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Sep 3, 2020

Virtual Summer Success & We turned 15!!!

FAN has been busy this summer and did not let COVID-19 restrictions slow us down. Not only did we turn 15 on August 5th and will spend this year celebrating 15 years of service, as a result of COVID, we've managed to provide FANmilies with over 11,000 non-perishable meals and enhance community partnerships to provide more direct services. We provided tablets and laptops for our families to stand in the gaps of the digital divide, and connected three families with resources to ensure they had access to the internet. 

Our partnership with Oye Palaver Hut and Let's Go Boys & Girls allowed us to keep our youth participants engaged throughout the summer by hosting virtual cooking lessons, story telling, and STEM projects. Our youth participants were not disappointed when we hand delivered their summer kits to them which provided all the materials they would need to follow along on our virtual platform. 

While we did miss seeing our FANmilies in person, we were grateful for the opportunity to still serve them throughout the pandemic. We were able to provide more direct services such as transportation and meal support. In doing so, we reduced the risk of exposure to the coronavirus for our participants who would have otherwise had to use public transportation. 

In light of the civil unrest, we also wanted to create a space for our participants to share their feelings about the current climate and we launched a "We Matter Campaign," and partnered with the Social Justice School to have our youth participants create a super hero zine in which they identify ways in which they can make in difference starting now. 

We are looking forward to supporting our FANmilies with distance learning this fall as schools are closed and students are learning from home. We will be accepting participants in small groups for a few hours a day to give them a safe space to learn, relax, and have a meal (all with proper social distancing policies in place, of course). 

Feel free to stop by our facebook page to check out an interview with our founders to kickoff our 15 year celebration!

FAN hopes that everyone is safe and well, and we look forward to your continued support! 

Be blessed. 

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Apr 14, 2020

FAN in COVID-19

During the COVID-19 (coronavirus) crisis, we were impacted personally as one of our youth participants tested positive for COVID-19 (coronavirus). Out of an abundance of caution, we asked all our youth participants and their families to monitor and report to their doctors if any of them began exhibiting flu-like symptoms.
 
Our foremost concern is for the recovery and well-being of the affected individual and their loved ones. We will continue to prioritize the most vulnerable among us and do everything we can to safeguard the health and wellness of our staff, participants, and surrounding communities.
 
To protect our students, families, and staff we are doing everything possible to make sure FAN continues to create safe places and linked hearts during this challenging time. As part of our COVID-19 response efforts we have implemented the following:
 
  • Cleanliness. We have hired a specialized cleaning company to sterilize our programming space and administrative offices. By taking this action we are ensuring that our space will be safe for students, families, and staff returning for programming.
  • Safety. Due to the recent positive test of one our families, all staff have been asked to self-isolate and to watch for symptoms for at least two weeks. Additionally, we have canceled in-person programming in alignment with DC Public Schools.
  • Community Services. Because we believe in being a community resource, FAN will serve as an emergency food distribution center. To date, we have supplied families with 497 breakfasts and snacks. 
  • Virtual Programming. On Monday, March 23rd, we moved all of our programming virtually. Students can now participate in Movement Mondays, Truth Circle Tuesdays, Wellness Wednesdays, Try it out Thursdays, and Virtual Field Trip Fridays. Tune in each day at 4:00 p.m. via Instagram Live @Fihankradc. Every Saturday during this time, we will also be hosting virtual Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) sessions at 4:00 p.m. By continuing to offer programming during this time we are ensuring our participants are provided with academic, enrichment, and coping support opportunities throughout this pandemic.  We are also in need of virtual tutors!
We appreciate the continuous support that our community has exhibited during this evolving national crisis. If you would like to learn more about how you can support members of our FANmily please contact me directly or consider a contribution online. 
 
We will continue to share relevant updates as the situation unfolds. Please continue to practice social distancing, self-isolate if you are not feeling well, and continue checking for updates and heeding counsel from DC Department of Health or your local health department, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 
 
If there are any questions or concerns, you can call me directly at (202) 380-9390 x1.

Peace & Blessings. Stay safe
 

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Mar 10, 2020

15 Years of Service!

FAN is turning 15! Join us this year as we pay homage to the work that we've done in the past and gain focus around the work we're going to do in the future. This year is all about 2020 vision, but you can't know where you're going unless you understand where you've come from. 

FAN opened the doors in 2005 as a safe space for fostered youth. Since then, we have expanded to be a home for anyone who may be impacted by the child welfare system.

Over the years, we've managed to serve over 200 FANmilys, connect and sustain relationships with over 15 funding and community partners. Jobs have been provided for more than 5 alumni participants. We've also been able to keep the doors open and provide a nurturing environment for participants despite leadership changes, economic hardships, and navigating the everchanging landscape of the DC area. What started out as just a means to providing a safe space turned into so much more. In addition to our 4 programs (Trauma informed after school, summer camp, alumni, and caretaker), we also operate as a drop in center. Being a drop in center means that anyone from the community can walk into our space and be provided with services!  

As we come close to the end of the first quarter in 2020, we're still making progress. We've celebrated Dr. King, Valentine's Day, and welcomed a new member to our FANmily. We made new community connections with Oye Palaver Hut & Let's Go Boys & Girls to introduce the art of storytelling, and stem to our youth participants. We've also continued our partnership with Project Create to give the participants art therapy. Our Alumni group received resources surrounding housing, food, clothing for job interviews, and employment.

We are committed to working toward creating safe, nurturing spaces where participants can be themselves and get support. We look forward to continuing the work. 

Thank you for your time and support! 

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