CEO Statement

Deb Martinez

Dear Friends of Mission of Love Charities,

While much of metro Washington heads out for a vacation in August and things slow down as people are away from their desks, Mission of Love Charities is still going full steam with all its operations. Every day homeless and very low-income individuals, families and children still need the basics of food, financial assistance for rent and job training.

The Mission is pressing ahead with plans to develop, renovate and rebuild the old school building across the street to become the Mission’s new facility. While the Mission has attracted significant funding to support the design and construction of the new facility, it still needs to secure more financial support to complete the project, which has a tentative completion date of late 2023. The prospect of the new and expanded space is giving us all lots of energy and enthusiasm to becoming able to do so much more for the community. While we are optimistic about securing funding from bond issues and grants, we need and hope to attract your investment and financial support. Indeed, there are several opportunities for recognition or naming of the building and rooms in the building to honor donors of significant gifts. Feel free to reach out to us to tour the building and see what’s in the works for the future.

Our Workforce Development, Education and Job Training programs continue, making a major difference in the lives of the people we serve. Mostly, these are people who were working before the pandemic hit, but who lost their jobs and will never get their old jobs back. They need and want job training that will help them get back on their feet economically by learning skills for a new job opportunity. While providing people with basic needs is still a priority, the Mission recognizes that people need to get job training and other education so they can get back to being financially able to sustain their lives and their families. The Mission’s job training and education programs include basic skills, computer training, certification to become a Nursing Assistant, certification to become an OSHA inspector and certification to become a Meetings Planner. We are launching several new educational programs Fall 2022 so stay tuned.

I also want you to know that more and more we are seeing the older people come to our doors for food and basic needs assistance. The rising costs of living are having a major negative impact on older people, who now find that they need help making it by.

Back to School is not all that far off – the children will be back in the classrooms in late August and early September. Mission of Love Charities will hold its 8th Annual Back-To-School event on Saturday, August 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. when the Mission will distribute free backpacks loaded with lots of school supplies. The event will also feature music, games, dental services, phone services, COVID testing, horseback riding and refreshments. Feel free to come by and join in the fun. And, of course, your financial support for this event would be appreciated.

Mental Health Counseling will be provided to people who stop by Mission of Love Charities on Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. DXT Therapeutic Services, a mental health agency, will be on hand to provide help, guidance and therapy for adults, adolescents and children. People who have concerns about an array of behavioral and mental health issues are encouraged to come by and talk to the professionals from DXT Therapeutics Services.

Of course, Mission of Love Charities, while keeping all these and other services going, depends on your financial support to make all this happen. If you are able, please consider making a donation.

Best wishes for a very happy Summer!

Deborah Martinez