Ascensions Community Services, Inc. (Washington, DC)


  • Name:Dr. Satira Streeter
  • Title:Executive Director

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Ascensions Community Services, Inc.
  • Address:1526 Howard Rd SE
    Washington, DC 20020
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:2028894344
  • Main fax:2028894344

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  • Mission:
  • The mission of Ascensions Psychological Community Services, Inc. is to help disadvantaged families rise above past and current difficulties to a place of renewed wellness, competency, and stability. Our goal is to provide clients with the individualized and culturally relevant assistance they need to improve their self-concept and interpersonal relationships.

  • Overview:
  • As the only free comprehensive community mental health provider serving the 142,000 residents living East of the River, Wards 7 & 8 in Washington, DC, the need to serve additional children and families is great. The majority of Ascensions’ clients are referred by area schools and non-profit agencies who cannot meet the behavioral and emotional needs of the individuals they serve. Our families suffer from the pervasive need for culturally competent, affordable, accessible mental health services in their communities. Fewer than 15% hold college degrees, their median family income is $27,000, and a third of people live below the poverty level. There are 45,000 children in Wards 7 & 8, 74% of whom live in households headed by a single adult and 19% of all children are born to teenage mothers (DC Department of Health). When the mental health needs of these children and their families goes unmet, these children are placed at even greater risk for never achieving productive adulthood. At Ascensions, we are dedicated to defying labels, statistics, and hopelessness East of the River, by tapping into the strengths of the individuals within our community through psychological healing and empowerment. Child and family intervention is imperative for the survival and positive development of our community.
    Mental health difficulties are manifested in our children at home, in the community, and in the classroom. Issues including anxiety and depression lead to missed school and withdrawal from family and peers. These same difficulties if left untreated can further develop into frustration and anger issues that turn internal conflicts outward. Children who are not assisted in their quest to find value in themselves have great difficulty finding value in others, and are therefore more likely to engage in violence, theft, and vandalism. Research shows that reckless behaviors such as drug use and gang affiliation are often purposely self-destructive actions that can be an alternate form of suicide. At Ascensions, we seek to intervene in the lives of youth who are on a path of hopelessness by teaching positive coping skills and self worth through comprehensive therapeutic interventions.
    Client directed interventions are also evidenced in our group therapy sessions in which members lead the discussions and choose the activities and materials that they want to use for the expression of their experiences. We also tailor our services to the community’s needs by offering seminars and psycho-education that various agencies request based on client needs.
    Our therapeutic staff participates in weekly group supervision and quarterly professional development in which they earn continuing education credits in various areas of service delivery. In therapy, we use an eclectic approach relying heavily on Cognitive Behavioral, Humanistic, Family Structural, Family Systems, Insight, and Psychodynamic philosophies. Our approach varies depending on the needs of the family and their mental health challenge.
    It is important for us to be self-sufficient in our work that is conducted in community facilities, including providing our own clinical, program, and office supplies so as not to add stress to their already strained budgets. Finally, Ascensions must be able to fund our program needs including: food, participation incentives, participant workbooks, therapeutic games/videos, equipment, etc. Support from the Lawrence Foundation will allow us to continue providing the psychological services we currently offer by increasing the hours of our four part-time therapists and providing them with continuing professional development. This will allow us to effectively serve additional families and increase our community outreach programs including psycho-education and group therapy sessions, as well as, purchase additional therapeutic materials. Lastly, the salary of our Executive Director will be supported, so that she can continue engaging in both the clinical and executive work required to expand Ascension’s visibility and impact in our community.

  • History:
  • Ascensions was founded by Dr. Streeter in 2004. Ascensions has grown from serving 17 families through home-based therapy, to now reaching over 1196 families, providing them with comprehensive psychological interventions. Mental health industry research shows Executive/Clinical Director, Dr. Streeter, is the only Clinical Psychologist in Wards 7 & 8, serving the more than 142,000 chronically at-risk residents. In comparison, in Ward 3, with a population of 79,000 and fewer than 5% of individuals living in poverty, an extensive Washington, DC Yellow Pages search reveals more than 125 psychologists within a 4 mile radius.
    In the past year, Ascensions has worked to strengthen our programming and organizational infrastructure and has experienced a number of successes. In addition to serving approximately 80 families each week, we also provide three weekly groups and a number of monthly community outreaches to educate individuals regarding mental wellness and achieving better functioning. Last year an astounding 75% of our families were able to achieve their Family Treatment Plan’s primary goal for services and 90% were able to achieve at least one of their secondary goals. Research states that if clinicians are able to encourage clients to continue treatment for at least 6 sessions, behavioral and emotional improvements occur in 80% of cases. Our clients average 10 sessions and 98% of these clients report feeling less depressed and angry and exhibiting better coping skills.
    Currently, Ascensions benefits from strong and established partnerships with Moten at Wilkinson Elementary and the Bishop Walker School for Boys. At both schools we have established a referral process for families in need by which parents can receive same day appointments when emergencies arise and same day behavioral assessments to determine a child’s immediate well-being. As part of our vision of providing “therapy without walls” Ascensions also offers a variety of therapy interventions including: parenting classes, self-esteem therapy groups, and play therapy sessions, to children and families both inside and outside of our Anacostia office. In April of 2013 we also extended our services to the DC General Emergency Family Shelter by offering four onsite psycho-education groups to serve the 236 families residing there.
    Ascensions is affiliated with the Association of Black Psychologists and the American Psychological Association and we follow their ethical guidelines for working with diverse clientele by delivering culturally and ethnically relevant services and tailoring our treatment to meet client needs. We also follow the general ethical principles established by the Psychology Board of the District of Columbia.
    An independent audit by the National Health Service Corp revealed that we are currently exceeding our community service expectations. In 2005, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services designated Ascensions as a National Health Service Corps official site because of our service to disadvantaged residents in a national designated health shortage area. Our work has also been recognized by the Catalogue for Philanthropy, Union Temple Baptist Church, and Far Southeast Family Strengthening Collaborative. We strengthened our organizational infrastructure by forming partnerships with the Center for Neighborhood Enterprise, Fair Chance, and the Mayor’s Strengthening Partner Initiative. In addition to improving our service delivery, the technical assistance provided through these partnerships ensures that we will continue to experience growth and sustainability for the coming years.
    Ascensions community work has been featured on NBC’s Nightly News “Making a Difference” segment, ABC’s Working Women, the Grio 2010 Top 100 History Makers in the making, the Washington Times, and on WHUR. Our Executive Director was also one of ten practitioners chosen out of 532 nominees to receive a Robert Wood Johnson Community Health Leader Award for individuals who have worked to improve health conditions in their communities with creativity, courage and commitment. We are committed to continuing education to strengthen our organizational infrastructure through good fiscal management, fundraising, evaluation, and leadership development.

  • Year established:2004
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:6
  • Advisory board size:
  • Staff size:4


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
  • Tax ID:51-0519629

IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:510519629
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:% SATIRA S STREETER
  • Organization Address:1526 HOWARD RD SE
  • Organization City:WASHINGTON
  • Organization State:DC
  • Organization Zip:20020-4426
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:March, 2005
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:December, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:December
  • NTEE Code:F30
  • Asset Amount:$26,461
  • Asset Code:3 ($25,000 - $99,999)
  • Income Amount:$133,309
  • Income Code:4 ($100,000 - $499,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$133,309
  • Last Updated:2/17/2018 5:34:01 pm

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