Education & Employment Services

Carpenter’s Education and Employment Services help residents 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

Job coaches are available to work with residents one-on-one.  If you are interested in becoming a volunteer job coach, please contact Demi Henry, Volunteer Coordinator, at or (703) 548-7500 X228.


Educational Scholarship

Carpenter’s Shelter believes that education enables our clients to expand employment options, leading to increased housing stability. The Lee Fifer Jr. Scholarships are integral to the Education Program. Lee has been a longtime champion for the role of education as a means for people to make a better life. Because he so fully supported this approach, the scholarships bear his name and recognize his legacy. In the past year alone, $24,505 has been awarded to current and former residents for technical degrees, certifications, college tuition, and ESL classes.