Education & Employment Services

Carpenter’s Education and Employment Services helps homeless individuals increase their knowledge and achieve appropriate skills and certification to enhance their employability and thrive in the community.



For residents who are not employed or are seeking better employment, Carpenter’s offers a variety of employment workshops designed to teach clients the skills necessary to find and maintain full-time employment.

Workshops focus on the following skill sets:

  • Resume building
  • Job searching
  • Interviewing skills
  • On the job skills
  • Communicating with co-workers
  • Problem solving

Individual job mentors are available for clients who require special attention. If you are interested in becoming a job mentor, please contact Jamila Smith, Volunteer Coordinator at or (703) 548-7500 X213.



Carpenter’s Shelter believes that education is the key to an independent life. An integral part of the Education Program is the Lee Fifer Education Fund. Since 2005, the Lee Fifer Education Fund has awarded over $190,000 to pay for school tuition, living stipends, books, computers, and more. 98% of scholarship recipients have not returned to homelessness.