Santa and Cabin John Volunteer Fire Department Deliver Gifts to Greentree Shelter

The fire truck’s siren was blaring, as were the sirens on several other fire vehicles, as they entered the NCCF grounds headed toward the Greentree Shelter on Christmas Eve. What was the emergency?  Nothing serious — just Santa Claus perched atop the Cabin John Volunteer Department Engine coming with his elves (other members of the…


Betty’s House I and II: Helping Women Escape Abusive Relationships

Escaping an abusive relationship is hard for any woman, but immigrant women without legal status face particular obstacles. They have fled their country or abuser without anything to start from. But if they live in Montgomery County, they can find hope and help at the NCCF’s Betty House I and II. Each house provides up…


Meet NCCF’s New Board Trustee: Stuart Eisen

In 2003, Stuart Eisen showed up to an elementary school in Anacostia for a day of service, hosted by his company at the time. While Stuart was playing catch with young children and speaking with their teacher about the lack of financial resources for the classroom, he had no way of knowing this was the…


Meet NCCF’s New Board Trustee: Scott Nudelman

Philanthropic commitment and dedication to local communities characterize the newest member of The National Center for Children and Families (NCCF) Board of Trustees, Scott Nudelman. When Scott is not working or rushing to pick up his son from soccer, you will find him volunteering for one of a number of the local non-profits he supports….


The Neediest Kids: A Spotlight on Fairfax County Public Schools

Did you know that Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is the 10th largest school system in the United States? Serving more than 186,000 students in grades pre-kindergarten through 12, 28 percent of these students, or approximately 52,080 youth, are eligible for free and reduced-price meals (FARMS)- a primary indicator of poverty. This is where The Neediest…


Help NCCF Youth Expand Horizons with Travel

With the communities help, fifteen youth from The National Center for Children and Families (NCCF) Greentree Adolescent Program (GAP) will travel to the U.S. Virgin Islands in August, 2016 for an immersive summer trip. For most of these young men, the trip will be their first time traveling on a plane and, for some, their first time venturing…


Mizzou Meets NCCF: A Blog

During the last week of March, 2016, NCCF hosted a group of college students from University of Missouri for their spring break. Participants spent time at NCCF’s Freedom School, DC General Emergency Family Shelter. Student leader, Matt Bauer blogged throughout the week with NCCF.   Freedom School: Day 1 On Monday 3/28, our Mizzou Alternative…


Silent No More

I have not written in many months, having retreated into silence. This is where I go when I am absolutely intrigued, or stunned, even baffled, by the complexity of human conditions. Bombarded by recent media flashes of social devastation, silence is comforting when my own perspective is confused, unclear. Uncertain about the state of the world. Silence is self-soothing when I am distressed…

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