Patricia Handy Place for Women Meal Service

WHO CAN HELP?   WES members, friends, adolescents 14 and over

WHAT?   Two volunteers serve dinner to 35-60 women housed at the Patricia Handy Place for Women, a facility that opened in 2016 to provide shelter and integrated, supportive services to homeless and low-income women. As the provider, N Street Village provides 24-hour trauma-informed support and on-site case management for residents, helping them to achieve their health, wellness, and long-term housing goals.  Additionally, Unity Health Care provides oversight for the facility’s 12 medical respite beds and drop-in health care services to all of the facility’s residents.

WHERE?   Patricia Handy Place for Women, 810  5th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001 (near 5th and H).   WES provides two servers for the 3rd floor.

      Directions to Patricia Handy Place for Women:

  • By car: Only on-street parking is available. If driving, please allow extra time to find parking. There are parking garages/lots in the area.


  • By metro: Less than 10 minute walk from three metro stations: Mt Vernon/7th St-Convention Center on the yellow/green line, Gallery Pl/Chinatown on the yellow/green and red lines, and Judiciary Square on the red line.


  • By bus: Less than a 5 minute walk from stops on the P6 and 70/79 lines and Georgetown-Union Station Circulator route; about a 10 minute walk from stops on the X2, 80, and D6 lines.


WHEN?   WES provides two servers every  2nd Saturday of each month, from 6:45 – 8:00 pm.  Please enter through the front door and let security know that you are there to volunteer on the 3rdfloor. Take the elevator up to the 3rd floor and report to the staff office. The staff on the 3rd floor will show you what to do. Arrive in time to be on the 3rd floor by 6:45.


Community Service Hours for Students.  Students can receive community service hours for volunteering.  Information available from Lula Beatty or the WES office.


HOW? Ask the WES Patricia Handy Place coordinator, Lula Beatty at 301 577-5779,  

WHY? On any given night, 882 unaccompanied women are experiencing homelessness in the District of Columbia. They are disproportionately:


  • Black/African American women (75%), although Black women are only 52% of the population of adult women in DC;


  • Older, the median age of homeless women is 52 years;
  • LGBTQ, approximately 20% of women identified as LGBTQ, a high rate considering that the total LGBTQ population in DC is 10.7%.


They experience high rates of chronic homelessness with 72% having been without housing for a year or longer or have had a least four episodes of housing loss in last three years.


The primary causes of their homelessness is violence (33%), mental illness (72%) and substance abuse (31%).   Limited affordable housing is another barrier for women in DC.


Women are actively engaged in ending their homelessness with most looking for housing and employment.   They need shelter, health care, mental health, and substance abuse treatment, trauma-informed treatment, employment, transportation, job training … and food served with kindness and joy.


Data Source: 2017 DC Women’s Needs Assessment Report