Filomena's SOS Emergency Staff Relief


World events have caused everyone’s life to dramatically change seemingly over night. It has made us infinitely aware of how much we both need and care about each other. We will not be taking anything for granted for a very long time and maybe forever.  We are so fortunate to be living in such a strong and caring Country.
I’m deeply grateful for the many years and many guests that I have been blessed to have shared so many wonderful Meals and Memories with over the past 37 plus years and I hold these memories very close to my heart. 

Closing all restaurants was a very necessary step but it has created a very difficult situation for our staff and their families. Filomena has been overwhelmed with messages from our friends and loyal followers asking if there is someway they can help our employees get through this very difficult time. We have now created a Filomena Team Relief Fund- “Support Our Staff” (SOS) Go Fund Me Account. No one wants to ask for help but these are extraordinary hard times and for our staff to know they received help from the very guests they have served over all these years will mean the world to them and to me.

If there is some way that you can consider making a donation of any amount for our tipped and hourly staff members I will be personally so very grateful and I know every member of my Filomena Family will never forget your kindness and support.

Filomena is a sole proprietorship with only one location is Georgetown and with a staff of 100 plus employees we are limited as to how much relief we can provide during these challenging times. Restaurant staff are suddenly unemployed with no time to prepare for an extended financial drought and no options. These employees from both front and back of the house willingly give up their nights, weekends and holidays to serve our guests. Through these jobs they have started families, educated children and become self supporting good members of society. They have survived life’s ups and downs but this event was unimaginable.

Thank you for hearing our plea and lending a hand to help navigate their survival through the graciousness of our incredibly wonderful friends and guests.  These employees are part of the backbone of the foundation of Main street, USA.

In such a diverse nation we have proven that when grave tragedy presents we all come together and care and appreciate each other just as we are all in awe of our amazing everyday heroes aggressively battling this virus enemy on our behalf on the front lines every single day. They give us hope.

This virus is testing us but America always finds its way forward. We know from history which is full of tough times and even tougher people, that we are survivors and that this too shall pass. History also shows that we always come out better and stronger and we will meet this moment as millions have before us.

My heart goes out to everyone for however this hideous pandemic has impacted or touched your life.

These are the “Worst of Times” but we are also seeing the “Best” in our fellow man. Words we once mostly read about have become a primary part of our daily conversations and although our streets are empty and our beloved City have come to a stand still, it will not be long before we are doing all of the fun and wonderful things we took so much for granted......
Shopping, Grooming, Get Togethers, Movies, Concerts, Singing and Dancing..... and of course Going Out To Eat!
We will again live life to its fullest.

I am confident, determined and fully committed to do everything within my power to reopen and rebuild Filomena and see it through to bring her back to her former Glory and even better than ever so that we can continue to create Great Meals and Great Memories with and for everyone.

I dearly love my Filomena staff and my incredibly devoted and loyal Guests and Friends. I do very much look forward to serving all of your again as soon as this pandemic passes.

Please stay home and stay safe. Thank you for your time and your consideration.

I can’t wait to see everyone again!

Joanna Filomena

Donations ()

  • Anonymous 
    • $100 
    • 29 d
  • Charlie Crowe 
    • $25 
    • 1 mo
  • Myrna Rembulat 
    • $50 
    • 1 mo
  • JACQUELINE HINMAN 
    • $1,000 
    • 1 mo
  • Audrey Chiacchieri  
    • $200 
    • 1 mo
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Organizer and beneficiary

Michael Chiacchieri 
Organizer
Washington, DC
Michael Chiacchieri 
Beneficiary
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