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Fall is almost here and we hope everyone is ready for sweater weather! This past month has kept us busy with back to school prep, a final baseball game outing, and working with all of our wonderful volunteer groups who make our shelters and services shine. Moving forward, we've got plenty of upcoming activities to keep you busy and involved this season. 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
September 22 & 23
Open House at Katherine Hanley and Patrick Henry Shelter Houses -  4-7 p.m.

Shelter House is opening its door to anyone who would like to  learn more about what we do and who we  help! The Katherine Hanley Family Shelter will host visitors on 9/22 and the Patrick Henry Family Shelter will host visitors on 9/23.  RSVP here !

October 1 :  Book Signing with Carine  McCandless at Thomas Jefferson High School from 6-8 p.m.

Carine McCandless, author of " The Wild Truth," will be at Thomas Jefferson High School to do a book reading and sign copies of her book. Her book centers on her personal experiences with growing up in a home troubled with domestic violence and dysfunction and the journey of growth and redemption that followed the tragic death of her brother, subject of the famed movie/book, "Into the Wild."

October 9: 
The 15th Annual Chipping in to End Domestic Violence Charity Golf Tournament will be held at The Golf Club of Lansdowne on Friday, October 9, 2015.

All proceeds from this tournament will go directly to the women and children at  Artemis House, Shelter House's domestic violence shelter .  In addition to supporting a worthy cause and spending a Friday afternoon on the golf course, everyone will have a chance to win great prizes!  

For additional info, go to http://www.cgglawyers.com/golf-charity

October 15:  Join Shelter House and Supervisor John Cook (Braddock District) for the 3rd Annual Stop the Violence Community Awareness Event  at Chuy's Tex-Mex Restaurant from  5-8 p.m.

October 28 :  - Film Screening of "Finding Jenn's Voice" at the Angelika Film Center (in the Mosaic District, Fairfax) at 7:30  p.m.

Shelter House is hosting a movie screening of "Finding Jenn's Voice," a poignant documentary about Jenn, a pregnant woman murdered by her boyfriend. The documentary also features the lives of women who have survived attempts of murder at the hands of their abusive partners.  Alex and Ani will be onsite selling bracelets and other jewelry and 15% of all proceeds will go to Shelter House.  Register for the screening here.
The All State Foundation Purple Purse Challenge is a fundraising campaign held in the month of October to raise resources and awareness about financial empowerment for victims of domestic violence .  L ast year's challenge garnered a lot of attention.  The purple purse made its way through Fairfax County reaching everyone from the Board of Supervisors, Sheriff Stacey Kincaid, Joe Gibbs and even Governor Terry McAuliffe! Shelter House will be competing against 124 charities around the country to win. 

Help Shelter House win!

Donate funds  www.crowdrise.com/shelterhouse  from  October 1 - 27 . Mark your calendars! 

Become a Fundraiser   - sign up to be a fundraiser and encourage your friends and family to donate! For more info, contact jolie.smith@shelterhouse.org
October is  Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM). Domestic violence thrives when we are silent; but if we take a stand and work together, we can end domestic violence. Throughout the month of October, help usraise awareness about domestic violence and join in our efforts to end violence.We encourage everyone to wear purple or a purple ribbon as a way to promote awareness. Other ways you can help is to attend our upcoming events, participate in our Purple Purse Challenge, and keep up with our social media for the latest updates on our ongoing needs and activities.     
Thank you to HomeAid for the fabulous makeover to one of  Artemis House's emergency shelter units, nicknamed "The Cottage."

Thanks to this amazing renovation, completed over the course of two months, The Cottage is nearly unrecognizable! The following work was completed by the HomeAid team:
  • Reasonable egress added to the basement
  • 3 bedrooms built in the basement
  • Full bathroom added to the basement
  • Utility closet built in basement (the HVAC system was previously exposed)
  • Wall knocked down upstairs to group two very small rooms into one family-sized room
  • Full bathroom upstairs and half bath upstairs updated with tile floors, granite vanity
  • Tile placed in kitchen and front entryway
  • Carpet replaced downstairs
  • Hardwood floor installed upstairs
  • Kitchen completely re-done (floor tile, back splash, new/increased cabinet space, granite counters, all new appliances)
  • 4 security cameras installed
  • New light fixtures throughout
  • Fresh paint throughout
  • Bannister repaired and stained
  • Front walkway repaired
  • Front flowerbed mulched, flowers added
  • Sod & mulch placed in backyard


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