To create a positive cultural change towards the needs of victims of domestic violence and trauma, while reducing the harm that often comes with seeking help. Ultimately we want to strengthen relationships between consumers and providers to ensure the best outcomes possible for all involved. Hoping to replicate Ms. Woodland’s story again and again.
Our Mission is to erase the stigma associated with Domestic Violence and Trauma by providing alternatives to traditional manners of practice, service and treatment; utilizing core principles of Trauma Informed Care, an explanation and not an excuse for human behaviors of traumatized individuals. Overall we wish to diminish the harm that often times accompany “Help”, utilizing some basic guiding principles.
What We Do
- Assess for Risk
- Safety Plan
- Crisis Intervention
- Linkage and Referrals
- Supportive Advocacy
- Community Engagement
- Other Educational and Supportive Services
Meet Our Board Of Directors
Lewis Smith, MS – President
He lives in Prince Georges County, but works in Baltimore, Maryland. He is very accomplished in the area of community development and his education and skills are as follow to name a few; Post Graduate courses in Human Services at Bowie State University, Post Graduate courses in Healthcare Management at University of Phoenix, Masters of Human Services- Lincoln University, Pennsylvania, Associate in General Studies-American University, Washington, DC. Lewis sits on various Boards and has a very impressive skill set to include but not limited to various certifications in family therapy, juvenile sex offenders, gambling, community mediation, behavioral healthcare standards and addiction. Lewis is a prime example of one who is vested in the community, always seeking to make a difference on the front line or behind the scenes.
Delmus Nelson – Vice President
He is the Owner of Nelson Welding, Founder of the Southeast Welding Academy, and Southeast Welding Center all located in Washington, DC. He has an extensive history working in the historical Anacostia area and is a key player and stakeholder in getting people to work. He believes whole-heartedly in second chances, and thus provides training and education; as well as employment placement assistance to students graduating from the academy. We are blessed to have him on our board and look forward to providing second chances here at the foundation. He brings enormous experience and knowledge of successfully owning and operating multiple agencies, and a multitude of opportunities for our consumers.
Marsha A. Woodland, BA – Board Director
As Founder and Executive Director, Marsha is an established professional, Peer and Consultant working with the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD) the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Council for Behavioral Health and the National Center for Trauma Informed Care (NCTIC). Marsha is a nationally recognized orator & trauma survivor who uses her lived experiences to change mindsets in regards to trauma, her overall mission is to “erase” the stigma associated with domestic violence and co-occurring dynamics. Her personal experiences as a consumer inspired her to “Do Something” to educate organizations and individuals about the harmful impact of witnessing and experiencing violence at a young age. Her advocacy is powerful because “To whom much is given, much is required.”
Cheryl Daniels – Events Coordinator
Cheryl is responsible for all aspects of an events planning, venue, talent search, logistics, setup breakdown and scheduling.
Kimberly Burks – Guest Services Coordinator
Kimberly is responsible for all aspects of Guest Logistics, invitations, confirmations, travel and lodging for internal and external customers, individual guest event accommodations, and she is the point of contact from beginning to end.