We’ve moved our offices!
The administrative office for Woodley House moved from our 1408 No. Capitol Street NW location to a beautiful new office, allowing us more room to work, without stepping over each other! But as we settle in, we want to assure you that our work is moving ahead uninterrupted. Happy 2016!
Our new address is: 6856 Eastern Avenue, NW – Suite # 300 — Washington, DC 20012!
19th ANNUAL MOVIE BENEFIT … IN THE HEART OF THE SEA
Our 19th Annual Movie Benefit was a great success and we want to thank everyone who helped make it such a special evening. Woodley House presented a special, pre-release screening of Warner Bros.’ ‘IN THE HEART OF THE SEA’ directed by Ron Howard. It told the dramatic true story of the Essex, the 1820 whaling ship whose assault by a gigantic and vengeful whale inspired Herman Melville’s ‘Moby-Dick’. Prior to the screening, there was a reception buffet at Spices Restaurant. Our Master of Ceremonies was the wonderful Judy Woodruff, co-anchor and managing editor of PBS NewsHour. She presented the Woodley House Rose Award to two dynamic women, Vicky Marchand, past president of our Board of Trustees, and Kana Enomoto, acting administrator of SAMHSA. In accepting their awards, both Vicky and Kana spoke movingly about the challenges of mental illness and the role of organizations like Woodley House in helping those struggling find stability and a road to recovery.
This is the only major fundraising event of the year for Woodley House and all proceeds go directly to our programs to provide our range of housing and support services for men and women living with chronic mental illness. With the support and generosity of our friends to our Movie Benefit each year, we are able to offer a safe and nurturing place in which to recover for more than 300 each year. We want to recognize our Founding Chair, Mary Margaret Valenti and her daughter, Courtenay Valenti, who helped make this evening possible. Special thanks go to our Movie Benefit Patrons: TEVA Pharmaceuticals, the Hamilton Family and Isabel and Jerry Jasinowski, as well as to Warner Bros. and The Coca-Cola Company. For more details and photos of this event, please see our events page. (Click here) Thank you to everyone for supporting our 19th Annual Movie Benefit. We hope to see you all next year at our 20th Anniversary Movie Benefit … it will be fabulous!
Know the Five Signs … to CHANGE DIRECTION!
Woodley House is proud to be a Founding Partner of CHANGE DIRECTION … dedicated to changing the story about how we talk about mental health in America.
One in five Americans has a diagnosable mental illness, but too many don’t understand the warning signs or are reluctant to seek help because of the stigma involved. It’s time to come together to open the conversation … or ‘flip the script’ as First Lady Michelle Obama said in her stirring keynote speech. “Our mental health is just as vital as our physical health, it’s time we start treating it that way”.
CHANGE DIRECTION asks people to learn the 5 SIGNS OF SUFFERING … Personality change; Agitation; Isolation; Poor self care (diet, personal hygiene, risky behavior); Hopelessness. If you recognize these signs in yourself or in family member or friend, you might want to reach out for help. Please see www.changedirection.org for more information about this very important campaign and take the pledge yourself to join with us to start the conversation. Only by breaking the barriers of silence can we really make change happen.
Witnesses — a short film about Woodley House by Charles Guggenheim
In 1999, Academy Award-winning director, Charles Guggenheim produced and directed a short film Witnesses that told the story of six individuals whose lives were touched by their Woodley House experience. Please take a moment to watch the film below. It is truly … treatment that works.
WATCH THE VIDEO here.