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Save Us Now Inc.

​THE SPOTLIGHT - December

Stories about real people and events in our community

Corporate Sponsors that supported this event

This year Save Us Now Inc was not able do our annual giving program "A Feast for My People Project" due to the Covid-19. This unfortunately impacted a large number of people that we would normally service. We did not want to put our volunteers at risk as well as the populations of people we service to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

But the needs are still there and we wanted to still help so we decided to put together grocery bags for those who are living without shelter in encampments around the city of Washington DC., especially near Union Station.

Save Us Now Inc. was supported again by its wonderful giving partners: Giant Food, Food Lion, Wegmans, Costco Warehouse, and Whole Foods Community Giving Program that has enabled us to purchase food to and products to fill the Grocery Giveaway bags this holiday season. 

Save Us Now Inc. partnered with another organization on Sunday December 20, 2020 to distribute food and other items to those living in the encampments. Save Us Now will be doing another distribution again in two weeks to those living in encampments. 

THE SPOTLIGHT - November

Stories about real people in our community

David Watts and Heather Beall came to our attention from an article in the City Paper back on July 30, 2020. They were without shelter along with their less than a year old baby at that time. They were literally living on the streets. They asked for help from Washington DC's Virginia Williams Resource Center and was refused for not providing certain documents that they didn't even have to provide.  The City allowed this family to go without shelter with a baby, and live in the street until the  Washington Legal Clinic got involved to help them. Here is a small quote from that article.

"At first, David Watts says, he was told he needed to provide proof that he and his family had nowhere else to go. That task was near impossible for a family that’s spent months sleeping in parks, Metro stations, and, when they can pull together enough money, hotels. Watts, his partner Heather Beall, and their almost 1-year-old son have been seeking emergency shelter in D.C. for more than a year. Most recently, they say they were turned away on July 15, in the middle of a record-setting heat wave.  “She told me it wasn’t nothing they could do for me,” Watts says of his conversation with the intake worker at the Virginia Williams Family Resource Center, where families apply for emergency shelter. “So I told her to have her supervisor call me, and she kept trying to say, ‘Well, it’s nothing we can do for you.'”

He never received a call back. So that night, Watts and Beall slipped through the backyard fence of a property in Southeast and spent the night in a shed. Their son stayed with a family member. The next day, July 16, Watts called the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless looking for help. Staff attorney Amber Harding inquired with the Department of Human Services, which provided an explanation that conflicts with Watts’ version of the circumstances and that she says runs afoul of the law.    DHS responded to Harding via email that the agency never denied Watts and Beall shelter. “The family abruptly ended the call,” a DHS representative writes in one email. “Due to this, there was no eligibility determination.” In another email, an agency representative writes that Watts and Beall refused to provide information verifying that they are D.C. residents, a requirement for emergency shelter in the District, and would not provide photo ID. The email says they became “irate” and ended the call before the intake worker could finish the eligibility process.  Watts disputes that he ended the call, and says the intake worker hung up the phone after promising to refer him to a supervisor. Harding notes that DHS used similar terms to describe Shadon Freeman, a pregnant mother City Paper spoke with last year, who was also initially turned away from Virginia Williams.  David Watts and Heather Beall was placed in temporary shelter by Virginia Williams after Washington Legal Clinic got involved. 


Save Us Now Inc. contacted them shortly after they were placed in short-term housing at The Sterling, 1700 Rhode Island Ave NE, where we gifted them a $500 gift-card to buy personal essentials to help them. Since that time David  and Heather have moved into permanent housing and Save Us Now Inc. has been able to donate items to them through our Comforts of Home Program, where its sole purpose is to provide basic household items and furniture to families and individuals determined to rebuild their lives in a new permanent home of their own. We are so happy for David and Heather. If you would like to continue to help this family you can donate to them through Save Us Now Inc. 

David & Heather...a real miracle

November 30, 2020