2013 Grant Recipients

Bread for the City began as a volunteer-run free health clinic in 1974. Over the years, their programs grew to include the addition of a legal clinic, social services program, and, most recently, an advocacy program. Their mission is to provide vulnerable residents of Washington, DC, with comprehensive services, including food, clothing, medical care, and legal and social services, in an atmosphere of dignity and respect. The WBAF grant will assist the operation of Bread for the City’s Domestic Violence Community Legal Services Project, which serves low income minority women in their fight to obtain protection from domestic violence. @BreadfortheCity

Break the Cycle believes everyone has the right to safe and healthy relationships, and its mission is to engage, educate, and empower youth to build lives and communities free from domestic violence. They are the leading, national nonprofit organization addressing teen dating violence. The WBAF grant will support the improved delivery and expansion of the legal services program. Break the Cycle provides representation in campus administrative proceedings, as well as family, employment, and housing matters; accompanies survivors to meet with police and/or prosecutors to report abuse and assists in criminal prosecution; and makes appropriate referrals to social services. @BreaktheCycleDV

The Employment Justice Center's mission is to secure, protect, and promote workplace justice in the DC metro area and work with low-wage workers in the DC metro area. The WBAF grant will support their Program on Women's Employment Rights (POWER), which helps women and their families achieve and maintain economic self-sufficiency through free direct legal assistance and representation, education, and outreach about women's employment rights. @DCEJC

DC Law Students in Court is committed to ensuring justice for Washington’s low-income community through free, high-quality legal assistance while training third-year law students in lawyering and courtroom advocacy skills. The WBAF grant supports the Women Tenants Homelessness Prevention Project, which provides legal services for women facing eviction.

The DC Volunteer Lawyers Project is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to address the critical shortage of legal assistance for low-income people in Washington DC, especially in cases involving domestic violence. The WBAF grant will support the Domestic Violence Program in increasing the number of domestic violence survivors the volunteer attorneys can represent in protection order petitions and related custody, divorce, and child support matters. In 2013 DCVLP will increase their staff from one full-time supervising attorney to one full-time and two part-time supervisors allowing DCVLP to significantly increase the number of women served. @DCVLP

Legal Counsel for the Elderly's primary goals are to serve and empower thousands of low-income seniors in the areas of law involving basic human needs: income, housing, long-term care, personal autonomy, and consumer protection. The WBAF grant supports the newly launched Health Justice for the Elderly Initiative, a medical-legal partnership serving DC’s low-income seniors. @AARP

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