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UPDATED March 17, 2020

Thank you all for your support of New Hope Housing. Volunteers are critical in working to end homelessness in our community. We are grateful to you for your support. There are still ways to volunteer at this time but we wish to keep you updated on changes in policy.

As you know, the COVID-19 situation is extremely fluid and changes on a daily basis. At New Hope Housing, we’ve been monitoring the spread and have been taking precautions. Because of the nature of our work, our shelters and housing programs will remain open so that we can continue to serve all our homeless neighbors.

We still need your support but we request that shelter volunteers refrain from coming in the buildings through the end of March and follow CDC guidance. We are also changing how donations are accepted through the end of March. The following changes have been implemented:

  • Upcoming volunteer orientations will be rescheduled (we hope to offer online orientations soon!)
  • All tours of our facilities are postponed
  • We will be accepting certain donations in bins or on tables located at the front of our shelters. Our current needs are:
    • New men’s and women’s underwear (we have lots of socks!)
    • Cleaning products (bleach, Lysol, paper towels, etc.)
    • New t-shirts (undershirts)
    • Entertainment (coloring books, DVDs, games, etc.)
  • Food donations can be dropped off in designated coolers at our shelters
    • Kennedy Shelter: At the back door
    • Bailey’s Shelter and Supportive Housing: At the front door
    • Residential Program Center: At the front door
    • Mondloch House: On the porch by the front door

 

Please stay home if you are feeling sick or ill. Your safety and the safety of other volunteers, guests, and staff are our top concern. Following CDC guidance will help all of us.

Looking for more ways to give? Please visit our Amazon wishlist (http://a.co/ce6ElxS) for an up-to-date list of needs. Gift cards are also a great way to give! Cards to grocery stores, Walmart, Target, or Amazon are especially helpful as we work to meet the needs of our guests.

Many localities have set up webpages with updated information. Fairfax County has created a webpage that includes updated information and community resources at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/covid19. You can also view the emergency blog, and stay in touch using the County’s social media platforms and through text messaging (Text FFXCOVID to 888777 to receive updates). Arlington County’s webpage of resources can be found here: https://health.arlingtonva.us/covid-19-coronavirus-updates/.

We will continually be reevaluating our policies and procedures for the health and safety of our guests, staff, and you. We’re so grateful for your patience and understanding during this time.

For questions about volunteering or food donations, please contact Sami directly at ssmyth@newhopehousing.org or 703-799-2293 ext. 11.