The Georgia Avenue Family Support Collaborative (GAFSC) was formed in 1998 when two organizations, Lutheran Social Services and the Urban Family Institute, reached out to residents and churches in Ward 4 and Ward 1 to respond to the needs of at-risk families and children. The initial planning grant from the D.C. Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA) enabled GAFSC to begin its outreach to residents and community groups, assess needs in the target communities and begin building the governance and infrastructure of the Collaborative.
In 1999, GAFSC began providing services with a small staff in a house on Allison Street and Georgia Avenue in the Petworth neighborhood of Ward 4.
From July 1998 until October 2002, Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area (LSS/NCA) served as the fiscal agent for GAFSC. Following an implementation process that began in early 2002, GAFSC began providing services on its own as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
The Collaborative currently serves families, caretakers, children and youth living in any part of Ward 4.