26 august 1968 & remembering nadine winter
#OTD 26 August 1968 Nadine Winter was preparing for the upcoming school board race in November. She was one of several candidates for the Ward 6 seat. She was also active in local national politics. Earlier in the year, she defected from the Lyndon B Johnson campaign to work on the Robert F Kennedy presidential campaign.
Winter was most known as founder and executive director of Hospitality House (507 Florida Avenue NE), an organization she founded c1962 to to provide emergency support to individuals and families. The Hospitality House provided food, shelter, job assistance, counseling, clothes, furniture and cash for rent. She was deeply committed to the idea that there had to be "crisis assistance" to address immediate needs.
Winter was able to provide these critical services because of neighborhood volunteers. They are credited with developing "citizens' groups," including Evictees Anonymous; the Invaders (composed of women who received welfare, despised invasion of their privacy by Welfare Department investigators and loved irony; the Invaderettes (composed of women who sought to change food stamp policies; and the Employables (composed of women and men seeking jobs).
Winter was also a community organizer for a poverty program, funded by the United Planning Organization, which was headquartered at 511 K St NE.
Nadine Winter was born on 3 March 1926 and died on 26 August 2011.
Photo source: Courtesy Kterrl's Favorites. n.d. Photographer unknown.
Your comments are welcome below. Did you, family members or neighbors know Nadine Winter? Do you remember the Hospitality House? Were you one of the volunteers at the Hospitality House? Did you receive any of the services? Do you remember the UPO agency in near northeast? Did you live in Ward 6 in 1968? Did you work on Nadine WInter's school board campaign? You may comment privately here.
"Eight to Receive Thanks," Evening Star 3 May 1964.
Betty James, "One Woman Poverty War," Evening Star 2 May 1966.
Lurma Rackley, "Nadine Winter's Take on Problems: Attack," Evening Star 23 Decembev 1974.