"The little moments that I get to share with my clients every day are the ones that keep me going. Sometimes it is as little as a smile or a thank you. Other days there are big moments like landing a good paying job, or being approved for housing. Recently I received a hug from a single mom who was fleeing domestic violence. She came into shelter, found a job, and secured housing. As she was leaving, she said, 'thank you for believing in me - no one has ever done that before.' This was a moment that makes every challenging day worth it." - A staff member at SERVE
Our holistic approach to helping vulnerable families and individuals includes:
- 92-bed emergency shelter for families and individuals. Every client who stays at the shelter receives comprehensive case management designed to address the underlying causes of homelessness.
- The Hunger Resource Center, serving more than 850 families each month
- Rent and utility assistance for residents of Prince William County
- Safe and stable housing services, including 17 housing properties
- Health access: free and reduced-cost medical care, dental care and prescription medication
- Early Head Start classroom for 8 children (plus 4 classes serving 32 children in the nearby Georgetown South neighborhood)
- Home-based Early Head Start and Healthy Families programs, serving more than 200 families
- Job skills, entrepreneurship and life skills training and support
SERVE (Securing Emergency Resources through Volunteer Efforts) was founded in 1975 by a group of churches, local organizations and concerned citizens with the goal of pooling existing resources to meet the emergency needs of families.
After merging with NVFS in 2009, SERVE has continued to grow its capacity to help families achieve stability and success. With an array of programs and resources located at SERVE, family support workers, housing locators, SERVE continues to address the immediate needs of families and individuals in crisis and offers them the stabilizing support they need to become self sufficient and build a better future.
In addition to the shelter, the 8,000 square foot Hunger Resource Center is the hub of our anti-hunger programs, including nutrition education and SNAP outreach. The campus also offers Early Head Start,Healthy Families, health access, employment and entrepreneurship programs.
The volunteer program is integral to our mission and essential to our success. To volunteer at SERVE, contact Navara Cannon (firstname.lastname@example.org).