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
Path to Independence and Self-Sufficiency
Due to substance abuse problems, a troubled marriage, mental and physical stress, Vernon Suggs could not keep a job and became homeless. He ended up at Blair Transitional Rehabilitation Program on October 8, 2016. To help Mr. Suggs get back on his feet, he received supportive services, counseling, job referral and placement assistance through the Coalition’s in-house Employment Program. As a result, Mr. Suggs has been employed since April 2017. As an onsite Service Technician at Van Ness Luxury Apartments, he pays reduced rent, makes $20 per hour and receives full benefits. In addition, he will receive free training and certification as an HVAC (Heating, Ventilation Air Conditioning) Technician. Mr. Suggs confidence and determination has been restored. He wants to succeed and become more productive. He says he feels motivated to get up in the morning to join the working class and provide a service to others. Great progress Mr. Suggs; keep up the good work!
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