Southeast Ministry understands its clients well enough to know that they dont just need a job they need to believe that they can succeed. Working primarily with adults living in Wards 7 and 8, it combines job readiness programming with coursework that explores self-development, family strengthening, and life skills. Adult Basic Education classes help clients boost their math and reading skills to meet eligibility criteria for vocational training programs or community college. GED programs prepare students to take the official test, including study groups and private tutorials. And support for some of the little things (transportation to class, opening checking and savings accounts, acquiring a uniform for a new job) help remove barriers that could otherwise block the path to success. Self-worth economic and personal is what its all about. Your support helps rebuild an entire community.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 8

Where They Operate: DC-Ward 6; DC-Ward 7; DC-Ward 8; MD-Prince George's County; Our office is located in the Congress Heights neighborhood of Ward 8 and our partnership in the Skyland Workforce Center is in the Skyland neighborhood

Age Groups Served: Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Young adult (18-24); Adult (25-49)

Ethnic Groups Served: African American

Population(s) Served: Individuals with Disabilities; Individuals who identify as LGBTQ; Individuals living with HIV/AIDs; Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members; Men/Boys; Women/Girls

Awards & Recognition

Our Executive Director has received the following awards and honors:

Leadership Greater Washington Signature Program 2014

2014 Gelman, Rosenberg and Freedman EXCEL Award Honorable Mention

Named a Washingtonian of the Year 2012 (profile in January, 2013 issue)

Profiled in Sunday Washington Examiner (November, 2010 issue)

She has also been invited to speak on numerous panels and radio shows, most recently the Kojo Nnamdi show in April 2015 when it was held in SE, DC

Southeast Ministry has been featured in WAMU 88.5's documentary about Adult Education, "Yesterday's Dropouts."


  • Division of Labor: The Gap Between Skills and Jobs
    Tue Dec 6 2011, WAMU-FM 88.5  
    DC has more jobs than residents but the high unemployment rate is related to many being ill prepared academically to take these positions.

Budget (FY2014)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • The current budget for Southeast Ministry is: $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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