June 29, 2016 the Edgewood/Brookland Family Support Collaborative (E/BFSC) had its Open House for the reopening of the Ionia R. Whipper Home (IWH) for homeless families with young children.
Ionia R. Whipper Home has been in existence for decades with its previous desires of sheltering Unwed mothers and abused females ranging from age 12-21. Howard University Medical School graduate, Dr. Ionia Rollin Whipper is the founder of this historic home. Due to the growing number of homeless families in the District of Columbia, there has been a significant increase in the number of young mothers between the ages of 20-25 who are homeless and entering the shelter system. In response to this crisis, E/BFSC, in partnership with the Ionia R. Whipper Home, is resuming programming at the historic 2000 Channing Street, NE property.
Today, in 2016 the Ionia R. Whipper Home has been revamped allowing for an improved kitchen, dining room, bedrooms, bathrooms, and conference room. Each bedroom contains 2 or more beds, a mini refrigerator, toys for the children, and many inspirational pictures and quotes around the room. All of the bedrooms accommodates a name tag above the door which illustrates who adopted the room. The program is designed to provide short-term family housing and stabilization services for up to 6 months and aftercare support. The Ionia R. Whipper Home is now officially open!