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Reston Interfaith helps people build more stable lives by connecting them to vital resources that solve their needs for housing, childcare, food or financial assistance.  

March  2012 




6 More Families Move Beyond Reston Interfaith Housing in 2011


Reston Interfaith's housing program, "H.O.U.S.E. - Housing OpportUnities Strengthen Everyone" is for families who have experienced homelessness. The households in the H.O.U.S.E. program have low income and face other barriers to stable and affordable permanent housing such as bad credit, high debt, or past evictions. In many cases, they were paying 50 percent or more of their income toward housing costs, leaving little or nothing for basic needs such as childcare, transportation, and health related expenses. Click here to read more...


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Volunteer Opportunities


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


Click here to learn more about our current volunteer opportunities. 


Reston Interfaith Nonprofit of the Year 


The Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce named Reston Interfaith the best large nonprofit for 2012. Reston Interfaith was awarded this honor because of our commitment to providing quality programs and services, community outreach, and for the partnerships we have developed.  Kerrie Wilson, CEO accepted the award at the chamber's annual gala.  


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The Traveling Purse
The power of the Traveling Purse continues as community members  pay it forward by donating money to Reston Interfaith each time they borrow a unique popular purse, a Chocolate/Black "The Uptown" by Beijo. Kitty Bernard recently carried the purse at the Capitol Steps benefit performance.  


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Best of Reston - Celebrating Exceptional Community Service 


The 21st Annual Best of Reston 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. 


The honorees of the 2012 Best of Reston Awards will be formally recognized at the Annual Best of Reston Awards Gala on Thursday, April 12, 2012, at the Hyatt Regency Reston. The 2012 honorees are: 


Individual Community Members

  • Janet and Vade Bolton - Volunteer champions changing the odds for people in need in Fairfax County
  • Boofie and Joe O'Gorman - Steadfast to the Reston vision of a place to live, work, play and serve 

Civic/Community Organizations

  • Reston Youth Little League - Teaching All-American values through an All-American game
  • Graceful Spaces - Providing a graceful transition from homelessness to homeownership

Small Business Leader

  • Wee Play - Channeling a fun, caring and positive environment to our community's children

Corporate Business Leader

  • Dominion Virginia Power - Powering the community with volunteerism and corporate philanthropy


Click here for more information on table reservations and sponsorship opportunities. Proceeds from Best of Reston support the programs and services of Reston Interfaith. 


Reston Citizen of the Year - Nick Brown


For Dr. Richard "Nick" Brown, volunteering is a way of life and a family affair. He and his wife Peg solicit and deliver furnishings for families in transitional housing, haul bins and boxes to the Embry Rucker Community Shelter, make the weekly run to the jail to pick up clean sleeping bags for the Hypothermia Prevention Center, help out at the food pantry, and collect Reston Interfaith's recycling every week. Nick has been a Reston Interfaith supporter since he moved to Reston in 1975. In addition, Nick worked with Embry Rucker (for whom the shelter is named) in the early planning phases for the shelter.   


Nick was recognized by the Reston Citizen Association as the 2011 Reston Citizen of the Year on February 20th. During his acceptance speech, Nick explained to the crowd that he sees a huge need to support local senior citizens who are silently suffering in their homes. In addition, he has learned that the best way to support those in need is to let them know he is happy to help no matter the size of the task. Congratulations and thank you Nick!


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 Capitol Steps Wins Reston Interfaith Vote


 Laughter and applause from an audience of 600 filled the Hyatt Regency Reston ballroom on February 12th for the 29th Annual Capitol Steps Performance to benefit Reston Interfaith. 


There was a serious pause in the evening when Ken Plum, guest auctioneer, reminded everyone that only blocks away, seventy individuals and families were housed at the Embry Rucker Community Shelter on one of the coldest nights of the winter.


The event raised a record $99,000 thanks to the generosity of the many sponsors, auction donors and guests, and tireless efforts of Boofie O'Gorman and the committee, Kitty Bernard, Christine Broyhill, Eileen DuBose, June Fox, Ellen Graves, Gail Greenberg, Sylvia Haefer-Rose, Bonnie Haukness, Diane Holland, Sandra Twohie, and Leslie Vandergrift.


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Volunteers Needed to Make 
Bagged Meals
Every day, the Embry Rucker Community Shelter distributes 60 bagged lunches to the unsheltered homeless adults who stop by for a healthy meal.  You can help by registering to donate lunches on an upcoming date.  Donations can be accepted in quantities up to 120 lunches (2 days' worth).  To reserve a date to donate lunches or for more information, email Nate King or call 571-323-9569.


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To Ben and Jerry's in Reston Town Center for collecting canned goods. 


To the UPS Store at South Lakes Shopping Center for donating over a thousand books through the Toys for Tots Literacy Campaign. 


To MOM'S Organic Market for making monthly food donations to our Emergency and Self-Sufficiency Services Program.


To Miller Musmar for providing free income tax preparation to our clients.


Thompson Hospitality

To Thompson Hospitality and the American Tap Room for catering and serving a lunch at the shelter.   


To Rokhsana Kamal and familySRA International, Vaibhav Dandavate and the Philanthropists Bunch, and Pat Lindsay for routinely donating bagged lunches to the shelter.


To Lonnie Ford of Outside the Walls Ministry for his continued support.


To Wee Play and Kathy Brennan, a 2012 Best of Reston Honoree, for having the shelter children over for a special Monday night out.


To St. Anne's Episcopal Church for donating bags of warmth filled with hats, gloves, and scarves



Reston Interfaith

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


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