For more than two decades, Washington Hebrew Congregation’s Carrie Simon House has provided a supportive transitional housing program for homeless young women ages 18–25 and their babies.
The program's mission is to intervene in the lives of these mothers at a critical juncture, when intense and targeted support will allow them to finish school, secure employment, and learn the skills necessary to emerge from homelessness to independent living. Residents must attend school, participate in job training, comply with house rules, and meet with a case manager. The program — named for Rabbi Abram Simon's wife Carrie, the founder of our Sisterhood and a forceful advocate for social change — serves three young mothers and their children in Northwest D.C. In continuous operation since 1988, the program has graduated over 100 young women.
Carrie Simon House Shabbat
Mayor Muriel Bowser joined WHC for a special Shabbat service celebrating the Carrie Simon House. Several CSH alumnae spoke at services and the dinner following, sharing the positive impact the program had on their lives. A private, nonprofit transitional housing program, Carrie Simon House provides young, homeless mothers and their children a stable, nurturing group living environment and the time and support to get their lives on track.
Offer your professional expertise and/or become a member of our committee. We welcome anyone interested in volunteering time or sharing a special skill - such as nutrition, financial literacy, budget planning, parenting, child development, or fundraising - to join us.
SCRIP are gift cards at Giant, Peapod, Safeway, Starbucks, and CVS that generate regular monthly income for Carrie Simon House.
You can use SCRIP to pay for all of your typical needs: groceries, household supplies, postage stamps, coffee…you name it! SCRIP is used like "cash," so you can check-out in the cash only line. It is great to give to your children, spouses, parents and friends.
Support the house’s considerable ongoing operating costs as well as special projects through a financial contribution. Carrie Simon House is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit, and gifts to the program may be tax-deductible.
Needed items include paper towels, toilet tissue, furniture polish, glass cleaner, laundry detergent, fabric softener, dryer sheets, foil, plastic wrap, kitchen sponges, zipper storage bags, napkins, plastic trash bags, bleach wipes, hand soap, hand sanitizer, and bars of soap. Bins for these items are located by the lobby doors of both campuses.