SILVER SPRING, Md. – The Jesus House DC church hosted its annual wellness fair and block party on Saturday in Montgomery County. For the last 23 years, the church has organized this event to promote the mental, physical, and spiritual well-being of the community. This year’s focus was on depression and its impact on adults, seniors, and teens.
The fair was set up by church volunteers, and over 50 small business vendors took part. Organizers hoped to raise awareness about self-care and reduce crime in the community by bringing people together to reflect on their health and connect with organizations that can help.
“We believe that a healthy community is a happy community, and we want to promote wellness in all areas of life,” said Vice Chair Busola Patrick. “This year, we are focusing on depression because we know that it can be a silent and debilitating condition that affects people of all ages. By raising awareness and connecting people with resources, we hope to make a difference.”
Patrick’s sentiment was echoed by one of the vendors at the event. “I think having events like this promotes a sense of togetherness in the community and allows people to feel like this is our home,” said Shile Bello.
The event featured a variety of activities, including fitness classes, health screenings, and cooking demonstrations. There were also educational workshops on topics such as stress management, mindfulness, and nutrition.
“We want people to leave feeling empowered and inspired to take care of themselves,” said Patrick. “We hope that they will take what they learn here and apply it in their daily lives.”
In addition to promoting health and wellness, the event also aimed to reduce crime in the community. By bringing people together and fostering a sense of community, organizers hoped to create a safer and more peaceful neighborhood.
“We believe that when people feel connected and supported, they are less likely to engage in criminal behavior,” said Patrick. “We want to build a community where everyone feels like they belong and where everyone can thrive.”
The event was a success, with hundreds of people attending throughout the day. Participants were enthusiastic about the workshops and activities, and many took the opportunity to connect with the vendors and organizations on hand.
“I came here today because I wanted to learn more about how to take care of myself,” said attendee Lisa Johnson. “I’m dealing with a lot of stress right now, and I wanted to see what resources are available. I’m really glad I came – I learned a lot and met some great people.”
Overall, the Jesus House DC church’s annual wellness fair and block party was a positive and uplifting event that brought the community together. By promoting health and wellness, raising awareness about depression, and fostering a sense of community, organizers hoped to make a real difference in people’s lives. Based on the turnout and response, it seems they succeeded.