What We Do
Woodley House operates a safe, stable group home for adults experiencing a mental health crisis.
Residents must be over the age of 18, voluntary and appropriate for outpatient services, able to maintain safety of self and others, and not in need of medical detoxification or inpatient medical care.
Woodley House offers a full continuum of residential care to support every step of the journey toward recovery. Residential services range from crisis care to group home stabilization to supported independent living.
A group home for adults in crisis or who are experiencing an acute phase of their illness, is our eight-bed short-term psychiatric crisis stabilization home in Woodley Park and was one of the first psychiatric crisis homes in the nation. Professionally staffed 24/7 by Crisis Specialists, it offers intense supervision for people experiencing a psychiatric crisis. Contact Crossing Place: (202) 830-3517.
An eight-bed group home in Shepherd Park that provides permanent housing and support. Residents receive individualized Life Skills Training in one-on-one and group settings. Contact Holly House: (202) 830-3512.
Our flagship 20-bed group home in Woodley Park, is staffed 24/7 by Residential Advisors. Residents can stay from six months to several years and receive personalized Life Skills Training services each week through group and individual meetings with Skills Trainers. Contact Valenti House: (202) 830-3516.
Supported Independent Living
Supports shared living apartments, condominiums and a group home throughout Washington, DC for adults who do not need 24-hour supervision but still need the security of our Life Skills Training program and regular support and supervision. Contact SIL: (202) 830-3578.
Woodley House enables Washington, DC residents with mental health disorders to live full and healthy lives with dignity by providing supportive housing and services.
Woodley House offers a range of services, including recovery support services for our residents who experience a substance use disorder, co-occurring with their mental health disorder. We believe that an integrated service approach serves those with co-occurring disorders best.
Our Support Services staff also offer critical life skills training to our residents, providing the opportunity to gain skills lost due to their illness or further develop skills to transition toward increased independence. Life skills training can include: personal hygiene and healthy lifestyles, budgeting and financial management, cooking and nutrition, general housekeeping and apartment maintenance, job search readiness, medication education and symptom management, anger management, self-esteem and being a good roommate/tenant.
Residents also regularly meet individually and in groups with Recovery Support Specialists to achieve their personal goals.
Our Food Pantry is open to the public every Tuesday afternoon and provides food staples, frozen meat, and fresh produce to Woodley House residents and our community neighbors in need.
LIFE SKILLS TRAINING
Mental Health Life Skills Training (known as Mental Health Rehabilitation Services – MHRS) provides a lifeline for adults living with mental illness who are working toward greater independence in continuing their recovery. Woodley House residents receive MHRS support to teach critical life skills including personal hygiene and healthy lifestyles, budgeting and financial management, cooking and nutrition, general housekeeping and apartment maintenance, job search readiness, medication education and symptom management, anger management, self-esteem and being a good roommate/tenant. Residents meet with Recovery Support Specialists, both individually and in groups.
Although originally created for residents of Woodley House, our Life Skills Training is also available for other members of the community on a case-by-case basis. Our Recovery Support Specialists work with clients to master skills to achieve their personal goals, meeting them in their homes or any convenient location.
Email woodley @ woodleyhouse.org for more information.
Our weekly Food Pantry is available to all DC residents.
Woodley House Food Pantry
2711 Connecticut Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20008
Open every Tuesday
Email: jwaller @ woodleyhouse.org
The Woodley House Food Pantry is open to all DC residents and is centrally located on Connecticut Avenue, NW near the Woodley Park Metro and bus lines. Proof of Washington, DC residency is required. Please bring a current photo ID, such as a driver’s license, passport or other identification card, along with proof of residency, such as a utility bill, etc. For more information, contact Jacque Waller at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-830-3508.
Mary Margaret Valenti Scholarship
The Woodley House Mary Margaret Valenti Scholarship supports the professional development of people enrolled in, or who have recently completed, the DC Department of Behavioral Health’s Certified Peer Specialist Certification Program. This program trains those with ‘lived experience’ in recovery from mental illness and/or substance use disorder to be certified to assist peers in their recovery and wellness.
Launched in 2019, the Mary Margaret Valenti Scholarship was awarded to five extraordinary individuals to support their time in the Department of Behavioral Health Peer Support Certification Program or as they seek employment.
Due to the pandemic, the program was put on hold in 2020.
Thankfully DBH relaunched the program in July of this year. We will once again be awarding scholarships this fall!
Become a Volunteer
Woodley House offers fun and fulfilling volunteer opportunities throughout the year.