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February  2012




Homeless Katrina Victims Now Own A Home


In August 2005, when hundreds of thousands of people were displaced by Hurricane Katrina, Reston Interfaith partnered with Fairfax County to provide housing assistance for the victims. The Smiths' rented house was demolished by the floods, and in its aftermath, the husband lost his job. With no income or savings and no family in New Orleans they relocated to Herndon when a relative offered the family of five space on the floor in a two bedroom apartment.


With such extreme overcrowding, the situation could only be temporary.  The Smith family of five worked with Reston Interfaith and received intensive counseling. They had a strong commitment to regaining self-sufficiency. Click here to read the full story


Volunteer Opportunities


Please consider donating your time to Reston Interfaith. The benefits of volunteering are endless.


Click here to learn more about our current volunteer opportunities. 


Congratulations to Michael J. Scheurer, Northern Virginia Community Outreach Officer for the Virginia Housing Development Authority and Vice President of the Reston Interfaith Housing Corporation (RIHC). Michael has been elected the 2012 president of HomeAid Northern Virginia. HomeAid recruits home builders to provide multiple renovations to our transitional townhouses.  



 Your Used Vehicle 
Do you have an extra vehicle and want to help transform a client's life? Donate your vehicle to Reston Interfaith and it will be given directly to a neighbor in need who needs transportation to get to work. 
For more information, email Abby Kimble or call 571-323-9585.  


Upcoming Events and FriendRaisers

Ben and Jerry's - Reston Town Center  Tuesday, February 14,  5pm - 8pm. Bring a canned good and receive a FREE cone as part of AmeriCone Dream kickoff.


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Capitol Steps Benefit Performance  


Click here - there are sponsorship opportunities and limited seats available. 


The 29th Annual Capitol Steps performance to benefit Reston Interfaith returns Sunday, February 12, 2012, at the Hyatt Regency Reston. The silent auction opens at 6:00pm and the show begins at 7:00pm.


Plan now to enjoy an evening filled with live entertainment, decadent desserts, and wonderful wines. This event is a great way to have a fun night out and support your community at the same time. In addition, you will have a chance to bid on one-of-a-kind items in silent and live auctions. Click here for seat reservations and sponsorship information. 


Make a Difference and Become a Financial Mentor for a Formerly Homeless Family in Our Community.


The Financial Literacy Mentor Council provides individualized education and coaching to help Reston Interfaith clients set and achieve goals critical to achieving overall financial stability and self-sufficiency. Mentors have a direct impact on increasing families' self-sufficiency by helping them establish specific financial goals related to household budgeting, savings, banking services, credit repair, and other methods to build a strong financial future.


Members of the Financial Literacy Mentor Council will work with case management staff and each other to help guide families toward economic independence. Volunteers should possess the ability to maintain consistent interaction with the family at least twice a month for a minimum of four hours per month for 12 months to monitor the family's progress and help them remain accountable for their goals.


If you or someone you know is interested, please email Mandy Guernsey or call 571-323-9565.


2012 Best of Reston Honorees bestof restoncircle


Applause was heard on Thursday, February 2nd when the 2012 Best of Reston honorees were announced. The 21st Annual Best of Reston Awards honors businesses, organizations, and individuals who have put forth tremendous effort in their commitment to community service and improving the lives of others. The Awards Gala is produced in partnership by Reston Interfaith and the Greater Reston Chamber  of Commerce. Community members submitted nominations for the awards during the fall. An anonymous panel reviewed all nominations and selected the six winners of this year's awards.


Winners of the 2012 Best of Reston Awards will be formally honored at the 21st Annual Best of Reston Awards Gala on Thursday, April 12, 2012, at the Hyatt Regency Reston. Table reservations and sponsorship opportunities for the gala are available. Click here for more information and to read about the 2012 Best of Reston honorees. Proceeds from Best of Reston support the programs and services of Reston Interfaith. 


Applause Applause  


To MOM's Organic Market in Herndon for donating fresh produce weekly to Emergency and Self-Sufficiency Services Program.


To the Safeway at Hunters Woods for donating food for the Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration bagged meal service project supporting the Embry Rucker Community Shelter.

To Fairfax County, Fastran, and the Clock Tower Shoppers Food Warehouse for coordinating and hosting the Stuff the Bus program which brought in 2,000 lbs. of food for the Emergency and Self-Sufficiency Services Program - Food Pantry.


To Boy Scout Troop 1313 of Sunrise Elementary School for donating the proceeds from their talent show.   


From the Embry Rucker Community Shelter:


To Floris United Methodist Church for providing childcare and coordinating a flashlight drive to support our clients.


To Juliette Ryland and family for hosting a New Year's celebration for the residents.


To Booz Allen Hamilton for hosting an after-holiday party.


To Jason Alger for dedicating his Eagle Scout project to ERCS, which provided dental hygiene and other wish list items.


To Becky Fairchild and the students from South Lakes High School STEP program for providing a catered lunch.


To Mrs. Jutley for providing a catered lunch.


To Marshall Road Elementary School for holding a book drive. 



Reston Interfaith

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


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