May 2017
Shelter House Employees "Teal Out" in  Honor of 
Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM)

The Shelter House team was proud to band together by wearing the color teal on Sexual Assault Awareness Month's (SAAM) Day of Action, "Teal Out"! We were happy to honor SAAM by creating awareness and visibility around this prevalent issue in the community. 

Let's continue educating others on sexual assault, what it means, and how your impact can prevent this issue from growing. 

Did you know?  1 in 4 adult women and 1 in 9 adult men has experienced unwanted sexual contact in their lifetime. If you or someone you know is a victim of sexual assault and in need of help, call Fairfax County's 24-hour sexual and domestic violence hotline at 703-360-7273. Services are free and confidential.
Shelter House Staff Becomes CPR and First Aid Certified


As an organization full of individuals who have devoted their careers to serving the community, we wanted to enhance the ability of our staff to be able to serve those in need even further, if necessary. 

We are so proud of our staff members for being trained and certified in CPR and First Aid Response.  Being trained in CPR and First Aid  can be invaluable when someone is in serious medical distress. Having the knowledge in an emergency medical situation can truly mean we can better serve our clients and have an impact on their lives. 
Shelter House Named as a Finalist at the 
2017 Greater Washington Innovation Awards 

Shelter House was proud to be selected as a finalist for the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce's 3rd annual Greater Washington Innovation Awards. Nominated for Public Service Innovator of the Year, Shelter House was among some of the most forward-thinking companies who demonstrate leadership, innovation and creativity in the Greater Washington metro area. 

Shelter House was awarded as a finalist for creating the first Rapid Rehousing program for victims of domestic violence in our community. Rapid Rehousing is a "best practice" in addressing homelessness by helping individuals and families quickly move into permanent housing and providing the financial assistance and supportive services necessary for the household to stabilize. This approach has developed a new path that had not previously existed to help those made homeless due to domestic violence return to housing. 

As result of launching these programs, Shelter House has changed the way that domestic violence is addressed in our community - creating an opportunity for victims and their children to quickly obtain safe and permanent housing and consequently increase the availability of shelter beds of those fleeing life-threatening danger. 

We are honored to have been recognized for the work that we do within the community! 
Power Your Community on June 8th 

Do More 24 is a local movement that brings together more than 700 participating nonprofit organizations, businesses and people committed to making a difference in our community. Recognized as the DMV's largest 24-hour ONLINE fundraiser, powered by United Way of the National Capitol Area, Do More 24 raised more than $1.55 million last year!

Do More 24 provides a way for people to participate in something that is bigger than themselves and play an integral role in improving our community. Support Shelter House and create a real impact by adding your donations to thousands more. Every donation Shelter House receives gives us a chance to win great cash rewards that will go towards helping homeless families and victims of domestic violence in our community.

Join us on Thursday, June 8th to rally around one focused day of giving to create the greatest impact and power your community!

Get Involved...

1. Mark June 8th on your calendar
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Other Upcoming Events 

May 6, 2017

Volunteer Appreciation Reception (information coming soon)
June 2017

September 29, 2017 

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: 

We also accept donations through Amazon Wish List - if you have a Prime membership, you can ship for free! 

Consider donating or holding a fundraising event to benefit Shelter House - if interested, contact: 

Mail Donations to:

Shelter House, Inc.
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.)

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/Helpline: 703-360-7273; TTY 711

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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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