The WHF Foundation is proud to partner with and support non-profit organizations in the community whose work supports our mission --helping women and their families in the DC area by providing charitable services and educational activities primarily housing support.

The WHF Foundation Partner Spotlight features stories of the work that WHF members are doing in the community with our partner organizations and beneficiaries of our grants and scholarships. Read these to learn more about how to become an active volunteer in our mission.

Bridges to Independence (“Bridges”) leads individuals and families out of homelessness and into stable, independent futures. A private, nonprofit organization, Bridges has been working with and for homeless families since 1985. They offer a continuum of aid and support for all family members, helping them attain financial security and move forward into self-sufficiency. Sullivan House, Bridges’ emergency shelter provides families with a safe, supportive place to stay. Sullivan House is the largest emergency shelter for families experiencing homelessness in Arlington County. Following an average shelter stay of 3 months, families transition into Bridges’ Rapid Re-Housing program. The goal is to move families into safe, affordable, and permanent housing as quickly as possible.

Each year Bridges serves over 120 families; 60% of those they serve are children. Bridges’ robust Youth Development Program provides opportunities for youth to increase their self-esteem, develop leadership abilities, and improve their overall health/well-being. The goal is to give students the confidence, skills, and tools needed to pursue and complete post-secondary education or vocational training, providing them with a pathway to economic security.

Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Childcare
  • Shelter organization
  • Administrative assistance
  • Gardening
  • Events
  • Meals for client workshops

For more information please visit or email [email protected].

Doorways for Women and Families is an Arlington, Virginia-based non-profit that is dedicated to helping women and families facing homelessness and domestic violence.  Doorways envisions a day when all people in the Arlington community live free of violence and have safe and stable housing. Their goal is that every family who walks through their door walks through another – into a safe home of their own. Since 1978, Doorways has given thousands of its Arlington neighbors a pathway out of violence and homelessness and empowered them to create brighter futures.

Doorways understand that the causes of family homelessness, domestic violence and sexual assault are profound and varied. Many of their clients have experienced just one of these issues, while others have faced all three. Doorways works to break the cycles of poverty and violence through every interaction they have with their clients and by advocating for systemic policy change. They are successful because Doorways treats each person as an individual, tailoring their programs and services to help every adult and child they serve overcome trauma, build life skills and ultimately unlock their full potential. From immediate crisis intervention to counseling, housing and employment support, Doorways offers real options and multiple pathways to build brighter futures.

Doorways puts thousands of parents and children on paths to brighter futures by providing:

  • An immediate, safe response to our neighbors in crisis ◾24-Hour Domestic & Sexual Violence Hotline
  • Sexual Assault Hospital Accompaniment
  • Court Advocacy Program
  • Safe housing options, from emergency shelter through long-term housing
  • Domestic Violence Safehouse, Safe Kennel and Safe Apartments
  • Freddie Mac Foundation Family Home
  • HomeStart Supportive Housing Program
  • Comprehensive support services that help clients achieve and maintain stability
  • Trauma-Informed Goal Planning and Counseling Services
  • Children’s Services Program
  • Financial Independence Track
  • Revive Domestic & Sexual Violence Counseling Program
  • Graduate Services
  • Community Advocacy and Engagement

Open Arms Housing, Inc.
 Celebrates Recent Events and Accomplishments 

Open Arms Housing provided permanent supportive housing to 84 formerly homeless women in Washington, D.C. from 2017-2018. There were 64 women in scattered-site units, 20 in single site buildings and 23 are currently in the housing search. These programs had high success rates and maintained a 94% rate of housing stability.

OAH fulfilled a Challenge Grant from The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation.

Rosanne Haggerty, Executive Director of Community Solution and a MacArthur Fellow, and a leader in ending homelessness, (below) spoke at the 2018 Annual Fundraiser, her words were inspiring— “Ending homelessness, she said, is not harder than ending small pox—and we did that!”


Local Initiative Support Corporation (LISC) Executive Director Ramon Jacobsen speaks at the Fundraiser. The husband of the late Oramenta Newsome, Executive Director of LISC for twenty-five years, receives a posthumous award from OAH on her behalf. LISC helped OAH to purchase our buildings.


Two clients also spoke at the 2018 Annual Fundraiser. The first, Matrice Jones, lives at The Dunbar. Deborah Veney lives in a scattered site unit in SE Washington.


Current and former board members of OAH.

 In November, the residents of The Dunbar had a Thanksgiving feast provided by members of the Sinai Baptist Church, who also provide bible study to our residents. 


Volunteer Opportunities for OAH:

  •  Flower Planting at their two houses in Fall 2019.
  •  Mothers Day Brunch (Saturday before Mother's Day)
  •  Financial Literacy for residents and clients of Open Arms. (Dates to be determined.)





Contact the WHF Foundation at 703-683-4742 with any questions on volunteering with the WHF Foundation.


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