2019 Human Needs Day

January 29, 2019

On Friday, January 18, the Signature Program Class of 2019 had its Human Needs Day at the MGM National Training Facility in Oxon Hill, Maryland. The Class had the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the socio-economic imbalance and the impact of housing affordability in our region. During the day, with the help of Capital Area Food Bank staff, they took part in an interactive simulation where they got a feel for what people living in poverty deal with when trying to access food and government assistance like SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program). 

The day was led by Mark Bergel ('16), Founder and CEO of A Wider Circle.  Among other topics discussed were:

  • Human Needs in the Region Overview
  • Growing a Thriving Community
  • A Deeper Dive into Human Needs

We were grateful to have the following people and organizations share their expertise:

  • Carla Reid ('17), General Manager/CEO, Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission
  • Dana Stebbins ('88), Founder & President, The Law Offices of Dana B. Stebbins
  • Howard Stone ('96), Director, Public Safety & Fiscal Management Committee, Prince George's County Government
  • Chanel Giles, Senior Administrative Coordinator, A Wider Circle
  • Sarah Gochenaur, Corporate Partnership Specialist, Capital Area Food Bank
  • Christel Allen Hair ('11), Sr. Director, Strategic Partnership & Community Engagement, Capital Area Food Bank
  • George Jones, CEO, Bread for the City
  • Chelsea Kirk, Director, Goodwill Excel Center DC
  • Joseph Leitmann-Santa Cruz, Associate Director, Capital Area Asset Builders
  • Amy Javaid, Vice President, Programs, A Wider Circle
  • Katherin Phillips, Director, In-Kind Donations, A Wider Circle
  • Andrew Wyka, Director, Research, A Wider Circle

To see the full album from Human Needs Day, you can view it here.

2019 Human Needs Day