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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

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have over 20 years experience working with federal, state and non-profit programs that help pregnant & parenting teens as well as promoting maternal and child health. The Northwest Center gets the highest marks from me as an organization that makes a lasting difference in the lives of the teens, young women, and struggling families they serve. They don't just set goals as an organization. They help the women and families meet their needs, solve the crises they face, and improve their health and well-being. They have an outstanding track record of young single mothers achieving self-sufficiency. The staff & volunteers are caring yet professional. This organization with a pregnancy center and long-term transitional housing component is a program well worth supporting and replicating. Michelle Brott O'Connell, BSN, Public Health Nurse Consultant


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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.