Edgewood/Brookland Family Support Collaborative Celebrates 20 Years; CPDC a Founding Partner
For 20 years, the Edgewood/Brookland Family Support Collaborative has been on a mission to strengthen families and build vibrant communities in Washington, DC. CPDC was recently honored for its contributions to the organization’s beginnings.
For 20 years, Edgewood/Brookland Family Support Collaborative has been on a mission to strengthen families and build vibrant communities in Washington, DC.
As a founding partner of the Edgewood/Brookland Family Support Collaborative (E/BFSC), it is no coincidence that CPDC’s own mission of building thriving affordable housing communities and the work of E/BFSC are closely aligned.
E/BFSC was founded in 1996 after a group of residents and neighborhood-based organizations received a planning grant from the D.C. Child and Family Services Agency.
That grant birthed a collaborative effort to design and implement a neighborhood-based family support system.
In 1997, E/BFSC opened its first Family Support Center in Brookland Manor and began formally serving families. In 2011, the organization expanded to offer services throughout Ward 5 and Ward 6.
CPDC’s revitalization of the Ward 5 Edgewood Terrace community (now Edgewood Commons) was integral to the creation of the Collaborative, says E/BFSC Executive Director Louvenia Williams.
In the early 1990s Edgewood Terrace was one of the largest drug markets in the District, often referred to as “Little Beirut” because of its crime and economic and physical blight. When CPDC acquired Edgewood in 1995, we identified three factors to guide the community’s redevelopment: partnerships with community leaders; redevelopment of the property; and establishment of onsite programs and services for residents.
Williams, formerly Director of Community Services for CPDC, led initial efforts to create a vision for Edgewood residents; at the same time, she was establishing critical partnerships that would lead to the creation of E/BFSC.
As E/BFSC this month celebrates 20 years of service to the community, it recognized CPDC as a founding partner and contributor to the Collaborative’s startup.
To learn more about the Edgewood/Brookland Family Support Collaborative or get involved, visit http://ebfsc.org.