To maintain stable housing, life skills such as time management, financial planning and workforce development are helpful, not only to assist managing one’s own place, but maintaining it once it is secured. Stronger life skills assist an individual in an improved quality of life in areas such as wage gains, job opportunities and even health.
Helping Kids at NVFS Shelters Build Their Knowledge of the World
Thanks to Desiree Mehbod and Dast2Dast for providing a meal to the guests at Bailey’s Crossroads Community Shelter (BCCS) and restocking BCCS’ pantry so guests have continued access to nutritious meals and snacks. We are also especially grateful to George November for single-handedly preparing and donating a home-cooked meal for more than 50 shelter guests every month. George is also a regular volunteer at BCCS on holidays!
Our Community Partners are Supporting Clients’ Quests to Healthy Well-Being
Anita Eggleton of Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) is hosting a series of ongoing nutrition and cooking classes for families at Hilda Barg. VCE volunteers are also educating shelter guests on using SNAP cards at local farmers’ markets to access fresh produce. Thank you to Anita and the VCE team for supporting our shelter guests on their quest to good health!
Promoting Positive Community-Shelter Relations at National Night Out
On Tuesday, Aug. 1, BCCS hosted National Night Out in Bailey’s Crossroads to promote positive relationships between law enforcement and the community. BCCS shelter guests were also in attendance, along with more than 50 other attendees, enjoying an evening of mingling, games and BBQ.
BCCS Shelter Director Jimmy Rogers stated, “Our goal was to provide transparency and communication between everyone, and [the event] was very effective.”
An Extra Thank You on Behalf of our Youngest Clients
Special thanks to Red Barn Blankets for donating weighted blankets for children with special needs, to former Washington Redskins player Ken Harvey for reading to our Head Start kids, Usborne Books and all donors to Usborne’s children’s book drive for NVFS, and to all who have contributed to NVFS’ Back-to-School drive!
Top Donation Needs
NVFS is happy to accept donations of all kinds; however, this month’s top donation needs are as follows:
Hilda Barg: Sheets, pillows, kitchen items (pots, pans, small appliances), lightweight blankets, shower curtains/liners, towels, air mattresses, new socks and underwear (men’s, women’s, and children’s)
BCCS: New t-shirts, new underwear (men’s and women’s, all sizes), new socks, office supplies
“I’ve sincerely enjoyed the time you’ve spent during the past couple of weeks. I know it’s not always easy or convenient to personally come to my home and work with me on various strategies to assist me in my time of need. Yet you gave so generously your time, knowledge, patience and expertise to assist and speak on my behalf at such a critical time in my life. Your dedication to devote so much time, and keep me informed of a plan of action, has truly helped ease a lot of my concerns as to how I was going to continue paying such high rent. For nearly two years, it had taken a toll on me – being so stressed and many sleepless nights. I am truly grateful for your support to overcome obstacles that I alone could not have done, to rebuild my dreams to find affordable housing and have stability in my life once again.”