Community Connections DC

Community Connections DC We are the largest not for profit behavioral health agency serving vulnerable individuals, families, and children residing in the District since 1984.
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Happy Holidays from all of us at Community Connections!
12/24/2020

Happy Holidays from all of us at Community Connections!

We mailed out "we are all essential" t-shirts to our Community Connections colleagues! #teamworkmakesthedreamwork
12/23/2020

We mailed out "we are all essential" t-shirts to our Community Connections colleagues! #teamworkmakesthedreamwork

We are so grateful for your support! 🙏🏻💕
12/23/2020

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.
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Black is Beautiful is a collaboration to help raise awareness for the injustice people of color face daily in our community and abroad.
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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.
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#blackisbeautiful #barrelagedbeer

We wanted to give a shout out to Ambulatory Services at Children’s National Hospital for conducting a food drive for Com...
12/21/2020

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 Ros...
12/17/2020

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
12/02/2020

Community Connections DC's cover photo

Community Connections DC's cover photo
12/02/2020

Community Connections DC's cover photo

With the generous support of foundations and private funders, we created a fund to support those who are experiencing ho...
12/01/2020

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:

https://www.gofundme.com/f/community-connections-giving-tuesday

GivingTuesday is December 1st. Susan is a single mom, who just needs $50 so a DC LL can process her application for a un...
11/30/2020

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...
11/27/2020

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:

https://www.gofundme.com/f/community-connections-giving-tuesday

We are grateful, thankful, and blessed to have such a dedicated and compassionate staff.To honor our staff, Community Co...
11/25/2020

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.

GivingTuesday is December 1st. Helping Hands and Sara’s Fund are direct giving to Community Connections participants thr...
11/22/2020

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!
11/22/2020

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

#HUDCARESAct #COVID19

Happy Veteran’s Day today and everyday!
11/11/2020

Happy Veteran’s Day today and everyday!

Evelyn Sands is a native Washingtonian and Certified Peer Specialist through DC Department of Behavioral Health with Com...
11/09/2020

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.

#GivingTuesday is an opportunity for people around the world to stand together in unity⁠⁠—to use their individual power ...
10/27/2020

#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, h...
09/15/2020

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.

Community Connections DC surveyed our consumers, and some of the results are shown! #communityconnectionsdc
09/09/2020

Community Connections DC surveyed our consumers, and some of the results are shown! #communityconnectionsdc

Black Lives Still Matter.
08/25/2020

Black Lives Still Matter.

Get involved! Let’s support our fellow DC residents by supporting this organization started by young men who are DC resi...
08/20/2020

Get involved! Let’s support our fellow DC residents by supporting this organization started by young men who are DC residents! Items needed for tomorrow:

Today marks the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage. THANK YOU to all those courageous women who fought to secure our ...
08/18/2020

Today marks the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage.

THANK YOU to all those courageous women who fought to secure our right to vote.

Let's honor them and all those who came after by exercising that most precious right.

Dr. Maxine Harris: Co-Founder, CEO, Author and Innovator
#womenleadership

Community Connections DC's cover photo
08/06/2020

Community Connections DC's cover photo

Get Connected With Rochelle!“Before Community Connections, I wasn’t living as freely as I could. I used to be in a hospi...
08/05/2020

Get Connected With Rochelle!

“Before Community Connections, I wasn’t living as freely as I could. I used to be in a hospital, and while I was there I was diagnosed with a mental illness. I had to learn how to comply with [societal] rules and learn that there are limits to what I can do. When things don’t go my way, I do get upset, just like most people “hahaha”, but Community Connections supports and advocates for me no matter the circumstances. They will work with you.

I was excited when I first started. I could live the life I wanted because I lived independently. I had some symptoms that needed supervision, but I wanted to be able to be involved in how I lived. When I did feel down about things in life, Community Connections had a vision for me that was rooted in hope. They trusted me to accomplish my goals and helped guide my thoughts. I realized that some people just need encouragement and to learn how to apply these positive thoughts into their lives.

Although it has been a long six-year journey, I have achieved success through the group home by living independently. I have also written three great books. My journey with poetry started when I was diagnosed with a mental illness in the hospital and Community Connections supports me in all that I do. Even my psychiatrists are very thoughtful about giving the appropriate medicines and asking about my well-being.

I would tell people who are interested in Community Connections to look at their strength and ask themselves what do you want and what do you need to accomplish your goals? It’s always best to look for the gaps where there’s need for more support, then ask yourself if you are willing to fulfill your potential. If you feel like a step is missing, seek for wisdom that can guide you. You may lose control of something, but you are not lost.”

Meet Dolores, A Native Washingtonian!Dolores was raised by her grandmother in a tight-knit community of D.C. She says th...
07/28/2020

Meet Dolores, A Native Washingtonian!
Dolores was raised by her grandmother in a tight-knit community of D.C. She says that “back then we didn’t have to worry about other ethnicities. Everything just felt like Blacks belong.”
While her childhood was innocent, Dolores began to notice an uptick in violence as she entered high school. She now attributes this change in perception to her newfound ability to understand the ever-present hardships faced by her community.

Though Dolores faced significant barriers growing up, she is proud of where she has come. Aside from being a dedicated employee at CC, she also interns at the US Attorney’s office and has started a non-profit to build confidence in her community’s youth, encouraging them to pursue higher education.

“No one expected me to come this far so it feels good when you go in your communities and show them how to get where you are.” Dolores hopes to be an inspiration to others.

Community Connections DC's cover photo
07/28/2020

Community Connections DC's cover photo

Get Connected with ..........Constance! “I was with Community Connections for 37 years when they first started at 15th s...
07/27/2020

Get Connected with ..........Constance!

“I was with Community Connections for 37 years when they first started at 15th street. Life was hell. I was a bum, I was crazy in my head, and I was setting fires everywhere. I smelled badly too. I was living from place to place with crazy hallucinations. I would steal to buy drugs from the money I have stolen. I was an alcoholic and I was traumatized, but Community Connections saved my life. I am not longer homeless. So, I will never ever leave Community Connections.

Since the corona virus started, I’ve been really depressed, but my case manager comes by to do therapy with me. My case manager teaches me how to be independent, how to cook, and clean. They never gave up on me. I have done some very bad things in the past. I have even put my hands-on staff members, but they still never gave up on me. So, I wear my Community Connections t-shirt was pride. I tell everyone about it! They have everything for you there. They always take care of me. Once they stole my bike right in front of connection connections, a man took it. I told Maxine Harris that they stole my bike. I was raising hell and she calmed me down. I was crying so much, but she was there for me and understood my trauma and abuse. Now, I understand that trauma and I finally forgave my mother after attending the trauma classes at Community Connections. I felt healed. It was the best class ever. Maxine Harris has a good heart, a very GOOD heart.

If you’re looking for help, tell them the truth about your situation, so the case managers can truly help you. Being transparent is very important. Don’t be afraid to trust them. They will always help you.”

Community Connections DC's cover photo
07/18/2020

Community Connections DC's cover photo

Rest In Power John Lewis.Civil Rights icon. Beloved Georgia congressman.
07/18/2020

Rest In Power John Lewis.

Civil Rights icon.
Beloved Georgia congressman.

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801 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Washington D.C., DC
20003

Eastern Market Metro stop - Blue/Orange Lines Metrobus

General information

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.

Opening Hours

Monday 08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday 08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 18:00
Thursday 08:00 - 18:00
Friday 08:00 - 18:00

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(202) 546-1512

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