Mitzvah Day: Yachad DC (Anacostia, DC)May 7, 2012
Mitzvah Day is an annual day of service organized by Washington Hebrew Congregation in collaboration with various partners throughout the DC region. Each year, hundreds join together to work on projects to benefit their community. For Mitzvah Day this year, Yachad DC, a local organization that mobilizes volunteers for real estate rehabilitation, brought dozens of young adults from Washington Hebrew’s 2239 group to Anacostia to repair the home of the Roy family.
Mrs. Roy has owned her home for 31 years. She is now 80 years-old and she lives with her adult daughter. Both women are on disability and are struggling to keep up the repairs needed on their old home with their fixed income. The group’s sponsorship fee (paid for by Washington Hebrew) paid for repairs to the Roys’ roof, electric, hand rails/grab bar installation, and drywall repair.
More about Yachad: Yachad’s Sukkot in Spring program is the nation’s largest Home/Community Repair Program sponsored by the Jewish Community. Yachad has built bridges of understanding between the Jewish community and the African American community through this program since 1992 and has helped thousands of people stay safely and comfortably in their homes. This year, 2239 is one of about 15 synagogues sponsoring the home repair of a local homeowner-many are working on the same streets or neighborhoods. The Roy home is just one of two on the same block and one of nine in the same neighborhood.