Monday, March 18, 2013
This year's theme is "Believe."
Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services will host its annual gala on April 13. This year's gala will take place at the Crowne Plaza Old Town Alexandria. The evening will feature a silent auction, dinner and a special guest appearance by “Three for a Song.” Last year's gala raised $220,000 for the organization, Director of Development Karen Jupiter told Patch. This year's fundraising goal is $250,000. Tickets cost $150 until March 22, and then the price increases to $175. For more information, or to order tickets, call 703-768-9404.
Friday, November 30, 2012
Mount Vernon area nonprofits are in need of donations and a helping hand this holiday season.
'Tis the season to give. These Mount Vernon area nonprofits are in need of donations this holiday season so they can continue to help at-risk and low-income families in our area. Help brighten a family's holiday and take a look at the list of needs below. New Hope Housing needs help with the following: Christmas food baskets; grocery gift cards (Safeway, Shoppers, Giant); adopt a family for Christmas (wish lists are available); adopt a single adult. New Hope Housing works with at-risk and low-income families on the Richmond Highway corridor. Contact Chris Bramante at firstname.lastname@example.org. United Community Ministries recently distributed more than 23,000 pounds of food to more than 800 families. The demand has exhausted its food …
Thursday, September 20, 2012
The local chapter of the International Association of Staging Professionals gives back by donating their services to three local families in need.
- VOLUNTEERS IN THE NEWS
- Jessie Biele
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Three families in need living in an Alexandria apartment complex were treated to an "Extreme Home Makeover" on Wednesday. Each year, each chapter of the International Association of Home Staging Professionals donates their time to help spruce up the homes of families in need or gives a facelift to facilities of organizations helping families in need. The Washington, D.C. Chapter of IAHS has selected three apartments that are part of the Beth El House program for transitioning famillies. These apartments are provided in conjunction with Mount Vernon nonprofit Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services. Last year's project recipient was The Campagna Center in Old Town Alexandria. "We're staging to live," Jennifer Albert Collins, ASP, 2012 …
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
The Mount Vernon nonprofit was among six D.C. area organizations that were awarded $5,000 grants.
Mount Vernon nonprofit Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services received a grant from the WHF Foundation last week. The WHF Foundation awarded $5,000 grants to six D.C. area nonprofits that serve women through financial literacy, housing assistance, and life skills programs. The following nonprofits were awarded grants: • Arlington-Alexandria Coalition for the Homeless • Calvary Women’s Services • Doorways • Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services, Inc. • Interfaith Works • Open Arms Housing “We are grateful to have the WHF Foundation as a longstanding supporter helping us to give low-income families a fresh start toward stable housing,” GSH Executive Director Shannon Steene said. “An important tool that the WHF Foundation and GSH value…
Saturday, July 28, 2012
Take a look at this week's top headlines from the Route 1 corridor.
Mount Vernon Patch Local nonprofit Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services was awarded with the Center for Nonprofit Advancement's 2012 Board Leadership Award this week. The organization will receive a $10,000 grant and training and development opportunities. Christie Scanlin Dobson has returned to Mount Vernon to film a documentary about her second home, Woodlawn Stables. Fort Hunt Patch Mount Vernon District community leaders complained about what they see as a slow response by Fairfax County to remove debris collected and placed on curbsides after last month's derecho. Mount Vernon District Supervisor Gerry Hyland attended Wednesday’s MVCCA meeting to hear compaints. New WPHS football coach Jeremiah Davis will take over for former …
Friday, July 27, 2012
Mount Vernon nonprofit was one of three finalists for the award.
This week, Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services was awarded with the Center for Nonprofit Advancement's 2012 Board Leadership Award. Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services will receive a $10,000 grant, communication exposure through print, radio, television and social media, and training and development opportunities for the board and CEO from BoardSource and the Center for Nonprofit Advancement’s Learning & Leadership Institute. “Our aim is to be a best-in-class human service nonprofit and that includes our board governance. Thanks to winning this award, we know that we’re well on our way,” said GSH Executive Director Shannon Steene said in a statement. The Center for Nonprofit Advancement, in partnership with Reznick Group and …
Monday, June 18, 2012
United Community Ministries, New Hope Housing and Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services are looking at co-location, among other options.
Leaders from three social service agencies on the Route 1 corridor are exploring ways to better coordinate efforts and are considering centralizing operations in a single location. United Community Ministries, New Hope Housing and Good Shepherd Housing a and Family Services all work with the low-income and marginalized populations. UCM Acting Executive Director Elizabeth McNally said co-location of the agencies has been discussed. "It’s really just exploratory talks right now,” she said. The recession has negatively impacted funding for all three organizations. McNally said greater coordination would allow more efficient use of available resources. “All three organizations are looking at how we can make services more streamlined in the …
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Sailing Home gala raised more than $250K for local nonprofit.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Jessie Biele
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services hosted its Sailing Home gala at the Crowne Plaza Old Town Saturday night. The event raised more than $250,000 to help neighbors in need, said Karen Jupiter, director of development at Good Shepherd Housing. Attendees included Sen. Toddy Puller, Del. Scott Surovell, and 2012 Adinaro Award recipient Gloria Curry.
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Cynthia Hull died March 16; dedicated life to serving others in Fairfax and Arlington counties.
During Cynthia Hull’s tenure as executive director of United Community Ministries, the number of clients the agency served nearly doubled, from 7,000 in 2007 to 13,000 five years later. Some former donors became clients. It took a woman like Hull to see UCM through a tough recession and stay on top. “She guided the agency through being able to expand in order to serve all those people with relatively flat funding, which is a tremendous accomplishment,” said Elizabeth McNally, UCM deputy executive director. Hull died March 16 at Mt. Desert Island Hospital in Bar Harbor, Maine, where she had been staying with her son. She had been diagnosed with cancer only Jan. 9. She was 62. Hull came on board at UCM in 2007. She introduced cost-saving …
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Two women overcome obstacles to find a place to call home.
This is the third installment in a four-part series on homelessness in Fairfax County. Watch a video of Patch's interview with Thella Jacobs. Links to other parts of this series are below this article. --------- Amanda Colliflower and Thella Jacobs have never crossed paths. They’ve lived vastly different lives. But Colliflower, a former prostitute, and Jacobs, a former federal government employee, both landed in homeless shelters, and both knew they needed hope — and determination — to change their lives for the better. Colliflower, 22, is on the road to getting back on her feet. Currently she lives with her 11-month-old daughter, Delilah, in a transitional housing apartment through New Hope Housing. It’s her toddling daughter that gets …