The Voice
February/March 2017
From the Executive Director

Time passes so quickly and I can hardly believe that I recently celebrated my 12th year of service with the  Thurman Brisben Center!

I have not only had the extreme privilege of working with those in our comm unity experiencing homelessness, but  also the privilege of witnessing firsthand the  many silent heroes in our community who give their time and talent  every day to those in greatest need. We are touched by so many. From our Meal Pr ogram volunteers to our job  readiness volunteers and those who provide direct services to our clients -- so much happens that we want to share  with you.

Over the next several weeks we will be posting interesting stories, short video clips a nd  information on our Facebook page -- You can keep up  with our latest news and g et a close look inside Brisben by following us on Fac ebook! So here is
my challenge -- like and follow us on Facebook and help us share our amazing story!

Together we can make a difference.
NEW! Recurring Donation Option

Support Brisben with automatic monthly contributions -- l ess worry, less time; and no check, envelope or stamp! We are blessed with committed donors who contribute regularly by check or online. And now it is easier to make those recurring monthly or quarterly donations at our website. Don't forget that you also can easily set-up automatic donations from your checking account through your bank's online bill pay feature. 

CLICK HERE to find out more!
Staff Spotlight

Meet Joe, Brisben's new Coordinator of Volunteers. If you recently contacted Brisben about volunteering, by phone or by email at, you likely have heard from Joe. He works hard to match would-be volunteers and volunteer groups to the ongoing needs of our residents and the center.

Engaging our many talented volunteers is an ongoing challenge because Brisben is blessed with hundreds of committed volunteers, individuals and organizations. New volunteers contact us weekly. Thanks Joe, for your hard work!
Brisben Perspectives: Meet Brenda

Brenda is a busy professional, with a family and plenty of other responsibilities. She also has been a longtime volunteer and committed supporter at Brisben! She shares her comments on Brisben's mission to care for the homeless men, women, children and her experiences as a volunteer and supporter. 

Read Brenda's story.


We celebrate with former residents Trina, De'Angelo, and Trina's sons as they happily regain their own housing!
Spotlight on Volunteers

Jessica is a soldier in the U.S. Army. Between her current assignment and her next duty station, she spends Tuesdays and Fridays preparing food and leading resident helpers in fixing and serving lunch to everyone at Brisben. Thank you Jessica for making a difference! Want to know what surprised Jessica most about volunteering? Visit to watch her video.

DaVita Park Hill Dialysis

DaVita Park Hill Dialysis facility manager, Amy Lane, and her administrative assistant, Stacy, on February 8 delivered a generous contribution on behalf of the local DaVita team and DaVita Healthcare Partners. Thank you DaVita from everyone here at Brisben for being part of the amazing Brisben story!

Live to Learn

Live-to-Learn Homeschoolers in February collected and donated much-needed scarves to help keep our residents warm during the winter months. Led by Tina, this generous group of young learners also took a tour of Brisben.

Board Members

Members of the Brisben General Board of Representatives, part of the Brisben leadership team, served a wonderful pork chop, potatoes and gravy dinner to our hungry residents on February 7.

NEW Community Partner!

Welcome to our newest  Community Partner, Mt. Vernon Sleep Galleries . Please support our Partners -- they support the homeless and Brisben, just like you do! 
  Brisben Demographics (July 1, 2016-February 8, 2017)

0-5 17 7%
6-12 14 6%
13-17 8 3%
18-25 35 14%
25+ 159 65%
62+ 11 5%

  Brisben Residents by Locale (July 1, 2016-February 8, 2017)

71 29%
Spotsylvania 58 24%
Stafford 61 25%
Caroline 22 9%
King George 20 2%
Other Virginia 6 2%
Out of State 6 2%

  • Remember Brisben in your will or trust. 
  • If you are over 70-1/2 and are paying tax on your current required minimum distribution, you can contribute from your IRA directly to Brisben in 2017 and reduce your income tax next year. 
  • Do you have stock that has appreciated in value in the rising market? You can gain significant tax savings by donating some of that stock directly to Brisben.
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