DC Uncovered: A project to wake us all up

Have you ever tuned something out while traveling? Maybe it was a child throwing a tantrum in the airport, or a pushy fragrance sales person in an outlet mall, or perhaps it was a homeless person on the streets of an iconic city. We’re all guilty of turning a blind eye to a few things when we’re on the go, but as travelers, it’s time for a wake up call.

Washington DC is home to national treasures, historic monuments and the newest Hotel RL.  As a part of the community, we couldn’t ignore the more than 7,000 people living in need in the District. Project Wake Up Call: DC Uncovered was launched as a commitment to helping our neighbors in a new hometown.

We have partnered with photographer Ian Tong to raise funds for Unity Health Care. Through a series of photographs our collective aim is to bring awareness to this issue and promote healthier communities through compassion and comprehensive health services.

“We met people who had touching stories and unfortunate situations. Some lost their jobs, some suffered health issues and some were recovering addicts. We saw that many of these individuals stayed in groups for friendship, safety, and support. This experience has made me more aware of the daily struggles the homeless face. It is not an easy struggle but I am hopeful for many of the individuals I met.” – Ian Tong, photographer

Unity is one of the largest primary care nonprofit organizations in DC. With a staff of more than 900 caring professionals, they are able to serve more than 108,000 residents annually.

To get involved with Project Wake Up call, or to make a contribution, visit us at projectwakeupcall.com. Every $100 donation or more will enjoy a complimentary night at one of our Hotel RL locations. All donations are welcome and are given in full to your selected organization.