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Temporary Emergency Residential Resource Institute for Families in Crises (TERRIFIC, Inc.), a 501 C3 nonprofit organization is located in the District of Columbia, established in 1975, is a leading voice and direct service care provider for children, youth, families, adults and seniors in crisis. TERRIFIC, Inc., an acronym for the Temporary Emergency Residential Resource Institute for Families in Crisis, Inc., founded in 1975 by The Reverend Debbie Tate and volunteers, is an internationally recognized, nonprofit housing and human service organization. Its mission is to meet the bio-psychosocial needs of “Families in Crisis” (people who share similar challenges that impede their access to care, resources and quality life). TERRIFIC, Inc. believes that all people should have access to affordable housing and quality support services. TERRIFIC, Inc. has received national/international recognition and media coverage for its quality services and program prototypes. Its programs have been visited and supported by dignitaries including the Late Princess Diana, First Lady Barbara Bush, First Lady Madam Museveni of Uganda, First Lady of France Madam Cherac, Countess Albina du Boisvouray, celebrities Patty LaBelle, Sugar Ray Leonard, Vivica A. Fox, Daryl Green and many others.




TERRIFIC Inns I & II Affordable Apartment Housing with HUD funding, TERRIFIC Inns I and II provide subsidized-housing (14 and 12-units each) and complimentary support services for older adults and families.


TERRIFIC, Inc.’s HIV Non-Medical and Medical Case Management Program and Referral Program through the D.C. Department of Health-HIV/AIDS, STD, Hepatitis and Tuberculosis Administration (HAHSTA) funding, TERRIFIC, Inc. provides HIV Non-Medical Case Management Services to District residents living with AIDS. Committed Case Managers ensure that persons living with AIDS receive early treatment, prompt referrals, follow-up, and quality comprehensive care. Others receive effective housing counseling, housing referrals and follow-up. TERRIFIC, Inc.’s Psychosocial and Early Intervention Services: Psychosocial Support Services focuses on providing individual and/ or group support services to people affected by HIV. The support services will assist with behavioral and physical health concerns. TERRIFIC, Inc.’s Psychosocial Support Services will provide nutritional counseling, child abuse and neglect counseling, pastoral care/counseling, bereavement counseling, and HIV support groups. More details about the support services are listed below. Early Intervention Services (EIS) TERRIFIC, Inc.’s Early Intervention Services program provides in-person and virtual educational training on HIV, HIV testing, and linkage to care and social services to low-income, underinsured individuals living in the District and surrounding areas. Individuals interested in TERRIFIC, Inc.’s Early Intervention Services program can find information on HIV educational training and testing.



TERRIFIC, Inc. Food Insecurity Program The mission of TERRIFIC, Inc.’s Food Insecurity outreach program is to reduce social isolation and food insecurity. The Food Insecurity Program of TERRIFIC, Inc., which seeks to provide nourishing options and educational resources in the District’s food deserts, is sponsored by the Washington Home Foundation. Seniors can participate in enjoyable, person-centered activities while also growing their communities with the delivery of fresh and staple foods.


François-Xavier Bagnoud (FXB) Farm: With initial funding from the FXB Foundation, a beautiful, serene, 32-acre rural retreat center provides retreats and training to chronically ill persons, professionals, and service providers. PrEP for Better Telehealth in partnership with TERRIFIC, Inc. provides Developing preventative diagnostics in-house and in partnership through telehealth. Renegade science develops and seeks out proactive solutions across the diagnostic space. The healthcare industry is positioned to be reactive, costly, and slow—often treating diseases too late.


Through PrEP for Better, TERRIFIC can develop proprietary assays internally and with biotechnology partners and deploy assays through our clinical

Wearing a Black Hat the bio-psychosocial needs of people in crisis

that may impede their access to care, resources, and quality of life.

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The Horse Triumphs in the Rising of the Sun 

Mission Statement

“The horse knowing freedom lets no obstacle harness its spirit”

In the midst of trouble, despair, and hopelessness, when all have failed to comfort, aide, and render the necessities in order to carry on and acknowledge self-worth and personhood; there within the depths of one’s own pit of darkness and struggle, one lifts the soul beyond the raging battle of lifelessness on the call of hope.

No one is exempt from the pains and agony of day to day existence. Some appearing to have more battles to fight than others, yet we can all identify with human frailty which allows our defenses to fall and we become a captive in a moment of hopelessness. Such moments of trouble, pain, and despair, if allowed, can take us further and further down that road of lifelessness to stagnation. And yet, while we journey on such roads, our total being cries for freedom. A freedom that will lift the scales of hurt and torment from our backs and lighten our load is a freedom found in hope.

Be as the horse running as the blowing wind. The horse knowing freedom lets no obstacles harness its spirit, not does this horse stand still in darkness to be overtaken by its circumstances. The horse rides the winds of freedom, living each day to its fullest in strength and dignity with a certainty it is going to live. Its character understands self-worth in all situations, allowing itself never to be denied. Such a horse goes forth boastfully with a magnitude of pride wherever its roads lead. Its coat like the finest silk radiates a priceless virtue that is a beautiful creation of the universe. Tarnished by no guilt, this horse measures itself with no other being. Yet, it seeks to challenged life in peace and harmony; the mountains it climbs, the plains it runs, the deserts it crosses are but mere hurdles that will be mastered.


And with the rising sun comes triumph. For in the warmth and jubilant dancing of the life giving light coming over the hills, the horse knows a hope that sustains it existence. That horse cried out, giving thanks for another day to do battle for life. Let all that is within us know that with every new sunrise, we can be as the horse and live in spirt of all odds. These inscriptions to embrace the definition of the logo for TERRIFIC, Inc.

In the ideals, goals, and aspirations, of this organization, TERRIFIC, Inc. stands in strength, to be a light to the hopeless. For TERRIFIC, Inc. ascertains that in spite of all, a new sunrise encourages a hope for all to get up and live.

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