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October 2016 News   

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Next Meeting
The next ACCA board meeting will be Nov. 1 at the ACCA
Child Development Center,
7200 Columbia Pike
Annandale, VA 22302  

Refreshments and fellowship 
7:30 p.m.
Meeting
7:45 p.m. 
Open to all visitors.   
  


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Mailing Address
7200 Columbia Pike
Annandale, VA 22003

 
Information
 
703-256-0100

 
Emergency
Assistance

(Fairfax County)
703-222-0880

 
Donations
(except furniture)
703-256-0100

 
Furniture Donations 
703-256-9513


Email
accacares@verizon.net

ACCA Website www.accacares.org

About ACCA
Get our 2016 annual report.
ACCA is a church-related voluntary organization providing day care,  financial assistance, food, furniture, and other support to needy families in the Annandale/Bailey's Crossroads area, regardless of religion, race or ethnicity. Except for the Child Development Center, all ACCA services are provided by volunteers.

To learn more about ACCA, visit our website at www.accacares.org.  

ACCA Members
Annandale United Methodist

Braddock Baptist

Calvary Church of the Nazarene

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Annandale Ward
and
Little River Ward

Cornerstone Evangelical Free

Culmore United Methodist

First Presbyterian

Friendship United Methodist

Holy Spirit Catholic

Hope Lutheran

John Calvin Presbyterian

Lincolnia United Methodist 

Mt. Pleasant Baptist

Peace Lutheran

Providence Presbyterian

Queen of the Apostles Catholic

Ravenworth Baptist

Sleepy Hollow United Methodist

St. Alban's Episcopal

St. Anthony Catholic

St. Barnabas Episcopal

St. Michael's Catholic

St. Paul's Episcopal

United Baptist

Warner Baptist    

Pastors and Partners Luncheon

 
ACCA Pastors, board members, and representatives of Fairfax County and local organizations gathered on October 20 for lunch and fellowship at the Annandale United Methodist Church (AUMC). Neal Mohlmann, ACCA President, welcomed guests and thanked David Posey, manager of the Annandale Giant Food, for generously providing the meal. AUMC pastor Clarence Brown offered a welcome and blessing.
 
This year's program focused on human trafficking in Fairfax County. Ms. Deepa Patel, Executive Director of Trauma and Hope, LLC, said that in many cases, trafficking is related to gang activity. Her practice focuses on victims of violence, sexual exploitation, gang prevention and intervention, and sex offender evaluations and treatment.
 
Detective John Spata, a 17-year veteran of the Fairfax County Police Department currently with the Criminal Investigations Bureau, Child Exploitation Unit, said an estimated 1,800 people a day are trafficked through the Fairfax County, Northern Virginia area for both labor and sex trafficking. They come from all socioeconomic groups and often are contacted through  the Internet. The average age of children involved in sex trafficking is about 15, he said.
 
While ACCA does not have specific programs to address sex trafficking, it is a growing problem in our county and for the second time, ACCA has invited speakers to raise awareness about it among the faith community. You can learn more about human trafficking in our area from the Northern Virginia Human Trafficking Initiative .
Successful CROP Walk Against Hunger
CROP walk refreshments 2016 
Snacks and drinks awaited walkers at the half way point. More photos available here.
More than 60 walkers and volunteers took part in this year's CROP Hunger Walk on October 15 at Lake Accotink Park. CROP Walk Chair Camille Mittelholtz said there was an increase in both the number of participants and amounts raised. Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chair Sharon Bulova and Mason District Supervisor Penny Gross were on hand to greet the walkers and express their support. The annual event raises funds for Church World Service to combat hunger here and abroad. A portion of the funds is returned to ACCA for its work in the local community.
 
This year's top fundraiser was Sally Norris of United Baptist Church, who raised $4,538. Congratulations, Sally! Thanks to Tuan Nguyen and Heidi Mootz for submitting photos of the event. See more pictures on the ACCA Facebook page.
CDC Hosts October Events
The Taste of Annandale, apple tasting, and back to school nights were among the highlights on the ACCA Child Development Center's (CDC) calendar this month.

The CDC hosted a wide array of children's activities during the second Taste of Annandale on October 1. Face painting, dress-up play, visits by children's book characters such as Curious George, and various performances were among the highlights. See lots of photos on the CDC Facebook page.
 
On October 17th children and families had the opportunity to taste two apple varieties and vote on their favorite. This event was organized by April Schmidt of Nurturing Growth, who has provided the garden curriculum for the Center.  Along with the tasting, there were opportunities to explore farm-related tools, collect recipes, and meet Fairfax County Master Gardeners.
 
The CDC also held back to school nights to give families a chance to get to learn about the program, get to know their child's classroom and teacher, and meet other parents. It has been a busy month at the CDC! 
Serving Our Community  
2016 annual report cover 
Click the report cover above to read ACCA's FY 2016 annual report.
ACCA's FY 2016 annual report,  Serving Our Community with Your Support, shows how 26 local churches and more than 500 volunteers served nearly 6,500 people in our community last year. ACCA Human Services Ministries provided emergency food, financial assistance, and furniture to needy households. Volunteers delivered daily meals to elderly and convalescing individuals and provided rides to medical appointments. They made home repairs to a group home for disabled adults and an older homeowner, and provided college scholarships to four students who have overcome disabilities. The ACCA Child Development Center provided high quality care and education to 274 infants and children in a safe and loving environment.

We couldn't have done it without hundreds of volunteers, and the support of our donors, ACCA member churches and partnerships with more than 130 businesses and community organizations. As ACCA prepares to celebrate its 50th anniversary of serving our community, we extend our thanks to all who have made this work possible and continue to support ACCA's mission to "do what Jesus would do."
ACCA Ministries Update - September
Family Emergency Assistance provided $19,360 in financial support to 37 households. Most of this went for rental assistance. One case involved a single mother with three small children who has had no source of income since she lost her job because of her maternity leave. ACCA paid her rent due and she has recently found a new job. Another woman who suffered a broken hip in an accident is now back at work, but has not yet recovered financially. ACCA helped with her utility bill.
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The Food Pantry made 79 deliveries. The pantry is currently low on food, especially Jello, pudding, crackers, canned fruit, cereal, dried black beans, and personal items such as soap, toilet paper and diapers.  
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The Furniture Ministry made deliveries to 30 households and pickups from 28 households. Among those served was a client who had lost all of her belongings in a fire and received a truckload of furniture. A disabled married couple received almost everything they needed for their new subsidized basement apartment. They were so thankful, they said they were sending God a thank you note.
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The Shepherd's Center/ACCA Transportation Program provided rides to 59 individuals. "Our client list grows every week," says SCAS director Barbara Gatorian.  "Fairfax County sends us new clients, doctor's and dentists offices, friends and relatives of people who hear about the ACCA/SCAS transportation program."

More drivers are needed, as we are not always able to fulfill all requests. If you are interested in becoming a driver or have questions about the program, please contact ACCA Transportation Chair Gail Coleman at gv.coleman@verizon.net, or contact the Shepherd's Center directly at 703-941-1419 or shepherdscas@vacoxmail.com.
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The Annandale Meals on Wheels program served 22 people with a hot and a cold meal 5 days per week.
Scouts to Collect Food Nov. 12 
scouts food
Please give generously next month when the Boy Scouts conduct their annual Scouting for Food Drive on Saturday, November 12. Students who need community service hours will be needed on that day at the Food Pantry to help shelve the donations. Please send an email with your name and contact information to henry.jean@verizon.net to sign up.
ACCA History - Did You Know?
ACCA was born on March 13, 1967 at a small meeting at Peace Lutheran Church on Lincolnia Rd. About three dozen people representing eight area churches attended that first meeting, including six clergy. Their goal was to "weld the Annandale Christian community into a spiritual and material force for Christian social action." The immediate problem they were addressing was the plight of 13 children who attended the Higher Horizons Day Care Center, Inc., and who were going to be ejected because their family income exceeded the poverty index. By the end of the evening the group had pledged to raise $1,000 to place the children in other centers and a day care action committee was established. 
 
ACCA's 50th Anniversary celebration kicks off at the Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service on Nov. 22, 7:30 p.m., at the Annandale United Methodist Church. Please join us for this joyful special service of thanksgiving.
Seeking Needy Homeowners 
ACCA is seeking homeowners of limited means in Annandale and the surrounding area for our Spring 2017 home repair project with Rebuilding Together Arlington/Fairfax/Falls Church . For more information or to obtain an application, call Rebuilding Together at 703-528-1999 or email   info@rebuildingtogether-aff.org .