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About  Us

DC Alliance Empowering Homicide Survivors Incorporated was founded out of a need to aide and support the surviving families of homicide victims in Washington D.C. and the surrounding metropolitan areas. We act as a clearing house of supportive services for victims, co-victims, and families. We are a 501c3, non-profit, grassroots organization incorporated in 2009 and in good standing with the District of Columbia. Our mission is to serve, support, educate, assist, and empower victims of domestic violence, survivors of homicide victims, and co-victims.

The DCAEHS Inc.'s process model works in seven service areas which include first responders, pastoral care advisors, clinicians, court advocacy, pro bono legal counsel, adult peer mentors, and local government. Our goal is to deliver the best qualified, ethical, and professional service in the industry. We  currently offer spiritual enrichment mental health programs in cooperation with MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital, counseling and prayer helplines, and interfaith fellowship online and in congregation. In 2019, during the COVID-19 pandemic, we implemented an online Domestic Violence Chat & Chew for all co-survivors of domestic violence. In that same year we received the 2019 Volunteer of the Year Award by the DC Department of Corrections for excellence of services rendered to inmates at the DC Jail. We also implemented the National Coalition of Homicide Survivors Services.

Recognizing that victims and perpetrators both exist in communities of faith and understanding that pastoral leadership has the moral and ethical responsibility to provide services and/or referrals to their parishioners, DCAEHS established the one and only National Pastoral Care Domestic Violence Leadership Conference. Faith and community leaders receive educational training related to domestic violence, teen dating violence and bullying. Because religious leaders are often the first line of defense for victims and co-victims, DCAEHS serves to educate clergy, religious leaders, and others on how to better serve, protect, and aide in the healing process for the benefit of all.

If you are a domestic violence survivor, victim or co-victim, or anyone dealing with the devastating effects of homicide, you are not alone. Help is available. DCAEHS endeavors to be your full-service providers from the first responder call to assistance with funeral arrangements and services, clinical training for pastors and first responders, clinical treatment and care for surviving family members, advocacy in the areas of legal processes and legal aide, volunteer mentors for adults and children, and connection with anti-violence activities and programs within the community. We work proactively to prevent the possibility of homicide and suicide. 

 

For more information, contact us at www.dcaehs.org, 240-899-4669, POBox 8753, Hyattsville, MD 20787. We are here for you.

Our Board
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Pastor Patricia Saunders, M.Div Th.D
Founder, Chief Executive Officer-DCAEHS Inc.
President-Pastoral Care Chaplaincy Program & Services

Interfaith Fellowship Praise Ministry

Pastor Saunders holds an AA and BA degree in Business Administration, a bachelor's degree in Christian Education and a Master of Theology in Christian Leadership. She implemented the first Spiritual Care Chaplaincy Program at the Specialty Hospital of Washington, D.C. and created the first inaugural Pastoral Care Domestic Violence Conference. She and her team administered services to homeless shelters, support for mental health clients at MedStar Southern MD Hospital, and the DC Department of Corrections. Her goal is to meet the needs of those who are hurting and in pain due to domestic violence and homicide.
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Minister Sheila Mathis, RN
Chief Operating Officer-DCAEHS Inc.
Interfaith Fellowship Praise Ministry

Minister Mathis, originally from Philadelphia, PA, holds both a Bachelor and Master of Science degree in nursing from Villanova University and Wesley College. A registered nurse for 36 years in the Philadelphia, Delaware, Maryland, and Washington Metropolitan areas, she also served veterans by assisting in the development and facilitation of services including employment fairs and peer-to-peer counseling. In 2018, she became a licensed minister under the leadership of Bishop Elect David Evans at the New Living Way Ministry in Clinton, MD. In addition to her duties as COO of DCAEHS Inc., she serves as a Chaplain in Training in the Interfaith Fellowship Praise Ministry under the auspices of Pastor Patricia Saunders MinD., ThD. 
 
 
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Rev. Dr. Marisha Stewart, Ph.D
Cornerstone Bible Baptist Church
Interfaith Fellowship Praise Ministry

A Washington, D.C. native, Rev. Dr. Marisha Stewart received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Hearing and Speech Sciences from the University of Maryland, a Master's in school counseling with a specialization in mental health from Gallaudet University, and a Ph.D. in Human Services with a specialization in counseling from Capella University. Dr. Stewart has mentored young people in education for over 22 years. Ordained in ministry in 2019, Cornerstone Peaceful Bible Baptist Church, she founded the Lioness Queen, an organization dedicated to helping women live free from the residue of their past trauma. Author, motivational speaker, and professor, Dr. Stewart also hosts the virtual "I Am" Christian Women's Empowerment Series on Lioness Queen Inspiration online radio. 
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