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Highlights from 2022

… the power of our work together …

This year has certainly been one for the books. I could not be more proud of the work that we accomplished and the goals that we have set for ourselves in 2023.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you for all that you do, giving your time, and your investments!

Our accomplishments were achieved because of generous support like yours, today I am asking for just a little more support now to make sure that we head into 2023 as strong as possible. Will you make a contribution now?

Because of your continued support, in 2023 we will be able to:

  1. Provide thought leadership on solutions that arise from incarceration through our Solutions from the Yard podcast

  2. Launch our second cohort of Train Our Voices, VSC's 33-week curriculum that combines the education of community organizing through advocacy and the illustration of using one's voice for effective community change

  3. Increase the number of clients that we see to completion of their long-term plans for success through our Welcome Home Center

In 2022, VSC grew our staff numbers so we can continue to provide life sustaining services, we had a record-breaking holiday season, and we broke ground on VSC's first podcast, Solutions from the Yard, which we will be introducing to you next month.

I’m sending you brief highlights on the power of our work below, exemplifying just what we can do together, with your support. Your contribution today will be felt throughout the District.

The entire VSC team and I wish you and yours a very blessed New Year!

~ Paula


Train Our Voices

We graduated our inaugural class of Train Our Voices, a 33- week curriculum that combines the education of advocacy and the illustration of using one's voice for effective community change.

Through Train our Voices, VSC clients participate in workshops with the objective to use their voices to elevate their lived experience for change.


New Terrain

2022 saw a major milestone with the launch of our New Terrain program, where in just two months we received over 130 applications from VSC clients. As part of this initiative, VSC offers short-term housing support, rental assistance, home goods, furniture, mobile phones, laptops, and other items necessary to gain independence.

Acknowledging that empowerment is not enough, VSC aims to provide the tools in hand so that clients can achieve their goals. Reintegration is a process at the core of VSC's services in building sustainability to support our clients.


Solutions from the Yard

This podcast is hosted by three Train Our Voices graduates and will cover the many facets involving trauma, homelessness, reentry 101, and more. Our podcast will educate the listener on how to navigate reentry and connect on shared challenges operating within the justice system. Here, we will share authentic experiences with listeners on the impact of incarceration and navigating life after release and beyond, and connect on shared reentry challenges.


Adopt a Family

This is by far our most wholesome and heartfelt campaign of the year. Here, we ask donors and supporters to “adopt” a VSC family and provide gifts off the wishlist or essential items to families who apply to the program.

This year we quickly surpassed our initial goal of 80 children with being able to provide holiday joy to over 100 children of currently or formerly incarcerated parents here in D.C.


VSC in the Community

Integrated into the outreach is VSC’s floating support services via our mobile Welcome Home Center. These services provide a responsive outreach approach to justice-involved individuals and community residents. Under this service component, outreach staff can provide interventions across the District.

VSC has also been able to connect D.C. residents housed at the Volunteer of America - Chesapeake Baltimore community correctional facility (the only halfway house currently used for D.C. Code offenders leaving the Federal Bureau of Prisons) with reentry services to support their transition from Federal institutions.

VSC accepts walk-in and telephone intakes from our community partners in DC DOC, the READY Center, MORCA, CSOSA, and other agencies throughout the DC metropolitan area.

We can also be found at community events across the District. In 2022, we participated in the H St Festival, Beat the Streets, D.C. Wave Fest, and the Volunteers of America Community Correctional Facility Job and Resource Fair.



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