Healthy Meals & Basic Needs

The Bethany Day Center

The Bethany Women’s Day Center is often the first entry point for women. The Center offers safe respite from the streets; meets a woman’s basic needs for food, clothing, laundry and showers; provides access to resources for housing, health, legal and other needs; and offers a confidential crisis and case management support.

The Day Center is open five days a week on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday, from 7 a.m.-4 p.m.

We provide essential services that include carry and go breakfast from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., hot lunch, showers, laundry, and toiletries. Participants must sign up for the shower and laundry facilities, and are required to answer screening questions and have their temperature taken prior to entry.

Client Services

Computer Lab & Vocational Services



Laundry & Showers

Legal Services

Our Impact


nutritious meals

served, equaling almost 340 meals served each day our emergency shelters and day center.


of general

in-kind donations from 199 donors


women and 6 families

were provided supportive
housing in a dignified community



were connected to employment or benefits.

Voices of the Village

Learn more stories of healing, hope, and transformation from Village clients:


Cheryl was adopted and grew up in Washington, DC. Her parents both had good government jobs and they were a musical family. Around the age of 12, Cheryl realized that her father was abusing her mother regularly in their basement. One day she tried to get help from a neighbor, but they said it was just what couples did.

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Catherine worked hard all of her life. She retired from her retail career in 2008 and assumed the full-time role of taking care of her mother in Memphis. After her mother passed in March 2011, Catherine decided to move to DC to be closer to her niece and nephew. She had a hard time finding work and lived in a hotel until she could no longer afford the cost.

On a cold morning in February 2016, Catherine became homeless for the first time in her life. Alone, she made her way to Union Station where she met a woman who told her about the city’s emergency shelters.

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Courtney grew up in an upper middle class, suburban family, but from an early age she felt different – “I didn’t know exactly what I was.” Born Calvin, she felt most comfortable with female friends and enjoyed being “girly.” Like most kids, she just wanted to be herself — unfortunately her parents would not accept her as a girl.

She struggled to survive living her “double life.” She started using drugs and alcohol to cope, but wasn’t concerned because “partying was what young people did.”

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