Ms. Rose Watkins
Our Change Management Specialist knows that social change begins with understanding the nature of change theory. She also keeps our books straight as our DCPC Treasurer.


Volunteer, speak out, get involved, give your time, raise awareness, and dare to denounce stigma.

Use your power to make social change.

Dr. Avon Hart-Johnson, HS-BCP

Avon Hart-Johnson, PhD

mission & vision

The mission of DC Project Connect is to provide crisis intervention and information resources to families affected by incarceration; we support reentry initiatives that strengthen families.

Our founder

Dr. Vernelle Brown
Our Mentor Coordinator helps us to operate a successful mentor program.

Mr. Geoffrey Johnson
Our Executive Director brings a background in criminal investigations, auditing, and research. 

Why We care

If we effectively rehabilitate those who are incarcerated, each of us should be able to sleep better at night knowing that our world is a safer place. As such, we believe in second chances, restorative justice, and treating everyone with dignity and respect.  

I began this mission with a sense of urgency. My focus was to support families who were suffering in silence because of their grief and loss due to a loved one's incarceration. However, after learning of the plight of children and their moms who are in prison, my heart melted and I knew the mission had to expand. We now provide reentry mentoring for women returning home from prison in addition to our initial focus on supporting families during crisis associated with incarceration.

SPOTLIGHTING OUR leadership team

Foundation History

2014 - Dr. Hart-Johnson's research on African American Women with incarcerated mates, resulted in a grounded theory entitled, "Symbolic Imprisonment, Grief, and Copying Theory."

2015 - Launched DC Project Connect in response to a lack of resources found for families of the incarcerated in the Washington, DC area.

2015 - DCPC expands  to Pilot "Empowering Lives" mentor program for females returning home from prison.

2016 - DCPC launches its signature "Coffee Talk & Me Time" Psychoeducational support group at The Fairview Residential Reentry Center


Charles Hart
His background in social media helps us reach people one tweet, post, or click at at time.