Matthew 25:31–46 calls all of us to actively engage in the world around us, so our faith comes alive and we wake up to new possibilities.

Building Rhythm thru Recovery

Building Rhythm thru Recovery

Westminster's Building Rhythm thru Recovery (BRTR) seeks to implement Opiod Use Disorder (OUD) education and training  in partnership with representatives from the Family Medical Counseling Services (FMCS), Southwest Renaissance Development Corporation (a non-profit within WPC), and The Leadership Council for Healthy Communities (LCHC).   BRTR consists of 15 events that reach 800 individuals throughout the duration of the grant.
The project consists of two major components--

Kickoff Awareness Day and Training

The Kickoff Awareness Day

This event on Tuesday, September 10 will seek to increase awareness of the month-long calendar of events and to recruit participants for the trainings. This event will feature physician speakers and videos of firsthand accounts discussing the impact of the OUD crisis both in Washington, DC and the United States.   DBH will provide ample literature on OUD prevention, treatment and recovery for individuals or groups to share in their communities.  


The trainings will be led by of community and medical facilitators on Tuesday, September 17 and Tuesday, September 24. The naloxone training will be on Tuesday, September 24 in the evening. Each workshop will have a chaplain service/grief counselor for anyone who may be experiencing trauma. We will partner with Family Medical Counseling Services (FMCS) as our medical provider for naloxone training. FMCS will also provide  consultation and referral services.

Additional Community Activities

WPC is a community anchor institution that pursues a faith-based, social justice-minded mission through weekly community events that attract 1,000 individuals. WPC will provide OUD education at each of its 15 events through the month of September and seek to recruit participants for its naloxone training (see calendar). Members of the working group will disseminate pre- and post-surveys and complete sign-in sheets at the community events listed below from September 9 – September 29. Each event will include a table staffed by a working group member and community volunteer and include DC Department of Health literature and tailored magnets about the opioid crisis and OUD resource information.

  • Every Monday from 6-9 pm we have 150 people who attend Blue Monday Blues.
  • Every Wednesday from 12:30 to 4 pm.  Domestic Violence Resource Clinic, co-sponsored by DC Volunteer Lawyers Project, My Sister’s Place, and the District Alliance for Safe Housing (DASH)
  • Once a month on Thursday about 20 people attend Labyrinth Walk with music. 
  • Every Friday from 6-9pm about 300 people attend a straight-ahead jazz show. 
  • Our Faith and Film will show a screening of Amazing Grace: Featuring the incomparable Aretha Franklin.  Sept 14 doors open at 6:30 and Film starts at 7pm. 
  • 18th Annual DC Jazz Preservation Jazz Festival (September 20, 2019). We will have over 300 people attending takes place on Sept 28 from noon to dusk.  We will be partnering with (LCHD) on this event.
  • The Recovery Day will culminate on Sunday, September 29  with a special Recovery Service with a potluck lunch.  David Cole and Main Street Blues will be the guest musicians.

Building Rhythm Together for Christ's Love