Community Family Life Services (CFLS) provides emergency food and clothing to homeless and low-income families and individuals, as well as women returning home from a period of incarceration. Our Drop-in Center serves clients in our programs with immediate and unexpected needs and caters to those with short term needs who may not need ongoing case management.
Reentry women (released from jail or prison within the past 6 months) are particularly encouraged to “drop in” to receive an HIV test, access hygiene items, use our clothing closet, and get connected with our broader services.
For additional information about our Drop-in Center or for applications to participate in the Senior Grocery Plus Program, or to make an in-kind contribution to support our emergency services, contact Alexma Alvarado at 202-864-6295 or Aalvarado@cflsdc.org.
Food, Clothing, & Hygiene Items
FOOD BAG DISTRIBUTION: Every Tuesday from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm and at other times with a referral notice.
CLOTHING & TOILETRIES DISTRIBUTION: Open to women every Thursday and Friday 10:00 am to 12:00 pm; Open and to men on Fridays from 10:00am to 12:00pm. Clients can also receive clothing Monday through Friday through referral or appointment.
CFLS also participates in the Senior Grocery Plus Program, which provides healthy groceries monthly to seniors ages 60 and over who live in the District of Columbia and meet eligibility criteria.
Our Drop-In Center conducts intakes and refers clients to programs based on their identified needs. Based on availability and eligibility, we also offer transportation assistance. Our waiting area offers refreshments (coffee, snacks, water) Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm.
ID & Birth Certificate Vouchers
Our Drop-In Center provides vouchers for clients to redeem non-driver identification and birth certificates in the District of Columbia. Please note that we provide these based on availability, so it is important to call ahead of time to ensure you are eligible and we have vouchers available.
We have ten computers available for community use every weekday from 10am – 4pm. Community members are encouraged to use the computer lab for learning activities, job applications, housing searches, benefits applications, or other business. Staff are available to assist with printing needs.
Welcome Home Bags
In partnership with the D.C. READY Center, CFLS provides Welcome Home bags for women who leave the Correctional Treatment Center and/or Bureau of Prisons. The backpacks contain hygiene items, water, snacks, metro maps and lists of resources, Smart Trip Vouchers (redeemable at our 305 E Street NW location), and more.
The Drop-In Center hosts several special drives throughout the year to address specific needs, including our annual book collection and Book Bash, Community Reboot technology drive for back to school, Thanksgiving baskets, and Holiday toy giveaway.
In early 2016, Community Family Life Services (CFLS) partnered with the DC Diaper Bank. Through this unique collaboration, CFLS is able to provide an abundance of much-needed diapers to families in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.
We provide diapers to CFLS clients who are single parents, low income, or affected by domestic violence and/or the justice system. The cost of diapers puts an enormous financial strain on struggling families, and in many cases, families are forced to choose between diapers and basic necessities.
For more information about our Diaper Program contact Alexma Alvarado at (202) 347-0511 Ext 3460 or Aalvarado@cflsdc.org.