Ionia R. Whipper Home has been in existence for decades with its previous desires of sheltering Unwed mothers and abused females ranging from age 12-21. Howard University Medical School graduate, Dr. Ionia Rollin Whipper is the founder of this historic home. Due to the growing number of homeless families in the District of Columbia, there has been a significant increase in the number of young mothers between the ages of 20-25 who are homeless and entering the shelter system. In response to this crisis, Edgewood/Brookland Family Support, in partnership with the Ionia R. Whipper Home, is resuming programming at the historic 2000 Channing Street, NE property.
The Whipper Home transforms the lives of homeless women and their children by providing a holistic solution of safe housing, critical services and ground-breaking programs they need to succeed on their own – so the women can regain their independence and their children can look forward to a brighter future.
The Whipper Home understands that providing basic subsistence – food and shelter – is necessary but not sufficient to prevent most homeless families from becoming homeless again.
To provide comprehensive crisis housing, family support and workforce development services for women in transition.
At our core, the Whipper Home operates on Imagination, Individuality, Inclusivity, & Impact.
To provide love, care, and hope to women and their family in need.
To provide a safe haven and pathway for women promoting stability and self-sufficiency to enable long term success.
Our Board of Directors come from a variety of professional backgrounds.
We establish strategic partnerships with people and organizations who have a passion for humanity.
My vision for the Ionia R Whipper home is to build a better community through compassion and advocacy.
It is with great hope and optimism that we can be a strong force for equality and social justice.