Caroline entered shelter after fleeing a long-term and violent relationship with her abuser. Upon arrival to Artemis House (Fairfax County's only 24-hour emergency domestic violence shelter), Caroline  reported that she suffered from a background of substance abuse and prostitution, but was ready to start living a healthy and safe l ife. 

Within two weeks after entering our program, Caroline was gainfully employed with two jobs. She began saving funds and developed a plan with her dedicated Housing Locator to find affordable and safe housing. Caroline continued working diligently and met with her support team,  which included a case manager, employment specialist, housing locator and therapist  on a consistent basis.

With a drive to change the direction of her future, and the help of Shelter House, Caroline was able to exit Artemis House into affordable and safe housing, where her abuser would not be able to easily locate her. Today, Caroline maintains a healthy lifestyle and is thankful for the support she received from Shelter House and the community. 
Have you ever wanted to learn more about Shelter House as an organization and the background of our Executive Director and CEO, Joe Meyer? Elaine Watt from Viva Reston/Tysons Magazine had those same thoughts and recently sat down with Joe to learn more about how he came to be the CEO of an organization servicing homeless families and victims of domestic violence. 

Click on the picture above to read about Joe's upbringing, in addition to learning more about Shelter House's culture and how YOU can get involved in making a difference in our community! 

Meet our new Vice-Chair, Marcia Bradford!  Marcia first discovered Shelter House a little over 10 years ago, while volunteering at the Katherine Hanley Family Shelter with colleagues. After learning more about Shelter House's mission, and the homelessness issues that Fairfax County faced during the economic crisis, Marcia decided she wanted to become more involved with an organization that would have an impact in the community where she lived. 

Having worked with non-profits for over 25 years in the financial services industry, Marcia maintained an interest in affordable housing as well as homelessness - particularly in  Fairfax County, which is predominantly known for being a high-cost area and where many families are living paycheck to paycheck.  Due to Shelter House's successful track record of assisting families, she has been able to combine her career and passions by giving back to the community.

Marcia has been part of Shelter House's Board of Directors for two years and  w e are honored to welcome her as our new Vice-Chair.  She shares Shelter House's vision and dream of a community free of homelessness and domestic violence and we  look forward to her support in helping us achieve our goals!

At CustomInk, charity is all about giving back to the communities they serve.  Marc Katz, Co-Founder and CEO, describes community as, "people coming together and being a part of something that's bigger than themselves." 

Three Hearts is the charitable giving "arm" of CustomInk.  While its official creation was in August 2014, philanthropy has always been a core part of who they are, both as a company and as "Inkers".  Notable, is their logo of the octopus, which fittingly has not one, not two, but three hearts! 

The Three Hearts team was drawn to Shelter House's core values and mission and remains inspired by its commitment to the community.  In April, CustomInk partnered with Shelter House to hold a fundraiser at a local restaurant in addition to running an in-office fundraiser and Sexual Assault Awareness Campaign, raising nearly $600. Last month, they held their annual team "Yard Sale" and donated 20 boxes of new apparel to our Patrick Henry Family Shelter, valuing over $2,000. 

CustomInk exemplifies how one company is making such a huge difference in the community and we look forward to our ongoing partnership!

Southview Community Church is passionate about volunteering their time to help others in need. Their "DC Serve" program is a one week annual project created to shower the community with love - this year, over 1,500 hours of volunteering was dedicated. 

Southview became inspired by the dignity Shelter House's shows its clients when rebuilding their lives. The DC Serve volunteering team came to our Katherine Hanley Family shelter to serve children and their families with fun and supportive activities, crib assembly and more. Their efforts made our clients feel happy and loved and we are proud to partner with them. 

Stephanie  White, Director of Human Resources at Shelter House, was invited to speak at Career Team LLC, Washington, DC in July. Career Team, LLC is a company which provides job readiness and career development services to the community and populations with additional barriers to employment.

Stephanie spoke on her knowledge of human resources and recruiting, particularly resume tips, phone interview tips and what employers look for in potential candidates.  The candidates at Career Team, LLC were engaged and asked great questions to prepare for future interviews! Afterwards, there was a graduation to advance to the next phase of the career development process. 

We are so proud of Stephanie for embarking into the community and sharing the expertise she provides to Shelter House every day!
Recent studies show that when children have new supplies for school: 
1. Grades, classroom behavior and engagement improve 
2. Self-esteem increases 
3. Attitudes toward school and learning strengthen

Be one of the many reasons for a successful school-year by donating Back to School Items to Shelter House for the children we serve every day. 

We also accept donations through our Amazon Wish List. If you have a Prime membership, you can ship your donation to any of our locations for free! 

* Amazon Smile  - select us as the charitable organization of your choice and .5% of every purchase will be donated to Shelter House!
Hair Cuttery Share-A-Haircut for Back-to-School
Hair Cuttery is partnering with Shelter House as they begin its Share-A-Haircut program to provide haircuts to disadvantaged children in the community! A new haircut for school can help a child feel more confident and can make a big difference as they start a new school-year. Every time someone 18-years-old or younger purchases a haircut at any Hair Cuttery salon, they will donate a free haircut certificate to a child in need!
August 1-15

Shop with a Sheriff 
Shelter House is excited for the 26th Annual Shop with a Sheriff. Our friend, Sheriff Kincaid, her deputies and support staff will pair up with 40 children from emergency shelters, have lunch at the Courthouse and finally shop at Target in Burke, Virginia, for a back-to-school shopping spree. Each child will receive a backpack and a $250 gift card to spend on clothing, shoes and accessories.
August 15

Hosted by Cooper Ginsberg Gray PLLC, the 17th annual "Chipping In to End Domestic Violence" Charity Golf Tournament is back! This year's tournament will be held at The Golf Club in Lansdowne and all proceeds will go directly to the women and children at Artemis House. Spots are filling up quickly - click  here to register today!
September 29

Not Your Average Joe's Cause of the Month
Support Shelter House during Not Your Average Joe's Cause of the Month every Wednesday in October. Mention Shelter House and 15% of your meal will go directly to supporting the homeless families and victims of domestic violence we serve!   
October 4, 11, 18, 25 
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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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