SOME's 50th Anniversary
50 Years of 'Slow Miracles'
SOME was founded in 1970--50 years ago--from a simple act of kindness. Fr. Horace McKenna started a lunch line at North Capitol and K streets, handing out leftover sandwiches to those in need. That first day, perhaps 10 or 15 people were served.
Every day, the line got longer and longer and Fr. McKenna wanted to serve full meals. In 1978, SOME moved to its current location on O Street NW and Fr. McKenna asked Fr. John Adams to become the Executive Director.
In the early days of SOME, we had to scrounge around at times to get enough food to meet hte need, and sometimes the soup we served was pretty watery. But out of those cold sandwiches and soup grew SOME as we know it today--an interfaith organization with a comprehensive collection of services to help vulnerable people break the cycle of homelessness and poverty.
Today, with the help of 70 Provide-a-Meal groups and many volunteers, SOME's Dining Room serves 1,200 hot, nutritious meals every single day of the year. But when a person steps into the Dining Room, they find more than a meal. They find compassionate volunteers and staff, a sense of community, and a gateway to all the other services that SOME provides. A hot meal at SOME can lead to a life of sobriety, a living-wage job, and a safe and stable place to live--what Fr. McKenna called 'slow miracles.'