DCTS Community Outreach Programs

#TeamDCTS Program Commitment

Our Staff is committed to leveraging current research, evidence-based practices and assessing outcomes for all of our programs. Research is a paramount element for programming at DC Transitional Services. Therefore, we proudly embrace a systematic and integrated approach to fulfilling our mission and vision.  The programs offered at DCTS  aim to educated and change negative behaviors, patterns of destruction while guiding and empowering our clients to make sustainable life changes that positively impact society.     

Out-4-Life Sec2nd Chance

Dcts4u At-risk Program for Youth (DAP4Youth)

WITS End Outreach

Families F1rst-  is offered for ALL programming.  (See Below for more Info.)

Substance Abuse & Addiction  Support for all Programming

Out-4-Life Sec2nd Chance

Out-4-Life Sec2nd Chance  is a Reentry and Recidivism Program  in which facilitators have resolved to come up with tools to help justice served individuals or  those who have a pending charge, conviction of some sought to build upon the tools needed to transition through life successfully.  An important  facet of our program is to help reduce barriers while understanding the factors that lead to recidivism.  

DAP4Youth Outreach

DAP4Youth  guide youth between 10-16 years old to overcome barriers that lead to destructive behaviors such as bullying, drugs or alcohol, and other problems. Our focus on restorative practices aims to help rebuild relationships that have been compromised as a result of destructive behaviors or incidents; this may involve rebuilding or understand the dynamics between the victim and assailant, and or other members who were impacted in the community. Utilizing an ongoing and open dialogue, restorative practices identify the root causes of the behaviors or incident, provides an opportunity for each individual impacted to voice their feelings, and then determines an action plan to rebuild relationships and thus build a stronger community. 

Wits End Outreach

Wits End is an interactive advocacy program that fosters empathy with victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, bullying, addictions, and other victimization that are oppressive. It is the experiential nature of  Wits (Walk in Their Shoes) End that allows participants to understand the severe challenges faced by victims or survivors of abuse in any form. This program helps victims, survivors or family members understand violence and how to overcome the challenges of ill-treatment. Often abusers or victims of abuse at wits end before seeking help. We offer educational tools to eliminate barriers and change destructive patterns of behaviors or recognize them before the situation escalates further.   

Family Care classes for the women and children are held  on first Thursday 6-8 pm  from September- May

Families F1rst- Integrated into All of DCTS Programs

Families F1rst  is a parenting program in which parents of children between 5-17 years of age learn how to communicate more effectively with their children. Learning techniques to discipline,  prepare meals,build their kids’ self-esteem in positive and healthy ways, and to  Parents also have the opportunity to share their method of rapport to help other parents and learn how to prepare healthy   DCTS offers Families F1rst Program for all programming.

Families F1rst  classes are for 6-weeks.   Participants may be referred by court,Department of Social Services or drop in. 

Please see below for More on this program 


R.I.S.E. Conference

Sec2Nd Chance

 Re-Entry & Recidivism Program  


 WITS (Walk in Their Shoes) End  Outreach

Families F1rst Parenting Program

Families F1rst  is a 6-week Parenting Program in which parents learn how to communicate more effectively with their children. Learning techniques to discipline in positive ways, and to build their kids’ self-esteem. Parents also have the opportunity to share their method of rapport to help other parents.   

Target Population: Parents with Children ranging from age  5 -17 years old


Goals of the Families F1rst Program:

· provide support and information in ways that help parents become more capable and competent

· ensuring family choice regarding intervention options

· provide necessary resources and supports for parents to care for their children in ways that produce optimal parent and child outcomes

· enhance parents’ abilities to support their children’s development.

· Strengthen communication /interaction skills with child (ren)

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