The Voice
May 2019
What is the Purpose?
The Brisben Center (TBC) has throughout its history successfully provided emergency shelter for thousands of homeless singles and families from across Planning District 16 (four counties and the City of Fredericksburg). We excel with this part of our missional goal. In fact, the Brisben Center is the largest provider of emergency shelter in the Planning District. Sadly, many of those we sheltered were children in families and a significant number were military veterans. 

At the core of our mission – our goal of sustainably ending homelessness and resolving poverty – is our provision of “services to effect positive life changes”. This goal is seeing significant successes that derive from our caring staff, namely case management, coupled with new projects the UCAN Club and Mobility Mentoring® informed coaching. Residents are increasing their employment income, connecting with hand-up supports, and learning new skills that serve their sustained wellbeing. Toward accomplishing its purpose, the Brisben Center works diligently with limited resources. 

In the current fiscal year, the Brisben Center is receiving 8% of funding awarded by the Virginia Homeless Solutions Program (VHSP) to Planning District 16 while Brisben provides 63% of shelter services across the four counties of the District. 

N. David Cooper
Thank you to all who participated in our golf tournament last month! We can't wait till next year!
Upcoming Events
A Typical Day at the Brisben Center
Recently, I was asked to be part of an interview along with TBC’s other case manager, Shelly Shipman. The interview was being conducted by a college student who was pursuing her degree in Human Services. The student had picked our homeless shelter as the agency she wished to research for her class assignment.

Many of the questions were the kind that I would have expected. How many clients did we serve? What rules were in place at the shelter to promote safety as well as progress in the client’s Service Plan? What were our funding sources? What was the shelter’s structure regarding employees and the types of jobs they perform? These questions were expected and most were easily answered.

However, one question, while it may seem simple, required a good bit more thought on my part. What was a typical day like at The Thurman Brisben Center? The short answer to that question is that there are no typical days at our center. Certainly, I check emails, meet with clients, coordinate services with our front desk, and attend both staff meetings as well as meetings with outside agencies.

The more in- depth answer to that question is that each day at the center is as diverse as the people we serve. I’m very proud to be part of an agency that strives to meet each person’s needs and opens its doors to all—regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or gender orientation.

I believe there is a segment of our society that still sees a “typical” homeless person. You know: the one living under a bridge or panhandling. The truth is that no homeless person is “typical.” Each individual or family comes with their own story and thus their own needs. It’s Case Management’s job to assess those needs and help people navigate the best way toward permanent and stable housing. I consider it a privilege to work at The Thurman Brisben Center and walk alongside our clients on their own individual life journeys. 

By Rhonda Rhodes, Brisben Center Case Manager
Resident Thank You
I wanted to take this time to tell you how truly amazing all of you guys have been to us during this pivotal stage in our life. We needed all of you more than you know. Our journey will only get better from here on out and each of you has a special place in our hearts. Thank you for the kindness, love, understanding and patience you so unselfishly gave us as a family. It’s an experience I will always cherish.

Thank you again,

The L. Family

Jacquelyn McDaniel - in honor of Peggy & Powell Sale
Anderson Oil Company
Antoinette Pinkney
Kaila & Associates
Kings of Chaos
Development Consulting Services
Community Bank of the Chesapeake
Linda Thompson
Greg and Penny Traber

Gregg and Robin Woodward
St. George's Episcopal Church
Dahlgren United Methodist Church
Will Philipp
Lucy & Wayne Harman
Strong Tower
Connie Schwartzman
The Brisben Center is devoted to improving the lives of the homeless who hunger and thirst for health and well-being.
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