A New York Times opinion column looks at the importance of a family dinner for kids in Washington, D.C.  Kathy Fletcher, David Simpson, and their son Santi host a weekly dinner, welcoming 15 to 20 teens into their home.

Every Thursday night, they gather around the table for a meal and to “demonstrate [their] commitment to care for one another.”

The essay underscores CIS founder Bill Milliken’s long-held belief that ““I still haven’t seen one program change one kid’s life,” he says. “What changes people is relationships. Somebody willing to walk through the shadow of the valley of adolescence with them.”

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