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  • Title: AACH
    Descriptive info: .. Go to content.. Go to navigation.. Go to search.. The Arlington-Alexandria Coalition for the Homeless.. These are your neighbors.. And they need your help.. Home.. About AACH.. Volunteer Programs.. News/Events.. Make a Donation.. Welcome.. The Arlington-Alexandria Coalition for the Homeless, Inc.. does more than offer shelter to homeless people, it provides them with a foundation to rebuild their lives.. Created in 1985 by concerned citizens of Arlington and Alexandria,.. AACH.. works in coordination with public agencies, businesses and community groups to give homeless people the support, shelter, counseling and employment training they need to regain self-sufficiency.. AACH Video.. Eat Well, Do Good.. Pete's Pays it Forward.. Pete’s New Haven Style Pizza has been raising a lot of “dough” in support of AACH! Teaming up with the Northern Virginia Apartment Association and apartment owners/managers, “Pizza Nite” is bringing GREAT pizza to Arlington, coupled with a means to do good.. In a nut shell, Pete’s donates 50 pizzas per apartment which residents in turn purchase for a minimum donation of $10 per pie.. (Typically, one-third will donate more.. )  ...   for the Arlington community and AACH.. As a matter of fact, stop by Pete’s on.. “Turkey Trot Thursdays”.. June 19, July 17, Aug 14, Sept 18, Oct, 16, and/or Nov 13.. Mention the Trot and 25% of your tab will go back to the Turkey Trot 5K which benefits AACH post-Thanksgiving!.. Go to.. www.. petesapizza.. com.. and “join the club” to get special deals at Pete’s!.. The education [training] helped me earn more money and be in a career that I enjoy.. The budget showed me what I was, at the beginning, wasting my money on and helps me stay focused toward my future goals.. Sign up for our Email Newsletter.. For.. Email Marketing.. you can trust.. Client Needs:.. Furniture and Beds.. Soap.. Diapers.. Baby oil.. Baby powder (preferably corn starch base).. Baby lotion.. Baby wipes.. A&D ointment.. Dishes, pots, pans, silverware.. 19 disposable cameras for children.. Movie tickets for children.. Giant gift cards.. Target gift cards.. Metro cards.. Shampoo.. Conditioner.. Relaxer.. Toothpaste.. Feminine hygiene products.. Contact Jennifer Mazarr at.. jmazarr@aachhomeless.. org.. Copyright 2007 Arlington-Alexandria Coalition for the Homeless..

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  • Title: AACH | About AACH
    Descriptive info: The Arlington-Alexandria Coalition for the Homeless (.. ) is a private non-profit organization that provides transitional housing and support services to homeless families and women in Arlington County and the City of Alexandria in Virginia.. offers homeless people more than just a roof over their heads;.. provides a foundation to help them rebuild their lives.. Members from several religious groups in Arlington and Alexandria created.. in 1985 to meet the critical needs of the homeless in our communities.. The.. mission is to move people into a permanently self-sufficient, independent life.. We do this through five integrated programs:.. Sullivan House:.. An apartment-like facility with ten units (50 beds) where clients reside for three to five months.. While in residence they receive counseling and referral services to address unresolved personal or family problems.. Clients deposit all of their wage and benefit earnings into an agency managed escrow account.. Funds are allocated back to them based on a carefully managed budget.. Assigned case managers place special emphasis on helping clients address bad credit and becoming better money managers.. Nearly, 80% of Sullivan House clients secure permanent housing after leaving the program.. Adopt-A-Family:.. A scattered site transitional housing program serving both the Alexandria and Arlington communities.. In addition to providing a rental subsidy for up to 24 months, participating clients receive extensive career counseling and opportunities to engage in job readiness and vocational education as a way to increase employment options and build assets.. Youth Development:.. Homeless children represent 60% of the clients served by.. This initiative provides focused opportunities for those involved to gain important interpersonal communications and other life skills.. This is achieved through group counseling, educational enrichment and specialized activities.. MicroBusiness Academy:.. An exciting new project funded by Capital One Bank and supported by the Virginia Cooperative Extension.. The purpose is to assist homeless and other at-risk families augment household incomes by capitalizing on their entrepreneurial  ...   an individual savings account.. In all of this we work closely with government agencies, private organizations, and community groups to ensure that our clients have access to all of the services they need.. Support of.. activities exemplifies public-private cooperation.. Funding from Arlington County, the City of Alexandria, the Federal government, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the United Way/Combined Federal Campaign (#8353) is added to grants and contributions from businesses, foundations, religious groups and caring individuals to meet our clients needs.. We also receive important donations from local residents of food, clothing, household items, and even cars in good condition.. More than 200 volunteers provide a variety of invaluable services to.. , everything from tutoring children to working at the front desk.. A volunteer board of directors, made up of citizens from Arlington and Alexandria, direct the activities of.. Volunteers and community support are critical to AACH’s mission of empowering homeless families and individuals to achieve permanent self-sufficiency.. We welcome your interest and support of our programs.. For more information, please review our most recent.. audit.. and.. 990.. Contact Us.. Our Holistic Approach.. Our Mission.. Success Stories.. Who We Are.. For Welfare Families the Tools to Build Better Lives, May 29, 1998.. Guiding Families on the Hard Path to Independence, November 21, 2002.. Before.. , I moved from one location to another, because I was unable to afford the places I rented.. There just was no affordable housing available, even though I worked every day.. Although I am not one of your clients who became a homeowner (not yet anyway) or one who secured that $60,000/year job, I still feel like a success story because now I can provide a stable and nurturing environment for my children.. Had it not been for.. , this would not have been possible and I would like to say Thank You from the bottom of my heart.. Dining room table..

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  • Title: AACH | Volunteer Programs
    Descriptive info: thanks you for your interest in volunteering! Our volunteer program is critical to fulfilling the organization s mission and provides the residents with necessary services.. is committed to offering you a rewarding and fun volunteer opportunity.. To become a volunteer at AACH:.. 1.. Complete an application.. Online Volunteer Application.. 2.. Complete a background check.. Please visit.. mybackgroundcheck.. to complete your screening.. Select Virginia, then Arlington-Alexandria Coalition for the Homeless, and identify yourself as an applicant to volunteer.. Follow the prompts to input your information.. Please consider paying for your screening as a contribution to our programs.. 3..  ...   touch as opportunities that fit your skill set arise.. If you are interested in receiving more information please fill out the contact form below and our volunteer coordinator will be in touch.. We look forward to working with you in the near future!.. Contact.. Name.. Email.. Comments.. Donation Drives Fundraisers.. Homework Help.. How to Volunteer.. Individual Tutoring.. MicroBusiness Academy.. Moving Assistance.. Outreach Event Planning.. Our family was homeless due to my husband losing his job; we couldn’t make ends meet.. The Sullivan House kept a roof over our heads, along with loving caseworkers who didn’t belittle us..

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  • Title: AACH | News/Events
    Descriptive info: Join us at Turkey Trot Thursdays!.. In addition to monthly Pizza Nights benefiting AACH at area apartment residences, Pete’s New Haven Style Pizza has expanded its support of the Clarendon Community by launching Turkey Trot Thursdays.. Mention the Turkey Trot 5K when placing your order and Pete’s will donate 25% of your tab to Arlington’s Turkey Trot 5K, benefiting AACH, AFAC and Doorways.. It’s a win-win!.. When clients move out of Sullivan House, they usually need help moving furniture out of storage units or the homes of donors.. Volunteers with trucks or vans are needed to help with this process.. AACH in the News.. Sullivan House clients were recently interviewed by Univision Noticias DC and Al Jazeera.. Read more below.. *Coalición de ayuda a indigentes necesita fondos*.. Univision Noticias DC.. Watch here.. *US working poor struggle with housing costs*.. AlJazeera.. Arlington, United States Ashley K defies many popular stereotypes of homeless people.. But her story is far from unusual in Arlington, Virginia, one of the top 10 richest counties in the US.. Read here.. Rock Stroll to End Homelessness.. Join us on Saturday, September 28th at Cameron Run Regional Park in Alexandria, as hundreds of area residents come together to fight homelessness in the DMV!.. The $20 (25 and under) or $30 registration fee is tax deductible and includes a BBQ buffet, music, Zumba with Hilary Kamins, Parkour Workshops with Urban Evolution, Hoopnotica hula dancing, kids’ activities, as well as the opportunity to participate in a 5K walk or timed run.. Proceeds from this day of fun, food and festivities benefit organizations helping the homeless in our community.. To learn more, visit.. rockandstroll.. net.. To register on behalf of AACH, visit.. http://bit.. ly/13hY6zI.. Note: For those who are unable to attend the event, but would still like to donate, please register on behalf of AACH at the link above!.. NBC 21st Century Solutions Grant.. AACH was one of only three organizations selected to receive the NBC 21st Century Solutions Grant.. The $25,000  ...   financial and other reasons.. The overarching aim is to help participants supplement household income, thereby achieving access to the economic mainstream.. Hence our tagline: An enterprising approach to making ends meet.. Read More.. Women in Housing Finance Supports AACH.. AACH is proud to be among six non-profit organizations selected for the Women in Housing Finance (WHF) Foundation Partnership Grants Program.. WHF, Inc.. is a premier association of women and men that actively promotes its members in the fields of housing and financial services while retaining a focus on its women members.. In addition, many WHF members volunteer their time and talent to help low-income women and children with basic financial literacy skills, housing assistance, transition services and economic empowerment.. “We are always thrilled when we can demonstrate our commitment to non-profit partner organizations that are working in the community everyday to support women and families” says Foundation President Lisa Andrews.. “This year s grantees are at the forefront of providing direct services to families in need.. Many of our partner organizations offer programs on basic financial literacy, and empower low-income women and their families to become more self-sufficient.. It’s a time when many non-profits are experiencing cuts to charitable giving and funding, but the services they provide are needed more than ever.. I am proud that WHF Foundation is able to continue making meaningful contributions to these worthwhile organizations.. ”.. To learn more about WHF, visit.. whfdc.. When Life Gives you Lemons Make a Stand!.. Twelve children living at Sullivan House have decided to build a lemonade stand! They voted to donate half of the proceeds to the Special Olympics and to use the rest to fund a field trip to Busch Gardens.. Over the course of the summer, children will learn the basics of starting a business, managing money, and marketing.. Come by Sullivan House.. Tuesdays and Wednesdays between 5 pm and 7 pm.. beginning July 10 to enjoy a tasty beverage and support a great group of kids!.. Older Articles..

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  • Title: AACH | Make a Donation
    Descriptive info: Only through the support of the Arlington-Alexandria community can.. meet the needs of its clients.. Your help in the past has been a key factor in supplying these essentials.. To support.. you can donate:.. Funds:.. Make an online donation:.. United Way – Combined Federal Campaign:.. Mail your donation to: Executive Director, Arlington-Alexandria Coalition for the Homeless, 3103 9th Road North, Arlington, VA 22201.. Information:.. Inform us  ...   Materials:.. An updated list of our clients’ needs is always available on the lower left hand side of our website.. Donations can be dropped off at any time, and receipts are available.. Your Time:.. Assist our clients with moving.. Provide childcare or tutoring.. Help raise funds or needed goods.. Invite us to speak at your faith community or workplace.. For more information, visit our.. volunteer page..

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  • Title: AACH | Contact Us
    Descriptive info: General Information:.. 3103 9th Road, North.. Arlington, VA 22201.. phone: 703-525-7177.. fax: 703-525-0750.. Volunteering Community Outreach:.. Jennifer Mazarr.. 703-525-7177 ext.. 23.. Adopt-A-Family and Children’s Programs:.. Sam Kelly.. 18.. Micro-business Program:.. Evan Davies.. 13.. Client Employment Opportunities:.. Erika Davis.. 38..

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  • Title: AACH | Our Holistic Approach
    Descriptive info: AACH’s integrated programs meet the particular needs of individual families over an extended period of time.. Working with a broad network of both public-sector agencies and other service providers, we help women and families assess their full range of problems and acquire whatever skills and assistance they need to regain family stability and permanent housing.. We address the multiple underlying causes of homelessness, rather than only focusing on putting a roof over people’s heads.. Providing shelter to families in need.. AACH’s holistic approach covers both the short- and longer-term housing needs of our clients.. Women and families in need of short-term housing stay at Sullivan House, a 50-bed apartment-style shelter, which can accommodate as many as 14 families in ten 1- and 2-bedroom apartments.. The average length of stay at Sullivan House is a little over three months, and more than three-quarters of our discharged clients obtain permanent housing, largely due to AACH’s outreach to landlords and intensive work with clients in areas related to household budgeting and repairing bad financial credit.. helps families into longerterm housing solutions by providing rental subsidies and supportive services for up to 24 months.. Most of these families are referred from emergency shelters in Arlington and Alexandria, and from Sullivan House.. Today, we’re the largest provider of transitional housing in the Arlington-Alexandria area.. works with churches and other community groups to “adopt” some of these families and provide them with financial support, household items and encouragement, and also identify community resources to address their needs.. We give these families a chance to get on their feet, accumulate savings, build life and workplace skills and be in a far better position to secure permanent housing.. And in fact, more than 80 percent of the families who successfully finish our longer-term transitional housing program remain in permanent housing for at least one year.. Increasing income and wealth.. case managers help clients manage their finances responsibly.. We teach them budgeting; how to avoid impulse shopping; where and how to buy things at discount prices; and how to reduce debt burden, deal with creditors, make informed decisions about managing personal finances and distinguish needs from wants.. Many.. clients live a chaotic economic existence—flush with cash one day and destitute the next.. They often face mountains of debt, and are often on the verge of eviction and under the pressure of bill collectors.. With our help,.. families become more “savvy” regarding consumer purchasing and better able to meet household needs within available financial resources.. Self-sufficiency over the long term depends on earning a living wage.. To help our clients succeed in the job market,.. counselors assist them in assessing their employment options, taking into account their interests, skills and  ...   lifestyle choices and express emotions positively.. These are the fundamental skills that will determine whether our clients are able to interact appropriately in society—and by extension, be accepted and thrive under society’s rules.. Developing more positive and mature attitudes and behaviors helps our clients to navigate their environment more effectively.. A great many of our cases involve issues of domestic violence.. Through compassionate and skillful counseling we help abused women understand the dynamics of their situation, what resources exist to help them get out of abusive situations and learn to address all domestic violence issues in ways that lead to permanent solutions.. When changed behaviors are supported by the right tools to make decisions, solve problems and achieve goals independently, our clients achieve a sense of purpose and gain the emotional stability they need for both family and job effectiveness.. Giving support to kids.. Children don’t fully understand the underlying reasons that bring them to our door.. They only know the vulnerable feelings they experience as a result.. At.. , we never lose sight of what the children face and we work to restore their sense of stability, security and faith that life has something good to offer them.. We partner with parents to develop the right plan for meeting the health, mental health, educational and social needs of their children.. We show parents how to obtain resources for their children.. We provide volunteer tutors to help children who are struggling academically.. We organize monthly field trips for the children to places such as area parks, museums, plays and movies.. Two to three nights a week, we give children a fun and creative outlet through games, arts and crafts and reading sessions while their parents attend different workshops and seminars on effective parenting.. These positive experiences are invaluable for children who are in the midst of a difficult time of transition.. is making a difference.. We are proud of the difference we are making in so many lives:.. Over 70% of clients leaving our programs are successful in securing permanent housing.. 80% of Adopt-A-Family clients remain in permanent housing for at least a year following their stay.. Over the past decade, we have helped more than 650 families secure permanent housing.. In 2005, over 250 people in 84 households found shelter through.. programs; 62% were children.. Families that exited the Sullivan House program during the past year did so with an average of $1,580 in savings.. We provide volunteer tutors for more than 40% of children in.. programs.. In 2005, clients increased their employment income by 17% while in our programs.. And we will continue to help our neighbors fight the underlying causes of homelessness and to establish self-sufficiency and independence..

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  • Title: AACH | Our Mission
    Descriptive info: ) provides a foundation for women and families to rebuild their lives.. These are the people in your neighborhood.. Nearly 1,000 people in Alexandria and Arlington are homeless.. They are among the most vulnerable people in our community.. Many are single women struggling to keep their children safe and healthy.. Nearly one third are the children themselves.. They face a significant challenge.. Not only must they earn sufficient income to afford housing and basic life necessities in one of the most expensive regions in the nation, they often must do so while battling a host of other problems, such as abuse or addiction and a lack  ...   provides important, but temporary, relief.. It cannot take the place of a long-term, sustainable solution: giving these women and families the tools they need to become self-sufficient.. provides the foundation.. Through a combination of programs working in concert,.. provides a foundation for women and families to rebuild their lives.. AACH’s focus is on providing the tools that allow women and families to help themselves: to give them a fresh start in housing, training and employment.. To teach them to be better parents.. To stabilize the home lives of the children.. To help them make what often seems to them to be an impossible journey to independence..

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  • Title: AACH | Success Stories
    Descriptive info: A testimonial from a volunteer (6/14/2010):.. Just outside of our nation’s capitol, you will find one of the most expensive regions in the country juxtaposed with nearly 1,000 homeless people in Alexandria and Arlington.. Here neighbors are helping neighbors gain independence and stability with the guidance of the Arlington-Alexandria Coalition for the Homeless (.. ), a remarkable non-profit organization rebuilding lives one person at a time.. About a year and a half ago, the women’s group to which I belong sought out a service project and decided to get involved with the Adopt-A-Family program operated by.. Two other women in the group and I volunteered to serve as contacts for the family we would “adopt.. ” By adopting this family, we agreed to work with them toward self-sufficiency.. is a unique non-profit organization because its case managers and volunteers focus on life skills.. Case managers develop individualized plans that address root causes for homelessness.. For instance, the caseworker with whom we work advised us to help our “mom,” whose name is withheld to respect her privacy, with budgetary issues, researching and enrolling in.. ESL.. classes, navigating the citizenship application process and so on.. We tackled these tasks in concert so that our “mom” could learn and grow more confident.. Along the way, deep friendships emerged.. We share in her successes, failures and fears.. We were there  ...   employment and long-term planning.. An immigrant herself, this case manager pushes her client to speak up when she when a misunderstanding arises.. It is a joy to watch the evolution of our “mom” go from shying away from conversation with a stranger to walking into a packed Red Cross classroom for.. CPR.. certification to pursue her dream of becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant.. also runs Sullivan House, a 50-bed shelter available to women and their children on a short term basis.. As of last weekend, the shelter housed eleven infants whose mothers are receiving training in parenting, self-esteem and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.. The good news is that these families are not alone.. and its more than 200 volunteers provide a variety of services from tutoring children to working at the front desk.. While many worthy organizations give nutritious meals and a night’s shelter to those in need,.. goes deeper with its holistic approach.. The results speak volumes: over 70 percent of clients leaving.. programs are successful in securing permanent housing and families that exited the Sullivan House program during the past year did so with an average of $1,580 in savings.. I am nominating.. for the.. TODAY.. and the Pepsi Refresh Project because this organization can use its best practices to help even more families reclaim their independence with the additional resources from.. NBC.. and Pepsi..

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  • Title: AACH | Who We Are
    Descriptive info: Volunteers.. Volunteers are critical to AACH’s mission of empowering homeless families and individuals to achieve self-sufficiency.. Each year, more than 200 volunteers contribute thousands of hours of work to.. Staff.. Staff come from a variety of professional backgrounds and bring a wide range of skills to their work.. Many have been with.. for over ten years.. To speak with a staff member, visit the  ...   citizens from Arlington and Alexandria, directs the activities of.. Current board members include:.. Anthony J.. Stamilio, Director.. Ingrid Harris Herbert, Director.. James Watson, Esq.. , Treasurer.. Wray Carter Sexson, Director.. Gregg Siegal, Director.. Kopp Michelotti, Director.. Cindy Fagnoni, Director.. William C.. Brydges, President.. Janice L.. Haub, Director.. Sandy Burke, Director.. Mark Gaudian, Director.. Alecia Schmuhl, Esq.. , Director.. David R.. Sklar, Director.. Cindy Shuck, Director..

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  • Title: AACH | Fundraisers
    Descriptive info: Volunteers provide critical support to our clients through collection of in-kind donations and funding.. This volunteer activity is open to people of all ages.. If you or your organization is interested in holding a fundraiser or donation drive on behalf of the families of.. , please contact Jennifer Mazarr at..

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