Hillcrest Children and Family Center Awarded A DCTV Capacity Building Grant

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE         

Contact: Tiffany Jordan

Phone: 202.644.7032

Email: tjordan@hillcrest-dc.org

 

 

Hillcrest Children and Family Center Awarded A DCTV Capacity Building Grant

Significant investment helps nonprofits expand how they connect with communities.

 

Washington, DC — August 19, 2019 —Hillcrest Center is among the inaugural class of grantees to receive one of DCTV’s newly formed Capacity Building Grants. The grant program fosters expanded opportunity for nonprofit organizations to share their stories of community impact through professionally-produced video content that can be shared via social media and website platforms. In addition, grantees receive valuable media education assistance to strengthen their communications capabilities and expand storytelling capacity.

The grant program, which was designed with input from nonprofit leaders across the District, enables nonprofits at any budget level to tell quality stories, have vital conversations, and get valuable training. As part of the new Capacity Building Grant program, DCTV will create a new weekly television series, District Life, which will explore the nature of living in Washington, DC and share important conversations and compelling stories with people all over the District. This new show will be a vehicle for distributing powerful stories about the impact that nonprofits are having in their communities.

“At DCTV, we understand the critical role that the nonprofit sector plays in sparking vital conversations that ultimately affect the lives of residents across the District of Columbia,” said Nantz Rickard, President and CEO of DCTV. “We are thrilled to welcome our first class of grantees and we look forward to the quality stories that show how nonprofit organizations are impacting the neighborhoods and communities across the District.”

A full list of grant recipients is available at www.dctv.org/grantees

About Hillcrest Center-Established in 1815 by First Lady Dolley Madison, the mission of Hillcrest Center is to promote the well-being and holistic development of all children, youth, and families of the District of Columbia and surrounding areas through comprehensive, culturally responsive, family and community focused services, education, and advocacy.

 

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Fun Ways To Beat The Winter Blues

Fun Ways to Beat the Winter Blues

  1. Sunlight
  2. Get outside
  3. Take a nap
  4. Get a massage
  5. Smile (really)
  6. Purge (the things around you are an indication of what is going on inside you)
  7. Sex
  8. Snuggle up with someone, near a cozy fire, or with a book
  9. Work out
  10. Eat healthier
  11. Drink Tea (chamomile)
  12. Plan an escape (hopefully somewhere fun and warmer)
  13. Know it is temporary (it’s a frame of mind)
  14. Eat dark chocolate
  15. Get outside in the sunlight
  16. Go out on a date with friends or a significant other
  17. Rearrange your space, since you will be inside more this time of year
  18. Meditate
  19. Add Vitamin D to your regiment
  20. Therapy
  21. Go to bed earlier
  22. Talk to your doctor

 

References:

More than Just Winter Blues.  Rush University Medical Center. Retrieved December 19, 2018, from https://www.rush.edu/health-wellness/discover-health/more-just-winter-blues

Stoddard, G. (2017). 25 ways to Beat Winter Blues, Boost your mood ‘til warm weather saves the day.  Retrieved December 19, 2018, from https://bestlifeonline.com/ways-to-cheer-up-this-winter/


How To Cope With Seasonal Affective Disorder

During this time of year, many people experience what has been termed “The Winter Blues.” Some people may undergo mood changes based on cooler temperatures and less daylight. While others may have a deeper condition called Seasonal Affective Disorder.

What is Seasonal Affective Disorder?

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that’s related to changes in seasons — SAD begins and ends at about the same times every year. If you’re like most people with SAD, your symptoms start in the fall and continue into the winter months; sapping your energy and making you feel moody. – Courtesy of The Mayo Clinic

The National Institute of Health offers some tips to help with Seasonal Depression

Lift Your Mood

These “self-care” tips might help with seasonal depression. See a mental health professional if sadness doesn’t go away or interferes with your daily life:

  • Go to a movie, take a walk, go ice-skating or do other activities you normally enjoy.
  • Get out in the sunlight or brightly lit spaces, especially early in the day.
  • Try to spend time with other people and confide in a trusted friend or relative.
  • Eat nutritious foods, and avoid overloading on carbohydrates like cookies and candies.
  • Be patient. You won’t suddenly “snap out of” depression. Your mood will improve gradually.
  • If you have thoughts of suicide, get help right away. Call the toll-free National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

For ongoing mental health support contact Hillcrest Children and Family Center at 202-232-6100.

Hillcrest would like to thank Bobby Gailes host of “Taking It To The Streets” for interviewing our Sr. Clinical & Program Administrator,  Dr. O’Tillia Hunter.  Taking It To the Streets is aired on WHUR 96.3 FM on The Steve Harvey Morning Show.


The Season Of Giving

As we approach the end of the year, we hope you include Hillcrest Children and Family Center on your gift list.

Donate Now

Hillcrest serves approximately 1500 clients a month. Your financial support will help us to continue to have a positive impact in the lives of DC residents in the following ways.

Mental Health Services – Hillcrest Center uses a person centered approach to help our clients. We offer Anger Management Groups, Grief and Loss Groups, Community Support Programs for Adults and Youth, Individual and Family Therapy for Children, Teens and Adults, Truancy and Parenting Education Groups.

Severe Mental Illness – Hillcrest helps to prevent long term psychiatric hospitalization through Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) and Community Based Intervention (CBI for Youth) which is available 24/7.

Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment– Hillcrest provides Addiction Prevention and Recovery Support, Individual and Family Substance Counseling and Substance Abuse Services for adults and youth.

Wellness Programs – Hillcrest trains youth peers to take charge of their mental health through the Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP). The peers teach fellow youth to utilize the principles of WRAP to manage their mental health.

Help Hillcrest during the Season of Giving with your contribution today.

Donate Now

Your gift will go a long way towards helping Hillcrest clients Do Better, Feel Better, Stay Better!


The Season of Giving

As we approach the end of the year, we hope you include Hillcrest Children and Family Center on your gift list.

Donate Now

Hillcrest serves approximately 1500 clients a month. Your financial support will help us to continue to have a positive impact in the lives of DC residents in the following ways.

 Mental Health Services – Hillcrest Center uses a person centered approach to help our clients. We offer Anger Management Groups, Grief and Loss Groups, Community Support Programs for Adults and Youth, Individual and Family Therapy for Children, Teens and Adults, Truancy and Parenting Education Groups.

Severe Mental Illness – Hillcrest helps to prevent long term psychiatric hospitalization through Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) and Community Based Intervention (CBI for Youth) which is available 24/7.

 

Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment– Hillcrest provides Addiction Prevention and Recovery Support, Individual and Family Substance Counseling and Substance Abuse Services for adults and youth.

 

Wellness Programs – Hillcrest trains youth peers to take charge of their mental health through the Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP). The peers teach fellow youth to utilize the principles of WRAP to manage their mental health.

 

Help Hillcrest during the Season of Giving with your contribution today.

Donate Now

Your gift will go a long way towards helping Hillcrest clients Do Better, Feel Better, Stay Better!

 


Thank You Angel Sponsors

Hillcrest Center is pleased to recognize our Angel Tree Sponsors.Thank you for providing toys for the youth in the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program.

Alexandria Harz

Brittany Lacey

Candice Besmen

Desire’ Husbands

Emma Kwegyir-Afful

George Josiah

Gwen Ewing

Harmony Miscisn

Jackie Shivers

Ja’Quella Duncan

Maureen Murray

Teresa Sidewater

Tiana Hawkins

Tiffany Jordan

 


Thank you to our Community Partners

Hillcrest Children and Family Center recently concluded our second annual WRAP For Me on-line auction. We would like to thank our community partners that donated items for this special event.

Thank you for your donation to our fundraiser! We appreciate you being a member of our community.

                         

 

                                                 

 

 


Once Upon A Gown

Believe it or not, prom season is right around the corner. Are you ready? Some young people residing in the Washington Metropolitan area do not have the resources to attend this special occasion. Thanks to Once Upon A Gown these youth now have an opportunity to acquire beautiful clothes and participate in this traditional event. The Once Upon A Gown initiative is designed to support students in preparation for prom and special occasions by collecting and distributing gently used and new formal attire. This includes gowns, shoes, accessories, and now tuxedos. This is a free event taking place on Saturday, March 17 at Seat Pleasant Activity Center located at 5720 Addison Road, Capitol Heights MD 20743. Once Upon A Gown will occur from 11 am to 4 pm.  To register for this event visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/once-upon-a-gown-registration-40101641088

For more information contact Ms. Alesha Wilson, the founder at pgpromproject@gmail.com.


Get Your Check Up From The Neck Up

Do you know your mental health score? According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 1 in 5 adults are diagnosed with a mental illness. Hillcrest Children and Family Center is an advocate for good mental health. We created the #abetterselfie social media campaign to promote behavioral health awareness and remove stigma for health seeking individuals. We also encourage the use of What’s My M3 which allows you to do a personal assessment of your mental health. This test screens for Depression, an Anxiety Disorder, Bipolar Disorder and PTSD.

 So get your checkup form the neck up. For supportive information about your mental health score and other mental health services call 202-232-6100.

To learn more and take this brief test, click here.

m3

 


Cards For Causes

Hillcrest Center is participating in Picaboo’s Card For Causes program this holiday season. Picaboo has partners with more than 150 local nonprofit organizations every year to create custom holiday cards. You can design your own photo holiday cards and support Hillcrest Center at the same time. When you order cards through our program, 50% of your purchase will be donated to the Hillcrest Children and Family Center. This is a great opportunity for you to help create awareness for mental health and substance use disorder. Visit https://www.picaboo.com/cards-for-causes/hillcrest-children-and-family-center/ to get your holiday cards today!

 

 holiday card pic