Cisco Awards Grant to Miriam’s Kitchen to Help Fight Homelessness

Cisco Awards Grant to Miriam’s Kitchen to Help Fight Homelessness

Washington, D.C. – May 15, 2013 – To help combat homelessness in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, networking technology company Cisco has issued a $25,000 grant to local charity Miriam’s Kitchen. Cisco is committed to helping charities achieve their goals by supporting the local communities where its employees reside.

As of January 2012, there were 1,870 chronically homeless individuals in Washington, D.C. on any given night. With the help of the grant from Cisco, Miriam’s Kitchen will be able to serve thousands of healthy meals and provide 5,000 homeless individuals with one-on-one assistance in 2013.

“As a resident of the Washington, D.C. area, I want to commend Miriam’s Kitchen for the great work it does every day helping those in need,” says Patrick Finn, senior vice president, U.S. public sector, Cisco. “Without the amazing staff at Miriam’s Kitchen and the more than 2,000 volunteers, there are many that would go hungry. Cisco is proud to support Miriam’s Kitchen in its efforts to end homelessness.”

The grant from Cisco will help provide support for Miriam’s Kitchen’s meals and case management programs. Its meals program provides healthy meals to homeless individuals Monday through Friday during breakfast and dinner. It served 71,948 meals in 2012 and expects to serve 73,500 meals in 2013. Miriam’s Kitchen’s case management program provides support services ranging from clean clothing and medical care to help finding employment and housing assistance.

“We are particularly grateful for Cisco’s generous support of our work to end chronic homelessness in Washington, DC. Their support will make it possible for 5,000 homeless men and women to receive one-on-one assistance from highly trained case managers in 2013 alone,” says Scott Schenkelberg, president and CEO of Miriam’s Kitchen.

Miriam’s Kitchen is committed to ending chronic homelessness in Washington, D.C. by creating meaningful connections with displaced individuals, providing them with permanent housing, and ensuring they have the necessary support to remain in housing. Miriam’s Kitchen advocates for permanent supportive housing as a long-term solution, while meeting short-term needs by providing healthy meals and high-quality social services to more than 5,000 homeless individuals each year.

About Miriam’s Kitchen

Miriam’s Kitchen advocates for permanent supportive housing as a long-term solution, while meeting short-term needs by providing healthy meals and high-quality social services to more than 5,000 chronically homeless individuals each year.

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Miriam’s Kitchen
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Cisco
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