SEAT PLEASANT, Md. (WUSA9) --- A local non-profit organization strives to end family homelessness in the DC area, one of the richest cities in the nation.

Volunteers of America Chesapeakeprovides housing for 88 families and children at the Eastern Avenue Apartments in Prince George's County.

The apartment runs an after-school program for children, many who are in pre-school or elementary school.

Volunteers and staff offer homework help to students who have all made the honor roll this semester.

"With them helping her, it's good, you know, from her learning from other people," said Dominic Marbury who sits with her daughter, Hevin, 6, as she completes a worksheet.

Hevintells WUSA she loves her mother over "a thousand" times.

WUSA9 has launched a #GiveJoy toy drive campaign for families and children in need this holiday season. You may buy a toy online or provide a donation through the #GiveJoy webpage.

"I praise the Lord everyday. I say a prayer to Him everyday, thanking him for this place," said Gwendolyn Marshall who lives with her 4-year-old granddaughter at the apartment.

Volunteers of America's communications specialist, Danielle Milner, left a corporate job to work with homeless families.

"When children are nurtured and when they are loved, then they will excel. So we just give them an opportunity to do so," she said.

Kamori, a second grade honor roll student, aspires to become a police officer.

He tells WUSA9, his older brother, Kaloni, will become a judge.

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