Sankofa! A RAP Celebration—A Great Success
The Board of Directors of RAP, Inc. is pleased to report that the celebration to mark the 43rd anniversary of the organization was a major success. The ballroom at the Washington Court Hotel on New Jersey Avenue, N.W. was filled to capacity and the level of enjoyment for the evening was off the charts. The Nasar Abadey Quartet was stellar as it opened the evening and set the tone for the program to come. And EU and Sugar Bear closed out the night with a dance floor jammed with people having fun to the go-go beat.
Throughout the evening, people were heard sharing with each other their personal stories of how RAP had helped them or someone they loved. Reminiscing was a part of the program—looking back over 43 years of service and growth. Jerome Jones, one of the speakers for the evening, entered RAP at age 17 and is now on the organization’s Board of Directors. Jones said, “RAP has survived for 43 years...because of Ron Clark’s vision and RAP’s ability to change with the times. We literally did many things that were impossible, but we were young and hungry, and Ron told us we could do it, so we did. I have always told Ron that RAP has survived because RAP does God’s work. I believed that then. I believe it now.” Jones referred to how RAP created free programs for the support of the community. To name a few-free Vegetable program, free clothing program, free legal assistance program, free educational movie program, free lunch program, and the Chancellor Williams Learning Center for Children.
Ron Clark, RAP’s Executive Director, said “We’ve been very fortunate to have so many people with energy and willingness to make change working with us—from the young people who were in the program at the beginning to our Board Members through the years, and to our staff. And I thank every single one of them. RAP exists because they all worked and continue to work so hard. We now have to look toward the future and what’s next for RAP.”
The organization is forging ahead to bring about a new era of services with the expansion of its main facility, the Calvin W. Rolark Treatment Center. Always forward thinking and creative, doing what it thought was in the best interest of the community, six years ago RAP formed a partnership with the DC Department of Housing and Community Development, to bring this new building online in order to serve more people. The building is now under construction and is scheduled to be completed by mid-2014. There will be space to provide residential services to more than an additional 100 persons each year.
The Chairman of RAP’s Development Committee said, “The new building is not the end. It is only the beginning. RAP will continue to need your support to help furnish the new building and to help pay for operating costs and client care. So we will be asking you to dig deep to help RAP help those who need and deserve services now and will need services in the future.”
RAP’s capital campaign named Buy-A-Brick, Build-A-Facility is ongoing. Tax deductible contributions may be made via RAP’s website. Click on Donate Now.
Donations also may be made to RAP, Inc. through the Combined Federal Campaign. The CFC # is 73483. Checks may be made payable to RAP, Inc. and mailed to the attention of Michael Pickering, RAP, Inc., 1949 4th Street, N. E., Washington, D. C., 20002.