This is who we are …

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I just had a striking realization, an epiphany of sorts. This extraordinary and brutal reality that grips us daily with its twists and turns, consistently providing something else for us to worry about, as well as new concerns and challenges, and never ending adjustments, including personal losses. One can become distracted, and not see that these times incredibly have brought the very best out in us, collectively. Yes, we may sometimes become a bit irrational, needing to find control in perfectionism, craving more affection, validation, and love, or thirsting for sheer comfort, devoid of difficult, awkward compromise. These times will bring out our irritating flaws, and maybe even our irritability; but so, we really all are human.

But what significance did I discover? This amazing collection of persons who are committed to sharing NCCF’s vision, to serving its mission! And here is what you look like to me:

Ø You really want to help others and you think about them a lot.
Ø You make your talents available to those who need them. 
Ø You are creative, flexible and patient. Relationship is important to you.
Ø You let go of what you cannot control. You roll with it.
Ø You address the present circumstances and look toward the future.
Ø You are empathetic with yourself and with others. You are forgiving.
Ø You maintain an upbeat, emotional position, inspiring hope.
Ø You own your feelings.
Ø You vet information before you communicate it.
Ø You appreciate even simple gestures and acknowledge your thankfulness.
Ø You continuously seek ways to positively adapt to changes of all kinds, even if they are fatiguing.
Ø You recognize that we are all trying our best, while we preserve accountability.

Just today, we received 4,000 surgical masks from the Maryland Lyric Opera for our staff and clients, and figured out how to help feed a teen mom and her family quarantined with the virus while living in a small apartment. You made that happen. You make so much happen every day. 

COVID-19 has brought out the brilliant best in the NCCF Team. The very best. Thank you so much for bringing this to my attention. Thank you for your dedication and resiliency. After all, we are all in this together……

Be safe.

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Name: Dr. Sheryl Brissett Chapman

About: Dr. Sheryl Brissett Chapman, Executive Director, is a passionate, internationally recognized and award-winning advocate for children, youth, and their families, who struggle with extreme poverty, abuse and neglect, domestic violence, and disabilities and related trauma. An author and expert in child and family welfare, she believes in the sheer power of “community” as it reinforces unimaginable resilience when it provides the basic support to those in its midst who have need. Dr. Chapman envisions a healthy, happy childhood for each and every child, regardless of the circumstances of their birth or the socio-economic status of their family.

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Founded in 1915 as an orphanage in the District of Columbia, NCCF is a private, nonprofit child and family welfare agency with a commitment to serving poor, disadvantaged, abused, neglected and/or abandoned children, youth, and their families.

Current program services include emergency shelters and transitional housing for homeless families, a high-intensity therapeutic group home, therapeutic and traditional foster care and adoption, independent living for youth transitioning to adulthood, teen parent services, and community-based prevention services that promote academic achievement, parental involvement, economic and vocational stability, and healthy families. Our programs have become social service models, redefining both NCCF’s reputation and the agency’s position in the human service continuum in the Washington Metropolitan Region.

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Founded in 1915 as an orphanage in the District of Columbia, NCCF is a private, nonprofit child and family welfare agency with a commitment to serving poor, disadvantaged, abused, neglected and/or abandoned children, youth, and their families.

Current program services include emergency shelters and transitional housing for homeless families, a high-intensity therapeutic group home, therapeutic and traditional foster care and adoption, independent living for youth transitioning to adulthood, teen parent services, and community-based prevention services that promote academic achievement, parental involvement, economic and vocational stability, and healthy families. Our programs have become social service models, redefining both NCCF’s reputation and the agency’s position in the human service continuum in the Washington Metropolitan Region.

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