Since our inception in 1979, the Coalition has helped provide solutions in the District of Columbia that have helped reduce homelessness. The Coalition operates 12 programs including the Virginia Williams Family Resource Center (VWFRC), the central intake office for all families in the District of Columbia seeking emergency housing assistance and shelter. In general, services at the various sites include case management, employment training, housing, job placement assistance, substance abuse counseling, life skills training, substance abuse prevention and social skills development. Clients receive a screening interview prior to admission into programs to ensure they meet program requirements.
Sheila M. Baker
Michael L. Ferrell
Mary “Pat” Lumpkin
John M. Nwaogbe
Joseph “Glen” Rother, LICSW
The Story of Sharron Hall
Sharron Hall, a former client was the guest speaker during the Coalition for the Homeless Volunteer and Staff Reception on November 1, 2016. In 1998 she was a client at the Spring Road Family Apartments; she was 25 with 5 children. Although she had no choice; she was not happy to be in the program. All she wanted was housing. She did not want to talk about her issues with substance abuse and domestic violence. At one point, Sharron was at risk of being removed from the program for not following curfew and other program rules. She was given a second chance. Through encouragement, she enrolled in Families Forward to get her GED and took computer training classes. Sharron says “Spring Road was not just a shelter for 1½ years, it was home.” The staff showed care and compassion. She has kept all her warning letters and other documents as a reminder of how far she has come. Sharron is currently a family support worker at Edgewood Brookland Family Support Collaborative. The Coalition is thankful to Sharron for being open and sharing her story. We wish her continued success.
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