Mission: To assist individuals and communities east of the Anacostia River who are in need of positive transformation through community-based, school-based & re-entry focused programming.
Results: We've spent a lot of time fundraising this year to help maintain our staff and increase our capacity. We truly need your support to make this happen!
Programs: CLERGY RESPONSE TEAM
The Clergy Response Team (CRT) is a team of faith-based individuals that respond to the scenes of violent crimes. It provides crisis intervention and community support to individuals that have been affected by violent crimes such as shootings, stabbings, gang violence activities, and homicides that take place East of the Anacostia River in the District of Columbia. The CRT also provides a variety of outreach services in identified “hot spots” of crime.
DC RAMP – REGION 1
ERCPCP serves as the Region 1 (Wards 7 & 8 and PG County, MD) site for the Ready to Achieve Mentoring Program (RAMP). RAMP is a high-tech, career-focused mentoring program for youth involved with or at risk of becoming involved with the juvenile justice system. This evidence-based nationwide model is being implemented across the country by state and local organizations with expertise in mentoring, youth development, juvenile justice, and disability.
DC YOUTH LINK – REGION 1
ERCPCP serves as the DYRS DC Youth Link Site and Lead Coordinating Entity for Region I (Wards 7 & 8 and PG County, MD). As Lead Entity we are responsible for establishing and managing a continuum of care for DYRS committed youth and their families in our designated region. These services are provided by way of a Service Coalition, a network of community-based organizations/providers, organized by the Lead Entity to provide necessary services to youth and families referred by DYRS.
EXODUS HOUSE RESIDENTIAL RECOVERY CENTER
Exodus House is a 24/7 facility serving “medium risk” youth offenders in the District who are between 15 and 17 years of age and have substance use disorders. The programming offered is dedicated to facilitating the successful reentry of committed youth with substance use disorders back into society with the tools necessary to be productive and free from substance dependency.
FAITH BASED TRANSITIONAL HOUSING PROGRAM
ERCPCP’s housing efforts include the provision of transitional housing to its participants and affordable housing to citizens east of the river. Our housing program con-
sists of a monitored, well-structured and a strictly supervised facility which has 24 hour on-site monitoring, curfews, random room inspections, weekly/daily groups, employment/substance abuse referrals, and drug and alcohol testing. Once individuals have successfully completed the initial phase of the transitional housing program at this facility, ERCPCP assists residents in securing long-term housing.
VALUE CENTERED OUTREACH ACTIVITIES
ERCPCP sponsors several special events to reach out to at-risk young people in the community. Among them are the following signature events: 40 Days of Increased Peace, Girl Talk Conference and Man 2 Man Conference.
40 DAYS OF INCREASED PEACE
“40 Days of Increased Peace” began in 2000 East of the River in an effort to offer young people free recreational, spiritually enlightening, and educational activities during the summer months as an alternative to violence. This initiative also gave law enforcement a special time to do “fun things” with the community as an effort to build positive relationships. The “40 Days of Increased Peace” events begin on the Monday following the last day of the school year and continue through the beginning of August. This is done through a partnership that has been established with the law enforcement agencies (MPD), the faith-based community, local businesses, schools, and other community-based organizations.
GIRL TALK AND MAN 2 MAN CONFERENCES
The “Girl Talk” and “Man 2 Man” Conferences are separate gender specific conferences that engage young ladies and young men from at-risk communities respectively. This daylong events feature gender specific workshops, catered meals, opportunities to engage in positive interaction with adults of various backgrounds, a keynote address, an exhibit hall, entertainment, and a town hall style meeting. Additionally, we attempt to pair each desiring youth with a mentor-for-a-day who will engage them in an exciting and worthwhile one day mentoring experience with the potential to open the door to a long-standing mentoring relationship.
ERCPCP has many volunteer opportunities for individuals wanting to serve their community. Our volunteer activities range from assisting with planning and organizing an event, to mentoring a young person.
After retiring in 2002, I began to look for a nonprofit organization in the Washington, DC to volunteer. About a year later, I was reading a local newspaper and saw an article about the East of the River Clergy, Police, Community Partnership (ERCPCP) and I liked its mission. In general, its mission is to heal, restore and transform individuals and communities east of the Anacostia River (in Washington, DC) who are in need of positive transformation. I called the Executive Director and was invited to the next staff meeting and have been a volunteer since then. What impresses me about ERCPCP and encourages me most to be the best volunteer I can is the dedication of the staff to the cause. They work tirelessly to help young people who are at risk and ex-offenders to return to the community in a positive manner. I have been a part of activities working days and sometimes into the night to plan for events to benefits the community at large--especially the youth. Their work has also encouraged others to become more involved in the community. For example, ERCPCP brought together representatives from numerous local organizations, including churches and government agencies, and initiated 40 Days of Increased Peace--a summer initiative for the youth. The group created a calendar, which listed daily summer youth activities provided by various organizations. The calendar was placed online, distributed to local community organizations, and broadcasted on a local popular radio station with a telephone number, which included the words "I'm Bored." The popularity of the program became widespread and now the local police department has taken the lead in the initiative and extended it to the entire City of Washington, DC. That is just one example of the many youth activities sponsored by ERCPCP. Others include a conference for high school students. The most recent conference, "Girl Talk," was held March 2012--with the main focus on helping teen aged girls to develop positive life skills. It brought together hundreds of persons, including high-school girls and women serving as mentors and volunteers. The conference included workshops, entertainment, foods and most of all fellowship between women from all walks of life and teenaged girls. Overall ERCPCP is a community organization with dedicated staff members who make a difference in the community--in a positive way.