Breast Care for Washington (www.breastcaredc.org) is specifically designed to overcome current barriers that prevent low-income, medically underserved women from receiving high quality breast care. Located in the heart of Ward 8, Breast Care for Washington (BCW) is the first and only breast cancer screening facility east of the Anacostia River to offer 3D mammography. 3D mammography (also called breast tomosynthesis) is a new technology in the fight against breast cancer that allows doctors to examine your breast one layer at a time. 3D mammography uses high-powered computing to convert digital breast images into a stack of very thin layers or “slices” –building what is essentially a 3D mammogram.

WM Matthew Williams and JW Brian Williams were introduced to BCW last year, by their Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Brother and Hampton University classmate, Keith Reed. Brother Reed (Sons of Solomon No. 166, MWUGL of Florida PHA), currently Hologic’s Senior Director of Sales Enablement, visited DC in 2019 to donate several ~$400k 3D Mammography machines to BCW and speak to Congress on the importance of proactive screenings within the African American community.

As a result of this networking connection, on February 28, the brothers of Widow’s Son #7 supported the Annual Ladies Night In 2020 – Mardi Gras. “Because Women’s Health Deserves a Party”, is designed to provide a fun, pampering atmosphere while promoting breast cancer awareness and screenings. Over 80 women attended to receive free massages, facials, eye lashes and make-up, screenings, and a host of other pampering services. The event was held at BCW’s HQ collocated with the Community of Hope’s Conway Health and Resource Center. Community of Hope also serves the Ward 8 community, providing medical, dental, and behavioral services, regardless of insurance or ability to pay. The wife of Widow’s Son’s SW Brian Brock, Dr. Shayla Graham-Brock, volunteered for many years at Community of Hope, providing family medical services to those in need.

This event and our new partnership with Breast Cancer of Washington demonstrates the power of networking, leveraging relationships to practice charity. Ritualistic work is great, but how we serve others that are unfamiliar and uninstructed in the terms of Worshipful Master or Junior Warden, is how Freemasonry lives and sheds its beneficent influence upon mankind.

Big thanks goes to the brothers who donated financially and to PM Melvin Williams for delivering food baskets to our widows this month! Brothers, lets continue to do our duty in making sure that we take care of our widows and orphans!

In the spirit of charity this Thanksgiving holiday, Widow’s Son Lodge No. 7 had the opportunity to provide 30 Turkey Baskets to needy families for the the US Dream Academy, assisted the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of DC provide meals for more than 300 DC Seniors, 8 Turkey Baskets to families at Rehoboth Baptist Church in SE DC, 8 Turkey Baskets to families at Bald Eagle Recreation Center in SE DC, and donated over 100 can goods along with helping the Dunn Foundation pass out Turkey Dinners to more than 500 families.

On November 19, 2019 Bro. Anthony Taylor and Bro. SurLawrence Sparks contributed 30 turkey baskets to the US Dream Academy families in need at Turner Elementary School at 3264 Stanton Road SE Washington DC 20020. These turkey baskets consisted of 1 Turkey, sweet potatoes, greens, potatoes, corn, green peas, mash potatoes, corn bread, cranberries, stuffing & bread rolls, peaches and mixed fruit.

The Dream Academy is helping our nation’s capital children reach for their dreams. Through academic, social, and values enrichment, we empower those children most at risk of incarceration to believe in themselves and to succeed.

The Dream Academy, assist children and their families living in high crime and high poverty communities, who may have a parent incarcerated. An absent parent, family instability, the stigma and shame of parental incarceration converges with poverty, crime and failing public schools to create a dangerous mix of risk factors that significantly increase a child’s chances of school failure and future incarceration. Without a Dream Academy and Mecca Temple #10 mentor intervention this cycle will continue.

On April 21st, Easter Sunday, Widow’s Son #7 supported the LOVE AME Church in it’s “Kids Easter Egg Hunt After Service.” We donated 100+ eggs filled with candy contributing to the excitement and smiles of 50+ kids. Pastor Kris Natesan (pictured) thanks the brothers of WS7 for their continued support.

On Tuesday, March 19, WM James Jordan continued WS7’s support of the DC ReEnagement Center. This relationship was formed by Junior Past Master Charles Nelson in 2017. WM Jordan presented 50 brand new back packs and $200 in gift cards.  The DC ReEngagement Center (REC) is a “single door” through which youth ages 16-24 who have dropped out of secondary school can reconnect to educational options and other critical services to support their attainment of a high school diploma or GED.  Pictured, PM William Thompson, WM James Jordan, Ebony Todd (REC), PM Hasaan Ashaheed, and JD Lamont Brown.

Widow’s Son Lodge No. 7 assisting the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of the District of Columbia in the annual Central Union Mission Men’s Day of Service. From 9am-11am brothers helped with the shelter upkeep. Afterward lunch was served to those who live at the shelter.