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Additional Representative Payee Program Funding Scales Served Clients

Bread for the City (BFC) has been awarded a five-year extension on our DC Department of Behavioral Health (DBH) funded Representative Payee contract! We have been entrusted to expand our program capacity from 867 to 1,300 clients, reflecting the growing need for our services in the DC community.

Representative Payee Services are a lifeline for individuals who may face challenges in managing their own finances, often due to mental illness, disability, or other factors. A representative payee receives and manages Social Security or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits on behalf of the beneficiary. This service is not just about managing finances, it’s about providing a sense of security and stability to those who need it the most, ensuring that individuals with mental illnesses can focus on their recovery and well-being.

Tracy Knight, Social Services Director at NW Center, encapsulates the essence of this achievement, stating,  “DBH has been integral in supporting financial stability and has trusted us to be its main partner in providing representative payee services for the DC community for over 25 years. Through this relationship, BFC has provided budget management, timely payments, and stabilizing services to thousands of D.C. residents.”

Recognizing the need for leadership and additional support, we proudly announce the promotion of Robyn Dudley to Associate Director of Payee Services and Dwaynae Jordan to Representative Payee Program Enrollment Manager. These individuals, with their invaluable experience and unwavering dedication, will play a pivotal role in steering the program’s growth and ensuring continued excellence in service delivery.

“My favorite part of this work is that I wake up daily and help people. I find joy in helping people who remind me of my family, and I’m consistently gaining knowledge on how I can do more,” says Jordan.

Additionally, Knight has created and staffed three new positions—Dontrice Hurt assumes the position of Representative Payee Supervisor, Wayne Taylor steps in as the Representative Payee Coordinator and Ashley Garcia serves as the Representative Payee Accountant—which further demonstrates Bread for the City’s commitment to providing comprehensive support to its clients.

As Bread for the City embarks on this exciting journey of growth and expansion, it is crucial to acknowledge the unwavering dedication and hard work of our staff. Their commitment to our mission and tireless efforts have made a profound difference in the lives of countless individuals. With this new chapter, they are not just poised to make an even greater impact, but they are also a testament to the power of compassion and dedication. 

We extend our deepest gratitude to the DC Department of Behavioral Health for their unwavering support and belief in our mission. Their partnership has been instrumental in our journey of transforming lives and building a brighter future for our community. Together, we’re not just providing services, we’re making a difference.

Thank you!

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