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Want to help those less 
fortunate this holiday season? 
Donate $25 - $50 gift cards from
Giant, Safeway, Wamart, etc. 
so that families who are 
homeless can also 


Seasons greetings! We hope everyone has been enjoying the fall weather and changing colors. The holidays are fast approaching which is a great  time to reflect on what we are thankful for. At  Shelter House we are so thankful for the generosity that the community shows during this time of year. We ask for your continued support and compassion for those families who are struggling and in a state of crisis. 

Please read below to find out what we've been up to and what's coming up next for Shelter House.

Shelter House, Inc. Staff
National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week
November 14 - 22, 2015
National  Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week occurs annually the week before Thanksgiving. It is a time to reflect on the blessing we have but also the struggles experienced by our neighbors.  On any given night, there are over 600,000 homeless people in the  U.S. One quarter of that population are children. You can help by spreading the word and encouraging your friends and family to get involved with Shelter House.  We can end homelessness if we work together as a community.
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Purple Purse Challenge
Thank you so much to all those who supported us in the 2015 Purple Purse Challenge. We raised $23,725 which includes donations from over 150 different individual/corporations as well as $4,250 in bonus $$ from the Allstate Foundation. These dollars were given for winning one of the weekly challenges, a matching donation, as well as placing 15th place nationwide. This was our second year participating in the Purple Purse Campaign that helps raise awareness about financial abuse and the importance of financial empowerment for victims of domestic violence.

Thank you to Cooper Ginsberg Gray 
On October 9th, the law firm of Cooper Ginsberg Gray hosted it's 15th annual "Chipping in to End Domestic Violence" charity golf tournament. It was a beautiful day at the new event location, the Lansdowne Resort.  All proceeds wenr directly to Shelter House's 24/7 emergency domestic violence shelter, Artemis House. Thank you Cooper Ginsberg Gray!  We are so fortunate to have your support!


Bubbles Salon and Project Purple Purse
In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness month as well as the Purple Purse Challenge, Saba Barekzoy and her staff at the Bubbles Salon hosted a "Project Purple Purse" fundraiser on behalf of Shelter House. The event took place at their neighboring restaurant, PJ Mulligans, and featured music, a raffle, goodies, drink specials and more! Thank you so much, Bubbles Salon, for a great event!  We look forward to next year!

A Happy Halloween For All
The children in our shelters had a wonderful chance to celebrate Halloween thanks to the dedication and time of our wonderful volunteers,  The Meltzer Group
Helios HR and Stephanie Snapkoski from the Hilton Mclean. Collectively, they  donated over 200 costumes so that every child walked away with multiple costumes and huge smiles on their faces!  Thank you so much for your generosity!

Carine McCandless Book Reading and Signing
Thank you to Carine McCandless for a great evening at Thomas Jefferson High School.  Carine's book,"The Wild Truth," centers around her experiences with growing up in a chaotic environment riddled with domestic violence and abuse. She also provided deeper insight into the psyche and motivations of her late brother Chris, the subject of the famed movie and book, "Into the Wild."  The book reading was presented by Shelter House along with the TJ Student Government Association and TJ PTSA, the Fairfax County Office for Women, the Fairfax County Sheriff's Office, and the Fairfax County Police Department. Thank you to all those involved helping to raise awareness of the affects domestic violence has on children.


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