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The Metro DC Chapter is one of 55 chapters of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), the largest association of professional social workers in the United States. Our 1,100-plus members serve all populations, including children, adolescents, families, older adults, immigrants, LGBTQ individuals, and others. They also serve clients in every DC ward and work setting, as well as in the DC metropolitan area such as Northern Virginia and nearby Maryland.

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New Centers Expand Metro DC LGBTQIAS25+ Community Services


A Dupont Circle community center to support and serve the LGBTQ+ community has opened just in time for Pride Month and is providing nonbinary and transgender behavioral, mental, and other healthcare; food assistance; sexual health education; free HIV testing; mentorship opportunities; and Pride events.

Destination Tomorrow is the third site of the New York-based national organization, which was founded in the Bronx by leaders of color. The group plans to use its DC center as the headquarters for advocacy outreach, as well as its myriad other activities. 

Meanwhile, as of June, nearly 70% of construction of a five-story facility in Shaw is complete for a “hub” of LGBTQIAS25+ organizations. The DC LGBTQ+ Community Center announced its major expansion to the site in 2023, along with its intent to house and “incubate” other related nonprofits under one roof. 

The effort aims to address service gaps such as housing, hunger relief, and social support left by the closing of Casa Ruby. New partnerships with Food Rescue US-DC and other nonprofits are expected to further boost service capacity such as holding longer hours for mental health appointments, sexual health testing and education, wellness classes, locked lockers, and more.

The complex will host up to nine groups, including Rainbow Families, Wanda Alston FoundationTeam DCSMYALEquality Chamber, Capital Pride Alliance, and the Mayor's Office of LGBTQ+ Affairs.