Editor’s Note: Community of Hope is a nonprofit organization that works to improve the health and quality of life for low-income, homeless, and underserved families and individuals in D.C. by providing health care, housing with supportive services, educational opportunities, and spiritual support.

With the exceptions of Laura W and one other person , I have been at Community of Hope (COH) long enough to to welcome the staff.,That fact makes me reasonably knowledgeable about COH.

I can’t count the number of times or ways they have prolonged, let alone saved, my life!

I can’t name everyone who went above and beyond the call of duty for me. But I will say that Drs. Sugarmann, Vaughn, and Foxen – each of whom has moved on to other assignments – left behind a tradition of charity, faith, trust, and yes, Hope. A Community of Hope.

Need a place to vent? Got diabetes? Need to lose some inches? The wellness programs are as good as those in any hospital! The staff are congenial, intelligent, and compassionate. They set the tone for the community. For poor folks, it is essential that medical services are provided with a spoonful of dignity; otherwise, patients won’t participate in their own recovery. The leadership (staff) needs to be empathetic and filled with Hope.

Charity, self sacrifice, empathy, trustworthiness, encouragement, dignity, and compassion are things you’ll find at the COH. I wish I found more of those in the CODC (Community of D.C.)!