Making a Difference:
One Family at a Time
Family PASS welcomes new supporters of its Business Cares campaign.

Family PASS welcomes Sandy Spring Bank , Silver Diner , Homes to Heart and MREAssist as supporters of the Sock it to Me - Business Cares campaign. The local business community has long supported Family PASS efforts to help working homeless families in Fairfax County. As part of our Sock it to Me campaign, we added a special section just for businesses – Business Cares These are companies that have pledged $250 to support our families in need.

Our goal for Sock it to Me is to get 500 supporters -- individuals and businesses to pledge the equivalent of $25 a month for one year to help us help add 30 more families facing homelessness to those we serve in our community.

$25 – the cost of two pizzas, five lattes, or just the change in your pockets at the end of the month – pledged over one year can make a tremendous difference in the lives of those struggling to keep their families housed.

Please help us meet our goals by going to to donate or mail your pledge to:

                                                Family PASS Sock it to Me
                                                2740 Chain Bridge Rd.
                                                Vienna, VA 22181
Thank you!
Each client story is different. Here is one family on its way to a better future thanks to you.

Mr. F and his two daughters (ages 9 and 5) were homeless, living in the Patrick Henry Family Shelter, when Northern Virginia Family Services referred him to Family PASS. He is employed as a prep cook for a home delivery meal kit service and was recently given a raise because of his abilities. Mr. F wants to pursue culinary classes and is now enrolled in an ESOL class to strengthen his English skills. His oldest daughter was identified as a gifted student and is attending an elementary school that follows the International Baccalaureate  (IB)  World School -- Primary Years Program.

How Family PASS – and you -- helped this family : Family PASS helped this family move into subsidized housing, provided access to the Food Pantry our volunteers have so generously stocked, and found Mr. F reliable transportation to get back and forth to work. We also helped Mr. F get furnishings through the Gracing Spaces, a nonprofit in Clifton, and provided moving services to get this wonderful family settled.

 Mr. F is a doting father and his goal is to one day become a home owner.
Thank you Gracing Spaces , thank you Family PASS supporters!

Special thanks to:   Sandy Spring Bank which conducted a day-long Casual for a Cause fundraiser at all its branches to benefit Family PASS families and to
Public Affairs Support Services (PASS) that has been organizing a massive food and household goods drive at its facilities in Reston to help keep our pantry stocked!

C lick on the links above and send a message of thanks for their support or SHARE on your Facebook or Twitter account!
Join Family PASS for a discussion of Evicted by Matthew Desmond at Bards Alley. June 18th

During a cold January in 2008, Arleen Bell and her sons Jori and Jafaris are evicted from their apartment. They move into a homeless shelter called the Lodge, then into a house on Milwaukee's predominantly-black North Side, before being  evicted again. In an interview with the Pulitzer Prize winning author of the book, Evicted , David Brancaccio of MarketPlace Morning Report asked Matthew Desmond about the estimated one million people evicted in 2016:

Desmond : This is the first time we've really been able to look at evictions at a national level. And so a million evictions, about 900,000 evictions, that equates to about an estimated 2.3 million people evicted in that year (2016) many of them children. So, how do we get our hands around that number? That's about 6,300 people a day that are evicted. That's twice the number of people who die in car accidents every day in America. We heard a lot about the opioid epidemic last year. There were about 63,000 drug overdose deaths from opioids in the U.S., which means there are 36 evictions for every tragic overdose victim that year. This means eviction is an enormous problem. It's a problem of enormous consequence in the country.

Please join us for a discussion of Evicted at Bards Alley on June 18 th . A Family PASS case manager will be available to answer questions during the discussion.
Bards Alley, 110 Church Street, NW, Vienna
Date: June 18, 2019
6:30-7:00 pm:    Meet and Greet
7:00-8:00 pm:    Book Discussion and Conversation
Space is limited so please reserve your spot as soon as possible by letting Bards Alley know you will attend:  (571) 459-2653. 

Get 10% off the purchase price of Evicted at Bard's Alley when you mention that you are a Family PASS supporter! To request a book for pick-up go to the Bard's Alley website or call 571-459-2653
Welcome New Board Members

Nancy Socher

Nancy Socher has lived in the Vienna-Oakton community for 24 years and has been an active volunteer in the public school system. She most recently served as President of the Madison Athletic Booster Club where she led several successful fundraising events. She also spent many years at Thoreau and Madison as PTSA Chair of Parent Education, organizing and promoting seminars to educate parents on timely issues impacting children and their families. 
She is excited to turn her passion and energies to Family PASS and other local non-profits. Nancy graduated from Georgetown University with a BS in Finance and International Management. She worked for Arthur Andersen Real Estate Services Group and Freddie Mac Multifamily, before staying home to raise her children. Her experience at Freddie Mac sparked her interest in affordable housing issues. 
Nancy lives with her husband Larry in Vienna and has three grown children, Ben, Owen and Ellie. She loves to cook, read, and travel. 
Family PASS gives me the opportunity to use my experience in community building, fundraising and education to work to improve the lives of the working homeless in our community. I am especially interested in helping our student homeless population. All children deserve to have food on the table and a safe and stable home. 
Nancy has already jumped in and organized the Evicted discussion at Bards Alley and serves on the 2019 Spring Recognition Breakfast Committee!
Bethany Reisinger

Bethany has been a proud Fairfax County resident for over 20 years and currently resides in Burke VA. At 17 Bethany entered the Real Estate industry, accruing extensive experience over the past 10 years in the administrative support facet of the industry. In January she became CEO/Owner of MREAssist which is a Transaction and Listing Management company helping real estate agents in DC, MD and VA by providing leverage through administrative services.

Bethany attended school in Fairfax County, where she participated in pageants at the local and national level and advocated against cyberbullying. Bethany has seen/experienced first-hand the realities of homelessness in our community through experiences her family overcame.  Bethany and her fiancé Erik spend time with family and friends, hiking, cooking and playing with their miniature dachshund, Max!
Bethany is passionate about helping others in her community

Homelessness in our community is something I find many overlook and believe do not exist - mostly as a result of the desire to keep up the "appearance" of our society and area we live in. I want to break that cycle and raise awareness of this critical issue facing so many of our neighbors. Family PASS is a true example of how we can make a difference in the lives of families around us and I am proud to be a part of the changes we are striving for!
Bethany has used her impressive communications skills to help the office update its Facebook and Twitter pages and has joined the Sock it to Me campaign as a Business Cares supporter.
Join our SOCK IT TO ME ! Campaign today and help the working homeless
in your community
Family PASS
2740 Chain Bridge Road, Suite 123
Vienna, VA 22181
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