Helping and Housing Fairfax Homeless, One Family at a Time
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Upcoming Events
Family PASS to Host Program at
Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce

As a follow up to the January Point in Time count of homeless in Fairfax County, Family PASS has assembled a panel of people who have helped bring down the homeless count year-by-year since the Point in Time count began in 2005. The panel will address how individual agencies within the Fairfax-Falls Church Partnership to Prevent and End Homelessness work together.
The panel will flow from how the homeless are identified by the County's Coordinated Services Planning, to relocation to temporary shelters, safe housing, and the critical individual case management that is essential to success for these families. This forum invites the business community to join is and provide their insights and problem solving skills to the discussion on ending homelessness.
Moderator: Kathy Albarado, Founder and CEO of Helios HR, Member, Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors
  • Thomas Barnett, Program Manager, Fairfax County's Office to Prevent and End Homelessness
  • Kathi Sheffel, MA, Homeless Liaison, Fairfax County Public Schools
  • Danielle Colon, Director, Domestic Violence Services, Shelter House
  • Abby Dunner, Housing Resource Coordinator, Cornerstones
  • Sou-Yeon Han, Senior Case Manager, Family PASS
Open Discussion and Participant Insights

Date: Tuesday, June 28, 2016 
Time: 7:30-9:30 am
Place: Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce (Formerly Fairfax Chamber)
          7900 Westpark Dr. Suite a550, Baker Tilley Room, Tysons, VA 22102
         Refreshments will be served 

Please go to Eventbright registration to attend this program. 

Program Sponsored by Eagle Bank
New Beginnings 
June is almost here and there are many kinds of New Beginnings to celebrate: new Dads, new grads, newlyweds, new homes, new babies and new jobs.

Give a gift of flowers that not only provides joy to those you love but also helps those in need. For every New Beginnings arrangement ordered at Karin's Florists during the month of June, Karin's will donate 10% of those proceeds to Family PASS. Family PASS works to provide New Beginnings to its clients who are struggling to move from homelessness to independence.

We hope you will help support Karin's Florist and their efforts to help the homeless. To order, go to or call at 703-832-4130.
Success - We're Losing a Client!

When Family PASS loses a client, it is cause for celebration. It means he or she has succeeded in becoming self-sufficient. Gary, his wife, and their son came to Family PASS two years ago. He had just lost his job due to layoffs, and with his wife's growing medical bills, they were about to lose their home. During the next two years, Gary continued to seek and obtain employment but needed to acquire additional skills to advance and earn a living wage in his field - IT.

Family PASS assisted by supporting Gary's education, worked with his wife to help her gain employment and worked with them to reduce their debt. This week Gary came into the office with the great news. Not only did he get the job he was looking for, he was now making enough money to pay for all their household expenses, including rent, without subsidization.
Organization News
Family PASS welcomes new board member

The Board of Directors of Family PASS are pleased to welcome new board member, David Brunori of Vienna.
David has extensive experience in nonprofit governance and will be a valuable addition to the Board.
David is a journalist, author, educator, and lawyer who specializes in tax and government issues. He is the Deputy Publisher at Tax Analysts. In addition he serves as contributing editor to State Tax Notes magazine for which he writes the Politics of State Taxation, a weekly column focusing on state and local tax and budget politics.
He serves as a Research Professor at the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration at The George Washington University where he teaches courses in state and local public finance and fiscal federalism.  He also teaches state and local tax law at the George Washington University Law School.   He has published numerous books and articles on state and local tax policy. He served as an appellate trial attorney with the Tax Division of the United States Department of Justice and practiced with a Washington DC law firm.  

David received his JD from the University of Pittsburgh and his MA in Political Science and BA in History from George Washington University.
Staff News

Jessica Sweeney, MSW case manager, Family PASS

We are pleased to announce that Jessica Sweeney has joined Family PASS as a Case Manager as of May 16. Jessica has previous case management experience through her work with clients being considered for the Alternative Community Services program and additional experience in developing relationships with corporate, nonprofit and community partners. Jessica served as Program Coordinator at Volunteer Fairfax and Youth Programs Coordinator at Habitat for Humanity in Arlington. Jessica has her Masters in Social Work from Monmouth University, Long Branch, New Jersey.
Welcome Jess!

Many thanks to volunteer Ann Marquis and her crew for putting on another successful Family PASS closet at St. Mark for Family PASS clients in April. And to Linda Karanikas for restocking the Family PASS client food pantry at St. Mark.

We are also grateful to the following donors for their generous contributions: William & Karen Becht, Michael & Karen Bray, Peter & Cynthia Bruhoski, Consuela Cancho, John & Grace Carroll, James & Terry Garvert, Daniel & Sharon Hughes, Charles Allen, Edward Baranoski, Vic & Patricia Kimm, Allan & Suezette Steinhardt, James & Stephanie Laubner, Mark & Angelika Machi, Jennifer & George Magowan, Chris & Stephanie McMahon, Paul & Eleane Norman, Terianne Sousa, and Germain Williams and thank you to the United Methodist Church of Centreville for its continued support.

Special Thanks:  

This spring St. John Neumann Church in Reston held a fundraising event to benefit several charities. Family PASS was one of those lucky recipients. Thank you so much to the parishioners of St. John Neumann for their very generous donation!

Temple Rodef Shalom in Falls Church awarded a grant to Family PASS to continue our work with homeless families and victims of domestic abuse. Thank you!

Family PASS's United Way number has changed to 8292.
Remember, Family PASS's Friends in Deed volunteer group is looking for people who would like to help out with our clients' occasional special needs. If you are interested in learning more, our FAQ is located here.  To sign up, send an email to  
FamilyPASS | 703-242-6474 | 
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The work of Family PASS is supported in part with a grant from The Consolidated Community Funding Pool of Fairfax.