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St. John Neumann Catholic Community's Mini-Work Camp 

built a deck on one of our transitional townhomes.

Reston Interfaith Newsletter - April 2011            




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Best of Reston


Join us on April 28th for the 20th Annual Best of Reston.

Sponsorships, seats, and table reservations are still available. 

Click here to learn more.


17th Annual Rucker Memorial Golf Tournament presented by


Reston Interfaith invites you to enjoy an invigorating round of golf at the River Creek Club, a premier private championship 18-hole golf course that borders the Potomac River in Leesburg, Virginia, for the 17th Annual Rucker Memorial Golf Tournament - presented by Clear IT.  Mark your calendar, tell friends and associates, and join your fellow golfers on Monday, July 18, 2011 for a day of golf, dinner and refreshments, a skills building golf clinic, and live and silent auctions.  

Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information please email Kitta Crawley  or call 571-323-9570.


Bring Your Lunch to Work



What's an easy way for your workplace to give back to the community? Have a "Bring Your Lunch to Work Day"!  Ask your coworkers to bring their lunch to work one day, and donate the money that they would have spent on eating out to Reston Interfaith.


For more information, please email Theresa Rupp, Community Outreach Specialist

Walk for Hope

The first annual Walk for Hope will be held Saturday, May 21.  Sign-up and support this fundraising 1 or 3 mile walk benefiting Connections for Hope. Click here for Walk for Hope Flyer

Register Now


-Saturday, March 26: Hoops for Hope - a family friendly event benefiting Reston Interfaith will be held from 1-3pm at Lake Anne Plaza.

 - Tuesday, April 5: The Melting Pot in Reston is offering a 3 or 4 course meal at a fixed rate of $30/$35 per person. A percentage of the proceeds goes to Reston Interfaith.


Addressing Foreclosure and Affordable Housing


Within the Connections for Hope facility is the office of Martin Rios, Reston Interfaith's Certified Housing Counselor.  Keeping people in their homes, by any means possible, is Reston Interfaith and Martin's ultimate goal. Over the past 2 years Martin has helped more than 150 homeowners in crisis.  About 70 percent of them remain in their homes, either enjoying a successful agreement with their mortgage company or still involved in what can often be a protracted negotiation. 

For those still in discussion with lenders, there is hope that the process will move faster in the future.  Reston Interfaith recently received full authorization to access and input mortgage loan modification requests through HOPE LoanPort, which is an online tool created by the Treasury Department specifically for Housing Counselors. The paper trail has been decreased greatly, saving weeks and months of waiting since all paperwork is now scanned and uploaded directly to loan servicers. Hundreds of underwriters are part of HOPE LoanPort; in addition, there are options to escalate cases when a decision is not reached in a reasonable timeframe.

Reston Interfaith continues to address housing issues by partnering with the Virginia Housing Development Authority (VHDA) to provide an Introduction to Homeownership class.  This class is designed to take the mystery out of the home buying process and help home buyers prepare to make important decisions about purchasing a home. Local experts in the field of home buying are involved in the training, and they provide answers to questions from class participants. Completion of this class is required by borrowers in order to become eligible for all VHDA loan programs. Classes are offered monthly at Connections for Hope office in English and Spanish. Last month 22 Spanish speaking students registered for this six-hour class.

Now more than ever, Reston Interfaith is proud to provide these essential services at no cost to persons living in northwestern Fairfax County. Many people facing foreclosure pay thousands of dollars for guidance and then end up losing their property.  Reston Interfaith will continue to partner with other service providers to increase accessibility to affordable housing, provide wrap-around services, keep families in their homes and ultimately improve the community as a whole.    

The Foreclosure Counseling and Mitigation program is a critical program in Reston Interfaith's overall efforts relating to affordable housing - with programs designed to develop and preserve affordable rental housing for homeless and at-risk individuals and families, supportive housing, housing and homeownership counseling, eviction prevention and homelessness prevention.




RIHC is Growinghouse

Reston Interfaith Housing Corporation (RIHC) is in the process of purchasing unit numbers 46 and 47 in our portfolio of beautiful affordable townhomes. We will look to purchase another two units in July or August. RIHC will renovate the townhomes and rent them to families who are working towards being more self-sufficient.


Help the Homeless Walks Raise a Record-setting $86,708 for Reston Interfaith's Programs


By participating in the 2010 Fannie Mae Help the Homeless Program, Reston Interfaith raised $86,708 to fuel their efforts to prevent and end homelessness in our cohthcommunitywalkmmunity. Three cheers for the generous sponsors, supporters and 1,321 walkers who all contributed to the success of this program as we continue to make a difference each and every day!


Save the date for the 2011 Help the Homeless Community Walk, which will be held on Sunday, October 16. More information about the Help the Homeless program will be available soon at www.restoninterfaith.org.


Over 5,900 Coats Distributed coat closet         

On a very cold day this past January, a young single woman came to the Reston Interfaith office to meet with her case worker. The case worker immediately noticed the young woman had no coat. Prompt support and relief was in sight. 


For the past eleven years, the Hunter Mill District Winter Coat Closet, a partnership between Supervisor Cathy Hudgins and Reston Interfaith, has been providing our needy neighbors with new and gently used coats, hats, and gloves. For the 2010-2011 winter season, Reston Interfaith volunteers distributed a total of 5,994 coats and 2,514 accessory items. Thank you to all the donors and volunteers who participated in this critical effort.


Applause Applause 
To St. John Neumann Catholic Community for conducting a Mini-Work Camp led by adult facilitator Pat Schambach to build a deck and improve one of our transitional townhomes.

To the Whole Foods of Reston for preparing a healthy dinner for the clients of the Embry Rucker Community Shelter.

To Jenny Lane and Willetta Sutton for catering delicious lunches for the clients of the Embry Rucker Community Shelter.

To Loudoun Bible Church for doing a wish list drive for the Embry Rucker Community Shelter.

To Clyde's Restaurant of Reston for choosing Reston Interfaith as the beneficiary of their St. Patrick's Day Running of the Leprechauns.

To Dogtopia of Herndon for designating the Embry Rucker Community Shelter for the Lucky Dog program.  

To Floris Elementary School and Thomas Jefferson High School for doing a wish list drive for the Embry Rucker Community Shelter. 

To Saint Anne's Episcopal Church for creating and donating "Bags of Warmth" for the clients at the Embry Rucker Community Shelter.


In the News 


Volunteers Have a Positive Impact on the Community


Annually over 2,500 members of the Greater Reston/Herndon community volunteer with Reston Interfaith. Through the support of our volunteers, Reston Interfaith is able to provide hours of individual tutoring, deliver groceries to homebound seniors and disabled adults, teach clients how to get out of debt and much more.

During the month of April, Reston Interfaith is celebrating the tireless efforts of those who make giving back to community part of their life. DeAnn Hollis once said, "The heart of a volunteer is not measured in size, but by the depth of the commitment to make a difference in the lives of others." A celebratory potluck picnic for all volunteers will be held in appreciation for all their hard work and commitment to our organization.



Year round

Bagged Meal Caterers



Year round

Meal Caterers


Year round

Front Desk Volunteer

Tuesday mornings


Year round Maintenance Assistants weekday mornings ongoing 

Year round 

Fresh Food Transporters



School year 

Financial Literacy Mentor

Monday evenings 


School year   Study Buddies Wednesdays 3:30-5:30pm ongoing 
Year roundFamily Mentors 6 hours each month minimum; timing flexible ongoing 

Sat. March 26 

Hoops for Hope Assistants



Sat. April 30 

Community Job Fair Hosts

8-11am or 10:30am-1pm 



Reston Interfaith - 11150 Sunset Hills Road, Suite 210, Reston, VA 20190


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