The Rev. Dr. Morris L. Shearin Sr. Training Institute

The vision of Rev. Dr. Morris L. Shearin, Sr. and Rev. Dr. Teresa L. Smallwood, the Rev. Dr. Morris L. Shearin Sr. Training Institute is one in a number of initiatives targeted at enhancing the lives of young adults, with an eye toward investing in their future that they may be so inspired to invest back into the community. Under the expert administration and direction of Dr. Smallwood, a seasoned attorney and experienced professional in business, law, communications, education & training; this program provides participants with skills, learning, and insights on how to start up and run a business, culminating in the participant’s completion of a formal business plan.  

In this program, participants gain insight into how to start up and run a business. Learn about business finance, credit worthiness, budget preparation, business accounting, business plan preparation, corporation structures, venture capitalism and the use of technology to maximize business development. Following its premier session at IMI, this course was embraced and adopted by the Alexandria City Public School system and is now included in “The Family Academy” course catalog. 

"We serve ... So others may prosper."
Israel Manor Inc.

Israel Manor Inc. (IMI) is committed to uplifting and rebuilding our community through the empowerment of our men and women returning home from prison to the Washington, DC metropolitan area. In accordance with the mission of Israel Baptist Church, our lead faith institution, it is our goal to raise up a people nurtured to wholeness. It is with great passion and zeal that we strive every day to impact the lives of our returning population, so that we may in turn, impact the future of our City and the entire nation.

Although currently inactive, in 2011, IMI and IBC accomplished this mission in collaboration with Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency (CSOSA) and other public and private Service Providers. Through this initiative we utilized the powerful tool of mentorship to enhance each returning citizens transition back into the community. As a mentor one serves as a bridge uniting their mentee with diverse resources to achieve a renewed spiritual and psychosocial existence as a functioning member of society.  Our Cluster served Wards 1,2,3, and 4.

Cluster C
CSOSA Faith Community Partnership
"Strengthening families and communities through re-integration support"