VOLUNTEERING AT CARPENTER’S SHELTER

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Every year over 1,000 volunteers step through our doors at Carpenter’s Shelter. They dedicate over 14,000 hours of their time and skills. We have volunteers at the front desk, volunteers who watch our children, volunteers who job mentor, volunteers in the kitchen…Carpenter’s is ALWAYS full of volunteers, we seriously couldn’t run the shelter without them.

Recently, a group of students from the BU Center of Digital Imaging Arts created this short video all about our wonderful volunteers. We hope you enjoy the video and if you don’t already volunteer at Carpenter’s Shelter but are interested in becoming a volunteer, hop on over to our volunteer page and fill out the application. We’d love to see you around the shelter!

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HOMELESS SERVICES ASSESSMENT CENTER: NOW OPEN FOR BUSINESS

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After months of collaboration between Carpenter’s Shelter, The City of Alexandria and the Partnership to Prevent and End Homelessness, the day is finally upon us. Tuesday, September 4, The Homeless Services Assessment Center officially opened and began serving clients.

What is HSAC? HSAC at Carpenter’s Shelter is the central assessment center for homeless and at-risk individuals seeking shelter. HSAC is part of a duel intake system within the City of Alexandria. Families seeking services are assessed by the City, individuals looking for shelter, are now assessed by HSAC Staff at Carpenter’s Shelter. Instead of calling emergency shelter directly each day, homeless individuals will only need to make one call to HSAC.

Once they complete the eligibility screening, HSAC staff will make recommendations for the appropriate course of action. If emergency shelter is needed, HSAC will refer the individual to the shelter which has bed space availability. If diversion services are more appropriate, HSAC will distribute the funds necessary to keep the individual in their current housing situation.

If you have questions about HSAC or are in need of services, please contact Deanna Villanueva at (703) 548-0452.

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WORKPLACE GIVING

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It’s September again and that means two things: the kids are headed back to school and the United Way and CFC campaigns are underway! What are the United Way and CFC? The United Way and CFC campaigns are two of the easiest ways to donate to Carpenter’s Shelter and you don’t even need to write us a check!

Donating through a regular payroll deduction allows your annual gift to be distributed throughout the year, making a lasting impact on Carpenter’s Shelter. Every contribution helps us change the lives of those most in need. All donations are tax deductible. In 2011, the CFC of the National Capital Area raised $64.5 million to help people and communities in need. 40.6% of those funds stayed in the region, benefiting local non-profit groups. This year the CFCNCA hopes to raise $62 million. With a number that large, every donor and every dollar make a difference.

You’re three easy steps away from contributing:
  • Choose Carpenter’s Shelter! Our number is #87293, check us out on page 30 of the 2012 Catalog of Caring
  • Complete the pledge form on www.cfcnca.org
  • Submit your pledge, but remember to keep a copy for tax purposes.

Not a federal employee? Participating in the United Way is just as simple. Find out more about the United Way and download their campaign pledge form at www.unitedwaynca.org. Don’t forget, our United Way number is #8228.

FYI – Sometimes companies will match your donation. Make your donation twice as nice, ask your boss about company matching.

Questions about the United Way or CFC? Give us a call. Courtney Bishop would love to help you out. You can reach her at CourtneyBishop@CarpentersShelter.org or by phone (703) 548-7500 x205

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CARPENTER’S SHELTER BY THE NUMBERS

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Fiscal year 2012 was a great year for Carpenter’s Shelter. Last year we served 295 men women and children in the residential shelter, 395 chronically homeless individuals at David’s Place, and provided a safe place to sleep for 282 individuals through the Winter Shelter. We placed 97 individuals and families into stable housing, and continued to offer supportive services to 418 clients participating in Community Case Management. 1,179 volunteers stepped through our doors, dedicating 17,726 hours of services to the shelter. Our scholarship committee awarded $11,228 to clients and former clients looking to further their education. Our meal volunteers prepared 77,345 individuals meals for clients and David’s Place members, with no cost to the shelter. We are incredibly lucky to have such dedicated supporters and volunteers. Because of your support, we continue to work toward ending homelessness. Here’s to another great year at Carpenter’s Shelter.

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