WASHINGTON (WUSA9) — It’s not easy to remain optimistic about healthcare in D.C.’s Ward 8, which has some of the highest disparities of health outcomes in the Metropolitan area, but a non-profit is working to change that.

Community of Hope is a place where residents can feel they can belong, and where they can get access to quality healthcare for the entire family.

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“Community of Hope literally changed my life,” said 49-year-old patient, Grace Brown.

She lost three siblings to kidney disease. Now, Brown is battling that illness and high blood pressure.

Brown said Community of Hope helped her understand her challenges and how to manage them.

In 2017, the non-profit served nearly 11,000 patients.

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The Conway Health and Resource Center is one of Community of Hope’s buildings. Constructed just four years ago, it helps serve an area with high unemployment, less access to grocery stores and healthy foods and with pockets of plight.

Even though the patient rate hit the highest level ever in January of 2018, residents didn’t always believe it was a place for them.

“The biggest comment I get, especially when we first opened is ‘This is too nice, this must not be for us. It must be for someone else,’” said Kelly Sweeney McShane, the President and CEO of Community of Hope.

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But now, McShane said the community knows there’s access to good quality healthcare on that side of the Anacostia River.

Fundraising is one of their best ways to ensure families can keep getting quality healthcare.

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