SPRING NEWSLETTER

I am thrilled and humbled to be the Executive Director of FACETS.  I am thoroughly impressed with the organization's long history of helping those who suffer the effects of poverty in our community and with the reputation FACETS has earned among our government sponsors, foundations, nonprofit partners, volunteers and our clients.  I am learning something new every day and look forward to meeting and getting to know many of you in the days to come.
 
I had several opportunities over the last weeks to visit Hypothermia prevention sites and to meet quite a few of the volunteers that make this program possible - as well as meeting the clients who have the opportunity for a hot meal and a warm place to sleep during the winter.  The Hypothermia prevention program operates for 18 weeks from November through the end of March, with host organizations and faith communities each taking a week and opening their doors to those most in need in our community.  This year we had 30 host sites and over 200 organizations participating by providing food, volunteers, transportation and donations.  More than 300 clients were served over the season, and by the end of March we had found housing for 30 of those individuals!
 
Our primary goal is to open doors for people in need in our local community. It is our mission to assist program participants in obtaining a brighter future through housing programs, emergency services and intervention programs to prevent homelessness in the first place.  We also focus on educational, life skills and employment programs that help individuals and families break the cycle of poverty for themselves and for their children.  Over the last year we served over 2,325 individuals in these programs (a 10% increase from the prior year).   I continue to be impressed with the dedicated team we have at FACETS and their commitment to these programs and our clients.  Please be assured that we will seek to continuously improve our organization, to focus our efforts on those who utilize our services, and to measure, analyzes and report the results of our efforts.  
 
Thank you to our many donors and volunteers for your partnership and support which makes this possible.   I look forward to working with you and connecting with you as we move forward together.
 
Joe Fay
Executive Director

IN THIS ISSUE
AABENEFIT BREAKFAST
Spring into Action 

On Thursday, April 20th, FACETS will be holding its   Opening Doors Benefit Breakfast  at the    Fairview Park Marriott  in Falls Church, VA. The event will begin with a networking hour at 7:00 AM and the program and breakfast will follow from 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM.
 
Join us and over 500 caring community members for a complimentary hot breakfast. This event is at no-cost and is a meaningful and engaging way to learn more about FACETS' work in the community. Guests will hear directly from our program participants who--with the support of FACETS--are now in grasp of a brighter future. We are excited to have NBC4 Northern Virginia's bureau chief,  Julie Carey , join us again to emcee this powerful event.
 
RSVP today  and wake up to make a difference! 
 
Thursday, April 20, 2017 
7:00AM - 8:00AM Networking
8:00AM - 9:00AM Breakfast & Program 
3111 Fairview Park Drive, Falls Church, VA 22042 
 
For more information, you may also contact us at 703-352-3268 or our Development Associate Nastasia Rabon at   NRabon@facetscares.org. 

BBSUPPORTIVE HOUSING EXPANSION
Linda's Gateway 
 
FACETS offers outreach and support for single adults who are homeless or living in poverty. We seek out and identify people who are living on the streets or in the woods with the goal of helping them stabilize and ultimately move into housing. We also connect them with medical and dental resources. In October 2016 we were able to expand our singles outreach program with the addition of Linda's Gateway Permanent Supportive Housing Program.

Linda's Gateway consists of 2 permanent supportive group homes which serve only single male adults. Individuals within this program have suffered from long-term homelessness and mental and medical health issues. Since its opening in October, we moved 19 individuals from homelessness to housing. Our program participants now have access to an array of supportive services, medical assistance, case management, and life skill programs which will equip them for a brighter future. With support from our donors and volunteers, we were able to furnish both homes and create a welcoming and loving environment for our neighbors suffering from the long-standing effects of homelessness. Thank you to everyone who as supported us, we truly appreciate all you do to help us accomplish our mission.  

No To Hunger 

We need your help! Join us from March 20th - June 20th for our Spring Needs Food Drive. With 15.4% or 1 in 6 of Fairfax County residents having incomes under 200 percent of the poverty line; many individuals, families, and children go to bed at night hungry. No one should be deprived of one of the basic life essentials-  FOOD.  

We encourage you to join this year's Spring Food Drive and say NO to hunger! If you are interested in making a food supply donation or hosting a food supply drive, please  click here  to fill out an interest form. Donations should be delivered to our office, located at 10640 Page Avenue, Suite 300, Fairfax VA 22030, on Monday - Friday from 9 am - 5 pm. When dropping off your donation, you will be asked to fill out an  in-kind contribution form .
Amazon has teamed up with FACETS to make donating food easy with the click of a button from the comfort of your home; you can help a family make a healthy and nutritious meal. Click here to choose the items you wish to donate, send delivery to the address above and just like that you have made an impact on someone suffering the effects of poverty!

For more information, on our food drive, please contact Josh D'Antonio at 703-272 3710 or email  
JDantonio@FACETSCares.org
DDVOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Join our Team!  

Since 1988, FACETS has been providing a hot meal to individuals living in poverty every night of the week. On any given night, we provide up to 2 meals each to an average of 40 individuals. This program is made possible through a strong partnership with Faith Communities and families throughout Fairfax County. 

Many teams have been serving since the start of the program! We need the assistance of additional congregations, families, clubs, or civic organizations to take on a day or more to serve those in need in our community. Being a Hot Meals team is fun and rewarding and a great way to be a significant part of the community. 

If you and your congregation, friends, or colleagues are able to coordinate a hot meal delivery a few times a year, then we are looking for you! It's easy to get started and there a few dates that need coverage. For more information on how to get involved, please contact D'Ivonne Holman at 703-352-4251 or email DHolman@FACETSCares.org
Start Your Activism At Home

Did you know that you have the power to create positive change in our community? On June 8th, thousands of people in the DMV area are coming together to Do More.
Do More 24 is our region's biggest giving day. The 24-hour online fundraiser will bring together like-minded individuals on one easy-to-use donation platform. You can create meaningful change for individuals suffering from homelessness and poverty in Fairfax County in just 24 hours! The fourth annual Do More 24 online fundraiser will begin at 12:00 AM and end at 11:59 PM on June 8th.

D o More 24 is powered by United Way of the National Capital Area. Last year, donors contributed $1.55 million in one day. That means that hundreds of nonprofits raised thousands of dollars that they used to feed more families, tutor more kids, and do great work. This year is shaping up to be even bigger! Click here to see how you can help FACETS achieve our goal of assisting a family with a hot meal, household supplies and a place to call home.  

Start you activism at home on June 8th

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 Cold No More - Burke Connection - December 28, 2016

Giving Back to The Community  - Fairfax Connection - January 25, 2017


FACETS "Opening Doors" Breakfast - Fairfax Station Patch - March 23, 2017