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Family Matters Of Greater Washington Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Economic Development, Human Services, Senior Centers, Seniors, Urban & Community Economic Development

Mission: To provide a broad spectrum of services & support capabilities for children, teenagers, families, & seniors who are vulnerable, in need, & under-served. Services touch every aspect of the life-span, since people at every age matter. . . See schedule omission statement continuation. . . Services began in childhood with foster care for youth who have been abused or neglected & a residential program for teen mothers & their babies. At camp moss hollow, the organization offered additional youth development programs in a natural setting. Mental health programs offer affordable, individual, group, & family counseling for people of all ages struggling with emotional or psychological difficulties. Division of aging services programs focus on the elderly by providing heavy-duty house cleaning, counseling, & full case management. The ways to work program worked with adults with low credit scores to purchase an automobile to aid them to travel to work.

Programs: Mental health: since 1943, the organization has provided counseling services to the residents of the greater washington, dc area experiencing mental and behavioral health issues. The organization is committed to providing high-quality, low-cost mental health services through individual, group, and family counseling, school-based counseling, medication management, psychiatric evaluations, domestic violence and anger management services, crisis management, community support services, integrative mental and primary care services, and intensive community support services for children. The organization provides specialty services for a wide range of population of all ages. . . See schedule o continuation of mental health. . . The organization assists children who have experienced various traumas, including neglect, abuse, the difficulty of multiple family separations, and those who have been diagnosed with a mental illness. The organization also gives support to seniors suffering from depression, loneliness, and despair. The organization offers group and individual counseling to adults suffering from anxiety, depression, and a wide range of mental health issues.

child welfare services: children are cared for in foster homes while receiving traditional or therapeutic services to help them reunite with their families of origin or new adoptive families. Children receive placement, case management, and permanency services to assist them and their families in safely exiting the foster care system. Although most children are served in foster home placements, services follow children as they transition to congregate care settings (group homes), independent living facilities, and into the protective supervision of their birth families. In the bright futures program, the organization is dedicated to giving young mothers who are wards of washington, dc, the guidance and support they need to be independent, capable adults. . . See schedule o continuation of child welfare services. . . And parents. Program clients, age 16-21, and their children reside in independent apartments in a fully supportive environment. On-site social workers and youth counselors provide life skills, education, and behavioral support in order to facilitate development and progress toward independence.

division of aging services: the focus of the program is to keep the older population living in their own homes and communities safely for as long as possible. For effective aging in place, the following services were provided: heavy-duty house cleaning, counseling, comprehensive assessment, and case management. The organization also works to ensure the financial, social, and safety needs of older adults are met. The program is designed to protect and empower the aging so they are able to remain active, independent residents of their communities. The organization has the responsibility of serving as the lead agency in ward 8 of washington, dc. . . . See scheudle ocontinuation of division of aging services. . . The organization's support of this population places particular emphasis on poverty, low income elders, and, three special displaced populations(asian and pacific islander, the deaf and hard of hearing, and homeless aged). The organization has also increased services to include: management of congregate meal sites, home delivered meals for the homebound (elderly), geriatric comprehensive assessments, long-term case management, respite care assistance, nutrition counseling, nutrition education to groups of seniors, health promotion and disease prevention, and a host of other services. Moreover, the organization has a program that is focused on exposing seniors to the arts. During a monthly seniors night out event, the organization takes seniors to dinner and a performance at the john f. Kennedy center for the performing arts free of charge to the seniors. The purpose of this program is to provide the opportunity for seniors, who generally cannot afford to go to a performance for the experience of a night out to interact with cultural enrichment and shared history.

Community Stories

1 Story from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Children of all ages deserve bright futures!

When I found out I may be relocating to the Washington DC area, I began looking for organizations that provide work similar to the work I had done throughout my career. I read about an organization called Family Matters of Greater Washington that was founded in 1882. One of their many programs is the Bright Futures Program for teen parents who were in foster care. I worked with teen parents for over 25 years and was impressed that not only were the teens in Bright Futures provided 24 hour support and encouraged to continue their education, but they were provided with an apartment in the same building with the other parents in the program. What a wonderful support system!

I called Bright Futures and spoke to Joy, the social worker and explained that I wrote a children’s book series that informs parents about the importance of developmental milestones and early brain development, and was interested in donating books to the teen parents and children. She said she was excited about a new-dedicated space she was setting up for the teens and children to use, and thought the books would be a wonderful addition.

I packed up 75-signed children’s books, and CDC “Act Early” booklets and brochures, and hopped in a cab. While trying to locate the residential building, we became lost. When we tried to use our GPS, but soon realized our phones no longer had cell service… but when the driver heard about my mission, he wouldn’t give up.

When we finally found the building, the driver offered to wait outside the apartment until I returned. I went to the door and was greeted by Joy. She couldn’t wait to show me the new space she had spoken about. It was a school day and the young parents were there. We unloaded the books and CDC materials, and after a big hug, I was on my way home. It felt good to know that the children would enjoy the books and the parents would increase their knowledge about their child’s development.

I returned to the cab grateful to have been able to help in my small way. When the cab driver dropped me off, he said he was happy to know that he was also able to play a part in helping the teens and their children that day. It reminded me that there are many ways to give to others.

A young man waiting at a bus stop really summed it up. When we were lost and I asked him if he knew where we could find Bright Futures, he looked up and very seriously said, “Bright Futures? No mam, but it sure sounds nice.”

That young man and the future of children everywhere are what inspire me!

Review from #MyGivingStory