Bread for the City has been serving D.C. residents living with low income for more than 40 years. Our services -- food, clothing, legal, medical and social -- support our mission that residents develop their power to determine the future of their own communities. We also seek justice through community organizing and advocacy.
As we hit the midpoint of our fourth decade, our CEO, George A. Jones has a bold challenge and mission for the District: to break the cycle of poverty in our region in 20-25 years by ensuring that every neighborhood is a neighborhood that works -- where every resident has access to jobs that pay a living wage, affordable housing, food, and quality health care.
This year marks the 45th anniversary of our medical clinic. More than 3,000 patients call Bread for the City their medical home. We provide primary care for all ages. Our dental, vision, and behavioral health clinics only see patients who come to Bread for the City for their primary health care. This allows our doctors to offer high-quality, coordinated, comprehensive services to every patient.The clinic also provides examinations, medications, lab tests, and referrals to patients, regardless of their ability to pay.
As health care continues to shift to a more holistic model, Bread for the City is keeping pace. Our new SE center, which ceremonially broke ground last year, will allow us to continue providing our clients with the quality health care they've come to know and love.
The new Bread for the City Southeast Center will bring much-needed primary medical, dental, vision, and behavioral health care to the community. The new clinics, and wellness spaces — including a fitness center and locker rooms, private counseling rooms, classrooms, and kid-friendly spaces — will provide clients with the resources to make a sustained investment in their physical and mental health.
We’ll be able to treat 2,000 patients, provide behavioral health care to 1,000 patients, dental care to 1,000 patients, and vision care to 500 patients — all in our very first Southeast DC medical clinic. This is not only good for our clients, it’s good for the District: according to the DC Fiscal Policy Institute, the District could save $34M in emergency room visit costs if all residents had regular access to primary care like the services our new building will provide.