About Us

Our History

The Ethiopian Community Development Council, Inc. (ECDC) was established in 1983 as a nonprofit, tax exempt 501(c)(3) community-based organization and today serves as 1 of 10 Resettlement Agencies authorized by the U.S. State Department to resettle refugees. ECDC was initially established to focus on the need of the growing Ethiopian population but has since served newcomers from diverse cultural backgrounds and different parts of the world.

The African Community Center of the DC-Metro area (ACC-DC) is a branch of ECDC that provides direct assistance to refugees and immigrants in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area. The ACC has offices located in Silver Spring, Maryland and Arlington, Virginia. ECDC ACC-DC’s mission is to resettle refugees and immigrants through wraparound social services and to promote the education, health, culture, and socio-economic development needs of the refugee community in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.

Who We Help

Our Locations

ACC-DC works in two locations – Arlington, Virginia and Silver Spring, Maryland.

Our Partners

Refugee resettlement in the U.S. is a collaborative effort, emblematic of a public-private partnership. Our mission is further supported by in-kind contributions of items and volunteer time from partnerships with esteemed universities, corporations, and nonprofit organizations.

Our Financials

Our holistic approach ensures that our clients are well-equipped to thrive in their new communities.