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An anchor in the Adam’s Morgan neighborhood, the Festival Center welcomes 4000 individuals per month across multiple races, ethnicities, faith backgrounds, and socio-economic statuses. We are home to organizations that provide access to affordable housing, job training, legal and services, health services, substance abuse support, and more. Below is a list of organizations that utilize our space. 

To increase substantially the number of well-educated young people of color who are capable of assuming positions of responsibility and leadership in American society. 

The Adams Morgan Partnership was formed in 2005 pursuant to the District of Columbia Business Improvement Districts Act of 1996, which was amended in 1997. BIDs have been effective in providing services that improve the overall viability of urban commercial areas, resulting in higher property values and higher business sales.  

www.admodc.org

Approach that follows a set of guidelines designed as ‘steps’ towards recovery, and is widely accepted as an effective tool for maintaining sobriety.  

www.alcohol.org & www.na.org

A multilingual Two-Spirit (Native American Transgender, Intersex, Asexual, Queer+)-led Collective of artists, healers, educators and advocates uplifting Two-Spirit Nation and BIPOC Communities through art & land justice.  

www.angelrosearts.org

17 justice centers across the US and Mexico working together to reduce poverty, combat discrimination, and invigorate democracy.  United research, organizing, policy advocacy, and impact litigation to build systemic solutions for our communities’ most pressing problems. 

Working to end domestic violence and sexual assault in Asian/Pacific Islander communities in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.  

www.every.org

A comprehensive child  development facility offering bilingual educational programs for young children and their families at five locations in Washington, DC. 

www.barbarachambers.org

Beloved Community Incubator is a worker self-directed non-profit 501(c)(3) that supports and organizes resources for community-based cooperatives and collectives in the DC Metro area. As a worker-directed organization, we are engaged in building our a democratic workplace together, which you can learn more about here.

www.belovedcommunityincubator.org

#BlackLivesMatter was founded in 2013 in response to the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s murderer.  Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation, Inc. is a global organization in the US, UK, and Canada, whose mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inficted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes. 

www.blacklivesmatter.org

The Black Youth Project will examine the attitudes, resources, and culture of the young, urban black millennial, exploring how these factors and others influence their decision-making, norms, and behavior in critical domains such as sex, health, and politics. Arguably more than any other subgroup of Americans, African American youth reflect the challenges of inclusion and empowerment in the post–civil rights period. At the core of this project will be an exploration of what young black Americans think about the political, cultural, and sexual choices and challenges confronting them and their peer group. We are especially interested in understanding what new factors help to shape or contribute to the social and political attitudes and behaviors of African American youth.  

www.blackyouthproject.com

Briya Public Charter School is a unique place of learning for young children and their parents. We embrace families in a rich, culturally sensitive learning environment, helping them move toward academic, social, and economic success through an approach called two-generation learning. We believe, and research shows, that children’s school achievement is linked to their parents’ literacy and education levels. At Briya, families ensure lasting outcomes by learning together.

www.briya.org

Mission is to foster the comprehensive development of the Latino population by providing direct services while promoting grassroots empowerment, civic engagement, and human rights advocacy.  Envision a Washington metropolitan region where all communities thrive in solidarity and dignity, enjoy a prosperous ilfe, and work towards achieving social justice and political empowerment. 

www.carecendc.org

Around the globe social conflicts related to conservation issues are serious obstacles to both wildlife conservation efforts and local communities ways of life.  To address such conflicts, CPeace pioneered the application of conservation conflit transofmation theory, skills, processes, and strategies.  People who implement and engage in CCT practices report improved relationships, increased effectiveness, more creative and mutually-supported decisions, positive social change, and increased efficiency and durability of solutions. 

www.cpeace.ngo

Centro de Trabajadores Unidos: United Workers’ Center’s vision is to build a healthy and thriving local economy free from exploitation and oppression in which workers’ rights are respected, their dignity is upheld and their labor justly compensated. Healthy workplaces support healthy individuals and families, the building blocks of a strong community.

www.centrodetrabajadoresunidos.org

Access to quality education continues to be the single most important challenge facing the District of Columbia and the greater metropolitan region. CentroNía, a nationally recognized, award-winning educational organization provides affordable, quality early childhood education; professional development to educators; and family support services in a bilingual and multicultural environment to more than 2,400 low-income children and families. Our holistic approach ensures that the children and families we serve receive the support and encouragement they need to succeed academically, develop a strong sense of community, and live healthy and active lives. This includes an award-winning Food & Wellness Department that provides healthy meals for CentroNía’s community, and encourages children, parents, and staff to adopt healthy lifestyles by making informed food choices.

 www.centronia.org

Church of Christ, Right Now is committed to deepening our spiritual life, and to ending mass incarceration.

www.churchofchristrightnowdc

Church of the Saviour lives out its call to the inward/outward journey together in different communities. Each has a distinct charism and style, but all share the tradition of deep commitment, listening for God’s leading, and servant ministry in the nation’s capital. 

www.inwardoutward.org

Based in Washington, DC., with a mission of connecting activists, organizations, and movements around the world using film, art, and technology.  Through events and films, audiences dig deeper into the global issues changemakers are working and earn how it connects to their local context.  Goal is to inspire new and experienced organizers alike to dream big and take action.

www.currentmovements.com

To inspire and empower women to be leaders for the environment by cultivating an inclusive community that fosters personal and professional development.  DC EcoWomen is the founding chapter of the National Organization, EcoWomen. Women who work on environmental issues have knowledge to share and a desire to learn from each other. Gathering women with common interests also helps us to develop personal relationships that can lead professional synergies.

www.dc.ecowomen.org

The mission of DC Justice for Muslims Coalitions (DCJMC) is to combat institutional and structural Islamophobia in the DC metro area through education, grassroots organizing, advocacy, and policy change. 

www.resistandprotest.com

A local fund supporting the visions of people of the global majority in DC to realize liberation, build power, spark solutions and create social change. 

www.diversecityfund.org

Our passion is to provide a space for everyone to unapologetically dream aloud.  Droom magnifies diverse voices through artistic expression, performing arts, and social activism. 

www.droomtheatre.com

CJP educates a global community of peacebuilders through the integration of practice, theory and research. Preparing, transforming and sustaining leaders to create a just and peaceful world.

www.emu.edu/cjp

The Eighth Day Faith Community is one of the nine faith communities in the tradition of the Church of the Saviour, an ecumenical Christian church in Washington, D.C. We consider ourselves a part of the Christian church universal, with members from many different expressions of the Christian church: Baptists, Catholics, Lutherans, Mennonites, Presbyterians and others. We value the gifts that the many Christian traditions have to offer and believe that an openness to these different streams of Christianity allows us a richer faith.  Eighth Day takes its name from the faith that God has continued to create beyond the biblical seven days. The eighth day of creation is the life we now lead, one in which we are to be co-creators with God of a reign of justice, compassion and care for God’s creation as witnesses of God’s love expressed in Jesus Christ. We are a multi-ethnic worshiping body of over forty members and about twenty to thirty regular attenders.  In keeping with our confidence in the “priesthood of all believers,” we have no paid pastor or other staff. Instead, overall leadership is provided by members of the community. We rotate such roles as teacher/preacher, worship leader, retreat leader, and so on among the members of the worshiping community, encouraging new and experienced people alike to exercise their various gifts. 

www.8th-day.org

Engineers Without Borders USA builds a better world through engineering projects that empower communities to meet their basic human needs.  Our highly skilled volunteers work with communities to find appropriate solutions for their infrastructure needs. 

www.ewb-usa.org

An Ambedkarite South Asian power-building organization that uses community research, political base-building, culture-shifting art, and digital security  to end the oppression of caste apartheid, Islamophobia, white supremacy, and religious intolerance. Through these methods, we provide practical tools for communities to make new interventions in longstanding systems of oppression and advocate for themselves. 

www.equalitylabs.org

Gun violence touches every town in America. For too long, life-saving laws have been thwarted by the gun lobby and by leaders who refuse to take common-sense steps that will save lives. But something is changing. More than 8 million mayors, moms, teachers, survivors, gun owners, students, and everyday Americans have come together to make their own communities safer. Everytown starts with you, and it starts in your neighborhood. By introducing evidence-based solutions in every town, we can end gun violence.

www.everytown.org

The climate and ecological crisis is a justice crisis.  We fight for a just world and stand in solidarity with the struggle for Black Lives.  Take action for Black Lives and support radical Black leadership.  End white supremacy now. #BlackLivesMatter

www.extinctionrebellion.us

Equips people to build honest, just, community-centered relationships with money.

www.faithandmoneynetwork.org

One of the ‘scattered churches’ of The Church of the Saviour, this faith community meets Monday evenings and welcomes everyone.  Comes from a common family history and vision, within the CoS Network of communities.  Initial ministry was to support The Festival Center and continues this today.

www.inwardoutward.org

The Campaign to Fight Toxic Prisons (FTP) mission is to conduct grassroots organizing, advocacy, and direct action at the intersection of incarceration, health, and ecology. We aim to directly challenge the prison system, which is putting prisoners at risk of dangerous environmental conditions, as well as impacting surrounding communities and ecosystems by their construction and operation.

www.fighttoxicprisons.wordpress.com

Leftist parties, movements and organizations of Latin America and the Carribean dedicated to the following goals:    

“Push forward with consensus proposals for unity of action in the anti-imperialist and people’s struggle.

“We shall promote specialized exchanges focused on economic, political, social, and cultural issues

“[…] in opposition to the proposal for integration under imperialist domination, [ to define] the cornerstones for a new concept of continental unity and integration.

 www.forodesaopaulo.org

Trans-denominational Christian organization seeking justice and peace in the Holy Land through education, advocacy and nonviolent action.  FOSNA promotes the vision of Sabeel Jerusalem, an ecumenical liberation theology movement founded by Palestinian Christians in the Holy Land, joining Friends of Sabeel chapters around the world. As a nonprofit organization in the United States, we amplify the voice of Palestinians by advocating in churches, communities, and governments for justice, peace, and liberation in Palestine.

www.fosna.org

Mission is to raise the consciousness of the world community on the challenge of the Congo and support Congolese institutions in bringing about a peaceful and lasting change.  Vision for a peaceful and prosperous Congo wherein Congolese are able to fulfill their enormous human and natural potential.

www.friendsofthecongo.org

Our mission is to create relatable, compelling health content that increases health literacy, promotes trust between patients and medical professionals, and improves health outcomes for underserved communities.

At Grapevine Health, we know health literacy is a powerful social driver of health. With roots in healthcare, technology, and community organizing, our team leverages technical expertise, trusted messengers, and empathetic storytelling to democratize health information, empower patients, and drive sustaining healthy behaviors.

www.grapevinehealth.com

An African Grassroots’ Organization that promotes the integrations of Ancient and present African cultures with intercultural exchange programs within Africa and the rest of the world.  The main aim of Heritage Africa is to preserve the ancient culture with integration of modern culture that have evolved through the Centuries.  The main aim is to preserve the old ways that are beneficial to society with integration of modern culture. 

www.heritageafrica.info

 

HCS is a non-profit 501(c) 3 organization founded in 1972 to provide comprehensive housing counseling, training, advocacy, technical assistance and housing opportunities for low- and moderate-income home buyers, home owners, and tenants; to help them achieve successful living in healthy, safe, and affordable homes. The goal of HCS is to prevent homelessness and increase sustainable housing opportunities by providing the skills, self-esteem and empowerment necessary within families and communities. Further, HCS works to build the individual and group capacity for economic, physical, and social development of homes, neighborhoods, and communities. 

www.housingetc.org

Historically Black University that prepares diverse, talented and ambitious students to learn, lead and embody excellence in truth and service.

www.howard.edu

Jewish Voice for Peace opposes anti-Jewish, anti-Muslim, and anti-Arab bigotry and oppression.  JVP seeks an end to the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem; security and self-determination for Israelis and Palestinians; a just solution for Palestinian refugees based on principles established in international law; an end to violence against civilians; and peace and justice for all peoples of the Middle East. 

www.jewishvoicesforpeace.org

Jews United for Justice mobilizes Jews and the Jewish community to move our region closer to social, racial, and economic justice by advancing campaigns for immediate and concrete improvements in people’s lives. Through these campaigns we develop leaders, build our base, shift the consciousness of our community, and alter relations of power. In all cases, we seek to work in partnership with organizations made up of and/or accountable to those who have personal experience with the challenges we are hoping to address. We have helped win higher minimum wages, paid family leave, police accountability, affordable housing, and many other progressive policies. We continue to move resources and power into the hands of people of color who have been systematically blocked out of the political process to benefit the ultra-wealthy and their interests. To power our advocacy efforts, we build a Jewish community that is dedicated to pursuing justice, understands the key issues in our region, and that has the tools and skills to make change.

  1. https://jufj.org

Opened in 1990 in response to the AIDS crisis in Washington, DC, Joseph’s House offers a welcoming community and comprehensive nursing and support services to homeless men and women with advanced HIV disease and terminal cancer.  Our clinical staff and trained caregivers work to create a home where the values of unreserved love and friendship are practiced. With tenderness and exquisite care we accompany men and women as they live their final days or work to regain and maintain their health and well-being. Together, we nurture the living and accompany the dying, providing a depth of physical, emotional and spiritual support that creates the possibility for the restoration of individual dignity and profound healing – healing into life or healing into death.

www.josephshouse.org

Since 1981, Jubilee Jobs has been connecting employers across the Washington, DC metropolitan area with qualified and well-prepared candidates. We began by responding to the needs of individuals residing in local, low-income housing program and have grown to be one of the city’s largest and longest-serving employment organizations. Through our process of compassionate, professional job preparation and placement, over 27,000 people have gone to work, meeting the needs of individuals and business community citywide. All services are free to both applicants and employees. 

www.jubileejobs.org

Jubilee Housing’s mission is to build diverse, compassionate communities that create opportunities for everyone to thrive. We envision a city and a world where access to basic resources and opportunities are available to all people and where people live out these opportunities in the context of supportive community. Our contribution is to create and sustain a segment of this larger vision in our local neighborhood community in the Nation’s Capital, and from this grounded experience, influence change more broadly.

www.jubileehousing.org

Mission is to prepare children from low-income families for success in school and life.  We provide a high quality, evidence based program, focused on social and emotional well being, in partnership with families and the community.

www.jubileejumpstart.org

Mission is to make known the gifts of people with intellectual disabilities, revealed through mutually transforming relationships.  Foster an environment in community that responds to the changing needs of our members, while being faithful to the core values of our founding story.  Engage in our diverse cultures, working together toward a more human society.

www.larche-gwdc.org

Our mission is to build a healthy Latino community through culturally appropriate health services, focusing on those most in need. 

www.lcdp.org

Mission is to drive the economic and social advancement of low-to moderate- income Latinos and other underserved communities by equipping them with the skills and tools to achieve financial independence and become leaders in their communities. 

www.ledcmetro.org

The League is a political grassroots network and membership organization that believes the freedom to vote is a nonpartisan issue.  For more than a century, we’ve worked to empower voters and defend democracy.  As a women-led organization, we encourage ever yone to  take part in our democracy . 

www.lwv.org

Little Bird Community Acupuncture opened in Adams Morgan on June 1, 2010. Our mission is to provide acupuncture to as many people as possible at affordable rates in a cozy community setting.

www.littlebirddc.com

Miss Amy Music Makers is excited to present both group indoor classes and Music Together outside to you!  Through this engaging outdoor program, we will bring music activities that you know and love directly into parks using instruments from home and from our studio!  All families will receive the tambourine songbook, CD and digital download code for all the music to be used this spring.  

www.missamysmusicmakers.com

The National Coalition for the Homeless is a national network of people who are currently experiencing or who have experienced homelessness, activists and advocates, community-based and faith-based service providers, and others committed to a single mission: To end and prevent homelessness while ensuring the immediate needs of those experiencing homelessness are met and their civil rights are respected and protected.  We envision a world where everyone  has a safe, decent, accessible and affordable home. 

www.nationalhomeless.org

Never Again Action is a Jewish-led mobilization against the persecution, detention, and deportation of immigrants in the United States. We are fighting for a world free of detention and deportation. We are fighting for collective liberation.

www.neveragainaction.com 

If Not Now Movement organizes to expose the occupation as a moral crisis to American Jews, end the weaponization of antisemitism in our political debate over Israel, and create political space for leaders to stand up for the freedom and dignity for all Israelis and Palestinians.  Building a vibrant and inclusive movement within the American Jewish community, across generations and organizational affiliations. This movement is open to any who seek to shift the American Jewish public and our political leaders towards a hopeful vision for Israelis and Palestinians. 

www.ifnotnowmovement.org

led by Black Trans Women, we have organized on campaigns to decriminalize fair evasion and sex work, defunding MPD and more. In 2018 NJNP started the NJNP Collective Housing project, as part of our work supporting Trans women and sex workers in the face of the violent passage of FOSTA/SESTA; which to present day has expanded to more than five properties including a house for youth.

www.nojusticenopride.org

Why is the DC Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) training with Israeli military and police, who recently killed over 130 Palestinians marching for their freedom in Gaza?  Occupation Free DC calls for an end to these trainings. They advocate for community safety through ending police violence and investing in local resources for DC Metro residents. 

Platform of Hope is an initiative designed to feed, house, clothe, and employ homeless families while empowering and transforming lives of the economically underserved. We successfully provide support and restore lives of homeless families in Atlanta, Georgia and surrounding counties. Platform of Hope facilitates in local correctional facilities then partners released offenders with employers for reemployment.

www.platformofhope.com

In 1968, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and many others called for a “revolution of values” in America. They sought to build a broad, fusion movement that could unite poor and impacted communities across the country. Their name was a direct cry from the underside of history: The Poor People’s Campaign. Today, the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival has picked up this unfinished work. From Alaska to Arkansas, the Bronx to the border, people are coming together to confront the interlocking evils of systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation, militarism and the war economy, and the distorted moral narrative of religious nationalism. We understand that as a nation we are at a critical juncture — that we need a movement that will shift the moral narrative, impact policies and elections at every level of government, and build lasting power for poor and impacted people. 

The Potter’s House is a nonprofit café, bookstore, and event space in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of Washington, DC. Since opening our doors in 1960 we have been a key place for deeper conversation, creative expression, and community transformation. After closing in 2013 for major renovations, The Potter’s House re-opened in spring 2015 with a renewed space and revitalized offerings. In our rapidly changing city – one in which development so often means displacement – The Potter’s House is a deeply rooted space where we can build relationships across our differences, envision just alternatives, and grow the movements that will make them possible. 

In 2017, Race Forward united with the Center for Social Inclusion. Founded in 1981, Race Forward brings systemic analysis and an innovative approach to complex race issues to help people take effective action toward racial equity. Founded in 2002, the Center for Social Inclusion catalyzed community, government, and other institutions to dismantle structural racial inequity and create equitable outcomes for all. Race Forward is home to the Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE), a national network of local government working to achieve racial equity and advance opportunities for all. Race Forward publishes the daily news site Colorlines and presents Facing Race, the country’s largest multiracial conference on racial justice.  

www.raceforward.org

We strive to support each person in a positive and nurturing environment, which integrates all aspects of living, working, and learning, and acknowledges their place as a valued and viable member of the community. RCM has developed an innovative and creative approach to working with people with Intellectual Disabilities through self-determined choices and experiences tailored to individual dreams, desires, and needs. We promote opportunities for building relationships and integrating into the community. 

www.rcmofwashington.com

A healing, transformative recovery community for all who have been traumatized by addiction and other mental health challenges, homelessness and incarceration. 

www.recoverycafedc.org

In the early 1960s, Sargent Shriver, the first director of the Peace Corps and an alumnus of The Experiment, called on The Experiment to conduct orientation and training for the earliest Peace Corps volunteers. These training activities led to the establishment of an academic institution—SIT—in 1964. Later, The Experiment’s Cooperative Overseas Program, a program for university students, evolved into SIT Study Abroad, growing to enroll more than 2,000 participants annually.  Today, the School for International Training offers graduate programs through SIT Graduate Institute and undergraduate study abroad programs through SIT Study Abroad.   

ShutDownDC uses strategic direct action to advance justice and hold officials accountable.  A growing movement working together and showing up for each other to preserve the pillars of democracy and fight for a better future. 

 www.shutdowndc.org

A national network of groups and individuals organizing white people for racial and economic justicational network of groups and individuals organizing white people for racial justice. Through community organizing, mobilizing, and education, SURJ provides a space to build relationships, skills, and political analysis to act for change. 

www.surj.org

Tenant Association that organizes renters in pursuit of their rights in the Southern Columbia Heights neighborhood of DC. 

Help nonprofits and social change organizations solve critical challenges in their communities with the support of skilled volunteers sharing their expertise pro bono.

www.taprootfoundation.org

Provide support to women through Domestic Violence Support Group, benefit children with Early Childhood Education Program, serve thousands of meals annually and now are operating a Charter School.  Primarily serve the low income Latino Community. 

www.thefamilyplacedc.org

Provides children from low-income families with individualized reading instruction to improve literacy skills.  Serves over 5,000 children and are centered in Wards 7 and 8 in DC, the areas which have traditionally had the worst outcomes for children and have some of the highest unemployment and poverty rates in the country. 

www.theliteracylab.org

Led by community members who exist at the nexus of state sanctioned violence; sex workers, poor people, homelessness and folk experiencing housing insecurity, folks deeply entrenched in complex, seemingly inescapable traumatic environments. Through healing and restorative justice, are building a network of trans, non-binary Black and people of color who are artists, healers, entrepreneurs and creators sharing and cultivating sustainable projects for us and by us.

www.twocc.us.org

As the largest network of community health centers in Washington, D.C., Unity Health Care provides a full range of health and human services to meet the needs of our communities through a network of over 28 traditional and non-traditional health sites and a mobile medical outreach vehicle. Our team of compassionate and multicultural health professionals place Unity values into action every day to bring whole-person care and wellness to nearly 100,000 patients through 475,000 visits annually. Deeply rooted in the District’s neighborhoods for over 35 years, Unity strives to promote healthier communities through compassion and comprehensive primary and specialty health care and wrap-around services, regardless of ability to pay.

 www.unityhealthcare.org

We believe that God loves all creation, and through Jesus Christ we are brought into fellowship with God.  We are a family, proclaiming the love and grace of God, as found in God’s Word.  All are welcome at Wow Church – those who believe as well as those who are seeking.  At each service we gather for meaningful worship to study God’s word.  We reach out with the heart of ministry to care for our neighbors in the name of Christ. 

www.wowchurch.org

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