March 2018 


We are almost one month away from our Changing Lives Benefit Breakfast.  With this year marking our 5th Annual Changing Lives Benefit Breakfast, we would like to make it our biggest event yet!

Please join us for a light complimentary breakfast to help raise awareness about family homelessness and domestic violence in our community.  Dr. Shirley Luu , Executive Field Chairman for First Financial Security and recognized as a top financial leader in Forbes Magazine, will share her story as a guest speaker along with two courageous families who have gone through Shelter House's programs and now face the ultimate challenge of maintaining self-sufficiency. As the event grows, we are expecting over 300 people in attendance including several local elected officials and business leaders. Seats are filling up quickly, so please click here register today!

Looking to gain additional visibility in our community, while at the same time supporting an amazing cause? There are still opportunities to  sponsor this year's event. To learn more about sponsorship opportunities click here or contact Jennifer Dalessio, Director of Development, at

Thank you for your continued support and commitment, and we hope you can join us on Thursday, April 12th!

Unable to attend? Please consider making a contribution today!


Shelter House is proud to partner with Get Up and Go Coaching for our upcoming Race for a Cause event! Register today, and receive 10% off utilizing  code  SH18


Please join our friends at Cooper Ginsberg Gray as they hold their 5th Annual Professional Clothing Drive, collecting gently worn business attire. All items received will be donated to one of the Domestic Violence Action Center partners, such as Artemis House, Court Attire Program and Final Salute. 

Items requested include: Suits, Jackets, Sport Coats, Skirts, Dresses, Dress Shirts, Dress Belts, Dress Shoes, Dress Pants, Ties, Khakis, Blouses, Sweater Sets, Cardigans, and related accessories. Unable to donate professional clothing? We also encourage you to consider donating a gift card to Target or Walmart. 

Donations may be dropped off at the following locations now through March 30th.

Cooper Ginsberg Gray PLLC
10201 Fairfax Blvd., Suire 520
Fairfax, VA 22030

Fairfax Bar Association
4110 Chain Bridge Road, Suite 216
Fairfax, VA 22030

Thank you for assisting individuals in our community as they prepare for success! 

Shelter House was proud to once again partner with  Hair Cuttery for their Share-A-Haircut program!  Their nationwide giving program is typically held annually to prepare children as they go back to school, however, they opened their hearts to our community once more.

Thanks to generous supporters like you, we are happy to share that Hair Cuttery received over 46,099 haircuts nationwide to donate to children and adults who are experiencing homelessness. Shelter House is thrilled to have received 100 haircuts to be distributed to the families we serve! 

This year, Shelter House celebrated our 3rd Annual Employee Appreciation Week! As an organization, Shelter House truly appreciates the work our staff continues to do for those we serve and our community. Here at Shelter House, Employee Appreciation Week takes place at the end of February and provides the Management Team the opportunity to thank our staff for all they do! 

"One of our most important assets is the well qualified and passionate staff we have on-board at Shelter House," said Joe Meyer, Executive Director and CEO. "They empower the families and children to become independent citizens of our community.  From our Executive staff to our Leadership Team and front line Service Delivery Team, recognizing the work for all they do year-round is essential."

In addition to catered lunches, employees received keepsake candy memories as well as seated massages!  Everyone truly deserved the week full of celebrations!

Scott Covino is currently a founding partner of  Red Rock Business Advisors, a business consulting firm that specializes in the areas of outsourced EFO, outsourced COO, outsourced accounting, IT consulting and tax. Scott has assisted clients with acquisitions, strategic planning, process re-engineering, workflows and general business guidance.  Prior to founding Red Rock, Scott served as the Director of Operations/Finance for a Reston-based IT outsourcing company focused on the small business market. Through his expertise and passion, Scott has served Shelter House for the past 5 years and is a great asset to our Board!

What interests you most about Shelter House and our mission? Why does our cause matter to you? 
Growing up, my family struggled with many of the same issues the families served by Shelter House face. We were in jeopardy of being homeless several times. Had there been an organization like Shelter House to turn to, life could have been a little easier and the opportunities a little greater. 

Why did you choose to become involved in Shelter House's Board of Directors?
I believed I could help reach a greater group of individuals in need by working to grow an organization that is dedicated to serving others. Because of my background and experience, I believed I could help Shelter House establish its strategic direction and then advise on the challenges faced with growth. 

Board members bring experience, wisdom and strategic thinking. Can you tell us about yours? 
I have always considered myself an entrepreneur who has been heavily involved in all aspects of the business world. I have served in every role within a business organization and currently provide strategic and operations consulting to business owners. My focus is on helping organizations navigate the various stages of growth to help achieve their ultimate goals. 

We are so thrilled to be highlighting BRAWS (Bringing Resources to Aid Women's Shelters) as our Donor Spotlight this month! BRAWS is a local, volunteer-driven, community-based 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization that  provides new, personally fitted undergarments and feminine hygiene products for women within our shelters and programs. This organization supports at-risk women who are in need of these items which are rarely donated, expensive for shelters to replenish, and not covered by food stamps. Insufficient access to these items often leads to unsanitary conditions and health problems. BRAWS is a champion for women experiencing homelessness!

How and why did BRAWS initially become involved with Shelter House?
BRAWS mission is to provide menstrual supplies and undergarments to women and girls who are homeless or living in transitional housing. BRAWS works with current and former individuals who have stayed in shelter at Artemis House, Katherine Hanley Family Shelter, Kate's Place and Patrick Henry Family Shelter to ensure this mission is fulfilled for all the women and girls who need our services.

What interests BRAWS most about Shelter House and our mission? 
We value our partnership with Shelter House - the goal for both of our organizations is to better the lives of women and girls experiencing homelessness.

What are BRAWS' top three priorities when giving? 
BRAWS only accepts donations of NEW bras, underwear, pads and tampons. We donate these products, in turn, to local shelters. It is our goal to provide these products exclusively, as they are some of the most requested, yet under-donated items. 

What does BRAWS want your gifts to accomplish and why is that important to your organization? 
We want to ensure that women and girls experiencing homelessness have unobstructed access to menstrual supplies and undergarments for their ongoing health benefits.

BB&T Bank has continuously been involved with Shelter House by providing several sessions of their financial education program called, "Bank on Your Success" to those we serve. This program is divided into 3 parts: Banking Basics, Family Budgeting and Becoming a Homeowner. BB&T is committed to providing financial education to as many people as possible in our community through this program and believes that mastering each of these topics will help learners attain a stronger and more vibrant financial future! 

What is BB&T passionate about and what inspires the organization to volunteer?
BB&T is a 145 year old organization headquartered in Winston-Salem, NC with a significant presence in the Virginia, Maryland, and D.C. area. BB&T's mission is to make the world a better place to live. The first tenant in that mission is to help our clients achieve economic success and financial security. One of the other 4 tenants of our mission is to make the communities where we work and live better places to be. We believe that sharing knowledge with individuals, families, and community organizations is a big part of that! 

What interests BB&T most about Shelter House and our mission? 
Shelter House's mission and our mission have elements in common. We want to be involved in our communities to make them better places to live. Shelter House has taken on the goal of helping to prevent and end homelessness and domestic violence - that is a very noble endeavor! We believe and hope that if we can improve the financial knowledge and independence of the individuals Shelter House supports, we will help meet our mission as well!

What was BB&T's most rewarding experience when volunteering at Shelter House? 
This experience has been very rewarding to BB&T by sharing the knowledge we have with people who are in a very crucial and critical time in their lives. If we can make a difference in one person's life by the education we are providing, in turn, is meaningful and rewarding for BB&T.

What are BB&T's dreams for the community? 
For a thriving community composed of residents, businesses, and public servants to work together for the benefit of everyone and by doing so, the community can then become closer to accomplishing financial sustainability.

Sheriff and Me Tea - March 10, 2018 
Shelter House is excited to be partnering with the Sheriff Stacey Kincaid and her deputies once again! Sheriff Kincaid and her deputies will pair up with approximately 20 young women for a "Sheriff and Me Tea" event, ranging from ages 6-12 from our shelters to have tea, lunch and more. Stay tuned in our April Newsletter for a recap from the great day ahead!

Rise Run Shine Running Festival - March 31, 2018 
Rise, Run and Shine Running Festival is not a single race, but an all-day running celebration, promoting healthy living and solidarity. The event starts at 8AM and lasts until 2PM and gives people a chance to participate at one or more events. The Festival offers two 5K races, 6-hour and 3-hour run, and Kids Fun Run for the youngest. All proceeds from the Rise Run Shine Running Festival benefit Shelter House. Register today, and receive 10% off using code SH18. For more information, click here

Fair Housing Month - April 1 to April 30, 2018
In April, the nation celebrates the anniversary of the Fair Housing Act and recommit to that goal which inspired us in the aftermath of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination in 1968: to eliminate housing discrimination and create equal opportunity in every community. Fundamentally, fair housing means that every person can live free. 

Sexual Assault Awareness Month - April 1 to April 30, 2018
Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) is an annual campaign, observed in the month of April and represented by the color teal, to raise public awareness about sexual violence and educate the nation on how to prevent these acts. Every 98 seconds, an American is sexually assaulted, and every 8 minutes, that victim is a child. Meanwhile, only 6 out of 1,000 perpetrators will end up in prison. Will you join us in raising awareness? 

5th Annual Changing Lives Benefit Breakfast - April 12, 2018  
The 5th Annual Changing Lives Benefit Breakfast will be a great opportunity to learn more about Shelter House and the critical services we provide to families experiencing homelessness and domestic violence in our community. We are expecting this year's event to bring over 300 businesses and individuals together who share Shelter House's vision: a community free of homelessness and domestic violence. By registering today, your attendance will bring us one step closer to making our vision become a reality! 

Denim Day - April 25, 2018 
For the past 19 years, Peace Over Violence has run its Denim Day campaign that was originally triggered by a ruling by the Italian Supreme Court where a rape conviction was overturned because the justices felt that since the victim was wearing tight jeans, she must have helped her rapist remove her jeans, thereby implying consent. The following day, the women in the Italian Parliament came to work wearing jeans in solidarity with the victim. Peace Over Violence developed the Denim Day campaign in response to this case and the activism surrounding it. Since then, wearing jeans on Denim Day has become a symbol of protest against erroneous and destructive attitudes about sexual assault.

Alex and Ani - April 28, 2018 
Shop for a cause at National Harbor in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month and be entered to win an Alex and Ani bangle! With every purchase, 15% will go directly toward the victims of domestic violence and homeless families we serve at Shelter House each and every day. Give a gift that gives twice - compassion looks good on everyone!
Shelter House is a community-based, non-profit 501(c)3 organization and your gifts directly support our mission and programs. 

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