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Hero Central: Dwelling Place Helps Families Build A New Life

GAITHERSBURG, Md.  (WUSA9) —  Since moving to a fully-furnished apartment nearly two years ago, Wede Gbadyu has vastly improved her life. The 26-year-old mother remembers her children’s happy reaction after leaving a homeless shelter. “They couldn’t believe it…they finally had somewhere to call home,” she said of her children, Richard, Princess and Harmony. The school-aged children enjoy playing  Read more »

Olympic Skater Michael Weiss’s Fundraising Event: Skating with the Stars!

( — Today, I had the pleasure to welcome Olympic Silver medalist and local ice skating legend Michael Weiss.  He came to discuss his special fundraising event on Sunday, September 15th at 4pm located at the Garens Ice House in Laurel, MD.  All proceeds benefit the Michael Weiss Foundation, which is a non-profit organization.  He  Read more »

HERO CENTRAL: Middle School Students Excel With Higher Achievement

WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA9) — Adam Workineh, 15, looks over a sketched blueprint drawn by a middle school-aged boy. Workineh serves as a mentor and intern. He was once working on the same subject at Higher Achievement, a multi-year enrichment program focused on middle school students. “Everybody at Higher Achievement is my family. I can come back, I can  Read more »

Hero Central: Latin American Youth Center Provides Free Career Training For Teens

WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA9) — The Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) helps the city’s youth get on a path to a stable profession.  The non-profit organization in Columbia Heights launched the LAYC Career Academy last year. The free public charter program has offered over 100 students training in medical assistance or IT. “We need that motivation  Read more »

Hero Central: The Literacy Council of Northern Virginia breaks down Language Barriers

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (WUSA9) — Sixty-year-old Dan Thai uses basic English to describe a restaurant scene. He participates in a classroom activity using flashcards at the James Lee Community Center. Immigrants face challenges thriving in their new community when they face language barriers. The Literacy Council of Northern Virginia (LCNV) helps adults gain confidence by teaching them basic English. Over 700 trained volunteers teach or  Read more »

Hero Central: Community Bridges Empowers Young Women

SILVER SPRING, Md. (WUSA9) — Young women growing up in immigrant families face challenges navigating life in American culture. Community Bridges, a non-profit organization, steps in to instill confidence in multicultural girls in Montgomery County Public Schools. “I really wish, I was here since my freshmen year. I would’ve been a much better person. They really helped  Read more »

Hero Central: Youth Organizations United to Rise Builds Up Young Minds

WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA9)—Inside a house sitting on the corner of 14th St. NW, children stare intently at a math game. Others play checkers and marbles. Joyce Madyun couldn’t have  imagined that a program she started in the basement of her home, 24 years ago, would grow to serve over 2,000 youngsters over the years. Sixteen  Read more »

Hero Central: Homeless Children’s Playtime Project Fosters A Healthy Childhood

WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA9) — “He’s happy. You see he['s] a happy baby. Into everything. Since he started walking, he’s just into everything.” DaShawn Brown, 24, laughs as she watches her 1-year-old son, DaMari Dunbar, grab a handful of crayons. In October, 2012, she and her three children entered DC General, an emergency family shelter.  On Tuesdays she brings DaMari  Read more »

Hero Central: McLean Project for the Arts Fosters the Creative Spirit

McLEAN, VA (— This summer youngsters are getting the opportunity to tap into their imaginations during art camp at McLean Project for the Arts or MPA. The non-profit center sits within the McLean Community Center. A group of children walks through the current art exhibit, Strictly Painting 9. The youngsters eagerly answer questions posed to  Read more »

Hero Central: Miriam’s Kitchen Breaks the Ice with the Homeless

WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA9)— In one of the most affluent neighborhoods in the District, there is an organization helping people meet their basic needs. Surrounded by the Watergate Hotel and The Kennedy Center is Miriam’s Kitchen. The non-profit organization strives to end long-term homelessness with one meal at a time. “The biggest thing I learned, it built my self-esteem,  Read more »