September Drive of the Month
Supplies for Alternative House's Culmore Teen Center
The teen center provides young people with a safe and welcoming place to spend their free time and get critical support services. Located in a space donated by the Olde Salem Village Apartments (near Seven Corners), young people in the 7th through 12th grades have a place to study, get help with homework and have some nutritious food.
The Culmore Teen Center opens after school Monday through Friday and doesn't close until 9 pm. When school is not in session, the doors open earlier to give young people a safe place to be, away from neighborhood gangs and violence. Programs at the Culmore Teen Center are designed to keep young people safe, in school, and focused on a successful future. Teen center staff provide counseling and crisis intervention, and coordinate with parents, teachers, and guidance counselors to bring a much-needed extra level of support to the many high-risk youth.
They serve dinner almost every evening to an increasing number of youth as well as their families. There are over 100 active participants who “drop in.” Many of these kids live in overcrowded living conditions. There is a dedicated group of volunteers who assist the kids with homework. In addition, teens receive help with drafting resumes and filling out college applications. The teen center emphasizes finishing high school and aspiring to college. In 2015, 96% of the teens at the teen center improved academically, and six out of seven graduating seniors are going on to college.
The Culmore Teen Center is requesting our help with school supplies. They are asking for:
- 3-ring binders
- spiral notebooks
- college-ruled filler paper
Please consider donating these supplies, or use simply the DOM-provided envelopes and write a check. DOM envelopes can be sent by mail, dropped off in the office or put into the offering plate.
Questions? Please contact Jim Isler through the Parish Office at 703-356-4902.