Government of the District of Columbia Department of Human Services
One Congregation. One Family. FY17
Faith in Action Initiatives
Terence Mayo, Faith Community Specialist (202) 698-4128 Terence.Mayo2@dc.gov
One Congregation. One Family (OCOF) is a partnership between the D.C. Department of Human Services, the Office of Religious Affairs (EOM) and the local faith community. The purpose of the program is to provide a network of services to families recently exiting shelter.
Congregations form faith mentor teams consisting of 4 - 6 people to provide mentoring and life-skills coaching for a period of 9 months. Families and congregations are matched based on an assessment of the needs, the goals of the families and the specific skills and expertise of the faith mentor team. Mentoring services offer assistance with budgeting, education and employment resources, tutoring, household management, nutrition and job preparation. Our goal is to provide motivation and encouragement in an effort to help families achieve and maintain their independence.
This partnership empowers the District's most vulnerable families with the strength and courage they need to maintain stable housing.
We are now accepting applications for our FYl7 program cycle - apply today!!
One Congregation. One Family (OCOF) is also proud to announce that we will be launching two new initiatives for the upcoming program year focusing on providing additional supports for DC residents. We are looking for congregations to partner with us to work in the following program areas:
This support group will help fathers engage fully, effectively, and responsibly in their children's lives. Each session will be designed to help them build healthy, nurturing and ongoing relationships with their children. The sessions will also provide fathers with the opportunity to share real life experiences and receive motivation and encouragement from other fathers who have similar experiences. Planned sessions will cover topics such as budgeting, employment, education, and healthcare.
This support group will focus on "grandfamilies", low-income grandparents who are raising the children of family members who, for a variety of reasons, are not able to provide for the general welfare of their children. Approximately
2.7 million Grandparents report that they are responsible for their grandchildren's needs. In about a third of these homes neither of the children's parents are in the home. These sessions will provide a safe place for grandparents to voice concerns, frustrations, and anxieties while also learning new skills, community and government resources as well as legal rights and responsibilities to help them care for their grandchildren.
Many of our past OCOF families would like to continue their work on the path to increasing their economic standing and working on family dynamics. This support group will offer a nurturing environment where they can hear from other families and gain new tools for success.