For 48 years, CFLS has evolved to meet the varied needs of DCís most vulnerable citizens, offering critical support to those struggling with poverty and homelessness. Short-term crisis assistance (food, clothing, a hot breakfast) provides an emergency safety net, while long-term support (transitional housing, single-room occupancy, employment services, mentoring and parenting programs) gives families the opportunity to turn their lives around. CFLS also helps women returning home after incarceration, many of whom are single mothers facing homelessness. Intensive case management begins three to four months before each womanís release and continues as she rejoins the community Ė meeting her basic needs, helping her secure employment and housing, and offering parenting classes, mentoring, and medical case management, including substance abuse treatment. Many of these women arrive at CFLS with a single trash bag filled with all their possessions. You can give them a new beginning.