SJCS Stories

Spring Growth at St. John’s

Dear Friends, During the spring, I am filled by optimism from longer days, more sunshine, and increasingly warmer weather. For many of us, spring is a time for new beginnings when opportunities start to take root. At St. John’s Community Services, we are in a period of new growth and…...

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Winter 2019 Newsletter

Expanding our Mission As you may know, we are in our 150th year of changing lives and building stronger communities. Throughout our history, we have been responsive to the changing needs of the communities we support. From the beginning, our services have slowly shifted from serving those wounded during the…...

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ART Options Celebrates Black History Month

This past month, our ART Options program in Washington, DC celebrated  Black History Month with a series honoring black history and culture! The ART Options program supports emerging artists to develop their own artistic voice and style, to gain new employment skills, and to engage with the arts community....

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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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