East Of The River | About The Organization
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About The Organization

Learn about our history and work

 ERCPCP is a non-profit organization and is tax exempt under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code

ERCPCP was founded in 1999 to devise a collaborative and wholistic approach to address youth violence and related issues. East of the River Clergy Police Community Partnership is a long name but one that explains who we are – a faith based program that partners with the police and community to prevent crime East of the River.

We work with the police but policing alone cannot solve the problem. We receive support from the government but government does not have the answers. We enlist the support of churches and community organizations but they are overwhelmed by the need. Therefore, we believe it will take a sustained effort by all of these entities as well as individuals to make a difference in our community.

We have found it difficult to address the serious issues that our youth face without more financial resources. Every Little bit helps!

Our Mission Statement

To assist individuals and communities east of the Anacostia River who are in need of positive transformation through community-based, school-based & re-entry focused programming.

Vision & Theory of Change

As led by God, the East of the River community will experience healing, restoration and transformation from brokenness to healthy, self-sustaining, and holistic neighborhoods through the collaborative work of the clergy, law enforcement, individuals and community. In order to facilitate the restoration and transformation we seek within our community, we are committed to building powerful alliances that strengthen human capital and ultimately lead to whole communities. We believe that our bridge building efforts cultivate visionary change agents who have the support systems needed to transform the reality surrounding them. East of the River Clergy Police Community Partnership employs the following strategies towards this vision:

  • A holistic approach
  • Cross-sector coalition building
  • Multi-generational leadership development
  • Grassroots capacity-building

Through these strategies, we expect to see greater individual self sufficiency, service efficiency,
supportive collaborations, commitment to community wellness and self-sustaining communities.

The goals of ERCPCP are to:

1. Decrease community involvement with crime, violence and drugs in Wards 7 & 8
2. Increase educational and vocational achievement among youth
3. Develop youth with strong family, moral and spiritual values
4. Create healthy and safe neighborhoods
5. Mobilize the faith-based community, law enforcement, government, businesses and nonprofits to provide leadership, mentors and other resources
6. Become a world class, pace setting nonprofit organization while remaining God focused, family oriented, non-bureaucratic and mission centered