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Monday, June 17, 2013 was the 43rd birthday for Regional Addiction Prevention (RAP), Inc., and Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie, Washington Informer Publisher Denise Rolark Barnes, and other officials and activists were on hand to help them celebrate.

Celebrants were turning dirt instead of blowing out candles, as the afternoon celebration was a ceremonial groundbreaking for the RAP Inc., Calvin W. Rolark expansion center, located at 1959 4th St. NE, Washington, DC.

The Master of Ceremonies for the event was Mr. Jerry Phillips—known for his many years on NBC 4—who remarked that the authenticity of the event took him back to a feeling he “hadn’t felt since the civil rights movement.”

DCHE was recognized for the work it is doing in partnership with Consys as the General Contractor. DCHE will handle the Construction Management. The General Contractor will build a new center complete with green roof, solar panels, wind turbines, and low VOC paint. The two existing historic houses, adjacent to the center, are also owned by RAP and will be part of the redevelopment. The fronts of the houses will remain unchanged due to Historic Preservation guidelines.

RAP Inc., started in June 1970 by providing outpatient counseling to 15 young people. Shortly thereafter, the organization moved to 1904 T Street, N. W. and began its first therapeutic community. Over the years, RAP has served thousands in both its treatment and prevention programs.

Current RAP Chairperson John Mercer, Esq., has a 30-year relationship with the organization, dating back to his days in law school. He said simply, “RAP, Inc., saved many young kids from prison, but we (still) have a lot to do."

Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie touched on the positive impact the organization has had on the city as a whole saying, “RAP is just as important to the DC government as it is to those using its services.” He discussed how every resident RAP helps can become a net positive to the city.

The budget for the center is approximately $3.8 million. 

>Pictured above is an artist’s rendering of the completed center.
Pictured above is an artist’s rendering of the completed center.
Master of Ceremonies Jerry Phillips was the first to mention Monday was RAP’s birthday.  Then, in true reporter form, he highlighted the recent “Happy Birthday” song copyright controversy right before leading out the song to start the event.
Master of Ceremonies Jerry Phillips was the first to mention Monday was RAP’s birthday. Then, in true reporter form, he highlighted the recent “Happy Birthday” song copyright controversy right before leading out the song to start the event.
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