A Cut Above the Rest - A Success Story
"Anna," a local hair stylist, is in high demand. Online customer reviews have led to new job offers. She now earns almost three times what she was making when she came to Family PASS as a client.
Anna, a victim of domestic abuse, lived with her child in a shared basement when she was referred to Family PASS by
, one of our collaborating partners.
She was making $13,000 a year but even getting to work was difficult. Her car broke down frequently. Once Family PASS secured safe housing, Anna was able to invest the time and energy needed to enhance skills that would ultimately lead to her success. Along the way, she has learned to advocate for herself, negotiating salary and commission increases more in line with her abilities.
Family PASS has a 95% success rate in keeping families housed and self-sufficient. Client participation in our program is voluntary. Client successes depend on their efforts and motivation. Their success is our success.
Did You Know?
1689 Fairfax Students are Considered Homeless
There are an estimated 1689 homeless students in Fairfax County Public Schools. Fairfax County Public Schools defines homeless as: Anyone, due to lack of housing, who live in inadequate or temporary settings such as the following:
- emergency or transitional housing,
- motels, hotels, trailer parks, campgrounds, abandoned in hospitals, awaiting foster care placement
- cars, parks, public places, bus or train stations, abandoned buildings
- doubled up with relatives or friends
- or those living in these conditions and is a migratory child or youth
In addition, one in four FCPS students receive subsidized meals. Homeless students spiked during the recession, reaching a peak of 2900+, according to a 2012 Washington Post article.
2016 Survey of Homeless in Fairfax held in January
Hundreds of volunteers combed woods, streets and alleys this January as part of Fairfax County's annual Point in Time count of the homeless as part of a nationwide same-day survey. Last year, the homeless count was 1204 a slight reduction from 1225 in 2014. Of those, 33% were children. For a detailed 2015 county report, click
. 2016 results will be announced in late spring.
The definition of homelessness, for the purpose of this survey, is someone without any shelter. This count has proven reasonably accurate for Fairfax County planning purposes.
Family PASS, founded in 2006, one year after the first Point-in-Time survey was conducted, has helped over 100 families and over 230 children find permanent housing in Fairfax County and is part of the Fairfax County
to Prevent and End Homelessness.
donated 200 free cut, wash and blow-dry certificates to Family PASS clients as part of the company's annual February Share-A-Haircut campaign. Thousands of Hair Cuttery clients visited the salons February 1 & 2 to participate in Share-A-Haircut with the company donating one certificate per haircut to the homeless.
KTGY Community Group
KTGY is a local architectural firm in Tysons Corner.
Community is their outreach program that provides an opportunity for employees to give back to the community. They hosted a month-long drive for food and household goods to benefit Family PASS families.
Family PASS Executive Director Pat Kearns presents Patty Mao (center) and Alyson Silva (right) with a certificate of appreciation for KTGY's Community donation.
The 2015 Day To Serve donates food and funds to Family PASS
2015 Day to Serve
, organized by church congregations in the McLean and Great Falls area, dedicated fundraising efforts to two organizations which assist individuals and families in need: Family PASS and Food For Others. A 5K Fun Run and 1-Mile Walk were held which raised more than $1400 in cash and gift cards for Family PASS. After the walk, 300 people (including 110 youth volunteers) donated more than 1200 volunteer service hours to assemble and deliver over 3,500 pounds of food to the local area food bank. As a final component to this day of service, Family PASS is also slated to receive up to $1,000 in food and non-perishable donations through the Bishop's Storehouse of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
St. Mark Adult Formation Group
During Lent, the St. Mark Adult Formation Group has asked church goers to donate shoes, socks and other clothing items for Family PASS clients. Family PASS has received 78 pairs of new shoes, 334 pairs of socks, and assorted baby items. Thank you St. Mark.
Remember, Family PASS's
Friends in Deed
volunteer group is looking for people who would like to help out with our clients' occasional special needs. If you are interested in learning more, our FAQ is located
. To sign up, send an email to
Family PASS Clothing Event
April 10, 2-4 PM
St. Mark Church
Family PASS offices
2740 Chain Bridge Road
Vienna, VA 22181
Family PASS will accept the following
- Spring-Summer clothing (gently worn)
- small, non-furniture household items
Please drop off your donations
only during the week of March 28-April 1 due to space limitations.
Drop-off dates & times
Monday through Friday, March 28 to April 1
9 am - 5 pm
Family PASS is no longer accepting furniture donations, again due to space limitations. Please consider donating your furniture to
A Wider Circle
. All three can schedule a pick up of your donation.
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