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Reston Interfaith Newsletter - 

September  2011

 

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Take Steps to End Homelessness - Sunday, Oct. 23

 

Reston's most vulnerable citizens live outside in the heat of summer, rains of spring and cold of winter.  Some are unemployed, others are under-employed and cannot afford to pay the basic cost of rent and food.  

 

Join Reston Interfaith on Sunday, October 23 for our 8th Annual Help the Homeless Community Walk at Festival on the Square at Reston Heights - the Sheraton & Westin Hotels. 

  • The Walk will begin at 1:30pm and "day of" registration starts at 12 noon.
  • After the Walk enjoy live music, entertainment, and children's activities. 
  • The registration fee is $20 for youth (25 & under) and $30 for adults. 
  • Gather your friends and family to make a team and create a team banner.

Click here to register and make sure to do so by October 17th to receive your t-shirt at the Walk. 

 

Click here to learn other ways to get involved in the Walk to Help End Homelessness program or contact Kitta Crawley or call 571-323-9570 if you have any questions.

Hypothermia Prevention

 

Every winter from December 1 through March 31, Reston Interfaith operates the North County Hypothermia Prevention (NCHP) program. Our goal is to prevent weather-induced illness and loss of life among unsheltered homeless adult men and women in our community.  

 

Volunteers are needed to prepare and serve hot meals to these individuals. There will be two training sessions, Thurs., Oct. 20, from 6 to 7:30 pm and Sunday, November 6, from 2 to 3:30 pm at the North County Human Services Building, 1850 Cameron Glen Drive in Reston. For more information, contact Nate King or call 571-323-9569.

 

Thanksgiving and Gifts for Kids Drives

 

Plan now to support the 2011 Thanksgiving and Gifts for Kids drives. We are collecting Thanksgiving meal boxes and gifts for local families in need. 

 

To support either of these important drives, please contact Nate King or call 517-323-9569.    

 

Click here for Thanksgiving Drive details.          

 

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Click here for Gifts for Kids Drive details.  

 

Thank you for helping make the holidays a little brighter for all of the families we serve.

 

Citi Foundation Supports Financial Literacy
 
Aspecial thanks to the Citi Foundation. Through a Citi Foundation grant,  Reston Interfaith has helped Transitional Housing clients to navigate these difficult financial times and to improve their  financial health. The grant supported clients to achieve greater results by improved credit scores, reduced debt, connection with caring mentors, and  helped them move towards greater self-sufficiency.

 

 

Calling for Nominations for the 2012 Best of Reston

 

bestof restoncircleThe Best of Reston Awards is a collaboration between Reston Interfaith and the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce that celebrates individuals, organizations and businesses that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to community service and improving the lives of others in the Greater Reston area.

 

We invite you to assist by nominating those who have made extraordinary contributions to the Greater Reston Community. There are four nomination categories: Individual Community Member, Civic/Community Organization, Small Business Leader (2 - 100 employees), and Corporate Business Leader (101+ employees).

 

Click here for nomination forms and names of previous awardees. Nominations are due by 5:00 pm on Monday, November 14, 2011.

 

Plan to join us next April 12 at the Hyatt Regency Reston as we honor the 2012 outstanding awardees at a very special evening.

 

If you have questions, please contact Cathy Hoskinson at 571-323-9566 or Judy Redpath at 703-295-9322.


 

Advocating for Those In Need

 

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Reston Interfaith staff are dedicated to making progress to ensure people who are in crisis are treated fairly and with dignity. Read below as Greg White, COO and Vice President of Programs of Reston Interfaith, reflects on why he has dedicated his career to social service. 

 

Several years ago after graduating from college, I found myself without a place to live after my two college roommates both returned to their out-of-state homes. I did not have full-time employment and could not afford the full rent and had to move out of the apartment. I very quickly ran out of what little funds I had left from the college semester and began living in my car, an old Ford Maverick which was parked in the rear of the apartments. Click here to read more...

 


 

Volunteer Opportunities

 

Thank you to all the volunteers who donated their time this past fiscal year. When we added up all our volunteer sign-in sheets - over 2,500 individuals volunteered. Reston Interfaith appreciates the support, care and attention our volunteers provide each and every day to our clients.  

 

Donate the most precious gift - your time. The benefits of volunteering are endless.

 

 

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To the Traveling Purse Group and Pat Williams for raising funds to support Reston Interfaith. The
Chocolate/Black "The Uptown" bag by Beijo recently appeared at the Loudoun Healthy Aging Fair and at an event for the Phillips Programs for Children and Families.  

 

checkmasterswimTo the Reston Master Swimmers for donating the proceeds of their annual Jim McDonnell Lake Swims and Open Water Clinic.   

 

 

 

To Wee Play for doing a mini-food drive and open house to benefit Reston Interfaith. 

 

To Praxis Engineering for painting one of our transitional townhouses.

 

To Dulles Community Church for coordinating the Hoops for Hope event to benefit Reston Interfaith. 

 

From the Embry Rucker Community Shelter:  

 

To Hutchinson Elementary Students for collecting and donating over 350 bath supplies, which was part of their national day of service project. 

  

To Ingrid's Hair Salon for providing haircuts to clients.   

 

To Ashley Morris, Girl Scout, for doing a summer reading program.

 

To Healing Waters Church, Laurie Curry and Arlene Christie for catering dinner.

 

To the Junior League of Northern Virginia for once again running their monthly program for the children.

 

To Charanjiv Gadh, Jagdeep Gadh, Suneet Kaur and family for catering a dinner in honor of a family member.

 

In the News 

 

 

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