Since its genesis in August 1999, the East of the River Clergy, Police, Community Partnership (ERCPCP) has made dramatic strides in reducing violent crime among youths in the Southeast area of Washington, D.C. The Southeast section has the city’s highest rates of homicide, highest rates of teen pregnancy, and lowest rates of educational achievement. The collaboration among churches, law enforcement, social service agencies and area residents holds considerable promise to begin renewal and rebirth in neighborhoods east of the Anacostia River.
ERCPCP’s mission is to reverse the incidence of violent crimes, reduce the rate of recidivism, and foster educational achievement. It works with youth already in the criminal justice system or at greatest risk of dropping out of school. An intervention based model, ERCPCP seeks to change the direction of youth who perpetrate violent crimes and serve as new recruits for violence and failure because of educational dysfunction and disinterest.
ERCPCP provides some direct services. However, a significant amount of our work is focused on working with community partners, coordinating service delivery and providing intake and referrals of at risk youth.
BREAKING DOWN BARRIERS
ERCPCP sponsors activities to increase interaction, understanding and unity between youth and other sectors of the community.
ERCPCP aims to assist other grassroots organizations to deliver valuable services and reach their full potential. We do so by helping to connect the dots between various organizations and programming as well as providing low cost fiscal agent services.
CLERGY RESPONSE TEAM
The Clergy Response Team (CRT) is a team of faith-based individuals that respond to the scenes of violent crimes. It provides crisis intervention and community support to individuals that have been affected by violent crimes such as shootings, stabbings, gang violence activities, and homicides that take place East of the Anacostia River in the District of Columbia. The CRT also provides a variety of outreach services in identified “hot spots” of crime.
DC RAMP - REGION 1
ERCPCP serves as the Region 1 (Wards 7 & 8 and PG County, MD) site for the Ready to Achieve Mentoring Program (RAMP). RAMP is a high-tech, career-focused mentoring program for youth involved with or at risk of becoming involved with the juvenile justice system. This evidence-based nationwide model is being implemented across the country by state and local organizations with expertise in mentoring, youth development, juvenile justice, and disability.
DC YOUTHLINK - REGION 1
ERCPCP serves as the DYRS DC YouthLink Site and Lead Coordinating Entity for Region I (Wards 7 & 8 and PG County, MD). As Lead Entity we are responsible for establishing and managing a continuum of care for DYRS committed youth and their families in our designated region. These services are provided by way of a Service Coalition, a network of community-based organizations/providers, organized by the Lead Entity to provide necessary services to youth and families referred by DYRS.
FAITH-BASED TRANSITIONAL HOUSING PROGRAM
ERCPCP’s housing efforts include the provision of transitional housing to its participants and affordable housing to citizens east of the river. Our housing program consists of a monitored, well-structured and a strictly supervised facility which has 24 hour on-site monitoring, curfews, random room inspections, weekly/daily groups, employment/substance abuse referrals, and drug and alcohol testing. Once individuals have successfully completed the initial phase of the transitional housing program at this facility, ERCPCP assists residents in securing long-term housing.
VALUE CENTERED OUTREACH ACTIVITIES
ERCPCP sponsors several special events to reach out to at-risk young people in the community. Among them are the 40 Days of Increased Peace, the Girl Talk Conference and the Man 2 Man Conference.
ERCPCP has many volunteer opportunities for individuals wanting to serve their community. Our volunteer activities range from assisting with planning and organizing an event, to mentoring a young person. Become a volunteer today! Click here for our volunteer application.