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“7 Days to Serve” at Bailey’s Crossroads Community Shelter!

Volunteers of America Chesapeake and the Bailey’s Crossroads Community Shelter want to extend a special Thank You to the participants in Fannie Mae’s 7 Days to Serve program.

On Friday May 1 more than 50 Fannie Mae volunteers joined us at our Bailey’s Crossroads Community shelter in Falls Church, VA. The volunteers, part of Fannie Mae’s “7 Days to Serve” initiative, came out to help our staff accomplish critical tasks in our mission to end homelessness in our region. These tasks included sorting clothing donations, packing more thank 150 toiletry kits, constructing picnic tables, beautifying our grounds and completing a much needed storage shed.

“We couldn’t have done all this without the help of volunteers,” said Facility Coordinator Francis Alquijay. “These projects take a burden off our staff members and allow them to focus more directly on serving our clients and community.”

Check out our Facebook page to see more photos from our service day!

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Loudoun Celebrates the end of Cold Weather Shelter!

Our Loudoun County Homeless Services Center (LCHSC) recently held the annual Cold Weather Finale lunch to celebrate the end of another successful winter shelter season.

WinterShelterFinale1The purpose of LCHSC’s Winter Shelter Program is to provide safe and warm lodging to unsheltered homeless individuals throughout the coldest months of the year. Now in it’s 10th season, LCHSC partners with more than 30 local churches and hundreds of volunteers to ensure that all those in need throughout the county have a place of refuge.

“We’re just thrilled to be able to do this work and to celebrate our successes with our partners,” said Linda Kimble, Volunteer Coordinator at LCHSC. This year the team celebrated moving 25 chronically homeless individuals into permanent housing between October 2014 and April 2015.

“That’s 25 lives saved,” said Program Director Elizabeth Jones. “25 individuals who would otherwise be sleeping in tents in the woods, on street corners and in parking lots. We’ve been able to reach out to them and break down those barriers that previously prevented them from finding and maintaining housing.”

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Loudoun County Vice Mary Kelly Burk also attended the finale and remarked at how grateful she is for individuals like Linda, Beth and the team of volunteers who help make Winter Shelter possible. “I’m just overwhelmed with the dedication you all show to our community and those in desperate need.” said Ms. Burk.

You can help support the Loudoun County Homeless Services Center by donating or volunteering today!

Visit http://www.voachesapeake.org/Loudoun to learn more or sign up for a tour!

Testimonial Tuesday: Homeless Services

Oh, the weather outside is frightful …

but here in Chesapeake the warmth of our clients and staff is SO delightful!

Hey Bloggers! We’re in the final week of the 5 Weeks of Giving and its been great sharing our client stories, words of encouragement, motivations and successes with you! Today’s Testimonial comes to us from our Homeless Services Programs … our largest service area.

At Volunteers of America Chesapeake, our specialty is caring for our neighbors most in need. Through a network of emergency shelters, hypothermia prevention programs, drop-in centers, cold-weather shelters, transitional housing programs and affordable housing programs, Volunteers of America Chesapeake not only meets the needs of some of the most vulnerable people in our communities but provides them with the support they need to become self-sufficient. READ MORE

Click HERE to watch today’s Testimonial Tuesday Video!

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Blogger Testimonial Question: Many of the homeless individuals we serve are currently employed but unable to cover market rent in our area. Affordable Housing is a huge challenge in homeless prevention and diversion. How are your communities working to help end homelessness?

If you’re looking for a way to help, you can join us in the fight from Baltimore all the way to Virginia Beach. Click HERE to Donate Today (ps … there are tax incentives for end of year giving! check out our website to learn more!)

A New Year’s Motivation

A New Year’s Motivation

By:  Recruiting Specialist Ms. Kimberly Palmore-Ferguson

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The word motivation is defined in Webster’s Dictionary as the act of process of giving someone a reason for doing something. Look around you (No really, look around you!). Your motivation is, your victories. You woke up this morning..that’s a victory; you breathe the fragrance of life…that’s a victory! You just blinked… Ohhh that’s a huge victory! So, this is your time.. This is your moment …. This is your season! We sometimes look for motivation in places and people who we call family friends or just a passerby. But the motivator of our motivation is GOD! Think back to when God brought you out of something that you named impossible, unmovable, destructive and or just plain old painful. Now, fast forward to when He brought you out of that unfavorable season where the impossible became possible, the unmovable became the moveable and the destructive became your blessing. Take that act of sheer love, favor and grace from God and use it to motivate you in every season of your life. Each and every time you get into that space where nothing seems right, nothing makes sense and nothing seems to work REMEMBER who you propelled you to the next level. Now, don’t think for one second that the reason for that unfavorable season was just something that appeared out of thin air or you did something wrong. Know that God always has a reason for every season! (And.. STOP looking for the reason! Trust God and move on!)

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Thank You Thursday

Good morning Chesapeake Family and Merry Christmas!!

2 Corinthians 9:7 (NIV) Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

Good morning Chesapeake Family and welcome to another edition of Thank You Thursday! Today we’d like to thank one of our outstanding Board Members: Robert Scheer!

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“Not only is Robert someone who gives cheerfully, but enthusiastically as well. He’s not only embraced our board campaign to raise $300,000 this year, but also volunteered to join our fundraising committee to frame how we generate resources to meet our mission!” said Chief Business Development Officer Rob Malone.

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Merry Christmas!!

Christmas is Light

CHRISTMAS IS A LIGHT EVENT!

Lamps, Candles, Flames, and Light represent the manifest presence of God as the Light of the World.

Light is essential for life to exist. Without light plants, animals and man

would be left in a state of darkness. The spiritual aspect of man in his

fallen state exists in darkness. Jesus, the Light of the World, brings light

and life to the spiritual body of mankind.

“The birth of Jesus was – light shattering the darkness.”

Technology has advanced and the world population has exploded, but

the presence of sin and darkness still stands as a gap between man and

God. But like fireworks bursting overhead, punching bright holes in the

darkness of sin, the coming of Christ brought light to a somber, needy

world. It bridged the gap. It still does!

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Wednesday’s Word: Quality

Hey Chesapeake Family! Merry Christmas EVE!! Are you ready for tomorrow?? Today’s Wednesday’s Word comes from our Volunteer Coordinator Simon Lee:

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I have been with Volunteers of America Chesapeake for a little of over two months now and many clients have been served and are continued to be served! Every opportunity, no matter how big or how small, to serve a client in need is an opportunity to provide quality service from Volunteers of America Chesapeake. When I think of “quality” at Volunteers of America Chesapeake, the first thing that comes to my mind is the type of work that we provide to our clients.

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