St. John's Community Services
Year founded: 1868, in the District of Columbia
Size: We provide services to over 600 individuals with disabilities annually, have about 900 staff, and provide services in six states (DC, MD, VA, DE, PA, TN)
In a sentence, your mission is: "Advancing community support and opportunities for people living with disabilities"
Biggest challenges in 2018-2019: 1) A national crisis in staffing shortages for Direct Support Professionals, the front line staff that provide daily direct services; and, 2) government and managed care reimbursement rates for services that continue to be extremely low and diminishing, making the provision of quality services a continual challenge
Biggest opportunity in 2018-2019: Expansion and diversification of our services to reach even more people and communities, fostering a passion for people of all abilities!
Year founded: 2002
In a sentence, your mission is: Ending human trafficking, one life at a time.
Biggest challenges in 2018-2019: Victims’ access to justice. With the passage of SESTA (Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act) in March 2018, we are making huge strides in the right direction but it will always be a challenge to make sure that victims are able to receive services instead of being treated as criminals and being incarcerated and that the traffickers are held accountable and apprehended for their crime.
Biggest opportunity in 2018-2019: Awareness and education around trafficking has seen a dramatic increase over the last few years and survivors are beginning to more easily access services and their friends, family, and community members are able to recognize the warning signs and are taking action. With the launch of DC Superior Court's launch of HOPE Court in February 2018, we are finally starting to see the community take action to connect survivors to life-saving services and supporting them in a journey to heal and re-build their lives.
Housing Association of Nonprofit Developers... Affectionately known as HAND!
Year founded: 1991
In a sentence, your mission is: HAND’s mission is to support a professional community of housing providers in order to increase the supply of affordable housing in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan region. Collectively we aim to create communities in which individuals and families can thrive.
Biggest challenges in 2018-2019: Each year we strive to reach higher for our members, and in the 2018-2019 program year we plan to do just that! The need for housing that is affordable is going nowhere soon, but we are prepared to face this challenge by leveraging the tools in our toolbox - thought leadership and expertise within our membership - to create innovative, impactful housing opportunities across our jurisdictions.
Biggest opportunity in 2018-2019: We had an amazing opportunity to partner with April De Simone of designing the WE to bring an exhibit titled Undesign the Redline to our largest program of the year: HAND’s Annual Meeting & Housing Expo. The exhibit is a visual representation of the history of discrimination and housing policy in the United States, connecting the systematic racial housing segregation of the 1930s to political and social issues of today.
Solar United Neighbors
Year founded: 2007
In a sentence, your mission is: We're a community of people building a new energy system with rooftop solar at the cornerstone. We help people go solar, come together and fight for their energy rights.
Biggest challenges in 2018-2019: Our community based co-op model has been so successful that we now help thousands of people go solar each year. We are also launching programs that make it possible for renters and low income populations to go solar. But the success of solar has also generated resistance. Utility companies are putting up roadblocks to rooftop solar because they see it as a threat to their revenue. And they have deep pockets to lobby for policies that protect the status quo.
Biggest opportunity in 2018-2019: People get it. Rooftop solar makes our electric system cleaner, less expensive and more resilient. Polls consistently show more than 80% of people want the US to use more solar energy. And when individual solar homeowners and supporters come together, they can be an incredibly powerful voice for change - even in the face of monopoly utilities.