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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.  

Summer 2012 


hthwalk11 Be A Part Of Something Big - Take Steps To End Homelessness


Reston Interfaith has kicked off the 2012 Help the Homeless Walks. The walks are held to help end homelessness. With 1,500+ people who are homeless in the Fairfax-Falls Church community - consider how you will make a difference. 


Our goal is to have over 4,000 people participate in Help the Homeless events. You can walk or underwrite youth walkers or host an event. To be a part of this record number of walkers, contact Ali Robbins at 571.323.9572.   


Take steps to end homelessness and register now! 


Thursday, October 4th at 12 noon - Reston Town Center Walk to End Homelessness presented by Mayflowers A Floral Studio


Saturday, October 13th at 9:00am - Herndon Homecoming Parade


Sunday, October 14th at 1:30pm - 9th Annual Community Walk for the Homeless at Festival on the Square  


client receives donation
An Apartment Brings Major Life Change - This Is Why We Walk

For over 20 years Matt has been homeless. It was his reality and one that he knows well. Needless to say, as he moved into his first residence in the past two decades he was nervous and hopeful about this change. Starting with nothing, he has been marvelously helped by Graceful Spaces, a Reston Interfaith partner organization. They worked with Matt to secure all the things that make an "apartment" a "home."  Thanks to your contribution - Reston Interfaith Staff are continuing to provide support for Matt as he navigates the future challenges and opportunities in his life. 


We extend a special thank you to the Salvation Army of Fairfax and Value City Furniture of Falls Church for providing furnishings.  


Rucker Memorial Golf Tournament Raises Over $100,000 For the Benefit of Homeless Families and Individuals  



The 18th Annual Rucker Memorial Golf Tournament benefited the homeless. This sold out event raised over $100,000. Thank you to golfers, donors, and volunteers for contributing to the success of this event. A special thank you to event chair Ken Michlovitz and the Rucker steering committee. Please click here to see a list of our generous event sponsors.


 Volunteer Opportunities

Please consider donating your time to Reston Interfaith. Starting this fall we will need tutors and financial mentors.  Click here to learn more about our current volunteer opportunities. 



Rapid Response After The Storm 
When the community needed support due to power outages caused by the July derecho, Reston Interfaith was there with first responders to provide emergency support. The power outages affected our shelter and many of our transitional housing families. Through our caring community Reston Interfaith was able to rapidly respond to make sure our neighbors in need were safely housed and had access to essential food items. A special thank you to all those who donated their time and resources during this historic storm and heat wave.


Upcoming Events 


Friday, August 24

from 5-9pm

Burgers for Book Bags at Be Right Burger in the Reston Town Center. Bring a new backpack and receive a free burger.


 Thursday, September 13


Caregiving - Burden or Blessing? Are You Ready?

By the Giving Circle    


Thursday, October 4

at 12pm 

Reston Town Center Walk to End Homelessness presented by Mayflowers A Floral Studio 


Saturday, October 13

 at 9am 

Herndon Homecoming Parade 

a Walk for the Homeless   


Sunday, October 14 

at 1:30pm 

9th Annual Community Walk for the Homeless at Festival on the Square



Over 12,000 Books Provided

 RIF E. Williams

Eloise and Richard Williams have volunteered for over ten years to make sure the children at the Laurel Learning Center (LLC) have access to new books. "Many children at our center do not have exposure to new books. We can thank Eloise and Richard and the Reading Is Fundamental program for ensuring all the kids can access new books," said Courtney Park-Jamborsky, Director of the LLC.


Three different distributions are held throughout the year and all 135 LLC students, infant to 6th grade, can pick out three brand new books three times a year. A special thanks to Sallie Mae volunteers, who read to preschool age and younger children during the book distribution. 


How Does Your Garden Grow?   garden event


This summer, residents of the Cedar Ridge Apartment complex have another reason to gather and meet their neighbors. Reston Interfaith Staff along with the Reston Association, Sustainable Reston, Friends of Reston, Quantum Property Management, and individual supporters helped create the Cedar Ridge Community Garden. On any given morning you will see the Cedar Ridge Gardeners at work, tending the plots, refilling the rain barrel, and smiling. In the words of one community member, "I have been waiting 17 years to have a garden..."  The 30' x 30' garden also allowed community gardeners to provide food to feed families and to experience improved community spirit.


A Heartfelt Thank You...


To Sibyl Swartzendruber for providing childcare during the Partnership for Permanent Housing celebration and Stonegate Adventure Fun Day.


To Stonegate Fun Day Volunteers and Donors: Amy Bishop, Deirdre Caroll & her son, Reston Community Church and their band Field of Trees, Jay Lightfoot and Herndon United Methodist Church, Worldgate Cinemas, Edible Arrangements, Ledo Pizza, Buffalo Wing Factory, Quantum Management Company, Neva Murphy with CREW Northern Virginia, Roxanne Burkhart, Anthuan Phan, McLean Bible Church, the Urban League, Rabab Fatima, Gulnaz Rizvi, Amerigroup, Nature's Web, Patty with Mary Kay, and all of the staff at Stonegate.


To Jordan Schmuckler for organizing an outstanding food drive.


To Washington Plaza Baptist Church and Floris United Methodist Church for providing meals to a sick client who was unable to prepare meals for herself and two children.


To P+R Architects for organizing a family carnival and food drive.


To NII Holdings for supporting the Southgate Community Center carnival. 


To Yuping Zhou and her teenagers for sorting food.


To Week of Hope volunteers at the ESSP Food Pantry, Cedar Ridge, and Laurel Learning Center.


To King of Kings Lutheran Church who led songs, games and crafts at Laurel Learning Center.


To Beloved Yoga for holding classes at Herndon Neighborhood Resource Center and Laurel Learning Center.


To Hutchison Elementary Summer School Principal Judy Baldwin, Ms. Georgette Nuss, teachers, and students for hosting a Help the Homeless mini-walk.


To Stephanie Carey, Monica Tressler, Mike Sneed, Diane Holland, Tweety Dong, Daniel Hoyle, Jacqueline Hoyle, Neva Murphy and Erin Kate for volunteering at the Embry Rucker Memorial Golf Tournament.


To Pastor Sal & Common Ground Church youth group for providing support at Laurel Learning Center and Embry Rucker Community Shelter. 


From the Embry Rucker Community Shelter: 


Thank you to following groups for preparing meals or providing bagged meals:

Discovery Channel  

Sahana Rao and friends 

Calvary United Methodist Church 

Bogart and Associates 

Knights of Columbus 

Cooley, LLP Summer Interns 

- St. Timothy's Vacation Bible School 

- St. Anne's Mission Possible Camp

- NorthWest Federal Credit Union


To Debbie Turner and Achilles, her reading lab(orador), for coming to the shelter to let the children read to them.


To WAKA Kickball and Carpool for their continuing support and donations.


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