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As we celebrate our 25th anniversary, we will be focusing our blog and social media posts on a different area of our services to the community. Each month, we will highlight a part of CPDC’s mission and what steps we are taking every day to help communities grow and thrive in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. Volunteers and resident services combine to make the following program a strong addition to our community development at Mayfair Mansions.

CPDC | Wardman Park Court | Community Social | 2.28.13At CPDC’s Mayfair Mansions, our Resident Services team partners with Concerned Black Men (CBM), an organization whose innovative and supportive programs have been a major influence on the youth in that community.

“I have seen CBM staff bend over backwards to help our residents,” said Mayfair Mansions Resident Services Manager Robert Johns. “Their goals are perfectly aligned with CPDC’s mission. They are a natural partner for us and our residents.”

CBM has five major goals: 1) ensuring every child has a responsible caring adult in his or her life; 2) providing after-school and summer enrichment programs; 3) providing educational programs on a range of issues (i.e., social, community, etc.); 4) making quality public education the nation’s highest priority; and 5) making teenage pregnancy the exception, not the norm.

This year, CBM has 40 Mayfair Mansion residents and community participants enrolled in the Parent Support Initiative & Fathers Matter program, an initiative that helps with GED and educational services as well as workforce development programs. So far, 5 participants have received their GED through this program in 2014. CMB also boasts a 100% participant placement into the workforce development program.

“What really sets CMB apart is their participant follow-up,” said Johns. “When a person has completed their training or job placement program, staff from CBM continue to follow up, sometimes two or three years down the road. They really care about the people they work with.  Our residents and members of the community are more than just numbers to them.”

Our resident services programs are designed to help residents and members of the community members succeed. Volunteerism, as well as community and resident engagement, are among our highest priorities. With the help of partners like CBM, we are creating a better future for our residents and our neighborhoods.

To learn more about Concerned Black Men, please visit http://www.cbmnational.org. You can also follow them on Twitter or their Washington Chapter’s Facebook page.

If you would like to take advantage of these services or learn more about how you can help our Resident Services programs at Mayfair Mansions, please contact our Resident Services Manager Robert Johns at 202-450-6684 or rjohns@cpdc.org.

Likewise, if you would like to volunteer or become a resident services partner with us, please visit our Partner with Us page to learn how to get involved. Our communities need your help to create a stronger tomorrow.

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