Sarah’s Circle is an award-winning affordable housing residence and wellness center providing comprehensive services for very low-income seniors. Sarah’s Circle was founded and incorporated in 1983 by Elizabeth O’Connor, a co-pastor of the ecumenical, Washington-based Church of the Savior. Early supporters included Senators Robert and Elizabeth Dole; James Rouse; and Arthur Fleming, former secretary of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare.
Our average age is 74. Each month, we survive on incomes at or below 80 percent of the federal poverty level. Most of us live alone, having raised our families, suffered the loss of a spouse, and struggled to find our place in the world as we age. A few of us work part-time; the vast majority of us volunteer, contribute to our community through our congregations and local civic groups, and are proud to call ourselves DC residents. Many of us are veterans; many more are military spouses or parents, grandparents, or great-grandparents of members of our armed services. We represent every race and some of us come from countries as far as Hungary, Ethiopia, Peru, and Trinidad to name a few.
To meet some of us today, please visit our Community Spotlight.
Sarah’s Circle is based upon the philosophy that old age is alive with rich possibilities. Our goal is to equip our seniors with the tools they need to remain independent, aging in place in their own homes and enjoying all that life has to offer.
Please make a tax-deductible contribution to support our work. Interested in working with our seniors? Volunteer your time to lead a session, to work in our facility, or to adopt one of our seniors. Are you a federal employee? Consider choosing Sarah’s Circle as the recipient of your gift to the Combined Federal Campaign by selecting CFC #46671.
If you would like to tour our facility and learn more about Sarah’s Circle, please call Jessica Petro, Executive Director, at (202) 332-1400 ext. 11.