Since its doors opened, Mary’s Center has grown from a small basement clinic that served 200 women a year to a Federally Qualified Health Center that serves nearly 40,000 men, women, and children. Our array of services and our constituency have both broadened significantly since our inception. Using a holistic social change model, we provide comprehensive health, social, and education services to underserved, underinsured, and uninsured individuals in the D.C. metropolitan region as well as to newcomers from over 110 countries.
Between 1988 and 2013 our staff size grew from 10 to over 450 and our annual operating budget from $250,000 to $39 million. In early 2009, a month after her husband’s inauguration, Mary’s Center was privileged to host First Lady Michelle Obama on her first D.C. community visit. Her empathy and sincerity left a permanent impression on the teens, children, and staff who interacted with her. It is no coincidence that all the seniors in our Teen Program present that day are now attending college.
Mary’s Center now provides comprehensive services at six locations in D.C. and Maryland, including a Senior Wellness Center. We also operate mobile units: the Mama & Baby Bus, providing health screenings throughout the D.C. area, and a pediatric dental unit, the Dental Cruiser, reaching underserved middle school students in Prince George's County, Maryland.
Our success in improving lives and strengthening communities, one family at a time, has fostered important partnerships and earned us many awards. We work closely with a network of service providers around the metropolitan region. We also collaborate with academic researchers on studies examining effective practices.