LISC in Congress Heights

LISC has been actively investing in the Congress Heights community for over a decade. Over time we have helped provide access to pediatric healthcare, healthy and fresh food, retail options, culture and arts, supportive housing, etc.

Activities this year include supporting:

• Out-of School Time and Education Opportunities: To help middle school students develop strong academic habits, behaviors, and skills we provided a $50,000 grant, for the opening of the Higher Achievement Program’s new Achievement Center at Savoy Elementary School on MlK, Jr. Ave S.E. They opened in June and have 44 scholars enrolled in their program. (Pictured Top Right, official Ribbon cutting ceremony)

• Greater Mobility and Potential Income: To help working families gain quality, reliable transportation to get to their jobs and meet their families needs we formed a partnership with Vehicles for Change and Building Bridges Across the River. We provided a $25,000 grant to help 12 families purchase cars. To date, seven families have purchased cars. (Pictured middle right, Ms. Earnell Harris in her “new” Maxima)

• Better Educational Opportunities for Girls: To help improve educational outcomes we are supporting the family engagement efforts within the Washington Middle School for Girls at THEARC. LISC helped broker a new partnership between the Flamboyan Foundation, an organization solely dedicated to improving student outcomes through better family engagement, and the Washington Middle School for Girls.(Pictured lower right, several of the 65 young women attending the school)

• Greater Access to Health Care: To help bring a primary care medical, dental and mental health care facility to the community we are supporting Community of Hope’s opening of the South Capitol Health Center. Once open the center will have the capacity to provide 33,000 health visits annually. LISC provided a $50,000 grant to Community of Hope to help them conduct a capital campaign for the new health center.