Shelter House News and Updates - October 2016
Friends of Shelter House,

I am extremely happy to introduce Jennifer Dalessio, the newest member of the Shelter House enterprise.  Jennifer has accepted the position of Director of Development and is starting with us on Monday, October 31st.  Jennifer brings a great deal of experience in such areas as strategic development, sponsorship, and growing member/donor bases.  

Jennifer is ready to hit the ground running as she is familiar with the Fairfax community.  She is most recognized for the the work she's done with the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce as the Director of Strategic Engagement.  Jennifer drove relationships with key stakeholders through consultative selling and strategic guidance, ultimately increasing overall sponsorship revenue by 26.4% in 2015. 

Jennifer's values and passion for giving back to the community drove her to Shelter House.  In her words, "After hearing some staggering statistics about homelessness and domestic violence in our community, I couldn't help but to be appalled.  Working for Shelter House in the capacity that I thrive in is the perfect opportunity for me to fulfill my own personal values along with making an impact on the families that need us most."
We are extremely excited for Jennifer to build on the momentum that has been established over the past several years.

Please join me in welcoming Jennifer!

Joe Meyer, Executive Director and CEO

Cooper Ginsberg Gray Golf Tournament
On October 7th, David Ginsberg and the entire law firm of  Cooper Ginsberg Gray hosted its 16th annual "Chipping in to End Domestic Violence" charity golf tournament. It was a beautiful day at the Lansdowne Resort. All proceeds went directly to Shelter House's 24/7 emergency domestic violence shelter, Artemis House. Thank you so much to Cooper Ginsberg Gray for their longstanding partnership and support!

16th Annual Tournament | ~$35,000 raised!

Domestic Violence Awareness Month
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and our team here has been keeping busy and trying to advocate, educate, and raise money on behalf of victims of domestic violence. Look below for some statistics on how domestic violence impacts our community. 

1 in 4 | women has experienced domestic violence in their lifetime. 

1 in 7 |  men has experienced domestic violence in their lifetime

99% |  of victims of domestic violence also face financial abuse

322 | individuals were served in Fairfax County last year at Artemis House, a 
24/7  hour domestic  violence  shelter operated by Shelter House

158 | children were served at Artemis House last year

"Purple Out Fairfax" Day on 10/22

Shelter House Wins at DV Annual Meeting
Dani Col√≥n, Director of Domestic Violence Services, won the Service Provider of the Year Award and Shelter House was awarded Team of the Year at the DV Annual Meeting. Congratulations to Dani and all of the Shelter House staff! 

Shelter House is proud to be a part of the  DV community. Our aim  is to make a difference every single day for those who have been impacted by domestic violence by providing shelter, resources, and a path to stable housing and self-sufficiency. We are proud to be recognized for all the hard work our staff puts in to help people and our community. Thank you to Dean Klein, Director of the Office to Prevent and End Homelessness, and Pat Kearns, Executive Director of FamilyPASS, for the nominations. And thank you to the entire DV community for doing amazing work and being strong, collaborative partners of Shelter House. 

Purple Purse Challenge
Since we started the Allstate Foundation Purple Purse Challenge on September 28, we have raised $6,780! This has been our third year participating in this Challenge, a friendly competition among organizations around the country that provide services for victims of domestic violence. Another goal for the challenge is to raise as much awareness as possible about the issues of domestic violence and financial abuse. THANK YOU to all those who donated and thank you to all our fundraisers for this year's challenge. We can't wait to do it again next year!

We will be mailing out special purple purse charms to 10 lucky donors so keep a lookout if you contributed this year!

27 days  | 47 donors |  $6,780

Shelter House Halloween
On October 26th, we held a joint Halloween party for Katherine Hanley Family Shelter and Artemis House. Jimmy Alexander, radio host from th e Jack Diamond Morning Show 107.3, attended and had a blast with a kids! Stephanie Snapkoski from Hilton Tysons Corner ran a costume drive throughout October so everyone was able to dress their best (or scariest!). And finally, Flint Hill High School sponsored the party and provided decorations, treats, and volunteers to help set it all up. 

Together, it made for a wonderful and fun experience for all the children (and children at heart) who attended. 
Photography credit: Stephanie Snapkoski
Food Drive with Paisano's Pizza and Fairfax County Sheriff's Office
We're so excited that the sixth graders at Orange Hunt Elementary School, the  Fairfax County Sheriff's Office, and  Paisano's Pizza are partnering together to collect non-perishable food items to benefit our Patrick Henry Family Shelter in Falls Church! With the holidays coming up, this will make a tremendous impact.

If you would like to contribute to this food drive which runs through November 17, please drop off food items at the Burke, Kingstowne or Springfield Paisano's or give bagged items to the drivers from these locations upon order delivery. 

How you can help during the holidays
  • Volunteer - Our domestic violence shelter, Artemis House, is seeking volunteers to complete intake packets, help with our hotline, help with client services, sort donations, and teach life skills classes for clients. If you want to get involved, please contact Merrily Friedlander, Community Coordinator, at:
  • Donate - We would LOVE gift cards to grocery stores! In order to provide our clients with a sense of normalcy and holiday spirit, we aim to provide gift cards that will allow them to purchase food for a holiday meal, provide gifts for their children, and buy necessities to prepare for their entry into stable housing. While we love and encourage all donations, gift cards to places like Walmart, Giant, Target, etc., will make a great impact.
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