DC127 Family Fun Day

DC127 Family Fun Day

DC127 recently hosted a family fun day and back-to-school giveaway for families in our CFF and Foster FAM programs. Families came out to the District Church Ministry Center to enjoy activities, collect back-to-school supplies donated by Grace Capitol City, and hang out with their favorite television characters. Captain America and Princess Tiana presented sparkle tattoos, sing-a-longs, and backyard games with families. Parents, volunteers, and DC127 staff were also able to connect in-person for the first time in over a year. DC127 Executive Director Cynthia Moreland stated, "Our 1st Family Fun Day was a wonderful example of the church stepping in to fill a need.  Thank you to Grace Capital City for your continued generosity." We are proud to work with our church and community partners to continue serving families in the District.

Holistic Support to D.C. Families

Holistic Support to D.C. Families

DC127’s Communities For Families (CFF) program is built on the belief that if families are surrounded by a supportive structure they will thrive. Through the support of volunteers and staff, direct services, and goal setting, families become stronger and realize a potential they did not know existed. Tiffany came to DC127 looking for help during the pandemic- she exited the CFF program with a new perspective appreciating her strengths with support.

Tiffany grew up in NE Washington D.C. and is a product of the Boys and Girls club where her mother worked. She has two children ages 16 and 5. She came to DC127 through Edgewood Brookland Collaborative one of the many citywide partnerships DC127 has formed to reach more families. She recalled her initial impression after learning about our program, “I honestly thought I was coming to DC127 to receive groceries during the pandemic. I couldn’t imagine how much more it would end up being.” She immediately benefited from DC127’s holistic approach. She noted, “Right away, they stressed the importance of addressing my mental health and how critical that was during the pandemic and that continued to be an emphasis throughout the program.” Tiffany, upon entry into the CFF program, profited from DC127’s counseling services and was able to receive free sessions.

Once in the program, Tiffany set goals around employment. She had struggled to find steady work and that only intensified during the pandemic. She had just been furloughed from her supervisory position. At DC127 the programs are highly personalized and geared towards helping families accomplish their individual goals. While in the program Tiffany was able to attend workshops on financial management and employment. She worked on her resume and applied for positions with the support of her volunteers and staff. She said: “My goal was to find a job while working with DC127 and I actually found two. I connected with a family and currently take care of a mom as a home health aide. I also got a job at a pharmacy. Since then, I have been able to buy a car, renovate my house, and I really feel like I am moving up.”

What Tiffany appreciated the most about DC127 was the connection she was able to form with her volunteers, the Lees. She could not say enough about how important the Lees support was for her whole family both during the DC127 program and after. She recalled, “It was amazing how they connected with us and especially with my oldest son. They mentored us on a lot of things that we didn’t know about.” During the program the Lees attended workshops with Tiffany and provided her support around mental health, employment, and childcare.

The relationship with the Lees has been nurtured long past engagement with DC127. Tiffany noted, “They made it possible for my children to see a different way of living.”

Continuing her friendship with the Lees is the portion of the CFF program she will always hold dear.  Having the supportive structure of their connection has been vital to creating stability for herself and her children. She is thriving at work. Her children have also seen a shift. Tiffany’s success reinforces the idea that when families have support, tools, and love they will succeed. Tiffany sums up her experience, “You can’t train a person to be compassionate and patient and DC127 really has that. The biggest connection was the purity and effectiveness of the program.”

DC127’s Communities For Families (CFF) program is built on the belief that if families are surrounded by a supportive structure they will thrive. Through the support of volunteers and staff, direct services, and goal setting, families become stronger and realize a potential they did not know existed. Tiffany came to DC127 looking for help during the pandemic- she exited the CFF program with a new perspective appreciating her strengths with support.

Tiffany grew up in NE Washington D.C. and is a product of the Boys and Girls club where her mother worked. She has two children ages 16 and 5. She came to DC127 through Edgewood Brookland Collaborative one of the many citywide partnerships DC127 has formed to reach more families. She recalled her initial impression after learning about our program, “I honestly thought I was coming to DC127 to receive groceries during the pandemic. I couldn’t imagine how much more it would end up being.” She immediately benefited from DC127’s holistic approach. She noted, “Right away, they stressed the importance of addressing my mental health and how critical that was during the pandemic and that continued to be an emphasis throughout the program.” Tiffany, upon entry into the CFF program, profited from DC127’s counseling services and was able to receive free sessions.

Once in the program, Tiffany set goals around employment. She had struggled to find steady work and that only intensified during the pandemic. She had just been furloughed from her supervisory position. At DC127 the programs are highly personalized and geared towards helping families accomplish their individual goals. While in the program Tiffany was able to attend workshops on financial management and employment. She worked on her resume and applied for positions with the support of her volunteers and staff. She said: “My goal was to find a job while working with DC127 and I actually found two. I connected with a family and currently take care of a mom as a home health aide. I also got a job at a pharmacy. Since then, I have been able to buy a car, renovate my house, and I really feel like I am moving up.”

What Tiffany appreciated the most about DC127 was the connection she was able to form with her volunteers, the Lees. She could not say enough about how important the Lees support was for her whole family both during the DC127 program and after. She recalled, “It was amazing how they connected with us and especially with my oldest son. They mentored us on a lot of things that we didn’t know about.” During the program the Lees attended workshops with Tiffany and provided her support around mental health, employment, and childcare.

The relationship with the Lees has been nurtured long past engagement with DC127. Tiffany noted, “They made it possible for my children to see a different way of living.”

Continuing her friendship with the Lees is the portion of the CFF program she will always hold dear.  Having the supportive structure of their connection has been vital to creating stability for herself and her children. She is thriving at work. Her children have also seen a shift. Tiffany’s success reinforces the idea that when families have support, tools, and love they will succeed. Tiffany sums up her experience, “You can’t train a person to be compassionate and patient and DC127 really has that. The biggest connection was the purity and effectiveness of the program.”

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