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Family Success Centers
Building better future
for families
Our Family Success Centers in Ward 7 work with families to increase their overall well-being and
give everyone a fair shot in our rapidly changing city. Families from anywhere in DC can access the
Family Success Centers in each ward, receive services, and build new relationships. The family
success centers are a part of DC Mayor Muriel Bowser’s Families First DC initiative.
Our services are rooted in five “protective factors” to empower communities and families.

Parental Resilience

Social Connections

Concrete Support In Times Of Need

Knowledge Of Parenting And Child Development

Social & Emotional Competence Of Children

Reach out to us today to learn how our centers can help your family succeed.
Why should I
connect with Family
Success Centers?

Our success centers are staffed by people who know and love the neighborhood residents. They will help you access the resources you and your family need. By connecting, you will find:

  • Quick and flexible services and referrals for everyone; including families, youth, seniors, fathers, men and boys, singles, and the LGBTQIA+ community.
  • Connections to multiple resources like housing, employment training and placement, healthcare, and education.
  • Learning opportunities to strengthen parenting skills, find new mentors, and socialize with other families.
  • Programming to improve emotional wellness and address trauma, various types of violence, and mental health needs.
  • Opportunities for youth to access tutoring, recreation, employment, and much more.

Reach out to learn about the ways we can help.

Benning Rd &
Minnesota Ave
Family Success

The Benning Road and Minnesota Avenue Family Success Center builds on our commitment to equip Ward 7 communities with the tools and skills to dramatically increase individual self-sufficiency and family stabilization.

The center is a new place for families in Ward 7 to find resources and services to help them thrive.

Benning Terrace &
Benning Park Family
Success Center

The Benning Terrace/Benning Park Family Success Center is part of a network of ten success centers located in neighborhoods across Wards 7 and 8 and operated by organizations that our communities know and trust.

Our success center is ready to serve anyone, anywhere in the city who comes through our doors.

We welcome your participation in our success centers. Contact us today to get started.

Ms. Everett

Hello, my name is Ms. Everett and I wanted to start off by saying how much I’ve benefited from the East River Strengthening Collaborative Family Success Center. I’ve had the chance to take the Shopping Cultivating Trips, which I enjoyed soooo much. I’ve also enjoyed both the cooking and financial literacy classes offered by the center. I’m part of the community and the community needs these classes to continue. It educates people about spending, how to use coupons, the cooking classes teach people how to cook, and cooking dishes that don’t take up a lot of time. All of these classes are needed and the community can really benefit from them a lot. Thank you.

Brenda Williams

The classes were amazing, especially financial literacy, which showed better ways of making positive financial decisions, how to create a budget, tracking my spending, and what a 401k is. Speaking for myself, the cooking cultivation class really opened my eyes to the importance of eating healthier, especially for those who suffer from high blood pressure and other illnesses. The shopping trip was so cool. It gave me a chance to socialize, interact with others in a positive space, share food ideas, and compare prices. Hopefully, these classes will remain in the community because a lot of people only have access to what is right within their community.

Sharon Shanklin Browne

Senior residents in the Benning Ridge Community have thoroughly enjoyed all the resources and opportunities provided  by the East of the River Family Strengthening Collaborative. Their nutritional needs were met as a result of the fresh fruits and vegetables they received from the Collaborative’s grocery delivery program and “Flash Table” which educated them on nutrition and diabetes awareness and prevention. Positive comments are still being made to this day about both programs.

Sharon J. Moody

My daughter and I would like to take this opportunity to thank you again, for the wonderful shopping excursion on this pass Thursday. I was impressed with the professionalism of you and your team and the timely manner from the moment we boarded the beautiful, comfortable coach, the friendly driver and safe journey to and from Wegman’s. The stipend given to purchase food helped tremendously with the outrageous high prices of food today. I am grateful and look forward to participating in future programs the “Family Success Center” will be providing. I will spread the word

Yvenie Jones

Thank you so much for your help. I truly appreciate you and your agency staff!!

Antoinette Burriss

I really appreciate the gift certificate I earned during the East of the River self-care workshop series to Justina’s Hair Gallery. The hairdo came just in time for the ceremony I was in when my son received recognition from the UDC Firebirds basketball team for being a graduating senior. Thank you East of the River for helping me in my self-care journey.

Your donation means a lot. By giving to us, we can continue to impact our
community members.