Our commitment to expanding our community presence aligns with our vision of a more open, just and society. These efforts across Washington, DC will help us reach more patients, expand our range of services, and create long-term sustainability for the mission of Whitman-Walker.
“For me, this is simply another milestone for Whitman-Walker. It’s another occasion to thank Whitman-Walker for giving indispensable leadership for almost 40 years as our city learned about HIV and AIDS and what to do about it.”
— The HonorableEleanor Holmes Norton,
D.C. Congressional Delegate
Don Blanchon, CEO, Whitman-Walker Health System, and The Honorable Eleanor Holmes Norton, D.C. Congressional Delegate at the 2017 groundbreaking ceremony for the LIZ, formerly the Elizabeth Taylor Medical Center at 1701 14th St., NW.Help Save Lives
Since our inception, Whitman-Walker has been fueled by the commitment of our local friends and neighbors. Beginning as an all-volunteer operation in the early 1970’s along DC’s 14th Street corridor, Whitman-Walker served as a gathering place and sanctuary for gay men and lesbians.
This section of Washington often referred to as Logan Circle, has always been an arts hub, a place for expression, and for many years, home to much of the city’s LGBTQ population.
Until the early 2000s, major development held off. Now you’ll find an area teeming with nightlife, restaurants and new building developments. Throughout our more than 40 years in the area, we have watched many nonprofit groups sell their valuable real estate and leave. But we have remained committed to our neighborhood, and expanded.
It wasn’t an easy decision. A quick infusion of cash would have provided the immediate help Whitman-Walker needed during tough financial times, but it would not have been a solution to our long-term future.