Carpenter’s Shelter provides shelter, guidance, education, and advocacy for homeless individuals and families who seek sustainable independence and stability. Carpenter’s serves an average of 20 kids a day and over 100 kids annually. Much like your own children, they wake up every morning, have breakfast, and get ready for school. From 8:30 am – 3:30 pm the children attend school or daycare. Most kids take advantage of afterschool programs until their parents can pick them up where dinner is served from 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm. Each night from 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm is designated for play where volunteers encourage and facilitate meaningful activities.

For most of our children, this is the best part of their day. It’s a time where they are not worrying about where their family will live or packing their things in a trash bag because they are moving to another family member’s couch. Their learning disabilities are not put on display on the playground and they are not tormented with how their friends will react if it becomes known they are homeless. When they are on the playground they are not concerned with their parent’s stress or other adult responsibilities. They can simply be a child and have fun.

Carpenter’s Shelter is dedicated to serving children in the Alexandria community and making sure they have the best childhood possible. With help and donations from you, our children can have a better life with less stress and adult responsibility. They can simply be kids, which is something every child deserves to experience.

Carpenter’s Shelter is lucky to have amazing volunteers that spend time with our children. We would like to thank the countless individuals who come in each night and provide school tutoring, as well as the groups who come in for Children’s Hour. Groups such as DC Metro Church, The Reading Connection, Fairlington United Methodist Church, Grace Community Church, and National Community Church spend time with our children tutoring, playing, and teaching each week, and we are beyond thankful for their time and help.