Community. Creativity. Cancer Support.

The Latest Update from Executive Director, Lisa Simms Booth

Smith Center is a nonprofit health, education, and arts organization in Washington DC. Our mission is to develop and promote healing practices that explore physical, emotional, and mental resources that lead to life-affirming changes for people affected by cancer.

Our programs focus on cultivating each person’s innate ability to heal, helping participants explore meaning and maintain hope—even in the face of life’s challenges.

We welcome you to join us for programs, visit us at our U Street Center and Art Gallery, or contact us to learn more.

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All programs will continue to run via Zoom until further notice. Please contact with any questions.

NEW!Spiritual Companioning – Spiritual companioning offers a safe, supportive environment to explore what is going on for you spiritually and how to integrate your cancer experience with your personal beliefs. It offers an opportunity to define more deeply life’s meaning in the face of cancer and to look for what and where the sacred is in your life.

NEW! Loss of a Loved One to Cancer Support Group – This monthly support group, facilitated by a licensed clinical social worker, is for anyone who has lost a loved one to cancer. As a group, we will explore the impact of loss and find ways to cope with grief together.

NEW! Survivorship Support Group – This group is designed for cancer survivors who have completed their primary cancer treatment(s) and are now either post-treatment or on maintenance medication (such as hormonal therapy). Cancer can be emotionally and physically draining – many times we aren’t able to fully process the experience until after treatment is over and we are trying to get back to our “normal” lives. The struggle and expectation to find “normal” again can also be an overwhelming process. This group is a space where you can talk openly about these issues and process the trauma of cancer with other survivors.


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As we move into our third decade, we do so with deep gratitude. We thank you for taking part in this celebration and we look to the future with great excitement for what is to come. Check our our celebration event.

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