Daniel Alexander Payne Reclamation Program (DAPRP) Moves On from Court Services Offender Supervision Agency (CSOSA) by Greg Johnson
The Daniel Alexander Payne Reclamation Program (DAPRP), an outgrowth of Men’s Day 2005, entered into a contractual partnership with the Court Services Offender Supervision Agency (CSOSA) in November 2007 through the successful award of a Faith Based Initiative (FBI) contract. Over the past three years, the DAPRP-CSOSA partnership has given DAPRP much insight into the challenges, difficulties, triumphs and successes of strengthening the network of faith based institutions and service providers in Cluster C of the Washington DC metropolitan area. Since administering the CSOSA effort within Cluster C, DAPRP increased the number of faith based institutions more than three-fold from a total of twelve (12) to forty-one (41) with a cadre of mentors at 145. Additionally, the number of active Service Providers within the CSOSA network for Cluster C (not fully documented at contract inception in 2007), is currently documented at twenty (20) offering a range of services from clothes bank to transitional housing.
In December 2010, CSOSA determined, not to award a follow-on contract to the DAPRP. This CSOSA decision was not totally unexpected by the DAPRP Core Planning Committee (CPC) due to the fact that the proposal submission by the DAPRP CPC fully accounted for cost and resource requirements, based on lessons learned over the last three years, that were over and beyond the cost and resource baseline of the past three years. Additionally, DAPRP’s proposal to CSOSA also captured the incurred costs of the DAPRP infrastructure of cost accounting/finance, human resources, information technology and program planning which continuously ensured DAPRP full contract execution accountability and unquestionable fiduciary accountability throughout contract life.
Over the past three years, the DAPRP CPC was continuously challenged with establishing the correct personnel mix to obtain peak contract performance. The individuals who have assisted us via employment in lead and/or support positions have provided a myriad of lessons-learned; and the DAPRP CPC is grateful for the experiences. The DAPRP CPC remains fully committed to its mission of service to those men, women and families in need within the Washington metropolitan community. The relationship with CSOSA has in fact strengthened DAPRP’s mission over and beyond government driven metrics. The DAPRP continuously thanks the Metropolitan family and all ministries of the church who have unselfishly given of their time, talents and treasures to serve our clients and their families. We have assured our clients and their families of our commitment and support as they move towards becoming productive members of the Washington metropolitan community.
Over the past three years, the DAPRP-CSOSA partnership has strengthened the network of faith institutions and service providers available to clients returning to Cluster C. In addition to a strong readily available support system, DAPRP has also identified the following as major value focus elements (MVFEs) for our client population: (1) health, (2) literacy, (3) housing and (4) employment. The network established via the DAPRP-CSOSA partnership must continue to grow and strengthen to sufficiently address the needs of our client population. With an increased emphasis on demand driven employment requiring increased skills sets, it’s imperative that our clients possess literacy skills (currently our major focus area for development and implementation) sufficient for meaningful entry into today’s job market as well as career development and growth in a 21st century global community.