The Voice
July 2016
From the Executive Director

At the Brisben Center, we provide the highest level of care to our clients. As a non-profit, our ability to deliver that high-quality care and service to those in greatest need in our community depends on available resources. 
This summer we have three ways for you to help support Brisben.

I am excited to announce a planned match drive during the month of July. Your donation will be matched, dollar for dollar, up to $5,000!  

We are also partnering with our local Sonic Drive-in restaurants to hold a Brisben Night on July 13 at all three local Sonics. A percentage of the evenings proceeds will go directly to the Center! 

AND, we have made it easier for you create your legacy with a Planned Gift to the Center. A Planned Gift to Brisben will benefit you, your loved ones and the fight against homelessness. A thoughtful planned gift enables charitable donations at a level that you might not have thought possible while maximizing tax benefits for you and your family.

Read on for more details on all of these events and resources!
On behalf of our entire staff
thank you for all that you do and  have a safe and happy summer!    
Volunteer Spotlight

Bridges to Books is a volunteer initiative by University of Mary Washington students to read weekly to Brisben's children. Student volunteers come in each Monday evening. Thank you the Bridges to Books leaders, Charity Stayer, Alan Overby and Allison Maloney, and to all the students who serve!

Volunteer drivers needed. Do you have an SUV or pick-up truck? If you do and are willing to help Brisben, w e need help on some Saturdays from noon to 3pm to pick up surplus produce donated by the vendors of the Farmer's Market at Route 3 and Gordon Rd. This could be a great family project. If you can help, please send an email to Don Perusi at

Meet a Staff Member: Renee

Renee is Brisben's Family Case Manager. She works tirelessly to make sure Brisben's families and children get the best possible second chance at regaining their independence.

The Giving Spirit

Nine-year-old Amelia celebrated her birthday this year by asking her guests to bring donations to Brisben in lieu of presents for her. The caped assistant is her little brother, who helped her deliver the gifts!

Brisben Perspectives: Meet Addist

This is Addist. He is a former Brisben resident, who
shares his story and perspective on homelessness and connecting with Brisben for his second chance. He now gives back to those in need.

Watch our video of Addist's story.
Planned Giving: Ensure Your Legacy

A planned gift to the Center, such as a simple bequest in a will or trust, helps ensure that the Center and its volunteers can continue serving our community's homeless for many more decades.

Brisben Night at Sonic - July 13!

Eat at your local Sonic Drive-In 
July 13 between 5pm and 8pm 
AND Sonic will donate a portion of your purchase to Brisben!

Choose the closest location:
10045 Jefferson Davis Hwy
5817 Plank Rd
240 McWhirt Loop
Your July Donation Goes Twice as Far

Matching Funds

Thanks to generous Brisben donors, if you make a donation to Brisben during the month of July, your donation will be matched, dollar for dollar, up $5,000

Please consider helping Brisben help the homeless this summer.
Brisben Financial Highlights
FY 2016 (as of 06-20-16)
Residents served : more than 400 (including 75 children & 35 veterans)
Total number of bed nights 26,720
Average number of bed nights per resident : 57
Average cost to provide a resident with 24 hours of services : $23 per day
(Provides 24-hr staffed shelter, meals, case management, employment assistance, laundry, as well as computer and internet access at no cost to residents.)
Total expenses to date:  $605,441
Currently operating with a budget deficit.

From a Community Partner...

"As the owner of a company founded on Biblical principles, I understand the responsibility we have to help shelter and feed those who currently are without the resources to take care of themselves. The Thurman Brisben Center provides an important service to this community and we support its work and ministry." -- Clay Huber, Huber Motor Cars
Thank You to Our Newest Community Partners!

Brisben is proud to announce four new Community Partners. These caring businesses invest in helping our community by actively supporting The Brisben Center. Please support the Center's generous Community Partners!

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