Lincoln-Westmoreland Housing Corporation
In April 1968 Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee. Washington, D.C., erupted in protest. Six blocks directly east of Lincoln Congregational Temple, a U.C.C. church in Washington, went up in smoke. This created a wasteland; new construction was needed. Lincoln Temple and Westmoreland had already developed a partnership as they attempted to deal with some serious problems in Washington. Lincoln-Westmoreland Housing, Inc. was ready to develop land on Seventh Street N.W. between R and S Streets. Read a complete history of Lincoln-Westmoreland Housing.
Today the Corporation owns and manages two housing complexes in the area, providing affordable housing to low and moderate income families. Representatives from both churches serve on the board that administers these buildings.
Westmoreland provides additional service to Lincoln-Westmoreland residents by supporting Shaw Community Ministries.
Marie H. Reed Community Learning Center
Since 2004, Westmoreland has provided assistance to at-risk children through a partnership with the Marie H. Reed Community Learning Center, a public elementary school located at 18th Street and Kalorama Road in the District. 90% of the children at Marie Reed live below the poverty line.
Westmoreland has supported this school by providing: reading and math tutors who meet with the children at lunchtime and after school, assistance in test preparation, books, winter clothing, furniture, support for musical education, food at Thanksgiving, money for students to go to summer camp, and other financial support. The Church has started Math and Science Clubs at the school. The Math Club meets at noon on Fridays, and the Science Club is an after school program. The Church has also encouraged law firms and other organizations to become involved with Marie Reed. These organizations have provided reading and math tutors, laptop computers, printers, desk chairs, and file cabinets, among other things. This is an important outreach ministry of the Church.
You do not have to adopt a child to make a difference in a child's life. You do not have to travel to a developing country to find someone who needs help. If you are interested in helping a child at the Marie Reed school, please contact the Church at 301-229-7766.
Shaw Community Ministry
Shaw Community Ministry (SCM) is based in the Lincoln Westmoreland Apartments, a low-income housing complex located at 7th and R Streets, NW, in Washington DC's Shaw neighborhood. Founded in 1991 as an urban ministry by Westmoreland and Lincoln Temple Churches and the Potomac Association, SCM's mission is to work together with the children, youth, adults and seniors of the Shaw community to enhance lives and to expand opportunities. We accomplish this by maintaining respectful relationships and supporting specified programs in education, health and wellness, leadership and youth development.
SCM offers after school tutoring for the children and youth, access to a computer lab, offers nutrition promotion, healthy cooking and exercise classes and actively encourages and empowers promising young people to go to college. Every year, SCM offers college scholarships, summer camp scholarships, career counseling, as well as Thanksgiving baskets and an eagerly anticipated Christmas party.
Over the past 18 years, Westmoreland has provided generous financial and volunteer support for SCM activities. SCM invites Westmorelanders and friends to explore the many volunteer opportunities available at shawcommunity.org.
So Others Might Eat
SOME (So Others Might Eat) is an interfaith, community-based organization that helps poor and homeless people of the District of Columbia through many types of services. Click here for more information on the wonderful and comprehensive services that SOME provides.
For decades, Westmoreland Congregational UCC has supported SOME as a Provide-A-Meal volunteer organization for the SOME Dining Rooms. The Dining Rooms are the cornerstone of SOME’s services - more than 388,000 meals were served in 2016!
Once a month, we prepare and deliver frozen Chicken (or Turkey) Alfredo casseroles that are then baked and served at SOME. The recipe is easy and you can make it anytime convenient for you. Click here for the recipe.
To make a casserole:
- Pick up a foil casserole pan from the SOME Table in the Social Hall.
- Use this recipe to make a casserole.
- Place the frozen foil-wrapped casserole in the freezer in the church kitchen.
Westmoreland's casseroles are delivered to their O Street Dining Rooms on the day before the first Thursday of each month. Click here for a list of delivery dates through December 2018.
WCUCC has supported SOME in other ways. The Children’s Collection in 2017 gathered pancake mix, syrup and coffee for SOME! For more information about SOME and how you could volunteer to help, please feel free to contact Betsy Bennett or Jan Lilja.
Other Outreach Opportunities
- Bethesda Cares
- Action in Montgomery
- Interfaith Works
- Denominational Offerings
- Briggs Center for Faith and Actio