Established in 1988, the InnerCity Collaborative Community Development Corporation (ICCCDC) was formerly known as the Miracle Temple Youth Coalition, and works with the returning citizens, court-involved youth and families, and the population in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.
ICCCDC provides mentoring services, job development, housing, substance abuse counseling, and other referral services to help combat recidivism within this population. Our prison ministry started with adults in the MD Department of Corrections at Patuxent and Jessup, and the DC Department of Corrections’ Lorton Complex in Lorton, VA.
In 2004 we expanded these services to include youth. We partnered with the youth services administration/department of youth rehabilitation services to begin our work with the court-involved youth and families.
In 2008, we partnered with the CSOSA Faith Based Mentoring Initiative to provide comprehensive mentoring within several of the district’s halfway houses. We provide mentoring services to our clients both during incarceration as well as after release. Over the years, we have served more than 1,000 persons, nearly evenly divided between youth, adult females, and adult males. Our youth participants range in age from 12–24 years, while our adult population is 24 years and older.
The ICCCDC has been able to provide housing and mentoring services to returning citizens and drug abusers in record numbers. Since 2005, 20 men have lived in our transitional houses.
In addition, many of our clients have transformed their lives and have become actively involved in local churches and community organizations while becoming positive and productive citizens in their neighborhoods. Others have recommitted their lives to their families and communities through our transitions outreach.
This valuable work has been accomplished by our dedicated volunteers who have constantly given to the ministry unselfishly of their time, talent, and treasure without financial compensation. With funding, we are able, from time-to-time to augment our outreach with paid staffing. With grant funding, we are able to augment our team with paid staffing.