Health—General & Rehabilitative

Mary's Center for Maternal & Child Care, Inc.

  • Washington, DC
  • http://www.maryscenter.org

Mission Statement

Our mission is to build better futures through the delivery of health care, education, and social support. We embrace culturally diverse communities to provide them with the highest quality of care, regardless of ability to pay.

Main Programs

  1. Medical/Health Promotion
  2. Educational Services
  3. Social Services
  4. Dental Care
  5. WIC
Service Areas

Self-reported

District of Columbia

Mary's Center provides services to underserved families residing in Wards 1 and 4 in Washington, DC, as well as those living in Montgomery and Prince George's Counties in Maryland.

ruling year

1989

Principal Officer since 1988

Self-reported

Maria S Gomez

Keywords

Self-reported

Prenatal, Pediatric, Health, Child Development, Adolescents, Family Literacy, Health Promotion, Mobile Health Unit, Home Visitation, Family Services, Immigrants, WIC, low-income families, uninsured, dental care, case management, mental health

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EIN

52-1594116

 Number

6466964851

Also Known As

Mary's Center

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Health Treatment Facilities (Primarily Outpatient) (E30)

Health Treatment Facilities (Primarily Outpatient) (E30)

Mental Health Treatment (F30)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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From Mary's Center's inception, the complex needs of our client community steered us toward adopting a holistic, multi-pronged approach to helping individuals and families. This approach, our Social Change Model, is based on the principle that treating individuals and families for their health problems alone is insufficient to help overcome the multiple life challenges they often face. Instead, we look at all of the pressures in their lives and deliver an integrated set of health care, education, and social services to put them on the path toward good health, stable families, and economic independence.
By taking an active role in services including adult medicine, prenatal care, family planning, English and computer literacy programs, smoking cessation programs, social services, and education programs for young children, our clients are healthier and better equipped to move up the economic ladder.
A family coming to Mary's Center typically confronts a range of obstacles that can affect its members' ability to attain well-being. That is why at Mary's Center we listen carefully and ask questions that go beyond the initial problem--typically a health issue—that has brought clients to the door.
For instance, while offering health care to a young mother, we talk to her about what's going on in her life. Does she have a supportive partner? Are family members employed? With how many people is she sharing a home? Is there any sign of domestic violence or child abuse, and if so, would she agree to a visit from a social worker in our home visitation program? We ask if she and her child would like to enroll in our family literacy classes, where they can learn English together and where she can learn to be her child's first and best teacher. We discuss whether she thinks her younger brother, who is starting to get involved with gangs, would like to join our teen program, which has a strong record of helping adolescents make better life choices. Maybe her sister, whose tooth ache is causing her to miss work, would like to use our dental services?
Once we've assessed our clients' needs, we create a custom prescription of services to help them find solutions to their life problems. These prescriptions include our own wide range of services and programs as well as other community resources such as housing, jobs, and additional education opportunities.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Medical/Health Promotion

Promotes holistic wellness through health promotion and education, assistance with WIC enrollment, chronic disease management, and programmatic support. Mary's Center provides on-demand and off-site HIV and pregnancy screenings, as well as comprehensive set of counseling services and educational programs related to nutrition, disease prevention, and other health related topics.

Category

Health Care

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

Program 2

Educational Services

Mary's Center's Even Start Multicultural Family Literacy Program provides parents and their children ages 0-4 with the tools they need to succeed in school and the work place, English language literacy, parenting skills, computer and job skills, and a child care licensing program. We empower parents to be their children's first and best teachers. One dollar invested in adult literacy results in a return of seven dollars in earnings for participants.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Immigrants/Newcomers/Refugees

Budget

Program 3

Social Services

Mary's Center Family Social Services and Mental Health Program address the social and emotional needs of clients, helping families to become self-sufficient. We are a core mental health service agency for the District of Columbia. We have a comprehensive Teen Program, home visiting for families at risk of child neglect and abuse, and bilingual health access.

Category

Human Services

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

Program 4

Dental Care

We provide comprehensive dentistry in our five-chair suite at our Ward 4 site that opened March 1, 2011.

Category

Health Care

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

Program 5

WIC

We are a service provider for the Women, Infants, and Children program, providing access to healthy foods to poor families.

Category

Human Services

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

District of Columbia

Mary's Center provides services to underserved families residing in Wards 1 and 4 in Washington, DC, as well as those living in Montgomery and Prince George's Counties in Maryland.

Funding Needs

As local governments are trying to balance their budgets, they are reducing the social infrastructure, including reducing benefits to individuals receiving welfare, child care, and health benefits. When these systems fail for individuals, health centers such as Mary's Center are the only safety-net.

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MARY'S CENTER FOR MATERNAL AND CHILD CARE INC
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Mary's Center for Maternal & Child Care, Inc.

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Maria S Gomez

BIO

As testament to her significant commitment to giving back to the community, President Barack Obama selected her as one of the 18 recipients of the 2012 Presidential Citizens Medal, the nation's second-highest civilian honor. It was Maria's hard work and dedication that inspired the First Lady, Mrs. Michelle Obama, to choose Mary's Center as the site of her first official visit to a non-profit in February of 2009. The October 2010 edition of Washingtonian Magazine named Ms. Gomez as one of the 45 individuals who shaped Washington DC between 1965 and 2010. The magazine also acknowledged Mary's Center for its role as a 'critical piece of the region's healthcare system'. Maria is the recipient of numerous awards including the Washington Post Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management, the Washington Business Journal Women Who Mean Business and the Minority Business Leader Awards, the Washingtonian of the Year, the Washington Examiner's Amazing Change Award, and the Diane Bernstein Children's Champion Award by DC Action for Children, among others. In October 2010 the Washingtonian Magazine named Maria as one of the 45 individuals who shaped Washington DC between 1965 and 2010. The magazine also acknowledged Mary's Center for its role as a “critical piece of the region's healthcare system." In February 2011 Maria was recognized as one of the 19 Upstander leaders in DC for serving as an inspiration to others by making a positive difference in their communities and around the world.  Other awards include: The Caritas Enterprise Award from Dialogue on Diversity in 2009; the Salmon Award from the DC Primary Care Association, the Poder con Ganas (Latino Political Empowerment) Award from the Hispanic Democratic Club and the Abuelitos' Community Service Award from EOFULA Spanish Senior Center in 2008; the Washington Examiner's Amazing Change Award from the Examiner newspaper and the Achievement Recognition Award from the District of Columbia Courts in 2007.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Nina Albert

WMATA

Term: Feb 2016 - Jan 2018

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