Rap, Inc. opened the doors to its first location in June 1970, providing outpatient counseling to 15 young people. Shortly thereafter, the organization moved to 1904 T Street, N. W., Washington, D. C. and began its first therapeutic community.
Over the years since then, RAP has served thousands in highly structured and creatively run environments. Within RAP, “giving back” to the community always has been a requirement for clients, so the organization has incorporated programs for the community good in both its treatment and prevention programs.
Through the years some of those programs have been:
The Chancellor Williams Youth Learning Center
The Learning Center provided after school drug prevention programs such as educational/cultural classes and seminars, tutoring, recreation, field trips and other supportive activities for high risk community youth.
Citywide Drug Prevention and Education Program
Conducted in conjunction with the D.C. Board of Education to illustrate by means of an essay and poster contest just how young people see drug prevention through graphics. The ASink the LUV Boat@ youth-designed poster under this program won first place and was printed for distribution in public places. Other posters of young people also were awarded.Drug Prevention Project and Poster Contest Conducted in conjunction with the University of the District of Columbia for students to submit poster design to raise community awareness regarding the harmful effects of cocaine. AKnock out Cocaine@ poster was selected and distributed in the community.
Consortium for Substance Abuse Prevention, Treatment and Rehabilitation Program for Youth at High Risk
This was a three-year demonstration project conducted by a consortium of community-based organizations to provide a wide range of services to high risk youth with multiple challenges. Some of these were substance abusing youth from economically disadvantaged families; children of substance abusers who have been committed for delinquent acts due to mental health problems and/or who have been disabled by injuries. The consortium was made up of the following groups: The Community Foundation of Greater Washington, RAP, Inc., the Washington Area Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Sasha Bruce Youthworks, Inc., and the Latin American Youth Center
Ryan White Title I
Program reinforces residential treatment services for those substance abusers dually-diagnosed with HIV/AIDS.
Residential Facilities for Substance Abusers Living with HIV/AIDS
RAP, Inc. provides comprehensive substance recovery services specifically designed to meet the needs of both dually-diagnosed males and females and HIV diagnosed. As a result of the identification and increase of dually-diagnosed clients, RAP, Inc. =s mission expanded in 1988 to include specialized residential treatment and support services for people with HIV/AIDS. Like other RAP programs, specialized holistic strategies and services are utilized along with creative methods for substance abuse education, prevention, and treatment.
Named the Gaston T. Neal Project in honor of the well-accomplished educator, poet, and playwright, who was a pioneer and innovator in the fight against HIV/AIDS and substance abuse, the project focused on outreach, education, and prevention. The outreach workers and health educators in GTN Project for HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted disease would conduct small, impromptu group discussions on HIV/STD prevention and substance abuse with at-risk persons anywhere, and seek to conduct repeat sessions in that same area and distribute condoms and information on condom use, contraceptive use, and health education.
Victims of Crime Support Services
These services involved the participation of RAP residents, staff and other community organizations who helped victimized families who needed locks replaced after their homes were burglarized; financial assistance, food and clothing for people who had been robbed; provision of legal services; transportation to and from court, police department; and other services.
The RAP Jazz Dance Mobile and Audio Video Project
This project provided RAP residents an opportunity to discover their individual artistic talents and at the same time to give back to the community. They presented culturally relevant musical and dance performances to those usually unable to pursue entertainment such as hospitalized persons; organizations serving physically challenged persons, incarcerated persons, senior citizen groups and others.
Co-ed residential substance abuse treatment center
provided a full range of services, including counseling opportunities for clients and family members in individual and group settings, cultural awareness, vocational training, health care and good health awareness, and educational support.
Fifteen-bed residential Re-Entry Demonstration project
Provides transition from therapeutic residential living to community living with individualized support services in a separate re-entry residential facility.
Thirty-five-bed residential substance abuse treatment Center for pregnant and postpartum women and their children living in public housing
RAP used the therapeutic community approach to treatment in this program to help women build a strong self concept. It was known as DREAMBDrug Rehabilitation and Education Aimed at Mothers.
RAPGraphics Vocational Training Program
The Graphics project provided on-the-job vocational training for offset printing and graphics communication skills for residents interested in advancing into the printing and publishing industry.
This was a vocational training program for residents interested in screen printing and in developing skills in business/office management, production, sales and marketing.