SJCS Stories

Building Friendships through St. John’s

One of the best parts of my first year as President and CEO of St. John’s Community Services has been meeting the individuals we support and the staff that work with them. Our direct support professionals are some of the most loving and dedicated individuals I have ever met. They…...

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Summer Newsletter 2018

Building on a Legacy of Service 2018 marks the 150th year of St. John’s Community Services. From our inception, St. John’s has been dedicated to changing lives and building strong, inclusive communities for all. Since 1868, we have been forward-thinking, engaged, and prepared to embrace change....

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Tony and Alex’s Beach Vacation

By Jodi Albright, SJCS Program Coordinator Last week, Tony and Alex, with the support of St. John’s Staff Oji and Jodi (that’s me,) took a refreshing vacation to Rehoboth Beach! Rehobeth is a few hours from Alex and Tony’s St. John’s supported home in DC. We arrived in the afternoon…...

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A View of St. John’s Children’s Home

Pat Gieger and her sister spent five years in the St. John’s Children’s Home in the 1920’s after their parents divorced. In 1966, she wrote some of her memories from that time. Below are excerpts related to her time at the home. For more information about Pat and to read…...

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Tonio’s Talks: Meet Hawanatu Kamara

Hawanatu Kamara is an Administrative Assistant in the DC office. In her role, she helps everyone stay organized. She has been happily employed by St. John’s for the past two years, after finding the position through the suggestion of a friend. Hawanatu’s easy-going personality, confidence, and intelligence are a great…...

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SJCS Artists Featured at Children’s National Hospital

Since May, St. John’s Art Options artwork has been brightening the hallways at Children’s National Hospital in DC! Nearly 100 works are split between the first and third floors of the hospital. Being featured at the hospital is great exposure for the artists....

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Spotlight on Art Options

A few weeks before Christmas, when I had just started at St. John’s, our Art Options program was promoting pet portraits. A portrait of our dog was the perfect gift for my significant other! My kids had always wanted a puppy, and Jameson was rescued right before Christmas in 2016.…...

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St. John’s: Making Dreams a Reality

For those of us in the office, specifically at Headquarters, we can sometimes feel removed from the work being done in the field and regional offices. We can forget how our small piece makes an impact on the larger St. John’s picture. Thalia Simpson-Clement, our Chief Operations Officer, is always…...

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Commission a Pet Portrait!

Back by popular demand: Commissioned Pet Portraits! Do you love your furry friend? Do wish you had a one-of-a-kind way to commemorate your friendship? Look no further! You can commission your pet portrait with an Art Options Artist. Commissioned pet art also makes the purrfect holiday gift for any pet-lover…...

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Jamal Williams, SJCS Art Options Artist, to Take Part in The AFRO’s 125th Gala

Jamal Williams, an emerging artist in the DC area, will be appearing at The AFRO American Newspaper’s 125th-anniversary gala, where he will be actively creating new pieces, and where his art will be available for sale. Jamal began painting ten years ago through St. John’s Community Services while in high…...

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