JUNE 2017

SHELTER HOUSE CHANGING LIVES NEWSLETTER
OUR IMPACT - STACEY'S STORY 
At Shelter House, we  focus on Changing Lives, but your donations and support of our programs and the people who we serve, play a key role in allowing us to do so. Please read below about one of our most recent success stories! 

When Stacey entered Shelter, she was already separated from her abusive husband. She and her husband were married for two years before he became addicted to illegal substances. When her husband was under the influence, he was most violent. During their marriage, Stacey and her children fled from their home multiple times, but would return due to financial instability and the fear of being unable to provide for her children.  Definition: Financial abuse is a common tactic used by abusers to gain power and control in a relationship. The forms of financial abuse may be subtle or overt, but in general, include tactics to limit the partner's access to assets or conceal information and accessibility to the family finances.

While separated, Stacey's husband entered the home, and became physically aggressive and violent towards her causing her to seek a safe, undisclosed shelter.
Upon entering shelter at Artemis House, Fairfax County's only 24-hour emergency shelter serving victims of domestic violence, Stacey and her case manager completed extensive safety planning to ensure that she and her abuser had minimal contact for the purposes of co-parenting. Stacey maintained stable employment throughout her stay at Artemis House, but had difficulty saving enough money to afford a market rate rental once she exited from shelter. In additional to financial insecurities, Stacey required legal advocacy and support with obtaining a protective order and appropriate child support for her children. With the support of Shelter House, Stacey became connected with legal resources in the community, and ultimately was able to exit to a transitional housing program that will provide continued case management, legal protection, and a pathway to citizenship! 

DID YOU KNOW?
Domestic violence affects 1 in 4 homes within our community. Shelter House has increased our bed capacity at Artemis House from 34 beds to 56 beds over the past two years, however, we are still over capacity at times.
POWER YOUR COMMUNITY ON JUNE 8

1. Mark June 8th on your calendar
2. Help spread the word
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4. Create an impact by donating to our cause today!
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UPCOMING EVENTS 
Volunteer Appreciation Reception 
An event to honor the volunteers who have worked countless hours to help others make our community a better place. 
June 28, 2017
 
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
SHELTER HOUSE IN THE NEWS
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). Shelter House is proud to be nominated in the Non-Profit of the Year category!  Awards Finalists and Winners will be announced on  June 14th.  
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
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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