March 2017

We are excited for the season of spring to begin this month! We have a lot of exciting news to share with you. In particular, our signature event of the year, the Changing Lives Benefit Breakfast, is just a couple weeks away. Please read below for more details on how you can register as well as other news and updates. 

Shelter House Staff
Changing Lives Benefit Breakfast - Register Today!

The Changing Lives Annual Benefit Breakfast  will be held on  Tuesday, March 28 from  7:30 to 9:00 a.m. at the Westwood Country Club  where we will come together as a community to raise awareness about family homelessness and domestic violence. 

By registering, you will secure a seat to hear directly from former clients who have stayed in our shelters and moved on to a life of stability and self-sufficiency. 

You also do not want to miss out on learning more from our featured guest speaker, Kathy Albarado, Founder and CEO of  Helios HR. We are excited to have Kathy touch on her inspiring career of service and motivate the entire room!  

Join us to be part of an event with nearly 300 attendees, including businesses, elected officials and individuals to support a great cause!

Interested in sponsorship opportunities? Please click here to learn more or contact Jennifer Dalessio, Director of Development, at
Our Impact - Kara's Story

Contributions received from donors like you help support the programs and people served by Shelter House - take a moment to read a success story of one of our clients!

Kara married her abuser shortly after they began dating. Once their marriage began, her abuser became emotionally and physically abusive toward her children, and later toward her when she acted as a protective parent. Kara and her children were able to flee her abusive husband with the use of her support system. After she fled, her abuser returned to his home country. While Kara and her children were acclimating to a life free of abuse, her husband returned with his brother and forced himself into their daily life. Kara's abuser used a knife to threaten and intimidate her and her children forcing them to stay in the home. 

Kara was again able to flee from her abuser by seeking shelter at Artemis House. She entered without her children, because her abuser secured a protective order for himself and the children against her. Kara was able to be reunited with her children with the assistance of Child Protective Services (CPS) during the week of Christmas. She was then awarded a protective order for her and her children against her abuser. Kara then worked with her case manager to ensure that her benefits could no longer be accessed by her abuser. She actively participated with her supportive staff at Artemis House to locate and move into affordable housing that met the needs of her and her children. 
Sexual Awareness Month - APRIL! 

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) and the color is TEAL! 

According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, "SAAM occurs annually in April to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities on how to prevent it. Celebrating its 15th anniversary with the theme 'Prevention is possible', this campaign promotes actions that individuals, communities and the private sector can take to promote safety, respect and equality to stop sexual assault before it happens." 

Stay tuned to learn more about how Shelter House is getting involved and the ways you can join us to raise awareness and spread the word! 
 Wegmans "Welcomes" Our Clients!

We want to thank  Wegmans  in the Fairfax County area for donating their time and goods to our Patrick Henry Family Shelter at the end of February! Worth over $2,500, welcome baskets full of laundry supplies, soaps, socks personal hygiene items and other toiletries will welcome future clients who we are happy to support. Thank you, Wegmans!

Men's and Women's Suit Drive!
Shelter House is in need of 10-15 suits, all sizes for both men and women. Men's can be suits or blazer/khakis, women's can be suits or separates. They will be used primarily for clients who need dress clothing for job interviews and housing opportunities. Accessories would also be appreciated (dress shoes, ties, portfolios). All items can be used, but need to be in EXCELLENT condition.

The drive is running now until April 15th. Drop off all donations to: 

Patrick Henry Family Shelter 
3080 Patrick Henry Drive
Falls Church, VA 22044

Volunteers are the life force and backbone of our work. Our volunteers provide hands for programs and services that directly benefit our staff and families. If you are interested in getting more involved, please reach out to one of the following programs to learn more about their ongoing volunteer opportunities: 

Artemis House
Merrily Friedlander
Community Coordinator
P.O. Box 139
Herndon, VA  20170
Katherine Hanley Family Shelter
Nurjan  Ahmedova
Community Coordinator, 
12970 Katherine Hanley Court 
Fairfax, VA 22030  

Patrick Henry Family Shelter
VĂ­ctor Dooley
Residential and Community  Engagement Supervisor
3080 Patrick Henry Dr
Falls Church, VA 22044

Donate Items
Interested in organizing a donation drive?  Our families are in need of the following items year-round as they transition into permanent housing and self-sufficiency: 

Donate Funds
Consider donating! Every dollar makes a difference and allows us to continue providing support and services to wherever the greatest need is. You can donate online or mail checks, payable to Shelter House, Inc., directly to: 

Executive Director
12310 Pinecrest Road
Suite 304
Reston, VA 20191

Shelter House, Inc. is a community-based, non-profit organization full of driven, passionate individuals who love what we do. We bring heart, intellect, and a great deal of energy to the pursuit of ending homelessness and domestic violence in our community. Take a look at our job openings for a future with Shelter House!

Help for you, your family, your neighbors, your community. 

A 24/7 domestic violence shelter operated by Shelter House
24-Hour: 703-435-4940
TTY 703-435-1235

Domestic Violence Action Center
The Fairfax County Domestic Violence Action Center (DVAC) is a comprehensive, co-located service center, staffed by county agency and community non-profit partners, created to provide culturally responsive information and support services for victims of domestic violence and stalking, and their families, as well as to promote the accountability of offenders of these crimes through specialized prosecution and offender supervision.

DVAC Information & Intake703-246-4573  (Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

Office for Women and Domestic and Sexual Violence Services
The Office for Women & Domestic and Sexual Violence Services offers compassionate and comprehensive state-accredited programs for women, men, teens and children who have been affected by domestic and sexual violence, stalking and human trafficking.

24 Hour Hotline/Helpline703-360-7273;  TTY 703-435-1235

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Do you need shelter for your family? If so contact the Fairfax County Coordinated Services Planning at 703-222-0880 for assistance.

 If you are in eminent danger, dial 911 or our 24/7 Domestic Violence Hotline at 703-435-4940.

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