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The Value of Mentoring

CFLS Executive Director, Claudia Thorne, Testifies on the Value of Mentoring at the Department of Human Services Oversight Hearing

Below is an excerpt of the testimony given last week, highlighting CFLS' Family -to-Family Mentoring Program which is currently managed by Jeannina Perez-Harrington. 

For the past four years, the Family-to-Family Program has successfully helped stabilize the lives of low-income families in crisis due to poverty, unemployment, and homelessness by connecting them to positive, active members of our community…..
In the absence of sound advice borne of experience, and consistent emotional and tangible support, it can be substantially more difficult for mentees to acquire and sustain their personal, family and career goals. The Family-to-Family program is designed to fill the need for this support by connecting mentees to positive role models.
Upon entering the program, mentors are trained to identify mentee strengths and how to help their mentees develop upon those strengths to accomplish goals related to employment, parenting, and education. This strength-based methodology can make all the difference as described by one our mentees:

When I met my mentor I was broken. I knew what I desired for myself and
family, but due to my circumstances I was unsure if it was even obtainable.
After spending time with my mentor I quickly realized that she was a
comfort to me. [My Mentor] brings an atmosphere that is so empowering
that one can only want to adapt to her lifestyle...


After only six months in the Family-to-Family program, this mentee went from being unemployed and living at a local shelter to gaining full-time employment as an administrative assistant, living in stable housing, and enrolling in a paralegal program—and her mentor has been there to support her every step of the way.  … 

To read the full testimony, including additional heartfelt testimonies from both mentors and mentees click here.

CFLS Events
March 28th, 4:00 - 5:00pm
Milestone Place:

Give Back Thursday: Open Discussion
on the Importance of Giving Back

March 30th, 10:00am - 3:00pm

Family-to-Family Mentoring:
Cherry Blossom Kite Festival

April 4th9:00- 11:00am
Milestone Place:
Ground prep for the Community Garden

April 16th, 6:30 - 8:00pm
Family-to-Family Mentoring:

Fashion Show
Community Prep Meeting

April 19th, 3:30- 6:00pm
Afterschool Program:
Visit to Anacostia Community Museum

April 20th, 2:00pm

Volunteer Mentoring Partnership:
Bowling at AMF

April 27th, 10:00am - 3:00pm
Family-to-Family Mentoring:

 "One Stroke”  Art Workshop

May 5th, 1:00pm

Volunteer Mentoring Partnership:
Cinco De Mayo Festival
on the National Mall
Jr. League and Trinity Arms Book Discussion

Special thanks to our Junior League of Washington Volunteers!

CFLS would like to give a great round of applause to the Junior League of Washington (JLW). The JLW facilitates a bi-monthly  personal development workshop at CFLS that is designed to promote family literacy and enhance the life-skills for women of Trinity Arms--mothers with children who were homeless prior to coming to CFLS. These workshops are based on the Laws of Success developed by Napoleon Hill. The purpose of the Laws of Success is to enable persons to become more capable in all of their endeavors.

In addition to their time with the Trinty women, JLW provides dinner and developmental activities for the children, who range from six months to 16 years old. Outside of the bi-monthly events, JLW enjoys planning bi-annual literacy celebrations, strives to sponsor all the Trinity Families during the Holiday Adoption Drive and attends enriching events in the community with the families. 

CFLS is proud of our partnership with the Junior League of Washington and want to specifically thank long-time Junior League volunteer, Sarah Thompson. Sarah served as our Community Placement Chair for two years. Under Sarah’s leadership, the program has evolved from a book club for just the women to a safe and vibrant environment filled with hope for the families of Trinity Arms.

The partnership between CFLS and JLW is helping to ensure these women become literate, are able to hold long term employment, and maintain a positive home environment. Sarah’s passion and commitment to the program was evident in all that she did. We wish Sarah and her family luck as they move to their new home in Florida. May you always remember the impact you made in Washington, DC.
A Jr. League member helping a child from Trinity Arms pick out books.
A Junior League member helping a child from Trinity Arms pick out books.
Donated Easter Baskets
Thank you to all who donated Easter Baskets for the Family-to-Family Easter Basket Drive!

New this Spring: CFLS Parenting and Family Education Program

CFLS is proud to announce that we have started a Parenting and Family Education Program this March. 

Our new Senior Case Manager, Rochelle White, will implement an intensive long-term home and community based parenting and family development program. This program is offered to families with histories of trauma, intimate partner violence, mental health and/or substance abuse issues who are at risk of child abuse and neglect beginning prenatally or right after the birth through school age.

The goal of the program is that through preventative care these families and children can remain out of the DC Social Service system.

The program will include:
  • Monthly parenting group classes
  • Case management services such as linking families to primary health care, pre-natal care, mental health, alcohol and other drug treatment, etc.
  • In-home individualized parent-development
  • Family plans for improved parenting and family communications skills
  • Education in positive self-worth
  • Enhanced feelings of empowerment
We are so excited about our new program and know it will do great things for families in the DC community.

If you would like more information about the program contact Rochelle White at
Rochelle White is excited to join Community Family Life Service as the Senior Case Manager for the Parenting and Family Education Program. 
She has experience working with at risk families and is well versed with resources in the community. Prior to joining CFLS, Ms. White worked as a Family Case Manager at Community of Hope assisting low income families in the District. Ms. White has a Master's in Social Work from George Mason University and is a Licensed Graduate Social Worker in the District of Columbia.
Spring Concert Logo


CFLS Spring
Benefit Concert


Pianist Johann Wiese
Playing works of Beethoven, Brahms
and Prokofiev

Saturday, May 11, 2013
4:00 p.m.

Pilgrim Lutheran Church
5500 Massachusetts Ave.,
Bethesda, MD 20816-1933
Reception with refreshments
& hors d’oeuvres to follow.

Cost: $25 Adults, $15 Students
$30 at door
100% of proceeds going to Community Family Life Services

Purchase Tickets HERE!
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