Five Community Organizations Join Forces To Support Local Quintuplets

Nov 15, 2005

October 2005 - Five organizations have joined together to expand a network of support for the Thompson Quintuplets of Washington, DC. This month, the five organizations - "the Greater Washington Urban League, Capital City Chapter of Links, Jack and Jill of America, Inc. and Foundation, the National Congress of Black Women and Fort Lincoln Realty " completed repairs on the family home totaling nearly $20,000.

L to R front row, the Thompson Quints 2nd Row - Debbie Thomas, Liaison to the Quints representing Jack and Jill, Inc.; Jackie Thompson, mother of the Quints; Marcella Jones, President, Capital City Chapter Links, Inc.; Latonya Ademeskel, Project Manager, Fort Lincoln Realty, Inc.; and Maudine Cooper, President and CEO, Greater Washington Urban League. (Photo Courtesy of Gaylord Tissueboo)

The four girls and one boy, who were born May 8, 1997, live with their mother Jacqueline Thompson in Northeast Washington in a home donated and renovated for them by Freddie Mac six years ago. With wear and tear on the house, repairs were needed.

For more than two years, the League, Capital City Chapter Links and Jack and Jill of America, Inc. and Foundation have been working with the Thompson family to provide services that include educational enrichment opportunities and clothing for the children and household administrative assistance to the family. The National Congress of Black Women headed by C. Delores Tucker has been assisting the Quints since they were two years old.

For the housing repair project just completed, Freddie Mac provided $13,000 in funding with the contracting work performed by Fort Lincoln Realty Company, which contributed nearly another $7,000 in repair work. The contractor provided expert cleaning, new bathroom fixtures, new kitchen cabinets, painting and electrical work.

Says League President Maudine R. Cooper, “Fort Lincoln Realty and its President Michele Hagans, were very generous in their efforts and their willingness to donate time and materials. As in many older houses, the more the contractors worked, the more they uncovered.”

According to Capital City Chapter Links President Marcella Jones, “The collaborative effort, concern and commitment of the organizations involved is what made this and other projects like it possible. Forming partnerships and working together for the good of the community and the people in them makes the difference.”

The Quints, now eight years old, were born as sextuplets (one baby died at birth). Emily Elizabeth, Octavia Danielle, Estella Kimberly, Annmarie Amanda and Richard Linen all attend public school in the District of Columbia. This past summer, the children attended Camp Atwater, a residential camp owned and operated by the Springfield (MA) Urban League.

The Greater Washington Urban League, Capital City Chapter Links, Jack and Jill of America, Inc. and Foundation and the National Congress of Black Women are non-profit organizations that offer programs to help improve the lives of African Americans, other minorities, children and the economically disadvantaged.