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Carpenter’s Shelter September 2015 E-News | Newsletter | Carpenter’s Shelter

September 2015 E-News @ The Shelter

Ready! Set! Run for Shelter! Carpenter’s Shelter, in association with Pacers Events, is proud to host our 5th Run for Shelter on November 22, 2015 at 8:00am, featuring a 10K, 5K and Fun Run. All proceeds from the event benefit Carpenter’s Shelter and go to ending homelessness in our community. Run for Shelter will be held along Eisenhower Ave. in Alexandria, VA, with the race beginning at the USPTO building. For more details about Run for Shelter, visit our website.

How to Get Involved:

Run: Run for Shelter is a great way to burn a few calories before your Thanksgiving feast! Both the 5K and 10K courses are flat and fast and suitable for all skill levels and ages. Have little ones that want to join in on the fun? Sign-up for the Fun Run, a family-friendly course that is approximately a mile.

Fundraise: Help us spread the word about our mission and support Carpenter’s Shelter by setting up your own online fundraising page! Friends and family can sponsor your race to end homelessness by donating through your page. It is really easy to set up and even easier to share your page via social media and email. Set up your page by clicking here or contact Peyton Plummer with questions.

Volunteer: Preparing for an event like Run for Shelter means we need many hands helping out! If you are interested in volunteering as we prepare for Run for Shelter or the day of the event, contact Kelly McDermott

Sponsor: Run for Shelter would not be possible without the generous support of our caring community! Sponsoring Run for Shelter provides you with an opportunity to advertise your business as well as provide hope to the hundreds of homeless men, women and children that Carpenter’s Shelter serves each year. Contact Meghan Hendy or visit our website to learn more about sponsoring Run for Shelter!


Register for Run for Shelter!


From Homelessness to Housed

When Jeff* arrived at Carpenter’s Shelter, he was working to establish new roots in the community after being incarcerated. Almost immediately after moving into Carpenter’s residential shelter, Jeff gained full time employment at an auto-body shop. Determined to become financially stable, Jeff worked over 60 hours a week in hopes of saving as much money as possible for a new apartment. Unfortunately, the wages Jeff was paid did not reflect the full amount of time he was putting in at his job, so he searched for new employment.

Jeff quickly secured a new position as a tire technician at a local automotive company. Not only did Jeff work tirelessly to save $1,200 while staying at the shelter, but he also engaged in the programs offered at Carpenter’s, including the “After This” support group that assists in preparing clients for potential crises once independently living in the community.

Jeff had a job and a support system, so the last piece of the puzzle was to secure housing. Jeff worked with Carpenter’s Housing Resource Coordinator to find permanent housing, and with the use of rapid re-housing funds for a security deposit and first month’s rent, Jeff moved out of the shelter in just 42 days.

*Jeff’s name has been changed. The photo is of a client but not of Jeff.

Fall into Giving

Mark your calendars for September 21st-25th for our week long, online donation drive, Fall into Giving, hosted by Action Alexandria! During Fall into Giving, donors can visit our Amazon Wish List and donate items that Carpenter’s clients need with the click of a button.

As a part of Fall into Giving, the participating organizations that receive the most items and have the most social media engagement and activity will win prizes to help further the mission of the organization. Help Carpenter’s Shelter win by donating during the week of September 21st and by liking and sharing our Facebook posts and Tweets!

Carpenter’s Shelter has been nominated for the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce 2015 Business Awards in the Association/Nonprofit category! Thanks to our nominators and supporters!

Interested in joining Young Philanthropists? Join us for a YP Happy Hour to kick-off Carpenter’s newest giving circle on Oct. 1st from 5-7pm at Captain Gregory’s, the speakeasy located inside Sugar Shack Donuts. 10% of happy hour sales will go to Carpenter’s Shelter!

Looking for a team-building activity that also does good? Serve lunch at the shelter. Several Tuesday and Thursdayare available in the coming months. Orientation and training provided. Contact Kelly McDermott for more information.

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