Mission Possible 2019: We Imagined If…
On Thursday, May 2nd, 420 caring members of our community gathered for our Mission Possible Celebration to Imagine If we lived in a city where everyone had a safe, permanent place to live.
Thank you to everyone who could join us, and to all who contributed to raising $459,000 to help make our mission possible.
Miriam’s Kitchen honored Nelson Peña (left), Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (center), and Tony Burns (right) for their contributions in helping to end veteran and chronic homelessness in DC.
The results of the annual Point in Time (PIT) count released earlier this week showed chronic homelessness had decreased 13.3% over the past year—giving us another great reason to celebrate.
Miriam’s Kitchen presented the Change Award to U.S. Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC). “I came to raise my glass to Miriam’s Kitchen for what they do for the District of Columbia,” said Norton as she received her unique award—a frying pan hand-painted by a Miriam’s Kitchen studio artist experiencing homelessness.
Miriam’s Kitchen also honored Nelson Peña, President of Baking & Global Brands at Nestlé USA, with the Belonging Award and Tony Burns, peer mentor and advocate with the Dignity Award.
“I can attest to the importance food has nourishing the body as well as the soul,” Peña said. “The meals served at Miriam’s Kitchen is an important bridge of trust and a bridge to a new beginning for a guest out of homelessness.”
Burns closed the evening with his incredible story and shared the simple message, “If you are wondering if housing works, it does!”
We hope to see you next year at our Mission Possible Celebration!