First Salvation Army DC Youth Ballers Football Camp

Approximately 150 D.C. kids will get top-of-the-line athletic instruction from some of the Capital Area’s football greats! Retired Redskins players Santana Moss and Brian Mitchell and The Catholic University of America Cardinals football team are collaborating to host The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command’s first “D.C. Youth Ballers Camp.”

The camp aims to provide young campers with the skills and attitude needed to succeed. The Salvation Army has a history of promoting child development and enrichment through education inside and outside the classroom. With this memorable experience, we hope to set kids on a path to lead during plays and in their community.

From 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., campers will learn the best from Moss and the Cardinals’ coaching staff, led by Head Coach Mike Gutelius, at Cardinal Stadium on The Catholic University’s campus. Lunch will be provided to campers on both days by Timber Pizza Company and Brookland Pint, and Gatorade will be provided by Giant Foods. Campers were registered for the free camp in May through the Sherman Avenue Corps, Solomon G. Brown Corps, Beacon House, and The Ward 5 Warriors.

Beacon House is a Northeast DC-based nonprofit with a mission to support young students in Ward 5 by providing a safe, nurturing community; increasing their academic enrichment; and helping them grow into healthy adults who will achieve their greatest potential. Ward 5 Warriors a community-based youth organization aimed at giving local children with positive outlets and empowerment through mentorship and athletics.

NCAC names new Program Services Director

The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command is pleased to announce the return of Aleata G. Dawkins, MA, LPC/LCPC, NCC to the Area Command as the new Director of Program Services. Ms. Dawkins will oversee all of the program services offered including Harbor Light Center, the Turning Point Center or Women and Children, and the Anti-Human Trafficking Emergency Shelter.

Ms. Dawkins first joined The Salvation Army in May 2015. She has over 19 years of experience and brings a wealth of knowledge and compassion to the position. Her most previous position was Divisional Pathway of Hope Specialist for the National Capital & Virginia Division.

Prior to The Salvation Army, Ms. Dawkins served as the Program Manager, Counselor, Coordinator and Non-Profit Trainer for some of Washington, DC Metro area’s largest non-profits. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and Argosy University, Ms. Dawkins holds a master’s degree in Professional Counseling and is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) in Washington, DC and Maryland. In conjunction with several other certifications, Ms. Dawkins is also a National Certified Counselor.

NCAC names Management Services Director

The Salvation Army is pleased to welcome Bradley Freedman as the Director of Management Services for the National Capital Area Command. Brad comes to The Salvation Army with more than 20 years of investment management experience at globally respected financial organizations. He will oversee the National Capital Area Command’s Finance, Property, Information Technology, and Human Resources departments.

Before joining the National Capital Area Command, Brad oversaw the operations of a boutique investment advisory firm in the area. Mr. Freedman was a member of the leadership team at Credit Suisse and worked as an analyst at Fidelity Management and Research Company and T. Rowe Price Associates.

Brad graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and earned his Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Finance from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.