WASHINGTON – The Rt. Reverend Mariann Edgar Budde took time from her robust and vigorous schedule as the first female Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington to visit with children at the National Children’s Center (NCC) in Southeast Washington, DC on Wednesday, September 26, 2012. NCC is a non-profit organization that provides services to children and adults with developmental disabilities in the metropolitan area, and Bishop Budde toured the Congress Heights facility, located at 3400 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, where she had the opportunity to play and interact with children, as well as staff and faculty.
In her capacity as Bishop of the EDOW, Budde is the spiritual leader of 24 schools in the Washington, DC and Maryland area, thereby fueling her interest in effective childhood education and community outreach. When invited to visit and tour the NCC facility by President and Chief Executive Officer, Scott Filer, she eagerly accepted the invitation, and was accompanied by EDOW Canon for Academic and Transition Ministries, Rev. Preston B. Hannibal.
“It’s a true honor to have individuals as esteemed as Bishop Budde and Rev. Hannibal take the time to visit with our children here at the NCC Early Learning Center. It’s a testament to their genuine concern for those in this community.” said Scott Filer.
NCC is one of the region’s largest providers of services for developmental disabilities. They offer an array of services to children on through to their adult years, providing educational development and life skills that can lead to empowerment, employment and independent living.
National Children’s Center, Inc. (NCC) was founded in 1957 with the mission of providing a lifetime of opportunities for people with developmental disabilities.