Nicole Mires built Pekoe with a vision of authentic service and healing.
Our community is dedicated to fulfilling that dream by not only leaving a positive footprint in our Shaw Neighborhood but spreading our reach, whenever possible, to the District-at-large, and the entire global family.
Ashley Greenfield, LMT, Community Responsibility & Giving Liaison and Massage Therapist (that’s her, next to the Turkey, at SOME’s Thanksgiving Day Trot for Hunger)leads up all of Pekoe’s community outreach, identifying neighborhood charities and other partners to strategically give back to the residents of Shaw. She co-leads Pekoe’s monthly Awakening the Wise Women healing circles, which raises funds for the Calvary Women’s Services.
Ways to Give Back
Nicole’s friend from school in Arizona, Jo Condra, was diagnosed with Lupus when she was 19. Over time, the disease slowly damaged her kidneys, and in 1999 was diagnosed with End Stage Renal Disease.
In 2000, Jo received a kidney from her mother, Noemi. Due to complications, this kidney was rejected and Jo had to resume dialysis treatments 3 days a week. Jo is now on the waiting list for a kidney transplant, but requires IVIg treatments to lower her antibody levels.
These necessary medical procedures are extremely expensive, and most costs are not covered by insurance. The IVIg treatments are $20,000 each, and Jo needs three or four! Make a difference today and join hands with with Friends of Jo!
A special note from Jessica Raven, Communications Lady at Bread for the City
Bread for the City provides safety net services — food, clothing, medical and dental care, legal aid, and social services — to 32,000 low-income and homeless District residents each year. Besides treating the symptoms of poverty, we’re tackling the causes by offering job readiness training, preventative medical care, and healthy food. Right now, we’re harvesting more than 45,000 pounds of fruit from City Orchard — our 2.75-acre fruit orchard in Maryland where we work with the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) to grow a lot of the fruit that stocks our pantry shelves. Every tree in the orchard grows enough fruit to feed 10 families, and it costs only $35 to sponsor a tree. Become a tree sponsor, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org to help us grow!
A special note from Heather Liang, Development Director at Calvary Women’s Services:
Calvary Women’s Services provides housing, health, education and employment programs for homeless women in DC. We know that our programs work: every five days a woman moves from Calvary to her own home. In the last year we have significantly grown our health and education programs, including a new nutrition education program that includes classes on health, budgeting and hands-on food preparation.
Veronica, a resident at Calvary, has recently quit smoking, lost weight, and gotten her diabetes under control. She said she enjoys healthy foods, particularly broccoli, but doesn’t always know how to work them into her diet. “It’s not that I don’t know what to eat – but not how to prepare it all the time,” she said. The classes have made a great difference for her as she prepares to move into her own home.
We are grateful to friends like Pekoe Acupuncture & Wellness for making programs like this possible.