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Penn Branch Shopping Center Sold!


Penn Branch Shopping Center Sold at Auction

A bid was accepted by CW Properties on August 10th.  The buyer has not been disclosed and may not for another 30 days.  At this point, we don’t know how the sale will impact the parking lot repairs in process or the merchants and seniors who have raised concerns about the duration of the repairs.

Penn Branch members along with several others community leaders and members have been working for several months to advocate for changes to Penn Branch Shopping Center and along Pennsylvania Avenue East.  For more information, please email us at: [email protected]

We look forward to collaborating with the new owners and neighbors from all areas to move east of the river forward!

Sold at Auction - Penn Branch Shopping Center
Sold at Auction – Penn Branch Shopping Center

April 12 Guest Speaker: Raymond Bell, H.O.P.E. Project


We’re pleased to also have as our guest at the April 12 Penn Branch Citizens Civic Association meeting, Raymond Bell, founder of Project H.O.P.E. which located on the second floor of the Penn Branch Shopping Center.

Raymond Bell 

Raymond E. Bell is the founder of R. Emmanuel Bell Consulting, a training and facilitation company. Mr. Bell is a social entrepreneur, keynote speaker and facilitator. He is devoted to teaching and coaching young adults how to become I.T. professionals. Through his workshops, courses and coaching programs Mr. Bell shows young adults how to get out of the unemployment line and on a career path.

Raymond’s passion is to empower young people to take ownership and control of their own destiny. In 2009 Bell founded The H.O.P.E. Project, also known as the “Harvard of the Hood”, an I.T. career training program. The H.O.P.E. Project has been called one of the best I.T. career training programs in the country by the President of the Help Desk Institute (HDI). Graduates earn an average annual salary of $43,000, working on major government contracts, such as Lockheed Martin, World Bank and CACI.

Mr. Bell is considered one of the leading experts on I.T. career training and workforce development in the United States. Mr. Bell has received numerous awards for his work including the 2014 R.I.S.E. Demonstration Center Innovator of the Year, 2014 BDPA Washington DC Chapter Member of the Year, 2012 National Black Caucus of State Legislators, Nation Builder Award Recipient, for his outstanding work developing world class I.T. professionals.

Raymond Bell has been seen on and/or featured in Ebony, ABC, CBS, WHUR, NewOne Now, Bloomberg News, Washington Post, National Public Radio, National Journal, BET and many other media outlets.
RaymondBell.com, GetAJobIn30Days.com, HopeProjectDC.org

Neighbors Helping Neighbors


IMG_2211IMG_2162Penn Branch neighbors are taking to the street to dig themselves out and help their neighbors dig out from this weeks historic snowfall.   We are asking neighbors to help clear the streets and to pay special attention to our seniors citizens, ill, and those without the resources to shovel in their driveways and sidewalks.

If you have snow machine or other equipment, reach out to us a [email protected] or call (202) 669-3974 so that we can help others in Penn Branch and neighboring areas who need help.

DDOT and the mayors office are working hard to clear streets and address issues from the snowstorm.


DC Dig Out!

Help Your Neighbors Dig Out!
Help Your Neighbors Dig Out!

We need your help!  We are coordinating to help residents in Penn Brach and Ward 7 dig out and address urgent issues as the result of the snow storm.  Our efforts are in addition major efforts by city agencies that have been working around the clock to assist residents and provide services.

We NEED as soon as possible

  1. Volunteers to help dig out residents with critical needs and those who are unable.
  2. Anyone who is able to travel to the Reeves Center to work as part of a Ward 7 efforts
  3. Help identifying Penn Branch and Ward 7 residents who need to be a priority (ill , without electric or heat or without adequate resources)
  4. Help identifying streets that are unplowed (understand that major streets are a priority)
  5. If you have electric/gas snow blowers and tools to assist neighbors with urgent needs
  6. Shoveling out are fire hydrants
  7. Identify any other major issues

We need your help to coordinate:

email: [email protected] or call 202-484-6001

Jimmie Williams, President

‘Roy Ward, Vice President

Lisa Baker, Recording Secretary

Towana Banks, Treasurer

Matt Pinardi, Parliamentarian