The Community Based Services division provides comprehensive social service supports to poor children and families who reside in vulnerable communities.
CARA House, a community-based therapeutic parenting education center in Northeast DC, promotes healthy families and prevents involvement in the child welfare system. CARA House programs include The Nurturing Parent Program, which offers parenting education classes to child caregivers, and KinNet, which helps keep children who are separated from their biological parents in stable homes with other family members. Fathers constructively participate in the lives of their children with support from Men in Motion. NCCF’s Resource Exchange Program is an in-kind donations center which distributes gently used and new clothing, infant supplies, school supplies, non-perishable food, and household items to support the entire community.
The J.C. Nalle Community School, recently featured in the Washington Post, is a full-service community school in Southeast DC offering academic and cultural enrichment activities, structured out-of-school time, mental health support, and social services to students and their families. It is the only community school in the District of Columbia.
The Parent Resource Center in Ward 8 provides parenting and adult education workshops and links families to community services and supports.