Shelter House Changing Lives Newsletter
February 2017

We hope you are keeping warm this winter! We have plenty of ongoing and upcoming activities. In particular, our signature event of the year, the Changing Lives Benefit Breakfast, is soon approaching. Please read below for more details on how you can register as well as other news and updates. 

Shelter House Staff
End-of-Year Appeal Update

Our annual holiday fundraising campaign was an amazing success thanks to YOU! Because of your generous contributions we not only met, but exceeded our End-of-Year Appeal Goal of $10,000!

Thank you so much for making a direct impact in our efforts to provide crisis intervention, stable housing, and supportive services to families who are homeless and victims of domestic violence in our community.

We truly appreciate your continued support and commitment of Shelter House, where together we are Changing Lives! 

Changing Lives Benefit Breakfast - Register Today!

This premier event will be a great opportunity to learn more about Shelter House and the critical services we provide to families experiencing homelessness and domestic violence. You will hear directly from former clients who have stayed in our shelters and moved on to a life of stability and self-sufficiency, as well as other guest speakers who will share their experiences on the impact of homelessness and domestic violence in our community.   

We are expecting to bring nearly 300 businesses and individuals in the community together.  If you are looking to support an amazing cause and interact with some of the most prominent and influential companies and individuals in Northern Virginia, please register today!

Interested in sponsorship opportunities? Please click here to learn more or contact Jennifer Dalessio, Director of Development, at

Our Impact - a Success Story

Contributions received from donors like you help support the programs and people served by Shelter House - a community-based, non-profit organization that has been providing crisis intervention, safe housing, and supportive services to homeless families and victims of domestic violence for over 36 years.

In addition to operating two family shelters and one domestic violence shelter, we also work with many families in our community to help prevent homelessness. Below, please read about one of our most recent success stories:

The Richardsons', a family of four, came to Shelter House through our prevention program at the Patrick Henry Family Shelter a few months ago. Our prevention program connects our case managers with clients who are on the brink of entering shelter to find ways to prevent homelessness. The Richardsons' were evicted from their home and living from one hotel to another. Within two weeks of working with one of our case managers, we were able to help them secure permanent housing with a private landlord. The father is now working with our employment specialist to increase his household income so they are able to continue their life of stability and self-sufficiency!   
Spread the Love Today and Everyday - Get Involved!

Photo credit:  Deyra Carranco

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

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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