I began supporting Christ House in 2012 because I was so impressed with their work among the homeless.
I live in Laurel, Maryland and spend most of my time as a Graphic Designer and User Experience consultant.
In my free time, I enjoy practicing yoga, weightlifting, crocheting, knitting, cooking, canning, and traveling.
One of my favorite things about my neighborhood is that we have lots of walking paths and a library nearby.
In 10 years, I want to see more affordable housing in DC.
I believe that providing healing and hope for those experiencing homelessness is important because it restores their sense of dignity and humanity. Many homeless individuals have spent years at the mercy of the elements, people’s judgments of them, and their own judgments of themselves. The holistic approach at Christ House helps restore their identity – legally, socially, as well as individually – and that makes all kinds of positive change possible.
When I visited Christ House, I experienced the beauty of the space and the warmth of the staff, volunteers, Kairos Program members, and even residents. The scrupulously clean halls and rooms are covered in original artwork and there are smiles on so many faces. Maybe it’s just me, but it wasn’t what I thought “homeless health care” would be like before I walked in the door.
When I volunteered at Christ House, I got to know the residents and was always surprised at how much FUN it was to be there. The camaraderie isn’t always instant, but it takes less time than you think to build connections. In the first few days, new residents are always quieter and more withdrawn. It doesn’t take long, though, before they realize they can let down their guard and be part of a welcoming, healing community. It’s remarkable.
My hope is that my donations to Christ House will support the healing work of this wonderful community – for the medical needs first and foremost, but for the important emotional and social wounds that have held back patients for years.