The Edgewood/Brookland Family Support Collaborative (E/BFSC) came into existence as a result of a national and local demand to change the manner in which states and cities were addressing the needs of children and families in low-income and high crime neighborhoods.

Many families were the victims of poverty and other ills such as inadequate housing, lack of education, unemployment and underemployment, mental illness, and substance abuse; however were ending up in the child welfare system by default.

The challenge facing federal and local governments and communities led to the creation of legislation, which brought a wide range of community stakeholders to the table to develop creative solutions to the growing concerns for the welfare and well-being of children and families. The 20 stories captured in this document provides a glimpse of E/BFSC’s work over its first 20 years, starting with the redevelopment of Edgewood Terrace and ending with the reopening of the Ionia R. Whipper Home along with our vision for the next 20 years.

As we reflect on our journey, we honor and thank those who have contributed to our success: our founding organizations, such as Community Preservation and Development

Corporation, Edgewood Property Management Corporation, and Beacon House Community Ministries; resident leaders; and our Board members and staff over the past 20 years.

We also thank the Healthy Families Thriving Communities Collaboratives; our primary funder, Child and Family Service Agency and its administrators; The Community Partnership for the Prevention of Homelessness; and our city officials who championed our cause for the past 20 years. While E/BFSC could not exist without the contributions of these entities, there are numerous individuals and groups who have supported E/BFSC; several are profiled in this publication.

We dedicate these 20th anniversary materials to the creation of the Healthy Families Thriving Communities Collaboratives in Washington, DC and to all who have contributed to E/BFSC’s success over the past 20 years. Thank you for being a part of our story!

20th Anniversary Celebration
Photo Gallery & Videos

Our event on Nov 4 was unforgettable.
Thank good ness we have the photos
so that we never forget.

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20 Years.
Our Story.
Video

A brief look back at the past 20 years
and our vision for the future.
Louvenia Williams video tribute.

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20 Years.
20 Stories.
Publications

A brief look back at the past 20 years
and our vision for the future.

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