Mission & Vision

The Need

There are 6,904 men, women, and children experiencing homelessness in our nation’s capital. Nearly one in five DC residents lives at or below the poverty line, struggling to meet even their basic needs.

Our Mission

SOME (So Others Might Eat) is an interfaith, community-based organization that exists to help the poor and homeless of our nation's capital. We meet the immediate daily needs of the people we serve with food, clothing, and healthcare. We help break the cycle of homelessness by offering services, such as affordable housing, job training, addiction treatment, and counseling, to the poor, the elderly, and individuals with mental illness. Each day, SOME is restoring hope and dignity one person at a time. We invite you to join us.

Our Values

We value an interfaith approach of service to our brothers and sisters in need and welcome the assistance of all concerned persons.

We value empowering the people we serve by respecting their human dignity and by helping them to restore hope in their lives.

We value advocacy on behalf of the poor in collaborative partnerships to address the root causes of homelessness, hunger, and poverty.

We value responsible stewardship of the resources provided by our donors, volunteers, and employees.

Our History

In 1970, Father Horace McKenna, S.J. and an interfaith group of priests, ministers, and lay persons founded So Others Might Eat to help feed the city’s destitute citizens.

After several years, SOME’s founders saw needs beyond what the small soup kitchen could provide and began delivering additional services to support and nourish the neediest of our residents.

Today, SOME offers comprehensive programs that meet a full spectrum of needs while giving a sense of dignity to those experiencing homelessness and extreme poverty in the District of Columbia.

Important Dates in SOME History

  • 1970: SOME is founded
  • 1978: Provide-a-Meal (PAM) Program, where churches, synagogues, businesses, and clubs prepare, bring, and serve hot, well-balanced meals in SOME’s Dining Room, begins
  •  1979: Dental Clinic opens
  • 1982: Medical Clinic opens
  • 1983: Senior Services program launched
  • 1983: SOME begins offering hot showers and free, clean clothing
  • 1986: SOME Center for Employment Training, our job training program, opens
  • 1989: SOME’s residential addictions treatment program opens
  • 1989: SOME opens its first long-term affordable housing program, Shalom House
  • 1997: A second dining room, adjacent to SOME’s main Dining Room, is opened to better meet the needs of women and children experiencing homelessness
  • 2000: Behavioral Health Services launched
  • 2004: SOME launches our Affordable Housing Initiative, committing the organization to developing 1,000 new units of safe, affordable housing in the District
  •  2018: SOME’s Conway Center, the first facility in the District to combine affordable housing, job training and healthcare under one roof, opens. With its 152 units for single men and women and 30 units for families, SOME has so far developed 704 units of affordable housing as part of our Affordable Housing Initiative.