FACETS - Opening Doors for People in Need  


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Amanda Perry
Staff Spotlight

Amanda Perry 
Program Director-Family Housing Stabilization
As the Program Director for Family Housing Stabilization at FACETS,  Amanda Perry oversees the operations of the Next Steps Family Program and the case management for families in Region 1 of Fairfax County. Amanda holds a Bachelors degree in Psychology from Salisbury University and a Masters in Forensic Psychology from Marymount University. She has experience as an intern with both the Robbery/Homicide department at the Arlington County Police Department and the Case Analysis Division at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Before coming to FACETS, she spent a year as a community case manager at an organization working with individuals and families experiencing homelessness and poverty. 

What is the best part of working as the Program Director for Family Housing Stabilization? 
The best part of this position is seeing the direct impact that our services in preventing homelessness and rapidly re-housing families has on the community and our participants. It gives me the opportunity to be a voice for our families when I am out in the community.

What do you find most challenging about your position? 
The lack of affordable housing. Fair Market Rent for a two-bedroom apartment in this area is $1,623 a month. Even if a household was paying 50% of their income towards housing, they would have to work over 103 hours PER WEEK at minimum wage just to afford it. Voucher programs typically have families pay 35% of their income. With that formula, a family would have to work over 147 hours per week at minimum wage to afford that apartment.

How can volunteers get involved with Next Steps? There are several volunteers opportunities at Next Steps. A Pantry volunteer would manage our pantry that stores non-perishable foods, hygiene products, diapers, schools supplies, and other household items. A Front Desk Volunteer is needed to help answer the phones and assist walk-in clients at the front desk. They could help with other clerical duties as well. In addition, we have an Employment Meet Up program once a week at the office. Our Employment Specialist works with adults in homeless families who are unemployed and underemployed. Volunteers are needed to help transport program participants to and from the shelter for this program. A childcare assistant is also needed to look after the children of those who attend the Employment Meet Up. Outside of these specific needs, we welcome any volunteer that has a skill set they would like to teach our families.

Is there anything you wish everyone knew about FACETS and the work we do? 
Our work is not simply finding housing, paying a security deposit, and exiting households from shelter into permanent housing. There are uphill battles everyday including securing affordable childcare, accessing physical and mental health services, becoming employed at a decent wage, and much more. We could not do the work we do without the support from our community, and especially our volunteers. Whether it is volunteering time at our organization, financially contributing, or simply dropping off a bag of food and diapers so we can give it to a struggling family who is homeless, it all goes a very long way. 
Highlights of the Month
January in Review
Winter finally arrived and we made it through "Snowmageddon" 2016! Despite the frigid temperatures and mounting snow, our volunteers managed to make January a great month of service to our community.  We want to say a tremendous thank you again to Accenture for their incredible service on MLK Day.  Over 20 employees from Accenture joined FACETS to help clean out the pantry, make toiletry kits, paint our Centreville Community Center, and organize and sort our Chantilly storage unit.  You managed to do all of this is 20 degree weather with a huge smile. Your service means so much!


January Stats
Number of Volunteers:  Over 275
Hours Served: Over 633
Volunteers Using VolunteerHub: 302

"Change will not come if we wait for some other person or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek."
-President Barack Obama

Opening Doors Benefit Breakfast
April 14, 2016
On Thursday, April 14, FACETS will host its annual Opening Doors Benefit Breakfast at the Fairview Park Marriott in Falls Church, VA. The breakfast is at no-cost and exactly one hour, beginning at 8:00 AM. There is an optional networking hour from 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM. This is a meaningful and engaging way to learn more about FACETS' work in the community.

Event Details
Thursday, April 14, 2016
7:00AM - 8:00AM Networking
8:00AM - 9:00AM Program
Fairview Park Marriott
3111 Fairview Park Drive, 
Falls Church VA 22042

Are you passionate about FACETS' impact? Become a Table Host.  Invite 9 or more friends, coworkers, and/or family members to join you and help fill the room with people just as committed to to creating a stronger community.  Contact Alisha Matlock to learn more about being a Table Host.
Ways to Make a Difference
Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities & Supply Drives
Looking for service opportunities, an ongoing volunteer commitment, or a way to make a difference in your community? Join FACETS' dynamic corps of volunteers for various opportunities to do just that. 
There are many needs coming up this month and we are hoping you are available to help. Details of each opportunity are listed below.
Hypothermia Volunteers - Check in program participants as they arrive to the shelter, distribute blankets  and assist with other administrative duties. Support is needed every day between 4:30 pm - 8:30 pm.

Drivers - On call drivers are needed to provide transportation in FACETS' vans for individuals seeking to stay at one of the hypothermia prevention shelters. Support is needed every day between 4:00 pm - 10:30 pm.

Next Steps Family Program- Our newest program located in the Route 1 Corridor of Alexandria is in GREAT need of Volunteers to serve in various roles.  Click on the links here to find out more about those roles. Front Desk Volunteer. Pantry Volunteer. Childcare Assistant and Driver. To get started, sign up on VolunteerHub or contact D'Ivonne Holman, Volunteer and Events Manager. 

Hot Meals Intern - This is a great way to work directly with various faith communities that support our Hot Meals program by delivering meals to individuals and families 365 days a year. As an intern, you would be responsible for the daily management of the program, electronic communication with team leads, data entry into Raiser's Edge, leading quarterly meetings and other duties as assigned.

Volunteer Services Intern - Support our Dynamic Volunteer Program by becoming an intern with Volunteer Services.  Sharpen your people skills and engage the community in meaningful service.

Communications Intern - If you are interested in Marketing or Communications, this position is ideal for you.  Assist with creating printed materials, graphics, and electronic communication.

Youth Program Intern - Ideal for anyone interested in a career in education, youth development, child mental health, and/or social work.  Gain comprehensive experience in program and lesson development, group and individual behavior modification, and volunteer management.   
Sign up online today to fill a spot.
Be a part of our Community
Upcoming Volunteer Orientations and Trainings

Looking to be and feel a part of our generous community of volunteers working to end homelessness and poverty in Fairfax County?  Join us at FACETS' main office for our volunteer orientation.  You will learn about FACETS' history, the work being done in our community and be provided with the tools necessary to get started as a volunteer.  See below for upcoming orientation dates and times.

  • March 3rd 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
  • April 7th 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Mentor 101 Training
  • February 27th  11:00 am - 2:00 pm

All orientations and trainings are held at 10640 Page Ave, Suite 300, Fairfax, VA 22030. 


Follow this link to sign up for a volunteer orientation or  this link to sign up for Mentor 101 training.  We look forward to meeting you there! 

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