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Statement on Community Relations

Ventures in Community (“VIC”)

Route One Corridor, Fairfax County

Statement on Community Relations

Working together for more than 40 years to build a cohesive and supportive community by collaborating in service to those in need, the members of Ventures in Community (“VIC”), representing faith-based, non-profit, and Fairfax County leaders in the Mount Vernon – Lee neighborhoods, reaffirm our commitment to respect and encourage unity in diversity – of race, ethnicity, culture, definitions, faith and worship, economic status, education, household structure, gender, age, or viewpoint.

Diversity in our community is a strength. The variations of attitudes, backgrounds, needs, strengths, and resources enable us to learn from one another, to increase in understanding and wisdom, to give and to receive, and to form relationships based on respect, trust, and mutual benefit. From time to time, there may be social and/or political rhetoric that leads to division and worry. At such times, we as a community demonstrate by our attitudes and actions that we continue to show respect, friendship, and trust.

VIC members will continue to reassure everyone of our respect and care, and encourage people of all walks of life, of all organizations, and of all circumstances to establish safe and respectful neighborhoods together, thereby cultivating hope, resilience, and increased peace and security within the Route One Corridor. We offer these values as a model for all communities, for institutional as well as individual attitudes and behaviors.

VIC Member Organizations

Aldersgate United Methodist Church                 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
Alexandria Friends Meeting at Woodlawn                  Saints, Mount Vernon Stake
Alice’s Kids                                       Mount Vernon at Home
Baha’i Community of Mount Vernon                   Mount Vernon High School
Bethlehem Baptist Church                           Mt. Vernon Presbyterian Church
Capital Area Food Bank                             Mt. Vernon Unitarian Church
Catholic Charities of Arlington                    Nativity Lutheran Church
Christian Relief Services                          Neighborhood and Community Services
Destiny Temple of Faith United Church of Christ    Neighborhood Health
Friends Monthly Meeting, Religious Society         New Hope Housing
   Society of Friends, Quakers                     Operation Renewed Hope Foundation (ORHF)
Friends of Sherwood Library                        Rising Hope United Methodist Mission
Good Shepherd Catholic Church                      Shepherds Center Fairfax/Burke/South County
Good Shepherd Housing & Family Services            Southeast Fairfax Development Corp.
Groveton Baptist Church                            St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church
Heritage Presbyterian Church                       St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
Hollin Hall Senior Center                          St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA)             St. Louis Roman Catholic Church
ICNA Relief                                        United Community Ministries (UCM)
INOVA Mount Vernon                                 Washington Farm United Methodist Church
INOVA Mt. Vernon Chaplaincy                        Wesley United Methodist Church

January 2017
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