THE GIVING TREE
MONDAY, DECEMBER 2ND
M - TH 4:00 - 8:00 | FRI - 3:00 - 8:00 | SAT - SUN 12:00 - 9:00
Each WINTERFEST, Ben Sherman, Wunder Garten’s gardner, and the owner of Sherman Gardens installs The Giving Tree christmas tree lot, and selects a stellar charity to support. This year, Pathways to Housing DC will be the beneficiary.
Sherman Gardens provides premium landscape design, build and maintenance services in Washington, DC. With 40 years of experience and passion, they always outperform clients' expectations.
Founded in 2004, Pathways to Housing DC provides home, health, and hope to more than 3,500 adults each year who are experiencing homelessness or at risk for homelessness. Pathways to Housing DC initially opened their doors to end homelessness and help the healing of men and women who were considered “chronically homeless”- those individuals living on the streets for years with serious mental health challenges such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder that were not being treated. What made Pathways to Housing DC unique in a city with many mental health and housing programs was our Housing First model. Other organizations operated with rules and pre-housing requirements such as curfews, mandated sobriety, compliance with medication, and participation in groups either before entering housing, or as a requirement to keep housing. This approach worked for the majority of individuals experiencing homelessness who were seeking services, but the remaining most psychiatrically disabled and vulnerable subgroup stayed on the street and was not effectively housed within the existing system of care. What has made Pathways to Housing DC so unique in its success over the past decade is their reversal of this traditional treatment sequence. Instead of requiring people to be “clean and sober” or “housing ready,” Pathways DC offers housing, first.