ERFSC Updates

EAST RIVER AMONG GRANTEES FOR HEALTH BENEFIT EXCHANGE PROGRAM
The District of Columbia Health Benefit Exchange Authority awarded East River Family Strengthening Collaborative a grant to provide outreach and enrollment services to uninsured residents of Ward 5, 7 & 8. Edgewood Brookland is partnering with ERFSC to provide services to residents and businesses in Wards 5&6; while ERFSC will cover Wards 7&8.

ERFSC WELCOMES NEW BOARD MEMBERS
On Friday, May 17, 2013, ERFSC hosted their Annual Board Meeting entitled “Turning Our Passions Into Stories.” In addition to sharing the FY2012 achievements and the agency’s Annual Report, which you can see HERE, they also welcomed new board members: Latisha Atkins, Mary Bogle, Ashaki Goodall, Shawn Jegede, Amin Muslin and Loretta Peterson.

THIRTEEN RECEIVE MINI-GRANTS FROM ERFSC
After a very competitive process, ERFSC awarded thirteen Ward 7 organizations with mini-grants in July 2013.  Leading up to the process, a total of 97 attended the mini-grant pre-proposal workshops and over 31 mini-grant applications were submitted.  At the end of it all, the proud recipients are Aban Institute, Beautiful U Yes U, Destined for Greatness, Do The Write Thing Foundation, First Rock Baptist Church Foundation, Glenncrest Make a Difference House, Healthy Living, Inc., Life Pieces to Masterpieces, Life Success Center for Children, Youth and Families, NE Performing Arts Center, Rockson Community Development Corporation, The Fishing School, and We Will Work Out. The mini-grant period ran from July 15 through September 15 and ERFSC is happy to have funded these programs which are building capacity in Ward 7. Brandi Forte, who was one of the recipients said, “Destined For Greatness would like to especially thank East River for funding our first Amala Lives Workforce Institute cohort in Kenilworth Courts! You have been such a blessing to us and the community!”

ERFSC, MPD 6D, 93.9 WKYS & OTHERS TEAM UP FOR BLOCK PARTY
On, Wednesday, July 31, ERFSC partnered with Metropolitan Police Department 6D, 93.9 WYKS and other partners for a Block Party which was held at the Anacostia Park.  Over a thousand Ward 7 residents came out to enjoy a fun, safe night with free food and drinks, party music from DJs from WKYS, as well as awesome performances from top local music talent such as Kingpen Slim, Main Girl, Reesa Renee, Phil Ade and Black Alley. The event was capped off from an exclusive performance from chart-topping rapper French Montana with special guest former NBA all-star Steve Francis. WKYS on-air personalities Angie Ange, Deja Perez, EZ Street, Kelson, Albert from the Russ Parr Morning Show and Coka-Lani also helped keep the night turned up. ERFSC’s staff assisted with logistics and our own DJ Flava who also works with WKYS was there to spin music.  To see photos and videos from the WKYS website, click HERE. To see ERFSC’s photos, click HERE.

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT A HUGE SUCCESS
On August 6, ERFSC partnered with MPD 6th District and a host of other partners for the Annual National Night Out event which attracted close to 2,000 Ward 7 residents and supporters.  Like last year, the event featured free food, rides and games for children and adults, a back-to-school book bag giveaway and a LIVE concert.  The VOICE finalist, Marcus Canty was the headliner for the event and appearances were made by Mayor Vincent Gray, Councilmember Yvette Alexander, Police Chief Kathy Lanier, Commander Robert Contee and many others.  To see the photos from the event, click HERE.  An amazing video highlighting the event can also be seen HERE.

ERFSC SURPASSES GOAL FOR PARENTING GRANT

ERFSC was the recipient of a CFSA parenting education and support grant to provide parenting education to 60 Ward 7 parents for FY2013.  Already 80 have graduated from parenting classes with the final cohort of an additional 20 who will graduate onSeptember 25.  ERFSC looks forward  to provide parenting education and support to more Ward 7 parents for FY2014.  To see the graduation video for the first graduating class who completed the Effective Black Parenting curriculum, click HERE