- Read the Program Results: Helping Mothers and Children with a Families Center in Washington, D.C.
Dates of Project: October 1996 to June 2007
Field of Work: Providing health and social support services to low-income young women and their families.
Synopsis of the Work: The Developing Families Center in Washington, D.C., provided health and social support services to young women and their families in the city's low-income, African-American neighborhoods through three collaborative programs:
Story Told: Shaniqua Ballard was living without much hope in a shelter for pregnant women, with little money and no health insurance, until she discovered the Developing Families Center, where she received obstetric and well-woman care, and enrolled her children in the child development program. "It was just a welcoming atmosphere," said Ballard in an interview in 2008, "and I've been here since 2001." This sidebar tells her story.