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Rooted in Community.
Transforming Futures.
The Community Engagement and Partnership (CEP) department’s primary purpose is to engage community residents to identify their needs and provide those services directly or indirectly through partnerships. We also enter into agreements with partners to ensure that their services are available to Ward 7 residents, preferably in the neighborhoods where they live.
Find out how you can take advantage of our programs.
Ward 7 Faith

The Ward 7 Faith Leaders group was formed with a purpose to include the faith community in violence reduction initiatives. On every first Saturday of the month, the group comes together to strategize and develop ways to decrease violent crimes in Ward 7.

In 2019, ERFSC joined hands with Council Member Gray, The East of the River Clergy Police Community Partnership, and the 6ᵗʰ District Metropolitan Police Department to form the Ward 7 Faith leaders.

If you are a faith leader, we welcome you to join our cause. Contact us today to learn how.

Out of School Time

The Out of School Time program offers a structured, safe, and enriching program to youths of Benning Terrace / Benning Park, aged 5 to 18, during the school year and summer break. In 2018, we received a grant from the Deputy Mayor’s Office of Education for a summer scheme which later expanded to a year round program in 2020.

Collaboration, Connection, Community- By giving to us, we can give to others.

Madeline Leach

After her Haitian Catered experience, Ms. Madeline Leach at Mayfair said that she really enjoyed the Haitian Luncheon. It was a new experience for her; she never had the cuisine. She appreciates all the EOTR Hub has done this year. She really enjoys and loves the decorations, which she feels are more homely and inviting. After being sick for months, she returned to the site in April. She recently had fun doing fitness with Andrew at the Spirit Club and hopes to see him return soon. Thank you to East River and for all you do for the seniors at Mayfair.

Mr. Donnie Joyner

I appreciate all East River has done for us at Knox Hill. With the wall painting and new decorations, it feels like a new community room. I especially enjoyed the trips with Ms. Rose and the DHH division. From the Summer Fest, Cookout, and the trip to National Harbor, you all at East River have spoiled us. The next time I see her, I will make sure to tell Ms. Anita Bonds how great the East River has been for us at Knox Hill.

Help your neighbors in Ward 7
lead fulfilling lives.