Mary’s Center offers participants a wide variety of social supports to help them improve their health, education, and economic situation and realize their potential. All of our social services are free of charge and cover all ages, from unborn children (WIC Program) to seniors.
Read about a few of our social services below or click here to see a comprehensive list of our social services.
WIC is a federally-funded health and nutrition program for women, infants, and children. The program helps families by issuing checks for healthy supplemental foods from participating supermarkets, providing nutrition education, and making referrals to healthcare and other community services. Our WIC staff also does a lot of community outreach at health fairs, community centers, churches, farmers markets, daycares, shelters and grocery stores, promoting healthy habits.
WIC recently received 2 grants to expand its outreach work:
The team also provides breastfeeding support through the Beautiful Beginnings Club.
Click here to read more about who qualifies for the WIC program, the benefits of participating, and how to apply.
Parents are initially shocked and confused when they realize that their child has special needs. Fortunately, Mary’s Center is here to help, with our Early Intervention Program for Children with Special Needs. Kind and caring staff provides education, coordination of available resources, advocacy, psychosocial support, and home visits for parents of children up to three years old with disabilities or developmental delays.
We are very proud of our Father-Child Program for dads and father-figures. The program is designed to help men develop the attitude, knowledge, and skills to become involved in and connected to their children’s lives. The program includes home visiting, sports activities and monthly outings where the whole family can bond. To enroll in this program, contact Carlos Merchan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our After School Program or “Teen Program” helps young people to succeed in school and prepare for college, technical school or workforce experiences. Our dynamic and dedicated team of youth development workers also encourages the teens to maintain good health and make wise lifestyle choices. Read more about the Teen Program, activities, and its incredible impact.
The beautiful Bernice Fonteneau Senior Wellness Center in DC’s Ward 1 has everything seniors need to remain active and healthy. From a gym where our Fitness Director puts the seniors through their paces to quilting activities, bible studies, computer labs, and a variety of social activities and volunteer opportunities. Find out more about our programs for seniors.