April 2017
Changing Lives Benefit Breakfast Recap!

The Changing Lives Annual Benefit Breakfast  was held on  Tuesday, March 28 at the Westwood Country Club  where businesses, elected officials and individuals, came together to create awareness and visibility around family homelessness and domestic violence in our community. 

The sold-out event of over 300 attendees generated much enthusiasm and support. Kathy Albarado, President and CEO of Helios HR, shared her story and spoke to family homelessness and domestic violence. In addition, two of Shelter House's former clients were kind enough to share their own success stories.  

We were also gracious enough to receive two matching contributions from donors totaling $30,000, but help is still needed to fulfill our mission. By spreading the word and donating to our cause, together we can continue to make a difference in the lives o f those in need.

Thank you to our sponsors who helped 
make this year's event so successful! 


Northern Virginia Association of Realtors
Nathan and Valerie McCarry 

Thank you to everyone who continues to support Shelter House and its mission, where together we are Changing Lives

United We Stand Against Sexual Assault! 

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month! (SAAM)

The  sexual   assault  statistics in the United States are startling: 
  • Every 2 minutes, a person in the U.S. is sexually assaulted with over half of those assaults going unreported to law enforcement. 
  • About 44% of victims are under the age of 18, many of whom know their attacker. 
  • It's estimated that 1 in 6 women and 1 in 33 men in America will have experienced an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime.
As a m essage of strength and solidarity, guests at our Changing Lives Benefit Breakfast also received  TEAL  bands  to encourage all who wear the bracelet to band together in the fight against  sexual   assault

Supporters  of  sexual  assault  awareness seek to educate people about the resources available to them if an  assault  occurs as well as information on how to reduce your risk of an attack. 

How can you bring awareness for this much needed cause? 

Please join Shelter House in creating awareness and visibility around this prevalent issue in our community by wearing your teal ribbons, bands and clothing.  Shelter House will also be promoting Sexual Assault Awareness on social media throughout the month, and we encourage you to share your photos with us so we can add them to our album!

Contact Terace Patti, Marketing and Communications Manager to share your photos: terace.patti@shelterhouse.org 

Interested in joining the Fairfax County community? 
Community Highlights

Lanier Middle School Students 
Donate to Compete

A huge thank you to Toasty Toes Team at  Lanier Middle School in Fairfax for their donation of 650 socks to the Katherine Hanley Family Shelter residents! 

Good luck in the competition to represent  Virginia  Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA)!

Shelter House is Proud 
to Sponsor Pirates
 Baseball Team of 
McLean Little League!

McLean Little League and its teams kicked off baseball season with their annual parade. 
Go Pirates!
Interested in Getting Involved?

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
P: 703.324.9720

Katherine K. Hanley Family Shelter
Nurjan Ahmedova 
Community Coordinator
12970 Katherine Hanley Court
Fairfax, VA 22030
P: 571.522.6815

Patrick Henry Family Shelter 
Victor Dooley 
Residential and Community Engagement Supervisor 
3080 Patrick Henry Drive
Falls Church, VA 22044
P: 703.538.7105

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

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 & Intake: 703-246-4573 (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

Shelter House, Inc. | www.shelterhouse.org

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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