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In the Spring of 2010, the Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition International (TASSC) began the extensive renovation on their new transitional home for survivors in Prince George’s County - thanks in part to the generosity of MNCBIA members and the Home Builders Care Foundation (HBCF).

Headquartered in NE Washington D.C. and operated by survivors, TASSC International’s mission is to end the practice of torture wherever it occurs and to empower survivors, their families and communities wherever they are. Locally, TASSC supports torture survivors from around the world who come to the United States seeking refuge. Many of TASSC’s survivors must spend many months and even years in the Washington D.C. area while their asylum cases are in process.

During this critical period of their lives, before obtaining legal residency and permits to work, many torture survivors live in poverty, lacking sufficient resources to provide themselves or their children with even the most basic human needs. TASSC’s Helping Hands program provides direct assistance to these survivors.

The gift of the property was a very generous donation by the Robert L. Edwards Living Trust, of which Ian Cohen, President of Knollwood Development is Trustee. His partner at Knollwood, Ms. Sara Carlson, is the daughter of Robert L. Edwards.  The Trust also donated two other properties in the District to the Washington D.C. chapter of Habitat for Humanity last year.

With HBCF President Ted Smart’s guidance and encouragement, TASSC was able to take title to a once abandoned single family home on Seat Pleasant Drive in Capitol Heights to house 5 survivors and HBCF signed on to help.

MNCBIA member Sunrise Home Builders LLC  served as builder captain and helped transform the once vacant and dilapidated structure. The project also received key support from Shelters Plus, a private foundation started by the Ted’s father, late developer John Smart, and his family.

The new Survivors Home officially opened December 2010 and today, the new home provides much needed supportive housing for torture survivors on their journey towards healing.  

On dedication day, the ribbon was cut by Sara Carlson, Ted Smart, TASSC Executive Director Demissie Abebe, TASSC Founder Sister Alice Zachmann, Vince and Curt Adkins of Sunrise Home Builders, and a number of survivors who make up the amazing TASSC coalition.

Click here for more information on TASSC or call 202-529-2991.

Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition International