A place for everyone – where everyone matters…

We Are Family’s Mission

Each month, We Are Family serves over 600 seniors in the Shaw, North Capitol Street, Adams-Morgan, Petworth, and Columbia Heights neighborhoods. We bring advocacy, services, organizing, and companionship into the homes of the elderly, while helping to build friendships across boundaries like race, class, religion, age, culture, and sexual orientation.

Most of our work is done by volunteers, coordinated by a small staff that has two decades of experience serving seniors in these neighborhoods.

While many of those who help do the work of We Are Family are seniors themselves — who, after all, have built this community — *we need you as well.* The possibilities are truly endless. Our staff is able to tailor a volunteer task to whatever time or gift you might have, from helping out once a year on holidays, to calling lonely seniors once a week, to making home visits or delivering groceries on Saturday mornings once or twice a month, to pairing up individual volunteers with nearby seniors, and beyond.

Please join us! More than simply a social service project, We Are Family is an experiment in building just, caring, and inclusive community — help us to realize that dream!

For more information, please feel free to contact us at 202-487-8698, or marka@wearefamilydc.org.

Check out the below short film about We Are Family by Stone Soup Films!

We Are Family FINAL from Stone Soup Films on Vimeo.

WE ARE FAMILY Reflection

“A true revolution of values will soon cause us to question the fairness and justice of many of our past and present policies. True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it is not haphazard and superficial. It comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring. A true revolution of values will soon look uneasily on the glaring contrast of poverty and wealth. With righteous indignation, it will look and say: “This is not just.”

-Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.