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History

The FH Faunteroy Community Enrichment Center, the result of a community benefits agreement  is named after the founder’s grandfather, F Harvey Faunteroy and inspired by his upbringing by a single mother.

The Inspiration

F. Harvey Faunteroy ( February 21st, 1924 – June 22nd 2021) Harvey was born in St. Mary’s County, lived and raised his children in Barry Farms. He was known for his class, laughs, jokes, family time, food and dancing.  Harvey loved good music and loved to sing and dance with his family.  He also enjoyed being involved in community activities.  The children in the community loved when he would dress up as Santa Clause during the holidays.  Harvey loved the Farms (Barry Farms) and continued to visit friends and families there for many years. He made many charitable contributions, funded scholarship programs and was a Political Leader and a voice throughout the Washington, DC area.  He has been Honored by many and received high honors while serving in World War II.  President Barack Obama honored him as a World War II Veteran. Harvey was a Man of Great Wisdom.  When in his company you would always receive a nugget of wisdom to hold on to.  He was a Man of Great Strength, which he displayed throughout his Life.  He was a Spiritual Man, Family Man, Military Man, and the High Tower in the Faunteroy family.

The Founder

His Grandson, Anthony (Tony) L. Wash, was his protégé, he is an accomplished entrepreneur who owes his successes to his grandfather’s guidance, family support and community programming. He is a proud 3rd generation Washingtonian, who has a wholistic business approach that focuses on professional development of employees and use of proceeds for community development and mentoring of underserved youth. Tony’s life story is a testament to the transformative power unleashed when talent, creative intellect and passion meet. His personal story is a symbol of the potential of growth and transformations in communities. Walking through the rubble of his first home, Barry Farm, one can’t help but marvel at just how far he’s come from those streets “I was raised by a single Mom in public and affordable housing.” Every corner conjures nostalgia, and warm memories of a tight knit community filled with love. It was this love and the support of these communities that empowered a young “A-Wash” to believe he could own his own business. “I attribute that to my mother, Diane Wash understanding the need for me to be around positive black men in my life. One of which was my grandfather, F. Harvey Faunteroy and the other was my godfather John Flucas, who had several stores in Washington, DC”. One of Mr. Flucas’ stores, in particular, was located at 44th and Nannie Helen Burroughs Ave NE, where started his first Job at the age of fourteen. This exposure inspired and led “A-Wash” to start an electrical contracting business in the Mid 90’s.

A. Wash & Associates (AWA) started as a two-person business that has grown in the past twenty-five years into an enterprise of thirty-five employees. Tony, remains firmly embedded and committed to the community that nurtured and supported him through his growth as a business and community leader. He established the F.H. Faunteroy Community Enrichment Center (in honor of his grandfather) focused on community development, has volunteered as the “Leadership Coach” at Wilson and Dunbar HS; provided financial support of youth organizations and athletics in DC; and bringing holiday cheer to those in public housing through gifts and monetary contributions. Furthermore, he was the first and is a premier sponsor of DC’s classic Goodman League Basketball Tournament.

  • 2013
       

    2013 - The first 100% affordable new communities project in Ward 7

    Tony was motivated to expanded his reach and influence as a developer/general contractor after watching the city gentrify while leaving the home grown people of the communities behind. “My impetus for getting into development was watching the city change, and leaving people behind. My charge was to build affordable housing that when you closed your eyes and walked in the front door you wouldn’t’ know what part of the city you are in” So The Nannie Helen @ 4800 was built. The Nannie Helen, a 70 unit mixed-income, mixed-use project in Ward 7. It is the first 100% affordable complex in the city, boasting a design and amenity level comparable to market rate projects. The Nannie Helen is the only and first 100% affordable NEW COMMUNITIES housing development project in Ward 7 operating today. The focus was on single moms having an affordable place that was safe and don’t look like the stereotypical affordable dwellings.

  • 2017
       

    2017 - Defined Resilience Hub

    FCEC hosted various DOEE led community meetings to define the blueprint for an Urban Sustainability Director’s Network (USDN) defined resilience hub and select a community asset to launch the first one in DC.

  • 2019
       

    2019 - FCEC is selected to be the first community resilience hub in DC

    After a lengthy evaluation of various Ward 7 community-based organizations, FCEC is selected to be the first resilience hub in DC based on the Urban Sustainability Directors network framework for resilient hubs.

  • 2020
       

    2020 - COVID response

    FCEC shuts down programming to the public due to COVID public policies.  However, explores how to respond as a resilience hub during disruption by creating face-masks, providing healthcare screening, launch virtual programming for youth and seniors, and distribution of perishable and non-perishable food items.

    Award from Mayors Office for Community Affairs supports healthcare services to community via the presence of the United Medical Center Mobile unit.

  • 2021
       

    2021 - Buildout of the Resilience Hub

    • Partial re-opening of the Center and resetting of programming due to the COVID disruption and rolling out the Buildout of the Resilience Hub

    • Formally establishes MOU with Urban Sustainability Director’s Network

    • Selected for Department of Housing and Urban Development – Community Project Fund (via Representative Holmes Norton Office) ($910k, Pending FY2022 funding), for the resilience hub buildout.

    • Awarded Solar & Battery Backup feasibility study grant by Clean Energy Group ($10K)

    • Awarded organizational capacity building grant by Clean Energy Group ($10k)

    • Configuration of infrastructure to enable hybrid meetings supported by the American Cities Climate Challenge Justice-40 grant ($30k)

    • Design of community outreach and communications strategy supported by the Prince Charitable Funds grant ($100k)

    • Launch of the first annual Juneteenth Community Resilience Celebration

    • FCEC becomes, for the first time a host site for the SYEP, launching its first structured summer youth program serving middle to high-school students.

    • First multi-day on-site art exhibit

  • 2022
       

    2022 - Federal Grant award

    • Fully open to community and full reinstatement of Youth out of school time programming.

    • Piloted a wholistic approach to workforce development (WFD) by program managing an employer lead workforce development grant. The WFD approach focuses on the fortification of career pathways trainees my assessing each individual’s strengths and challenges and shaping a support program that meets their specific need.

    • Department of Housing and Urban Development – Community Project Fund is funded and kicks off the resilience hub buildout process.

    • First time receiving a Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation award to support growing operations ($35k).

    • First time receiving a Federal Grant award, a NOAA Environmental Literacy Grant in collaboration with the Ward 7 Resilience Hub Community Coalition ($500k over 3 years).

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