McClendon Center is made up of more than 85 talented and dedicated staff members and over 4,500 clients from every part of our District of Columbia community. Here are just a few personal stories — please check back for new stories and photos.
Tonya O —Tonya O’Neal loves to create art so when she learned about our Art of Transformation event, she jumped at the opportunity to submit her work. At our 2018 show, Tonya was our guest speaker and we’re sharing her speech. “… I was reluctant [to attend our Day Program] at first, but I was desperate. I had too much idle time and I was isolating. I kept falling backwards, so I gave it a try…. I sat in on a group and realized I had found a home.” [read more]
Frank P —“Coming to McClendon makes me whole. To be an inspiration to my peers… to come here and take the saddest person at the table and make them laugh and smile, that’s what I want. I’m always going to make you laugh. That’s just me. I’ve got to keep laughing in here [pointing to his heart].” You can’t miss Frank during our . . . [read more]
Terraia C —“I love being able to interact with the clients on a daily basis. Some days are more challenging than others but I still would not trade it for anything in the world.” If you’ve ever called or visited our Core Service Agency on North Capitol, chances are you were greeted by Terraia’s warm smile and welcoming . . . [read more]
Carl M —”When I paint, I feel like I’m inventing something…I identify with the art that I’m trying to create.” Born in Jamaica, Carl moved to the DC area when he was 12. He’s always been interested in creating art and despite his mother discouragement,he didn’t let that stop him from drawing. During his teen years, he began using . . . [read more]