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Canceled: Planting Seeds of Hope Volunteer Eventhttps://www.boystown.org/locations/washington-dc/news-and-events/Pages/PlantingSeedsofHopeVolunteerwithus.aspxCanceled: Planting Seeds of Hope Volunteer Event<p> <span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-9-0"> <strong>​​Nothing is more important than your health and safety, and the need to protect those most vulnerable to the coronavirus. To minimize health risks to our volunteers, employees, and the children and families we serve, our Planting Seeds of Hope event as been cancelled. We appreciate your understanding, and you can continue to support our mission </strong></span> <a href="http://support.boystown.org/washington-dc"> <span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-9-0"> <strong>here</strong></span></a><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-9-0"><strong>.​</strong></span></p><p> <span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-9-0"><strong>*****</strong></span></p><p> <br> </p><p>​<img alt="Planting Seeds of Hope" src="/locations/washington-dc/news-and-events/PublishingImages/PlantingSeedsofHope.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-2" style="width:402px;height:284px;" />Join Boys Town Washington DC families and staff for a fun event preparing our garden beds and planting vegetables. Our families are able to harvest these vegetables during the summer, helping to provide fresh produce to deserving individuals. Volunteer activities vary, from planting seeds, laying down mulch and pulling weeds.</p><p>A cookout will follow from 12-2pm.</p><p></p><p>Volunteer Job Description</p><ul><li>Help us prepare our herb beds</li><li>Plant seeds and starter vegetables</li><li>Place mulch around our campus</li><li>Help with weeding</li><li>If able, please bring any garden tools you may have</li><li>Have fun!</li></ul><p> </p><p>Contact Wesley Tomlinson at 202-650-6330 or at <a href="mailto:Wesley.tomlinson@boystown.org">Wesley.tomlinson@boystown.org</a> to volunteer or for more information</p><h3>Date:</h3><p>April 25, 2020</p><h3>Time: <br></h3><p>9am to 12pm<br>Cookout following from 12-2pm</p><h3>Location:</h3><p>4801 Sargent Rd NE <br>Washington, DC 20017</p>2020-04-25T05:00:00ZEventtext/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Postponed: Annual “Racing for the Roses” Galahttps://www.boystown.org/locations/washington-dc/news-and-events/Pages/racing-for-the-roses-2020.aspxPostponed: Annual “Racing for the Roses” Gala<p>​​As a loyal Boys Town supporter, you are part of our family - we want to keep you safe and healthy. </p><p>Our thoughts are with everyone affected by the global breakout of coronavirus (COVID-19), and that’s why we’ve decided to postpone our Racing for the Roses Gala.</p><p>We plan on hosting our Gala this fall, because the need of our children and families does not stop during COVID-19.​<br></p><p>We are grateful to the many donors who continue to support our mission and thank you for your patience during these uncertain times. If you have already supported our Gala with a donation, ticket purchase or sponsorship, and plan on attending our Gala in the future, you don’t need to do anything, we’ve got it handled.</p><p>We are monitoring this situation closely and responding to the rapid changes every day, because the safety and wellbeing of our children, families, staff and supporters remains our top priority. If you have any questions or concerns, please email us at <a href="mailto:infodc@boystown.org">infodc@boystown.org​</a>. We plan on reaching out when we have more information on our gala, until then, stay healthy and safe!<br></p>2020-05-02T05:00:00ZEventtext/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent

 

 

Overcoming Adversity Pays Off for Washington D.C. Familyhttps://www.boystown.org/locations/washington-dc/news-and-events/Pages/Overcoming-Adversity-Pays-Off-for-Washington-D-C-Family.aspxOvercoming Adversity Pays Off for Washington D.C. Family<p>​Overcoming adversity is never easy. But when a family leaves one country for another, abandoning all forms of support at home, the challenge can become overwhelming.<br></p><p>That was the case for Zoila Lopez and her 10-year-old son, Junior. Zoila and Junior left Guatemala to get away from an abusive situation in the home. They ended up finding refuge in Washington D.C. </p><p>Despite knowing little English, having limited resources and no support network, Zoila was able to enroll Junior in a D.C. public school. Unfortunately, it wasn't long before he ended up on the school's truant list. That's how Boys Town became involved.</p><p>Students identified as truant are referred to a program called “Show Up Stand Out”, a service operated by The Office of Victim Services and Justice Grants for D.C. families with students that are encountering attendance barriers. Through “Show Up Stand Out”, Boys Town can provide Care Coordination services for free.</p><p>Arthur Cooper, a Boys Town Care Coordinator, began working with the Lopez family. </p><p>However, they soon faced a problem. Junior and Zoila didn't speak English. Arthur didn't speak Spanish. </p><p>But with the resources available at Boys Town, that situation was put to rest quickly. </p><p>“The language/communication barrier with the Lopez family was never an issue thanks to the support here at Boys Town D.C. from my bilingual colleagues Laura Sana-Maria and Jacqueline Munoz-Atkins,” Cooper said. “Their commitment to help was the catalyst of servicing this family and helping remove any language barriers.”<br></p><p>And from there, Cooper was able to help the Lopez's overcome their truancy struggle. </p><p>“In order to help the Lopez family, we needed to find free before and after school care.” Cooper said. “By advocating for the family with the school social worker, we were able to receive a scholarship from Champions (a D.C. Public School before and aftercare program). Champions allowed Zoila more time to build informal and formal supports within the community to obtain employment and resources. They also taught Zoila how to write an excuse note for Junior, which helped the Lopez's navigate the attendance policy within D.C. Public schools. </p><p>One key aspect of Boys Town's Care Coordination is to link families to services they can continue to access after they graduate our program. </p><p>Arthur introduced the Lopez family to Briya, where Zoila started taking English speaking courses. He also took Zoila and Junior to a medical clinic near their home, because neither mom or son had ever seen a doctor. Lastly, the family was provided D.C. Metro cards for transportation. And, to top it all off, Junior received a special gift of a donated bicycle to encourage the family to spend more leisure time outdoors.</p><p>“The end result was a great team effort,” Cooper said.</p><p>“Ms. Lopez resiliency made the impossible possible,” he said of the family's success story. “Witnessing the family's development was life moving.”​<br></p>2020-02-28T06:00:00ZNews<img alt="" src="/locations/washington-dc/PublishingImages/Overcoming-Adversity-Pays-Off.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Boys Town Washington D.C. Care Coordination Services Making a Difference at School and in Homeshttps://www.boystown.org/locations/washington-dc/news-and-events/Pages/Boys-Town-Washington-D-C-Care-Coordination-Services-Making-a-Difference-at-School-and-in-Homes.aspxBoys Town Washington D.C. Care Coordination Services Making a Difference at School and in Homes<p></p><p>One of the fastest growing programs for Boys Town Washington D.C. may also be one that holds the greatest value – helping keep kids in school.</p><p>Thanks to a relationship and previously awarded grant that allows Boys Town to partner with D.C. schools, the two are working together to help reduce truancy in the District. Schools identify students who have missed more than three classes and notifies Boys Town, which then starts to work with the family. The program to battle truancy typically lasts for 6 to 9 months.</p><p>Damian Kinsey is the Care Coordination Director for Boys Town Washington D.C. He says there are several key reasons for his program's success with the truancy issue.</p><p>“What makes our program so different is that we are the only one going into the homes of the families we help," Kinsey said. “We know truancy problems do not have one simple cause and when we are able to work with the families closely, we can enact real change."</p><p>Kinsey said the quality time spent with the families also pays dividends.</p><p>“The 6-to-9-month service we provide is much longer than the typical two-month period other organizations utilize," he said. “By working with the family for so long we can give them a level of support that is not found elsewhere. Normally, our coordinators visit with their families at least once a week to set up goals and ask what barriers the family is currently experiencing. This helps to create buy-in and trust from the families that we help. Both attributes -- our approach of working within the home and our length of service -- help our team have the highest family engagement rate. And this is recognized by educators and other school personal because we have the highest level of referrals out of all the other programs working to reduce truancy."</p><p>Kinsey said his team's approach also allows it to use all aspects of the Boys Town Model. The Well-Managed Classroom is used in school, while Common Sense Parenting and In-Home Family Services are used in the home. During its annual summer camp, the team stresses the Boys Town Family Home Model.</p><p>“When you combine all these models and use them in the appropriate situation, you are best preparing the family for life after Boys Town," Kinsey said. “Both the kids and the parents are being helped at the same time, providing an even more effective treatment."</p><p>While truancy was the initial target, Kinsey said his team wants to help families battle all the issues they may face.</p><p>“Ultimately, we want to provide the absolute best care to the families," Kinsey said. “We want to ensure their service needs are being met. This helps empower the family and reduces barriers like joblessness and homelessness. This creates change. The parents know they have an ally who they can rely on. Our team works both at school and at home, working with every aspect of the family. Other organizations can't offer that."</p><p>And Kinsey said he has lofty goals for the future.</p><p>“We don't want to stop here," he said proudly. “We would like to add more consultants, a behavioral interventionalist and add more school partnerships. We are making a difference."​<br></p>2020-02-28T06:00:00ZNewstext/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Washington D.C. Hosts Christmas Tree Lightinghttps://www.boystown.org/locations/washington-dc/news-and-events/Pages/WADC-Hosts-Christmas-Tree-Lighting.aspxWashington D.C. Hosts Christmas Tree Lighting<p>On December 4, Boys Town Washington D.C. hosted their Christmas Tree Lighting. Over 100 people came to campus to take in the Christmas lights and help celebrate the holidays.</p><p>The City of Praise Kids Choir came to campus to sing carols with the guests and a friendly chili cook-off between each of the homes took place. The Sanni's home came in first place but Home C was a close second. There was also plenty of Jackie's famous cinnamon tea and Mexican hot chocolate to go around. </p><p>“The Tree Lighting event was magical for me," said Kichelle Coleman, Executive Director for Boys Town Washington D.C. “Seeing the youth excited and competitive about who's home was best decorated, hearing the voices of children caroling and the taste of warm chili really warmed my heart and put me in the Christmas spirit!" </p><p>One of the boys on campus also wrote a beautiful poem for the night entitled 'A Rose that Grew from Concrete.' </p><p><em>Did you hear about the rose that grew</em></p><p><em>from a crack in the concrete?</em></p><p><em>Proving nature's law is wrong it</em></p><p><em>learned to walk without having feet.</em></p><p><em>Funny it seems, but by keeping its dreams,</em></p><p><em>it learned to breath fresh air.</em></p><p><em>Long live the rose that grew from the concrete</em></p><p><em>when no one else ever cared.</em></p><p>The evening was the perfect way to kick-off the holidays for the youth at Boys Town Washington D.C. as well as for all the guests in attendance. It would not have been as spectacular without the help of some very special donors. A big thank you to Turner Construction, Brothers Mechanical, R&R Mechanical Contractors and Barber DME Supply Group for sponsoring this event. We can't wait to see what takes place at the next Christmas Tree Lighting! </p>2020-01-24T06:00:00ZNews<img alt="Family home lit up with christmas lights" src="/locations/washington-dc/news-and-events/PublishingImages/DC-Tree-Lighting1.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
From the desk of Kichelle Colemanhttps://www.boystown.org/locations/washington-dc/news-and-events/Pages/from-the-desk-of-kichelle-coleman.aspxFrom the desk of Kichelle Coleman<p>​Dear Friends, Partners and Supporters,<br>My name is Kichelle Coleman, and it’s an honor to introduce myself and share my role as the new Executive Director of Boys Town Washington DC. I’m humbled and excited to be back with this wonderful organization and lead the DC Site.</p><p>I began working at Boys Town in 1996 and served a total of 13 years before leaving in 2012. I spent the last seven years as a servant in non-profit leadership with Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area.</p><p>Some of this may not be a surprise to you but during my time away, not only did Boys Town start Care Coordination Services, a program that reduces truancy in the District, but the Behavioral Health Clinic opened its doors and flourished, becoming our fastest growing program. Our Family Home program has remained as vibrant as ever, providing stability and guidance for more kids in our beautiful homes. I can honestly say that Boys Town is the best at taking care of children and families in need.</p><p>I am excited to continue this momentum; helping more families and providing exceptional services within the DMV.<br>You can expect to hear a lot more from me moving forward, I have big goals set for our Washington DC campus that I will need your help in accomplishing!</p><p>I hope to see you at Racing for the Roses on May 2nd!</p><p>Thank You for your continued support and partnership in making a difference in the community and in the lives of those we serve.</p><p>Sincerely,<br><br>Kichelle L. Coleman, MSW, LCSW-C, LICSW<br>Executive Director, Washington, DC<br><a href="mailto:Kichelle.coleman@boystown.org?subject=Online%20Letter%20Inquiry">Kichelle.coleman@boystown.org</a><br><br><br><br></p>2019-12-16T06:00:00ZNews<img alt="Kichelle Coleman" src="/locations/washington-dc/news-and-events/PublishingImages/KichelleColeman.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Staff Spotlight: Dale Sellershttps://www.boystown.org/locations/washington-dc/news-and-events/Pages/Staff-Spotlight-Dale-Sellers.aspxStaff Spotlight: Dale Sellers<p>When Boys Town Washington D.C. launched this year's Employee Giving Campaign, there was no doubt who would be one of its most inspirational leaders – Senior Assistant Family Teacher Dale Sellers.<br></p><p>"Dale is one of our most outgoing staff members and really exemplifies what Boys Town is all about," said Wesley Tomlinson, Development Coordinator for Boys Town Washington DC. "He also makes everything more fun for everyone."<br></p><p>That fun spirit helped Sellers play a key role in the Washington D.C. site reaching 100 percent participation among its 50 employees in this year's campaign.<br></p><p>Boys Town Washington D.C.'s family home program is the biggest program on campus. That just magnified the importance Sellers played in the campaign.<br></p><p>With Sellers as an event champion, the staff reached their 100 percent participation goal in just three days. The campaign was well publicized to the staff and on kickoff day, an event was held where each staff member could spin a wheel and win a prize. A variety of food and snacks were also provided for the kickoff event. Special awards were given out to those who had shown their dedication to Boys Town.<br></p><p>Reaching 100 percent participation shows the dedication the Boys Town Washington D.C., staff has for the overall mission of the organization and for the kids and families it serves.<br></p><p>"We, as a staff, believe in the work we do," Tomlinson said. "And, we are making a substantial difference within our community. Dale is a great example of the people we have working for us here."<br></p>2019-11-21T06:00:00ZNewstext/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Boys Town Washington D.C. celebrates Halloween with the communityhttps://www.boystown.org/locations/washington-dc/news-and-events/Pages/Boys-Town-Washington-D.C.-celebrates-Halloween-with-the-community.aspxBoys Town Washington D.C. celebrates Halloween with the community<p>October 30<sup>th</sup> marked another spooky successful Trunk or Treat! We had more cars and community members than ever before! Children and families were able to show off their costumes, interact with staff and learn more about the Day of the Dead. </p><p>From a baby shark (Go Nats!) to a prehistoric dinosaur show, our trunk or treat really had it all! New this year was an opportunity for families to learn more about the Day of the Dead. Children and parents were invited to bring photos of loved ones who have passed to honor and celebrate their lives. </p><p>This event continues to prosper and grow. In addition to the new community members present, we really loved getting to see families previously in our programs come back to our campus. Thank you to all who helped us celebrate Halloween, we hope to see you again next year!<br></p>2019-11-21T06:00:00ZNews<img alt="trunk or treat" src="/locations/washington-dc/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Pages/Forms/EditForm/trunk-rollup.jpg" width="495" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /> <img alt="trunk or treat" height="727" src="/locations/washington-dc/news-and-events/PublishingImages/trunk.jpg?Width=116&Height=23" width="486" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Donor Spotlight: Wayne Moselyhttps://www.boystown.org/locations/washington-dc/news-and-events/Pages/Donor-Spotlight-Wayne-Mosely.aspxDonor Spotlight: Wayne Mosely<p>Wayne Mosely has always given back.<br></p><p>Today, Boys Town Washington D.C., is reaping the benefits.<br></p><p>Mosely didn't realize when he was 4-years old that he and his three brothers had started a summer lunch program. Heck, to them it was just inviting their friends to eat lunch with them – every day! But when it grew to 20 lunch buddies, Mosely's mom took the idea and ran with it. <br></p><p>Funded by herself and some of her friends, the summer lunch program was born -- giving provided opportunities to those who needed it most.<br></p><p>Mosely said that experience was, and still is, one of the most important things he holds dearest at his core for giving. It has lived on with his connection with Boys Town Washington D.C.<br></p><p>Mosely said he believes "Boys Town is on the front line with kids and families that do not have the financial support or care they deservingly need as citizens in this great country." <br></p><p>He said he wants others to know what Boys Town's efforts translate to.<br></p><p>"Every family and child Boys Town helps, makes this a better society for us all," Mosely said. "That's one more child or family who are provided with essential benefits that will change their outlook on life, themselves and the community."<br></p><p>Mosely works for Turner Construction Company. He has exposed his fellow Turner employees to what Boys Town does and it has led to the group taking on several projects that help the organization. "I've collaborated with my Turner Construction family and we came to the DC site and took on three tasks with no cost to Boys Town," Mosely said.<br></p><p>Mosely and his fellow employees painted the entrance iron gate, painted the employee kitchen, and painted a second-floor ceiling in the mental health area. All the materials and key labor was provided by Turner, with the added help of the Boys Town team.<br></p><p>"I also participated in the "planting the seeds of hope" (gardening) project and worked with the Boys Town Washington D.C. team on remodeling some dated space for future programs utilization," Mosely said. "It's been a pleasure working with such great people."<br></p><p>But the giving didn't end there.<br></p><p>Mosely takes time to play Bingo with the Boys Town families. And, he has invited them to a bowling outing this December with all expenses covered by Turner.<br></p><p>For Mosely, he loves being able to work with the Boys Town staff to meet their needs.<br></p><p>"The most fundamental key to having anything successful is identifying when you need help and accepting external help," he said. "It's everyone's responsibility to help those who truly need the help and are asking for help. I truly enjoy being able to help in any way I can with the programs and supporting Boys Town."<br></p>2019-11-21T06:00:00ZNewstext/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent