On October 6th, the Far Southeast Family Strengthening Collaborative (FSFSC) broke ground at the site of their future office space in the heart of Anacostia. The facility will be located at 2041 Martin Luther King Jr Avenue SE and will share its space with Andy Shallal’s first Busboys & Poets east of the Anacostia River. This will be the seventh Busboys & Poets in the DC metro area.
We provided a $100,000 capacity building grant to FSFSC to help them sustain their capacity to redevelop the building into a state of the art facility that will not only house their administrative offices, as well as the Busboys and Poets restaurant, but will also be the site of a hospitality and culinary arts training program.
Thus, our investment will also support the creation of new jobs in Anacostia, which has DC’s highest poverty and unemployment rates and is home to many lower-income residents.
FSFSC’s groundbreaking ceremony, which included a performance from the band and cheerleaders of the nearby Garfield Prep Academy, a poetry recitation of Langston Hughes’ “The Negro Speaks of Rivers,” and a recognition of the collaborative’s elders, was befitting for an organization that prides itself in centering the needs of families in any discussion regarding the strengthening of communities.
DC Mayor Muriel Bowser noted how Busboys and Poets not only serves as a place for community members to meet up and eat an assortment of delicious foods, but also provides the space for residents and visitors to partake in the arts, music, and culture of the District of Columbia. DC Council Member LaRuby May thanked the staff, volunteers and board members of FSFSC for their resilience and steadfastness in bringing resources to Ward 8.
Perry Moon, the FSFSC’s Executive Director, thanked LISC DC for our unwavering support. Our VP, Oramenta Newsome, explained how our investment was another opportunity for LISC DC to help strengthen a community.
Like Andy Shallal – who while explaining how his commitment goes way beyond business said, “It is really an effort to try to create space here in Ward 8 and prove to the rest of the city that Ward 8 is alive, vibrant, exciting, and open for business.” – LISC DC is committed to the long-term investment in this community, which is within the confines of our Elevating Equity Initiative.
Our investment in the Far Southeast Family Strengthening Collaborative is an example of how LISC DC is fostering equity, inclusiveness, and an improved quality of life in the neighborhoods within a 1-mile radius of the future site of the 11th Street Bridge Park. You can read more about our Elevating Equity Initiative here.