Questions We Are Frequently Asked:
Over the years we have responded to a number of questions regarding the activity and function of the agency and now the DARMO Task Force. Please review this section to determine if a question you have may have been answered. Most certainly, we welcome your comments and if you have a question that is not answered do contact us without hesitation. We would be happy to answer any and all questions you may have!
Is NLAC A Church?
No, not a church, rather a faith-oriented public service agency that specializes in comprehensive home missions and community service initiatives. Our service platform is crisis & transitional outreach. The agency is administered by a support staff inclusive of community operatives, ministerial operatives, and governed by an advisory council of Clergy and Chaplains.
What does NLAC do in the community?
We deploy transitional facilities and outreach systems. We administer seven specific community missions initiatives that promote individual and family stability, community development, and socioeconomic stability. We work with Federal, State, and local municipal agencies like law enforcement, social services, and housing authorities in coordinating community support for “at-risk” populations. Our primary resource and service collaborator is the local Church!
How long has NLAC served the community?
We are blessed to say we offer over 20 years of community activity beginning in Charles County. Since 1992 we have provided outreach services to the residents of Charles County and the greater metropolitan area. We expanded our focus and reach improving the value of care and ministry. We administer a regional initiative with collaborators and outreach operatives in Delaware and Pennsylvania. We have additional deployment projects in the making for Virginia and the District of Columbia. We are also affiliated with a Federation of Chaplains with an International footprint, giving us additional responder resources to draw from. In addition, we are also affiliated with a Christian Education Network for support in program administration.
What is a "Care House?"
One of the primary concerns in our community is the lack of affordable housing. Our initial years of service were fraught with the proposition of maintaining a stable environment for those recipients who were displaced and under our care. The financial ramifications were staggering as we paid tens of thousands of dollars in hotel bed nights, thus we determined to establish community houses (transitional residents) that would be a multifunctional resource. The Care House affords us the ability to offer immediate stability for homeless and/or displaced individuals and families. It offers a living plan that is adaptable to varying concerns and it also serves as the staging platform for a host of support services and care that can be immediately rendered. We created a project housing authority to establish the formal governance for transitional residency.
How long do clients stay at the "Care House?"
The Interim Housing & Transitional Project offers up to 18 months of transitional residency with the ability for the recipient to renew their residential term as long as they demonstrate successful transitional activity. The average stay is 12 to 24 months...extended stays can vary from 20 to 36 months. Some recipients have received care and services from us for more than three years. Many recipients return and/or apply for additional support after graduating or transitioning out of the facility and programming.
What is DARMO?
The DayStar Advanced Response Ministerial Operation Task Force is a collaboration of support NGOs and the Field Chaplaincy Corp, which is a unit of 1st Responder Ministerial Operatives, dedicated to providing crisis care and "on the ground" ministerial supports. DARMO offers comprehensive ministerial response as well as traditional ministerial outreach with a mission of targeted and proactive responses to at-risk populations. NLAC is the founding member agency of the DARMO Task Force.