Some have immigrated from Mexico, Latin America, or Iraq; others have journeyed from Rwanda and Cameroon to seek political asylum; some have come to receive long-term treatment at Walter Reed. Nearly all Mary House clients have been traumatized by natural disasters, war, violence, or loss. So the transitional housing program comes first, supplemented by food deliveries, clothing, games, school supplies – and counseling. After school, youngsters work on language and study skills (summer means day camp), and a mother-to-mother newsletter builds community and creates a vital support network. Families attend workshops on money management, homeownership, employment, and other topics. In-house advocates and a web of partnerships ensure that everyone has access to the services and resources they need – to recover from trauma and rebuild their lives.