Mary Hall, Mary Judd and Lucy Stokes, three of WAF co-founders outside St. Aloysius Church
We Are Family Senior Outreach Network was born in 2004 with $15,000 donated by the multi-platinum punk band Good Charlotte and its ally, Positive Force DC, to a small knot of senior leaders and their friends at St. Aloysius Catholic Church in the North Capitol/Shaw neighborhood of Washington, DC. Other critical early supporters included the “Faith In Action” program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and trailblazing African-American community pillar, the Northwest Settlement House. This unique intersection of young and old, urban and suburban, black, white and brown, faith-based and secular, came together to address a gap in senior services and a broader community crisis in the Sursum Corda area, a low-income community a few blocks north of the U.S. Capitol. We Are Family has since added the Columbia Heights, Petworth, and Adams Morgan neighborhoods to its service areas.
Crucial early WAF supporter, Good Charlotte, brought to us by Positive Force DC