During the Spring of 1988, twelve parishioners of Holy Comforter-St. Cyprian Catholic Church came together for the purpose of assisting the Pastor to explore how the teachings of the Holy Bible might be merged with social theories of personal self-development for the purpose of enhancing the spiritual empowerment of parishioners. After eight weeks of intensive discussions as a small bible study group, they were unanimous in resolving that the social justice work of the parish might best be performed by a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization and proceeded to establish the Holy Comforter-St. Cyprian Community Action Group (CAG) as a 501(c)3 nonprofit community-based social service organization. With a vision, no money and twelve committed individuals wanting to tackle one of the most unpopular issues affecting the community, CAG was born!

The Principal Founder, Harold Gordon, was elected President and Chief Executive Officer and guided the organization?s development from its beginning until his death in August 2008. CAG's development can be principally attributed to the faith of its Founders.

Based on years of experience in the field of substance abuse and noting the ever-increasing public demand for substance abuse treatment services and for other co-occurring disorders, CAG launched a rapid expansion of the organization?s services. CAG's programming focus was significantly broadened in the Winter of 1991, when the CAG President encountered a homeless man asleep under a blanket of snow at the entrance of CAG's newly-established headquarters facility, an abandoned Carriage House located nine blocks from the Nation's Capitol building. From that moment, CAG initiated programs for the rehabilitation of homeless/addicted individuals that enhance its capabilities both in physical infrastructure and appropriate professional treatment components, i.e., increased bed space for both men and women and enhanced professional clinical staff. The organization has grown into one of the largest residential drug treatment facilities in the District of Columbia with a 200+ residential bed capacity, and has assisted thousands of homeless/addicted persons in their return to mainstream society as productive citizens.