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Program Name: Laurie Mitchell Empowerment and Career Center
Year the Program was Started: 1995
Public Contact Person: Marialice Williams
Address: 6295 Edsall Road
Suite 175
Alexandria, VA 22312
Telephone #: 202-487-1930
Fax #: 793-461-8088
Email Address:
Website URL:
Program Category: Drop-in Center, Employment, Peer Support
Target Participants:
African American, Hispanic, Asian/Pacific Islander, Native American/Alaskan, Men, Women, Co-occurring substance abuse, Adults
Program Setting:
Program Owned or Leased Facility (leased store front, community residence)
Annual Program Budget: $200,000-$400,000
Number of staff: Paid Full-Time: 3-5
Paid Part-Time: 5-10
Volunteers: 10-20
Consumer involvement in the program
Number of staff members and volunteers who are consumers: Majority
How often do consumer staff and volunteers participate in program decisions? Always
Number of administrators or board members who are consumers: Majority
Program Training/ Technical Assistance Materials Available: Training curricula, Individual training, Guides/Manuals
Cost for materials? Sometimes
Program Goals: Provide peer support, employment services, and computer training to prepare adults with mental health issues to become self supporting independent contributing members to the community
Have any outcomes for this program been assessed through internal or external research? Yes
If Yes, details: We keep data on the effectiveness of our programs. For FY 2012 so far we have had 25 job placements through our work readiness program and lacements through our computer training program. We serve 60-80 individuals a week.
Program Mission Statement: Laurie Mitchell strives to be a consumer run and operated employment and empowerment center.

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