JULY 2017

On Wednesday, June 28, 2017, at Maggiano's in Tysons Corner, Shelter House held its annual Volunteer Appreciation Reception to honor and celebrate its volunteers who have truly made an impact in our community. It was an evening full of excitement, wonderful food, fabulous raffle prizes and well-deserved awards! Throughout this this year, our volunteers collectively dedicated nearly 10,000 hours to Shelter House and the clients we serve. Due to these efforts, ending homelessness and saving victims from further abuse IS possible! 

Congratulations to the individuals, groups and organizations who were recognized at this year's Volunteer Appreciation Reception for their  outstanding service to Shelter House and the clients we serve!  

Creating New Beginnings Award 
Home is Where the Art Is 
Ruth Crout 

Changing Lives Award 

Community Champion Awardees 

Corporate Impact Award for Excellence in Philanthropy 

We also want to congratulate Sopa Keo from United Bank for winning our Week-Long Vacation Package to Hawaii, which was kindly donated to us as a raffle prize by Kathy Albarado of Helios HR. 

Shelter House is honored to take home the award for Non-Profit of the Year by the  Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce  during the Outstanding Corporate Citizenship Awards! Long considered one of the must-attend events  for businesses in the Washington region, the Northern Virginia Chamber's Outstanding Corporate Citizenship Awards honor individuals, businesses and non-profits for above-and-beyond business leadership, employee engagement, and corporate social responsibility (CSR). A special thanks to Annette Harris from  ShowUp LLC for nominating Shelter House! 

Throughout his three year term as Chairman of the Board, Thomas Goodwin provided his leadership, energy and expertise to help catapult Shelter House into its next generation. Mr. Goodwin will remain on the Board, but leaves his position as Chair with a fully developed three year Strategic Plan that will help guide the enterprise to even more growth. 

We would also like to take this opportunity to welcome Vanessa Godshalk as in the incoming Chair to the Shelter House Board! Vanessa has been on the Board of Shelter House for nearly five years and is very excited to carry out the mission and vision of the organization. We look forward to having her create new developments for the organization and appreciate her valued support as we grow and continue to better serve those facing homelessness and domestic violence.

On behalf of everyone at Shelter House and the clients we serve, we want to sincerely acknowledge and thank The Boeing Company (a  multinational corporation that designs, manufactures, and sells airplanes, rotorcraft, rockets, and satellites worldwide)  for their generous donation of $1,400 from their recent employee golf tournament.  In addition to their donation, we were honored to give Ike Eichenbrenner and Jim Heiertz of Boeing a tour of our Katherine Hanley Family Shelter!

Generous gifts from donors like Boeing allow us to continue to provide the crisis intervention, safe housing, and supportive services necessary to promote self-sufficiency for homeless families and victims of domestic violence within our community!

In June, HITT held their annual "Intern Service Day" project, which included servicing our Patrick Henry Family Shelter. Known as the oldest building among our three shelters, as you can imagine, our Patrick Henry Family Shelter needed some much-needed maintenance. HITT's efforts included building out a closet for extra storage space, cleaning and repairing the paint and window treatments in the community room, building a retaining wall for the playground to slow water at a flood point, building a curtain wall in the shelter's file storage area to be used as a meeting room, painting almost every public wall in the building and power washing the entire outside of the building. HITT provides support to Shelter House throughout the year and we appreciate their collaboration, passion and efforts! 

Shelter House Staff participated in an interactive and thought-provoking Cultural Sensitivity training presented by Chianti Blackmon, Director of the Office of Multicultural Student Services at Frederick Community College  in Frederick, MD. The training allowed staff to think outside of the box and see how diversity impacts staff and client services. Staff were asked a series of questions where they had to identify which question made them feel most connected to different dimensions of diversity including gender, religion/faith, socioeconomic status, sexu al orientation, disability and race/ethnicity.  To remember key points from the training, staff were able to make bracelets showcasing their diversity. Colored beads were collected by staff based on their responses to an additional set of questions also related to dimensions of diversity.  The training was well received and staff enjoyed it tremendously!
Chipping In to End Domestic Violence Golf Tournament 
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. Click  here to register today!
September 29, 2017
Donate Time
Give of yourself to help someone else! 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 complete our volunteer application to get started! 

Donate Items 
As a community-based non-profit serving nearly 1,400 individuals each year, our clients are always appreciative of receiving the following items as they transition into permanent housing and self-sufficiency: 

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!

Donate Funds
Play an integral role in improving our community by donating online or by mailing donations to: 

Shelter House, Inc.
Executive Director 
12310 Pinecrest Road 
Suite 304 
Reston, VA 20191

Are you looking for a great opportunity to define your company's image, increase employee engagement and strengthen the community you live and work in? Consider partnering with Shelter House for your upcoming event to help create awareness and visibility around the challenges within our community and to support a great cause - promote that all, or a portion of, all funds raised will benefit Shelter House, a local community-based non-profit.  If interested in learning more, contact: Jennifer.Dalessio@shelterhouse.org 
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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