The Need

There are 5,111 men, women, and children experiencing homelessness in our nation’s capital. Pre-pandemic, nearly one in five DC residents lives at or below the poverty line, struggling to meet even their basic needs. While the full scope of the economic fallout from coronavirus is still unknown, food insecurity in the District is expected to rise 45-60% and more than 2 million unemployment claims have been filed in the DC area.

Our Mission

SOME provides material aid and comfort to our neighbors in the District, helping them break the cycle of poverty and homelessness through programs and services that save lives, improve lives, and help transform lives of individuals and families, their communities, and the systems and structures that affect them.

Our Culture

As a faith-inspired organization, SOME was founded and built upon the belief in dignity and respect for all people. We all are worthy of it, and responsible for it. Appreciation for our shared humanity and sense of community has been a central feature of our mission for over 50 years. This is the call to action that SOME represents: to serve, empower and elevate all members of our community.   

As champions of our mission, we commit to creating an environment that welcomes and celebrates the diverse array of employees and clients we engage with every day. We strive to be bold in our work, knowing that to drive meaningful change, we must not shy away from discomfort. We reject all forms of individual and systemic discrimination, work actively to eliminate the abuse of privilege and power, and seek justice and equity for all we encounter. 

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 those we serve 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.

We value integrity and trust by setting high standards for inclusive policies, practices, and behaviors that are objective and fair.

Our History

In 1970, Father Horace McKenna, S.J. and an interfaith group of priests, ministers, and lay persons founded SOME (So Others Might Eat) to help feed the city’s hungry 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 our neighbors.

Today, SOME offers a comprehensive set of services that meet a full spectrum of needs for 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
  • 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
  • 1998: SOME Center for Employment Training, our job training program, opens
  • 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.
  • 2020: Father John Adams steps back after 42 years as SOME President into a new President Emeritus role. SOME's Board of Directors appoints Ralph Boyd SOME's new President and CEO.