training and get decent jobs enabling them to move into their own apartments. I feel blessed to have played a small part of their transitioning and proud to have served as a Staff Member of The Northwest Center for 10 yrs. KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK YOU ALL DO AT THE NORTHWEST CENTER. MY PRAYER IS THAT THE CENTER RECEIVES AN ABUNDANCE THAT WILL ENABLE THEM TO EXPAND SO THEY CAN DO MORE FOR MORE. GOD BLESS YOU, NWC.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with the Northwest Center over the past 10 years and have been very impressed with the compassion that everyone has for their clients. They work with the "whole" issue that the client is confronting not just the immediate concern of the pregnancy. They help with housing, doctor's appt., parenting classes, obtaining GEDs and many other roadblocks that woman facing a crisis pregnancy face.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Northwest Center simply provides compassionate and helpful services to women, children, and families. As a former staff member, I have no hesitation in continuing to donate to this unique organization. The sincerity and motivation of the volunteers, staff, and Board members are commendable; and the real, life-changing help provided to clients is invaluable. Great organization!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

There are not enough words I can say to describe how powerful and life-changing The Northwest Center is. I have served as a volunteer for almost 5 years, and it is such a pleasure to know that I can contribute to such a great organization. The Northwest Center is truly pro-child, pro-woman, pro-family. It provides women the tools they need to be strong women and empowered mothers - lasting strengths that will stay with them long after their experience at The Northwest Center is done. The Northwest Center meets women where they are, and ensures that needs are met, especially the most basic. The staff and volunteers are so devoted to the individuals that come through The Northwest Center's doors, and I believe that the people who utilize their services feel and know that - and that makes such a difference. I continue to volunteer there, and I plan on having a relationship with The Northwest Center for many, many years.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with The Northwest Center for 9 years, 5 as a staff member followed by 4 (to the present) as a Board Member. I can not say enough good things about NWC. As a clinical social worker, I am very aware of the Social Service needs in DC and can clearly see that The Northwest Center's Maternity Home and Pregnancy Center Program fills a much needed void in Washington DC. The Center's staff and volunteers, are exceptionally dedicated, compassion, hardworking and professional. They treat each family that walks though our doors with the utmost dignity and respect. NWC staff remain true to it's mission; "The Northwest Center seeks to promote the dignity of women and a respect for all human life. We seek to accomplish this goal by offering the loving support and comprehensive aid necessary to enable all women to continue their pregnancies, deliver healthy babies, and adequately care for themselves and their children." The Northwest Center and my involvement in it's mission and services have truly changed my life and that of many of my family and friends.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a past Jesuit Volunteer my job placement was with the Northwest Center, since which time I have held jobs in the social work field and education fields. My experience with the Northwest center set a high standard for person to person care and showed me what is what like to work for an organization that leads with compassion and doesn't compromise quality of care. The center provides onsite care with a warm environment for both women and children. I highly recommend the Northwest Center as a place to receive assistance and/or volunteer to help with if you have the time.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I cannot say enough positive things about the Northwest Center. My relationship with the center began when I was in college, approximately fifteen years ago, when I became a volunteer. The people I volunteered with and those whom I got to know on the board have been some of the most exceptional people I have ever known. Everyone affiliated with the Northwest Center approaches their service to the community with great compassion, empathy, heart, HUMOR, and in the spirit of doing whatever they can, whenever they can to help whoever is in need. The Northwest Center provides tangible things like diapers, clothing, and pregnancy tests at absolutely no charge to anyone who is in need. When a man, woman, or family comes through the door asking for help, not only are they offered physical goods but they are also offered a listening ear and helpful, practical information if they wish to listen. Again, I cannot say enough good things about this organization, everyone involved, and everything it stands for.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been associated with this organization since I was a volunteer in college, nearly 20 years ago. I was an employee for 2 years and now serve on the board of directors. This is one of the most committed organizations to women and children in the Washington DC area. The Northwest Center meets families where they are and works to help them find services and resources they need to improve their lives. This organization is amazing because they are able to do so much good with such few resources. Any time, money or goods donated to this organizations is always used to the fullest potential. Rest assured the folks at the Northwest Center are good stewards of all donations. Nothing is wasted. Clients of the Northwest Center receive top notch services for no cost. All services are FREE to clients and always have been. This place changes lives one at a time. It is not about quantity, rather quality with this organization.

Monique M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

While a resident at the Northwest Center, I was able to continue my college studies, while provide a safe upbringing for my son. We came into the home when my son was just six weeks old and we left when he was about 14 months old, two months after I graduated college and was leaving for my first corporate job. The NWC helped make sure I was prepared with a safe place to live, great daycare, easily accessible public transportation, it aligned me with professional and career mentors from Georgetown University, helped me learn the importance of being very disciplined with healthy eating and cooking habits, while also making sure that I used every resource that was available to me. The NWC linked me up with scholarships, stipends and any other resource that could give me any kind of competitive edge towards succeeding against the odds. I thank God that I was able to get into that program and I don't even want to imagine if it did not exist for me and my son. This is an incredible place and home for women and children who are in a stage of transition and need additional help and guidance through life's adversities from making poor life choices. The Northwest Center gives a woman hope and helps her feel like there is a new day coming.