NCCF® is committed to serving vulnerable children, youth and families in the national capital area for nearly 100 years. Residential programs serve homeless families, victims of domestic violence, and abused and neglected adolescents.
How do you help people in my community?
NCCF is committed to strengthening families and providing direction and support to vulnerable children and youth. We help people in our community through the following programs and services:
The Greentree Shelter (GTS) serves as temporary home for families, primarily children with single mothers, and provides the basic support systems necessary for these families to rebuild their lives. Families move out of the shelter with a developed sense of self-esteem, self-help skills and healthier relationships, helping them to avoid the recurrence of homelessness. GTS is the only family shelter with an on-site structured childcare center and specialized therapeutic child access capability in Montgomery County, Maryland.
Family Stabilization Program (FSP) serves formerly homeless families, providing community-based support as well as subsidized housing for families in Montgomery County, Maryland. FSP guides families on overall family and household functioning, ranging from budgeting to child discipline, from workplace adjustment to education and skill achievement. Families resolve problems that led to their homelessness in order to stabilize their futures.
Greentree Adolescent Program (GAP), an out-of-home care program, serves adolescent boys and girls from all over the State of Maryland. These adolescents have long-standing family problems and histories of abuse and neglect. Through specialized treatment, GAP addresses their behavioral challenges, educational, medical, mental health, recreational, and social needs. Youth are served in a residential setting which prepares them to return to their families, a foster family, or supervised independent living apartments in the community as stable, functioning young adults.
Greentree School, a full day transitional school program, assists youth who have difficulty adjusting to a regular school environment. This program allows our adolescents to continue their academic work in a therapeutic setting and prepares them to be mainstreamed into their regular schools.
Greenleaf Treatment Foster Care Program (GTFC), a treatment alternative to institutionalization, pairs children and adolescents with special needs with families who can give them the time, love, and attention they need. Through the recruitment, training, and careful matching of foster care parents, children and youth receive individualized care in a nurturing, home-based environment.
Futurebound Independent Living Program (FILP) prepares young survivors of abuse and neglect (ages 17 to 20) to live independently in the community. With 24-hour, comprehensive supports, FILP provides affected adolescents the opportunity to become more emotionally stabilized, find jobs, and aspire to a future that promises economic stability and healthy family and community relationships.
The CARA House, a community-based, collaborative therapeutic parenting education center in Ward 7 of the District of Columbia, seeks to prevent family involvement in the District's overloaded child welfare system, and fosters family permanency, as well as child safety and well being. This program teaches adults the skills necessary to nurture healthy children, provides concrete, basic resource supports, raises community standards for parenting, and offers respite and treatment foster care services in the community.
The Family Focus Program (FFP) serves families in their homes to prevent intensive involvement by the Montgomery County Child Welfare Services. FFP provides quality family preservation services and supports to families in lower and middle Montgomery County, MD by increasing parental knowledge and skills. The program helps parents understand the benefits of, and participation in a meaningful relationship with their children's school, educating parents about community resources and how to use them to foster and support a healthy family life, and identifying and helping families access and draw upon community assistance.
J.C. Nalle Community School, an integrated after-school program, which provide community-based academic and support services to students and their families through the J.C. Nalle Community School concept. Students and their families will have the opportunity to participate in an integrated program focused on (a) extended academic supports, (b) after school care, (c) social, creative, and cultural clubs for applied mastery, (d) health care and mental health service, and (e) parental involvement, including leadership, participation, and educational and community supports. NCCF provides high quality support services for children, youth and their families to be integrated into the school’s menu of services.
Why do you need my support?
NCCF needs your support because we cannot do it alone. With your help – financial, volunteer, donation of used and new goods – we can better serve the children and families who come to seek refuge with us. We view you and our clients as partners working towards a community that is safe and healthy for everyone. For more than 86 years, NCCF has been involved in alleviating family poverty and preventing child abuse and neglect. We can continue to do this with your generosity which helps us provide our children and families with the tools they need to regain a sense of self-worth and confidence, and help them improve their lives -- by returning to school, recovering and leading drug and alcohol free life styles, learning computer skills, leaving an abusive boyfriend, appropriately praising and disciplining children, or doing whatever else is appropriate and necessary. If we do not receive the money we need each year, we may have to cut one or more of our services, such as our child care center, our counseling staff, our employment specialist, or our nurse. Every gift makes a difference, every gift helps a mother, like Pam, who is trying desperately to overcome the burdens of single parenthood and hold her family together; or a child, like Sam, whose whole life has been uprooted and he is now having problems in school; or an infant, like Katie, whose life has only just begun and she is already off to a vulnerable start.
How can I be sure that you will use my money wisely and won't waste it?
NCCF maintains very low overhead and administrative costs – 10%. The majority of all funds raised are used to care for our clients through programs and services, which include intensive case management, child care and after school activities, parent education, chemical dependency recovery, job training and employment referral, housing search assistance, and mental and physical health care. An independent firm audits NCCF annually and our annual report is available.
Can I Volunteer? How?
Yes! Over 700 volunteers, including individuals, foundations, community businesses, civic and religious groups, schools and colleges provide program support to NCCF. These resources continue to provide the assistance and support in addressing the full spectrum of needs, from serving as foster parents to subsidizing rent of families in transition, to purchasing new school clothes for all the youths, to tutoring, landscaping, painting, organizing recreational activities and assisting in the child care center, to illustrate just a few. Contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Elise Goede, at (301) 365-4480, ext. 113 to find out how you can help us serve the community.