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. Our boundaries are described below:
From the northern tip of Ward 4 (and the District of Columbia), southwest on
the DC/Maryland boundary to Broad Branch Road, NW;
Broad Branch south to West Beach Drive;
Southeast on West Beach to Piney Branch Parkway, NW;
East on Piney Branch Parkway, NW to 16th Street; South for 1 block on 16th Street to Spring Road, NW; East on Spring Road, NW, to Rock Creek Church Road;
Northwest on Rock Creek Church Road to North Capitol;
North on North Capitol to Riggs Road, NE;
East on Riggs Road to Kennedy Street, NE;
East on Kennedy Street to Eastern Avenue (DC Line); and Northwest to the Northern tip of the DC/Maryland boundary.