DC LISC Gathers Community Facility Partners for Celebration and Candid Discussion

For over 10 years, DC LISC has been investing in the acquisition, expansion, and renovation of community space for nonprofit organizations providing childcare, arts programs, healthcare and youth and senior services.

With nearly 20 LISC-supported groups from a variety of sectors either having completed their facility or currently engaged in developing their facility, we thought it was time to bring everyone together.

On May 3rd, 2006, leaders from our nonprofit partners gathered at the Josephine Butler Parks Center, owned by Washington Parks and People, to celebrate their successes and to discuss the joys and pains of community facility development in
Washington DC.

The frank discussion resulted in a healthy list of do’s and don’ts. For example, DO be flexible with your timeline – delays in construction and fundraising are almost inevitable, and DON’T move in before the building is complete – you have the most leverage before you sign on the line. A complete list is available on our website at www.lisc.org/washingtondc.

In recognition of some of the more “distinctive” projects, we gave some special awards to our nonprofit partners.

Community Facility Partner Awards

Sow’s Ear to a Silk Purse Award to Washington Parks and People for the dramatic renovation and transformation of a deteriorated eyesore into the Riverside Park Center at Watts Branch Creek Park in Deanwood Northeast.

Apples, Oranges, Pears and Cucumbers Award to Latin American Youth Center for the tremendous diversity of programs and facilities they have developed in the past 10 years.

The Little Engine That Could Award to The Patricia Sitar Center for the Arts for staying the course and in April 2006 becoming owners of their space in Adams Morgan.

Perseverance Award to Bread for the City, for the development of their Southeast Service Center in Anacostia amid community objections. Bread for the City now enjoys tremendous community support.

To date, LISC has invested nearly $11 Million in community facilities throughout the City, helping to bring affordable neighborhood level services to the community