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June 27, 2014 / Ciara Myers, Editor

New women’s homeless shelter coming to Chinatown

HOMELESSNESS
– The former Gospel Rescue Missions building in Chinatown will soon become a shelter for homeless women due to a deal reached by the city and the building’s owners. This is a big change from the owner’s previous plans to turn the building into high-end residential units. (WBJ, 6/26)

The Department of Human Services plans to use the first four floors to house women in the “temporary shelter model.” The fifth floor will contain units for women in the District’s transitional housing program. The basement level will support the entire shelter population, “providing large gathering space to address critical life skills,” according to the mayor’s memo to the council.

– A new group has emerged in the fight to advocate for the homeless – librarians. As many libraries in the District acknowledge their place as “day shelters” for the city’s homeless, some have convened to develop strategies on how to safely and respectfully cater to a population in need. (WaPo, 6/26)

CSR
– With recent research from Deloitte showing that employees who volunteer are more like to report job satisfaction and recommend their employer to friends, it’s a wonder that many companies struggle to get employees to opt-in to volunteer programs. In this op-ed, Robert Musslewhite, Chairman and CEO of The Advisory Board Company,  highlights the organization’s significant accomplishment of achieving 100 percent employee participation in their volunteer program. (Fast Company, 6/20)

– Also, The Advisory Board Company was recently awarded the 2014 Points of Light Corporate Engagement Award of Excellence for their volunteer program.

EDUCATION
– As city officials strive for a resolution to the proposed D.C. Public School boundary changes, many are requesting that the changes be put on hold and for more attention to be placed on improving the schools instead. (WaPo, 6/26)

Maryland pledges collaboration on teacher and principal evaluation process (WaPo, 6/27)

YOUTH │ The Washington region showed the second biggest growth in a metro area for children age 0-5 between 2012-2013 with a 1.2 percent gain. (Urban Turf, 6/26)


America’s most stressed-out cities….take a look at where D.C. ranks.

-Ciara 

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