Happy World Social Work Day!
We are the largest not for profit behavioral health agency serving vulnerable individuals, families, and children residing in the District since 1984.
Happy World Social Work Day!
The goal of Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month is to spread awareness. More specifically, to promote respect for people with disabilities while educating others.
Many don’t realize the abilities of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). By showing examples of people with developmental disabilities thriving alongside people without, we can help end negative stereotypes.
It’s Random Acts of Kindness Week!
Adrienne Ellis, is the Supervisor of the Children’s & Families Program. She has been working with Community Connections, Inc. in that role since September 2020, and has already created a huge impact. Adrienne received her Bachelor’s degree of Psychology from Morgan State University, Master’s degree of Applied Psychology from the University of Baltimore, and her PhD from Argosy University in Clinical Psychology. WOW!
Adrienne's future goals include: successfully integrating her staff to reduce turnover, highlighting the organization's resources, and stabilizing the team to becoming more financially viable. She is such a DYNAMIC leader. Go Adrienne!
#FUNFACT- Adrienne used to work for Community Connections in the Youth & Transition Program in Maryland. She loved CC so much, she came back!
Celebrating 30 years!
Lisa Terry found her way to Community Connections DC 30 years ago. First, Lisa pursued her BSW from Columbia Union College in Maryland. On February 11, 1991, Lisa joined the Community Connections family. She started as a HUD skills trainer that assisted individuals with daily housing/living needs. Shortly after, Lisa was offered the Director of Housing and Property Management position. Within 30 years, she has seen so many changes. She has seen the program grow exponentially: the housing team growing larger and the acquiring and development of new properties (from approx. 3 to 50!).
Lisa aims to echo Community Connections' mission and maintains interaction with the consumers. Lisa describes the most rewarding aspect of working with Community Connections is witnessing the change that occurs when an individual gets stable housed. "It is such a commodity", she states as she honors the process of helping individuals call a place their home. Thank you, Lisa, for all of your hard work and dedication.
CHEERS to 30 years!!
#FUNFACT- Lisa is devoted to animal advocacy & animal rights. She has rescued several animals and provided a loving environment that they can call home. Pets Rule!
We honor Rosa Parks today on her birthday
Lower Georgia Ave Main Street
While much of Black History Month will be observed virtually, there are plenty of opportunities in DC to learn about and celebrate Black history. Check out this DCist article for a guide to musical celebrations, museum events, and self-guided tours around the District: https://bit.ly/3cAUrVx
February is African American History Month
Hypothermia Alert and Shelters
“If you see someone outside in need of shelter or a welfare check, during freezing temperatures, call the Shelter Hotline at 202-399-7093, or dial 311. If there is an immediate risk to safety call 911. Transportation to shelter is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.”
Today is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's birthday. We are honored to continue our service to DC residents since 1984. We honor you Dr. King today and everyday for your legacy that lives within us.
Our office will be closed on Monday, January 18th in remembrance.
Community Connections colleagues and participants, our office will be closed on Thursday January 7th. #StayHome #StaySafeDC
To our follow DC residents: Mayor Bowser has ordered a citywide curfew for DC from 6:00 PM tonight until 6:00 AM Thursday morning. #StayHome #StaySafe
UPDATE: D.C. under a 12-hour curfew starting at 6 p.m., Metro shutting down rail service at 8 and bus service at 9 p.m., Safeway stores have closed across the city.
Happy New Year from all of us at Community Connections
Happy Holidays from all of us at Community Connections!
We mailed out "we are all essential" t-shirts to our Community Connections colleagues! #teamworkmakesthedreamwork
We are so grateful for your support! 🙏🏻💕
We teamed up with Virginia Distillery Company, and aged Black is Beautiful, a Weathered Souls Brewing Co. collaboration, in their whisky barrels. The beer has retained its complex, delicious flavors and has picked up the classic whiskey notes. Try our Barrel-Aged Black is Beautiful on draft or in 750ml bottles. A perfect gift for the holidays. Swing by for pickup or have it delivered.
Black is Beautiful is a collaboration to help raise awareness for the injustice people of color face daily in our community and abroad.
This beer supports Community Connections DC, whose mission is to provide behavioral health, resident services, and primary health care coordination for marginalized and disenfranchised people living in the District of Columbia.
We wanted to give a shout out to Ambulatory Services at Children’s National Hospital for conducting a food drive for Community Connections.
The food donations will be given out by our Homeless Services, LIFT and Walter Reed Teams!
Thank you to Rosie and the Capitol Hill Day School for sponsoring 71 of our PSHP youth for the holidays!
We love you Rosie and CHDS!!
Community Connections DC's cover photo
Community Connections DC's cover photo
GivingTuesday is TODAY, December 1st. Please consider Community Connections.
Want to join us in helping those affected most by COVID-19? We're raising money to be… Layla Weiss needs your support for Community Connections Giving Tuesday
With the generous support of foundations and private funders, we created a fund to support those who are experiencing homelessness or are in imminent risk of losing their housing and exhausted other financial resources.
Over the last 12 months, we supported 32 participants with an average request of $343.
Please give generously for GivingTuesday:
GivingTuesday is December 1st.
Susan is a single mom, who just needs $50 so a DC LL can process her application for a unit. She has spent some time experiencing homelessness with her 2 girls.
Mark only needs his birth certificate so he can start school but his family would have to decide between having food or paying the $25 fee to get an official copy.
Sara’s Fund and Helping Hands helps to solve these problems for people struggling to do the things many of us take for granted. 100% of the money collected passes directly to the people in need. Every bit helps.
Please consider donating for Giving Tuesday. Small donations go a long way. Please give generously: https://www.gofundme.com/f/community-connections-giving-tuesday
GivingTuesday is right around the corner and DC's most vulnerable need your help, especially in these trying times.
Just $25 will help someone get a hold of their birth certificate. When individual and families experience homelessness documents get lost.
*A birth certificate is required to enroll in school
*A birth certificate is required to obtain an identification card
Please consider Community Connections, Inc. on #givingtuesfay by donating:
We are grateful, thankful, and blessed to have such a dedicated and compassionate staff.
To honor our staff, Community Connections will be closed on Thursday, November 26th and Friday, November 27th.
Due to the incredible generosity of Community Connections donor Neal Morris with Upstream 360 we are over half way to reaching our goal for GivingTuesday
Please give generously:
GivingTuesday is December 1st.
Helping Hands and Sara’s Fund are direct giving to Community Connections participants through donations from people like YOU!
La’Crisha utilized funds to obtain her driver’s license. “Due to me having a family member with health issues, it was important to be able to get back and forth to doctor’s appointments.”
Please give to help other Community Connections participants like La’Crisha achieve their goals at https://www.gofundme.com/f/community-connections-giving-tuesday
Thanks for the mention!
Ten public housing authorities and one nonprofit agency in the Mid-Atlantic region will receive $4.3 million through HUD’s Mainstream Housing Choice Voucher Program. This latest round of funding will help protect the health and safety of non-elderly persons with disabilities against COVID-19.
Congratulations to the funding recipients:
Community Connections DC
Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority
Lynchburg Redevelopment and Housing Authority
Virginia Housing (Virginia Housing Development Authority)
Charleston-Kanawha Housing Authority
Philadelphia Housing Authority
Happy Veteran’s Day today and everyday!
Evelyn Sands is a native Washingtonian and Certified Peer Specialist through DC Department of Behavioral Health with Community Connections, Inc. Family and Children's Program. We are so excited that Evelyn will be featured in “National Geographic Magazine” January 2021 Issue, in which she speaks on injustice and police brutality amongst the African American community.
Evelyn has over 10 years-experience of helping families navigate through the System of Care and 5 years-experience with working on an ACT Team. On the ACT Team, she inspired others to take on the attitude of a sprinter instead of a marathon runner. Evelyn helped them get back on the road called "triumphant."
In Evelyn's spare time she enjoys: decorating, spending time with family and friends, and hand dancing in a league.
This episode focuses on spirituality.
Thanks for the mention!
#GivingTuesday is an opportunity for people around the world to stand together in unity—to use their individual power of generosity to remain connected and heal. Join us on December 1, 2020
Happy 30 year Anniversary David!
David Freeman, PsyD, a licensed clinical psychologist in Washington, DC and Maryland, has been at Community Connections since 1990. Now the Chief Clinical Officer, Dr. Freeman started as a case manager. He has since been team leader for projects that focus on consumer empowerment, trauma recovery, homelessness, addictions,
de-institutionalization, person centered care, mental health recovery, transition aged youth, and justice system involvement. Dr. Freeman consults nationally on issues of men’s trauma recovery, dual diagnosis, and the criminal justice-mental health interface. He has half a dozen publications. Prior to coming to Community Connections, Dr. Freeman worked in a range of mental health settings and with homeless youth.
Please tune in to watch the last of our "Native Washingtonian Series", highlighting CC employees born and raised in the community they now serve. In this clip, Renee Robertson is being interviewed by Layla Weiss
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We are proud to be the largest not-for-profit mental health agency serving men, women and children in the nation's capital. Since its founding in 1984, Community Connections has been committed to innovative and compassionate mental health, addictions and residential services for the District of Columbia's most vulnerable citizens. Community Connections combines a commitment to quality mental health care with a passion for research and education that has led to our status as a recognized national leader in the delivery of creative and constantly evolving, evidence-based services for our consumers and our community. We invite you to learn more about us, our clinical, supportive and residential services as well as our latest research initiatives and our wide scope of training opportunities.
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