Our application period is currently closed but will reopen in July 2021 for our Fall cohort. Please reach out to Mackenzie McSwain, mlmcswain@cflsdc.org, if you would like to be contacted when the application opens. 



The CFLS Speakers Bureau runs two cohorts a year: one in the Spring and one in the Fall. The application for the Spring cohort will be available at this link in January, and the application for the Fall cohort will be made available in July.  


Those selected for this program are offered a paid 35-hour training in public speaking hosted by experts in the field. Participants will be required to attend seven classes in total and will be paid $25.00 per hour for 25 hours of training. 


In training, CFLS Speakers Bureau members undergo the process of self-discovery, receive in-the-moment feedback from fellow participants and session trainers, learn the basics of public speaking, develop coping skills for speaking about their trauma, and create action plans for increased competence and confidence. Most importantly, the Speakers Bureau creates a sense of community that fosters healing and change.  


Additionally, participants receive their choice of individualized coaching, therapy or mentorship. These interactions are designed to create clarity and hone their public speaking skills. This team of supports will help accelerate participant progress by providing greater focus and awareness of where they want to be in the future. Upon the completion of this program, participants are available for hire to speak on various topics throughout the community.  

If you have any questions about the application process or about the Speakers Bureau training program, please reach out to the Speakers Bureau Coordinator Mackenzie McSwain, mlmcswain@cflsdc.org.   

current, ongoing and upcoming events



Throughout the year, CFLS hosts a number of special events aimed at raising funds and educating the community about the causes and consequences of homelessness and the unique plights faced by women reintegrating back into society after a period of incarceration.




Christmas Drive Adopt-A-Family Program


Walk & 5k To End H I V


To School