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As we enter our 15th year of service to the community, ERCPCP is pleased to announce some exciting recent changes within our organization. Many of you may know that our inaugural Executive Director, Reverend Donald Isaac, has gone on to serve the community in a different capacity, yet remains very much connected to our organization and the fulfillment of our mission. He joins our excitement as we announce the appointment of Reverend George C. Gilbert, Jr. to the position of acting Executive Director. Reverend Gilbert is a former board member who has been active with ERCPCP for many years. In that capacity, he has been involved with the operations and impact of ERCPCP in the community that we are charged with serving. Reverend Gilbert’s appointment allows us to remain true to our roots and our desire to elevate leaders who are young, leaders who are in ministry, and leaders who are products of and thus, truly connected to the community that we serve. George is truly the culmination of these things. His full biography follows.


Reverend George C. Gilbert, Jr. of Holy Trinity United Baptist Church, was born October 10, 1974, in Landover, Maryland. Born the son of two God-fearing parents, Pastor George C. Gilbert, Sr. and Raba A. Gilbert, Reverend Gilbert was trained to reverence God. He was saved at an early age and has been blessed with many gifts and talents. He is the proud parent of two boys and one girl – Xavier Domonique, De Marco Trevon, and Kennedie Raba.

In addition to serving as Executive Director of East of the River Clergy, Police, Community Partnership, Reverend Gilbert is presently serving as the Assistant to the Pastor and Director of the Music Ministry at Holy Trinity United Baptist Church; Board Member of the Ward 7 Safe and Drug Free Coalition; Director of DC Jobs or Else; Professor of Urban Ministries at the Washington Baptist Seminary; and the assistant Recording Secretary and Board Member of the Baptist Ministers’ Conference of Washington, D.C and Vicinity.

Growing up in Washington, D.C., Reverend Gilbert received his high school diploma from Eastern Senior High School. He further obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management from the University of the District of Columbia; and a Master of Divinity degree from Howard University School of Divinity in May 2005.

Prior to taking on the role of Executive Director, Reverend Gilbert worked as the Communications Manager for the Friendship Charter Schools. He believes that a prophetic voice must be sounded off. In this vein, he has served as the Special Assistant for Constituent Services and Religious Affairs for two former D.C. Councilmembers. Reverend Gilbert is always advocating and advising behind the scenes, fighting for Christ and His causes. He is one of the lead organizers and voices in the District of Columbia for justice and African-American mobility.

The Howard University Alumni honored Reverend Gilbert with the Community Activist Award in 2012. Mayor Byron Brown of Buffalo, New York proclaimed December 30, 2013, as Reverend George C. Gilbert, Jr. Day. In August 2013, Reverend Gilbert was a convention speaker for the Progressive National Baptist Convention.  The    Washington Post highlighted Pastor Gilbert, Reverend Gilbert and Xavier during Father’s Day weekend 2013 for their contributions to and representation in the community.

Although Reverend Gilbert heard the call of God at an early age, he finally accepted the call and preached his initial sermon in May 1999. Reverend Gilbert believes that we are saved to serve and that a minister must follow Jesus’ mandates. He further understands that only what he does for Christ will last. We are grateful to have Reverend Gilbert serving the organization in this capacity, and we look forward to his continued leadership.


givingtuesdaypageThis year, on Tuesday, December 3, 2013, ERCPCP is taking part in a global call to action that will change the calendar and help make history. We are celebrating a day dedicated to giving — when charities, families, individuals, businesses, community centers, students, retailers and more will all come together for #GivingTuesday – a movement to celebrate giving and encourage more, better and smarter giving during the Holiday Season that we are proud to be part of.

#GivingTuesday will create a day of giving around the annual shopping and spending season –giving’s “opening day”. Leading up to December 3, the #GivingTuesday campaign will provide a platform for you to contribute to your community and the world to help make this season the biggest giving season yet!

We invite you to be part of this celebration. #GivingTuesday will show how the world can do much more with our wallets than just consume. Here’s what you can do to help make this initiative a success:

  1. Support ERCPCP on #GivingTuesday by going to our website and making a donation!
  2. Help us promote to spread the word about #GivingTuesday to your networks!  Here is some sample language for you:
    1. Perfect antidote to overspending on #BlackFriday? #GivingTuesday coming on Dec. 3! support @ercpcp and @givingtues
    2. Have u told ur network about #GivingTuesday? It’s Dec 3, get your friends to sign up at and support @ercpcp!
    3. Ever thought one day of giving thanks isn’t enough? Get ready for #GivingTuesday, coming Dec 3. Support ur favorite charity, I chose @ercpcp

ERCPCP’s own Executive Director, Rev. Donald Isaac, will be honored at the first annual Heroes of Faith Banquet given by the Faith 4 the City Community Development Corporation. Heroes of Faith honors four special people who have impacted lives in either the church, the Capitol Hill neighborhood, the city of Washington, D.C., or the nation. Please join us in honoring and celebrating this body of work by purchasing a ticket to the banquet.  For additional details or to RSVP, please contact Please note that the RSVP date has been moved back to October 11, 2013.  To purchase your ticket to the event, please click HERE.

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Rise To Thrive_Logo_0703_BERCPCP has been selected as one of less than 90 charities that were invited to participate in the #RiseToThrive Charity Challenge.  The invitees were all organizations that are focused on building prosperity in our neighborhoods and helping individuals foster brighter futures for themselves and their families.  The campaign is a simple fundraising campaign where the more money we raise, the better.  Of course, we’re hoping to raise the most and here’s why: the organization that raises the most will receive an additional $25,000 grant to put towards their work.  Now that’s motivation! Our community needs this.

We need your support to make us successful with this challenge.

Help us to raise the most from September 10 – October 22, 2013.  If we win, we all win… every donation counts! With your support we can assist more low-income residents needing supportive services, transition more returning citizens back into the community with employment and stable housing, provide wraparound services to more juveniles who have been involved in the criminal justice system, and provide mentoring, resources and training opportunities to more at-risk youth through our gender based conferences.

To donate and give us a shot at winning an additional $25,000 grant to support our work, please click here.

With the type of work that we are involved with, sometimes it can be difficult to see the progress made.  Besides knowing that you are called to do the work in the first place, one can sometimes be left to wonder if their efforts are worth it in the end.  Articles like this one from the Washington Post (Juvenile Offenders Learn Meaning of Work through Mowing Lawns of the Elderly) help to highlight the benefits of the challenging work that ERCPCP and its partners are involved with.  This article excites us and reaffirms the fact that the work does indeed make a difference.  We’d like to congratulate our partner, Career Path DC, for the inspiring work that they are doing – transforming juvenile offenders into employed, committed young citizens.  We look forward to seeing many more amazing success stories from our colleagues in the future!

Community Event 2013Summertime is a very important time for us here at ERCPCP.  Understanding the potential for unusual or unexpected things to occur in the summertime, we have always been really strategic about our methods of engagement with our population during the summer months.  In past years, we focused a lot on our 40 Days of Increased Peace initiative – an initiative running for 40 days during the summer with increased collaboration with partners and increased activities for youth, providing numerous activities and events in which youth may participate.  While we did not present our 40 Days of Increased Peace this year, we are still hard at work planning, implementing and engaging youth in wonderful experiences that are fun, educational and enriching through our collaboration with partner agencies, and most of all, our DC YouthLink Family Engagement Summer Youth Institute.

Unity in the Community Dance OffOur Summer Youth Institute staff has been quite busy in the community hosting information tables at partner events to spread the word about our work as well as conducting their own activities for the young people that we serve.  Some of the activities already conducted and still planned for this summer include a trip to Busch Gardens, family portraits for the youth and their family members and both northern and southern college tours, among numerous other events.  We are excited about these amazing opportunities to engage our youth and provide them with exposure to positive recreation and enrichment.  Our desire is to contribute toward stable productive young people who are free from delinquency and excited about the road ahead.

We look forward to reporting back to you with our success stories from the summer as well as our daily work in the community.  Until then, be well and have an amazing summer!


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A Sister Chat on Healthy Relationships by Jamedra Aikens (Founder, Royal Proteges)

For as long as I can remember my mother would say “It is better for people to respect you than to like you.” She said it all the time and everywhere.  As a child I didn’t really understand it, but looking back I can say that things my peers threatened such as “I’m not going to be your friend anymore”, “I’m going to take my bike and go in the house”, and my personal favorite “I’m going to tell everyone you…..” were not effective.

Now as a “military brat” who has attended four high schools and I’ve lost count of how many schools total, I have had PLENTY of experience with peer pressure, threats, taunting, and attempted bullying. I can’t honestly say that I followed this advice every time.  Nor can I say that every time I followed this wisdom it had a pleasant outcome. But I can say that every time I follow this advice I feel good about myself, and I know that I am a leader, even if the only person I’m leading is myself.

Let’s look at this word “respect” and its definition as a verb. Respect: to avoid violation of or interference with: to treat with regard, value or esteem.  Now, let’s take this a step further and really break this down. It comes from the Latin “respectus” – literally “to look back at one” and “re” which means “again”. Literally, to look again. So when we think about the true meaning of respect, we should be willing to look at someone, I mean really look at them and VALUE that person.

How does this apply to you?  First, as you go about your day and throughout your life you will come into contact with many different people and you don’t have to like them, or agree with what they say or do;, but let’s take a look at one another and value what we see.  The same is true for what you should expect. If someone claims to be your friend, or says they care for you, their words and actions will make you feel valued.  Any time you are not sure about how to judge someone’s treatment of you or relationship with you, try this; imagine someone said or did ______ to your best friend. How would you feel? Well, be your own best friend. And, in case no one has told you today, you are wonderful!

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Disclaimer:  The opinions expressed in this post are those of the guest contributor and not those of ERCPCP.

Today, March 3, 2013, marks the 100th Anniversary of the Women’s Suffrage March of 1913.  On this day 100 years ago, one day before the inauguration of President Woodrow Wilson, 5,000 – 8,000 marchers led by lawyer Inez Milholland decided to march in a spirit of protest against the then present political organization of society, from which women were excluded.  Taking part in this March were the 22 founders of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. who, only 2 months after their founding, were the only black women’s organization to walk in the March.

Although the young Founders were criticized for their participation in the suffrage march, none regretted her participation. Florence Letcher Toms commented, “We marched that day in order that women might come into their own, because we believed that women not only needed an education, but they needed a broader horizon in which they may use that education. And the right to vote would give them that privilege.”

GIRL TALK QUESTION OF THE DAY: Some 5,000 to 8,000 women marched from the US Capitol to the White House in the Women’s Suffrage March amidst insults and attacks by angry onlookers and opponents.  If you were living during this time, what do you think you would you have done to further the Women’s Suffrage Movement? Additionally, what are you doing today to further the causes of women?

ERCPCP goes digital in 2013! Join us for Girl Talk: Digital Conversations.