Purpose, Mission & Vision
The Georgia Avenue Family Support Collaborative (GAFSC) mission is to support children, youth and families to become healthy, empowered and connected in a multi-cultural community.
We envision a diverse community where individuals and families prosper, are invested, are self-reliant and live safe and healthy lives. Our core values include: Compassion; Innovation; Ethical Practice; Accountability; and, Diversity.
Our Core Values
- Ethical Practice
Organization History & Structure
The Georgia Avenue Family Support Collaborative (GAFSC) was formed in 1998 to respond to the needs of at-risk families and children in Wards 1 and 4. With support from the D.C. child welfare agency, then under receivership, GAFSC engaged residents, conducted needs assessments and developed governance bodies in the target communities, and, in 1999, initiated services in the Petworth neighborhood of Ward 4, with Lutheran Social Services as the fiscal agent. In 2002, the Collaborative became a separate 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization. GAFSC currently has a diverse staff of 37 fulltime and 3 part-time, including bilingual staff who can serve the Spanish- and Amharic-speaking clients. Services are provided out of three locations, two in Petworth and one in Brightwood, as well as in nine Ward 4 schools.
GAFSC is one of five Healthy Families Thriving Communities (HFTC) Collaboratives in the District of Columbia. Although these nonprofit organizations focus primarily on their particular communities and therefore are Ward-based, we work collectively to plan programs and services, advocate for low-income families and implement and maintain common practice standards.