September 2018 Issue
Come On Upstairs to Help Us
'Raise the Roof' on Sept. 12!
Join Family Matters on Wednesday, September 12 from 5pm-8pm for our next Networking & Fundraising Happy Hour on the rooftop of Ben’s Upstairs restaurant , located at 1001 H Street, NE, Washington, DC .

Our happy hours are great ways to meet and greet fellow FMGW supporters as well as help raise much-needed funds for our cause. And to bolster these fundraising efforts, Ben’s Upstairs has agreed to donate 10% of the proceeds from the event back to the organization!

This event is free to attend and there's no cover charge. We hope to see your there!
Bright Futures Teen Parent Program will Run through Dec.
In June 2018, FMGW was happy to learn that our program contract will run through December 2018, allowing us to continue to provide needed and essential support for our young mothers and their children.

For more than two decades, the Bright Futures Teen Parent program has assisted teen mothers in foster care in transitioning to independence. Located in a multi-unit apartment building in DC, Bright Futures provides housing, daily support, parenting education, and life skills coaching to teen mothers, age 16-21, and their minor children. The Bright Futures program is operated through a contract with the Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA). 
FMGW Board Recently Welcomed 3 New Directors
We're proud to announce that three outstanding individuals have joined the FMGW 10-member Board of Directors in the last six months. "We are extremely honored to have these three exceptional and talented women join us in our work. They have all been true friends and supporters of organization,” explains Thomas L. Johnson, FMGW's Interim President and CEO. “Kris Valderrama, Stacie Scott, and Miriam Markowitz have attended many of our events and have been extremely consistent supporters of the FMGW mission. I'm thrilled to tell you a little about them."
Maryland State Delegate Kriselda 'Kris' Valderrama ( Prince George’s County, D-26) has made a name for herself as a well-respected, dedicated anad hard-working legislator. Kris is a life-long resident of the 26 th Legislative District and Prince George’s County. After graduating from Oxon Hill Senior High School and earning her bachelor’s degree from Salisbury State University, she followed an impressive career focusing on health care and communications. Recently in June, Del. Valderrama won her primary election putting her on the ballot for the upcoming November general election. 
Stacie Scott Turner is a real estate sales and investment executive. Prior to real estate career, she earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and spent 12 years managing consumer product brands at Procter & Gamble, the Sprint Corporation, and Black Entertainment Television. Stacie is a true believer in “paying it forward,” and one of her greatest achievements was founding Extra-Ordinary Life — a non-profit organization that nurtures and instills dreams in teen girls living in the DC foster care system.  
Miriam A. Markowitz, MS has extensive background in the healthcare sector, having served in a number of executive leadership roles within healthcare delivery systems, academia, and with an international medical professional society and accreditation organization. From 2013-2016, she served as the CEO of AABB, and prior to that was COO & VP of Georgetown University Medical Center at Georgetown University, and Corporate Vice President of Strategy and Business Development at Children’s National Medical Center.
Oxon Hill Behavioral Health Clinic Expands Payor Mix
As a premiere provider of Behavioral Health services in Prince George’s County, MD, FMGW is proud to announce that our Oxon Hill Clinic has been focused on expanding our insurance provider network.

A long-standing provider for Medicaid, our clinic is now credentialed with numerous private insurance panels. At this time, we are accepting Cigna, Aetna, BlueCross BlueShield, United Healthcare, and Medicare for behavioral health services.

We are very excited about this expansion in our network, and the increased opportunity it provides to serve and impact our valued community. If you are a community member in need of support, please contact us at 301-839-1916 ext. 201.
A Message from the Family Matters' Interim CEO
"New Fiscal Year – New Beginnings"
Looking back as we come to a close on this fiscal year, Family Matters has indeed faced many challenges. However, in the 136 years of this organization, Family Matters has, and will continue, to meet them head on.

We sadly have been without our CEO, Tonya Jackson Smallwood, since September 2017, when she suffered a major car accident. Two months later, with Tonya's consent, the Board of Directors asked me to step in and serve as the Interim CEO, and step down as Board Chairman, after seven years, and until she recovered from the accident. During this time, I have had the chance to get to know the organization and the people that have been devoted to it over the past few years. And what I have learned is that their dedication has not been shaken.
I'm proud to report, Family Matters is in the process of converting from its history of being the longest-serving local social service organization in Washington, DC to a major nonprofit healthcare provider in the region. We will continue to provide services to the same populations that we have always served; but we will change the way in which we provide many of them. We will have new events and new programs. And we will look to expand our efforts to cover populations throughout the entire DMV region.

It’s exciting to be part of change. Stay tuned to our new programs and events that will be coming soon. Family Matters will be bigger and stronger than ever before.