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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.  

June 2012 


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Finding a Home for Heidi 


On Monday, April 2, Heidi had exactly what she wanted for breakfast, and she fixed it herself. Unremarkable for most people but for the 71-year-old who was spending the first morning in a home of her own after four years in shelters, it was a miracle.


Originally from the Netherlands, Heidi came to the United States from Indonesia in the 1970s to study at Georgetown University. Things went well for decades. She took classes, worked as a translator and shared a house with friends. But an accident changed everything. Click here to read more. 



Golf and Give Back at the Annual Rucker Memorial Tournament


Mark your calendar for the 18th Annual Rucker Memorial Golf Tournament on Monday, July 16 at River Creek Club in Leesburg, VA. Enjoy an outstanding day of golf, networking, delicious food and drinks, and silent and live auctions. Golf and specialty sponsorship opportunities are available now. Click here to learn how to support Reston Interfaith by spending a day on the golf course.


"Adopt-a-Day" Bagged Lunch Program

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Every single day the Embry Rucker Community Shelter (ERCS) distributes 60 bagged meals to those who drop in seeking a nutritious meal. We are looking for individuals or groups who are willing to make a once-a-month or the "fifth day of the month" donation of lunches. For more information about bagged lunch preparation and delivery, please click here.


If you would like to participate in this program, please contact Nate King, Community Resource Associate, 571-323-9569.   


Upcoming Events Benefiting Reston Interfaith


Sunday, June 10 - Love Your Body Day, Reston Town Center. Click here for more information. 


Taste of Reston -

 Food Drive

June 15 & 16

Click here to learn more about this Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce event.  


Thursday, June 28 - Perkowitz + Ruth Architects Food Drive, Reston Town Center.




Each Step We Take Matters - Join Our Walk to End Homelessness Today


Reston Interfaith is a proud partner in Fannie Mae's Annual Help the Homeless Program to raise funds and public awareness around homelessness in northern Fairfax County. Our goal this year is to engage 4,000 participants through a series of community events and walks between now and November 4. 


Save the date for Reston Interfaith's 9th Annual Community Walk to End Homelessness on Sunday, October 14.  Click here to learn more. 


We need sponsors to underwrite youth to participate in the walk at $20 each. For more information, please contact  Ali Robbins, Special Events Manager, 571-323-9572.


Help the Environment and Our Shelter!


We are looking for individuals and groups to help. The Embry Rucker Community Shelter (ERCS) is experiencing erosion and ground flooding. Wetland Studies and Solutions volunteered a plan to alleviate these problems. To fully implement the plan we need gardeners to plant seeds and seedlings and to foster their growth this summer. These plants will be transplanted to the ERCS this fall. Click here for a list of the plants that are on our planting plan. 


Please contact Susan Alger to discuss ways you can help. This would be a great project for families, scouts, garden clubs and others!


A Heartfelt Thank You...


Keller Williams To Keller Williams Realty for helping with the erosion control project at the shelter and for donating the proceeds from their "Night at the Races" event.




To Maude Hair Salon for donating theMaude cut a thon proceeds of their Snip It and Give cut-a-thon and the "No Mothers Left Behind" gift bags.





To Spacenet employees for creating a fun filled field day for the Laurel Learning Center children.


To Fairfax County Bar Association for coordinating attorneys to assist clients in the Partnership for Permanent Housing program to complete wills.


To the Emerging Leaders Institute from Leadership Fairfax for helping to coordinate and run a successful Herndon Neighborhood Resource Center Community Day.


To the Woelflein family for making cupcakes for the Southgate Mother's Day Tea.


To Stamp Out Hunger Volunteers - Suzanne Zurn, Iraj Sarabi, Mike Sneed, Ivan Young, and Thuli Katerere.


To G.S. Troop 1875 for donating Mother's Day Baskets.


From the Embry Rucker Community Shelter:


Thanks to everyone who helped make Mother's Day special for all the ladies at the Shelter, including:

Lambda Kappa Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Kathy Brennan of Wee Play, MOPS of Floris United Methodist Church, Stacy Miller and friends, Julie Miner and friends, Annabella Riccio-Vagonis, Susie Sylvester and DEV Technology Group, Mothers and More Power of a Purse, and The American Café, Herndon.


To Outside the Walls Ministry for continued support and food.


To all the Girl Scout Troops who have donated Girl Scout cookies to the shelter this season.


To Beth Riddick and RobotTomatoes.org for tomato and herb seedlings for the garden. 



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