Programs

Kids to Camp

We are mindful that many children are left home alone during the summer months. They are often confronted and influenced by various negative elements of our society. DAMCI is committed to assisting children from low-income families to participate in Christian camps and programs to expose them to biblical study, computer training, educational mentoring, sports, and etc. We have successfully accomplished this goal since 1997.

We would love the opportunity to send your child to one of the camps indicated in this package by providing the financial support to cover all camp expenses. If you are interested, please complete the application and contact us for further instructions. Please note we do not provide transportation.

We look forward to providing the opportunity for your child to have a positive experience at one of the camps this summer.

Instructions & Requirements

• Completely fill out the [File12|Kids to Kamp Application].

• Meet the requirements outlined in the HUD Income Guidelines.

• Certification of Income.

• Proof or Residency. (Driver's License, Lease Agreement or Utility Bill).

• Letter from Parent/Camper to DAMCI concerning their camping experience and appreciation. Letter must be provided to DAMCI within 15 days after camping experience.

• Return completed material with supporting documentation to DAMCI.

Mothers of Murdered Children Support Group (MOMC)

MOMC provides an environment for mothers that have loss children to murder can come together to share their feelings and grief with other mothers that have experienced this tragedy.

Purpose

To provide an environment for mothers that have loss children to murder can come together to share their feelings and grief with other mothers that have experienced this tragedy. To provide an atmosphere of trust, honesty and openness to assist the mothers through the healing process.

 Role

• Introduces each mother to others who have had similar experiences, thoughts and feelings.

• Counters the sense of isolation that she may experience in our mourning-avoiding culture.

• Provides emotional and spiritual support in a safe and nonjudgmental environment.

• Allows each mother to explore her many thoughts and feelings about grief in a way that helps her be compassionate with herself.

• Encourages each mother to provide support to others.

 Goals

• Identify and understand problems, issues and feelings emerging from the death of a child.

• Understand that others have experienced similar problems and feelings after such a loss.

• Identify and remove emotional and spiritual barriers to a relationship with God that has been affected by the death of a child.

• Assume responsibility for her future.

• Provide each mother with a safe place to grieve.

• Provide a sense of hope for the future.

• Provide a supportive environment that can re-awaken their zest for life and give them hope for healing.

• Give mothers a forum to search for meaning in life and death.

• Offer opportunities to learn new ways of approaching problems with friends and family who lack understanding of the need to mourn and insist that you return to normal.

 Guidelines

•Confidentiality, thoughts, feelings and experiences shared in the group will stay in this group. Respect others right to confidentiality. Do not use names of fellow participants in discussion outside the group.

• Respect and accept what you have in common with others and what is unique to each of you. While you may share some commonalities in your experiences, no two of you are exactly alike. Remember, each person’s grief is unique.

• Feel free to talk about your grief; however, if someone in the group decides to listen without sharing, please respect her preference.

• Do not set a specific timetable for how long it should take you or others to heal.

• Grief is not a disease, and no “quick fix” exists for what you are feeling.

• Make every effort not to interrupt when someone else is speaking. There is a difference between actively listening to what another person is saying and expressing your grief.

• Allow each mother equal time to express her feelings; so a few people do not monopolize the group’s time.

• Attend each group meeting and be on time. If you decide to leave the group, be willing to discuss your decision with the group.

• Avoid “advice giving” unless it is specifically requested by a group member. If advice is not solicited, do not give it. If a group member poses a question, share ideas that helped you if you experienced a similar situation. Remember that this group is for support, not therapy.

• Remember that thoughts and feelings are neither right nor wrong. Enter into the thoughts and feelings of other group members without trying to change them.

• You should never feel pressured to talk. You have the right to quiet contemplation and it will be respected by the group.

 Remember

Drawing on the experiences and encouragement of other mothers is not a weakness but a healthy way to heal.

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.

2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (NIV)

Scholarships

DAMCI awards scholarships annually to graduating seniors and first semester Freshman (as of December of the application year) from a pool of applicants within the Metropolitan Washington DC area. The competition itself is both competitive and need-based. We aim to provide assistance to academically promising students with demonstrated financial need. Scholarship recipients are recognized during the annual event; attendance is therefore mandatory for all applicants. Applications can be obtained by contacting the DAMCI office beginning August 15th of each year. The deadline for submission is November 15th.

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