Do More 24 – 2015

Do More 24 – 2015

Thursday - May 14th, 2015

On Thursday, June 4th the United Way of the National Capital Area is hosting Do More 24, a 24-hour online fundraising event that encourages everyone to donate to non-profit organizations in the National Capital Area.


Carpenter’s Shelter is proud to be among the many non-profit organizations participating in Do More 24. This is more than a fundraiser—it’s your chance to advocate for the homeless in the Alexandria area. Carpenter’s has remained dedicated to serving the City of Alexandria and relies heavily on the donations from members of the community in order to continue to provide vital services to the men, women and children who utilize our services.


Stay tuned for the link to our giving page! Learn more about the event here.

Cocktails and Canned Goods

Cocktails and Canned Goods


Please join us for a Cocktails and Canned Goods party on Tuesday, May 19 from 7-9 pm at the home of Carrie and Josh Keene. It will be a fun garden party where you bring canned goods to donate to the Carpenter’s Shelter pantry, which dwindles in the summer, and enjoy a cocktail while mingling with friends. This adults-only event is hosted by the Circle of HOPE, which is one of our membership opportunities to get more involved with the Shelter.


Circle of HOPE members have a unique opportunity to engage with the Shelter by participating in designated projects where they can bring their children to the Shelter. Circle of HOPE families help stuff easter eggs for the resident’s easter egg hunt, prepare the back to school materials for youth residents, and help make Thanksgiving baskets for former clients. It’s a wonderful opportunity to expose your children to philanthropy in our community and give back as a family.


For more information on the Cocktails and Canned Goods party or to RSVP please contact Carrie Keene at

For more information on Circle of HOPE, click here.

Volunteer Appreciation Event

Volunteer Appreciation Event

Please join on us on Saturday, May 16th from 2-4 pm for mocktails and light bites in our courtyard to celebrate the work of selfless individuals such as yourself who have gone above and beyond in their volunteer efforts to make Carpenter’s Shelter more than a roof for the last 26 years!


A small program will be presented and volunteers will have a chance to share any of their positive experiences or stories about volunteering at the shelter.


RSVP here.

Carpenter’s Cook-Off

Carpenter’s Cook-Off

Tuesday - January 13th, 2015

The 13th annual Carpenter’s Cook-Off is back on Sunday, April 26th! Cook-Off invites the area’s best restaurants to duke it out for awards and bragging rights. Don’t miss your chance to sample endless tables of delicious food and cast your vote for your favorites.


Tickets will be on sale from February 16th through April 24th. Click here to learn more or get tickets now!

Spring2ACTion 2015

Spring2ACTion 2015

Friday - March 6th, 2015

Help us raise money for Carpenter’s Shelter on April 22, 2015 as part of Alexandria’s Giving Day, Spring2ACTion! Here’s how you can get involved:


1. Donate!

You can schedule a donation in advance that will process on April 22nd or make a donation on the day-of by visiting our fundraising page.

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2. Become a Free Agent Fundraiser (FAF)

FAFs create their own individual fundraising page for the shelter and invite their friends, family, coworkers, etc. to donate to their page. All fundraisers who raise $500 or more will win 2 tickets to Cook Off. Whether it’s $10 or $100, the gifts can add up and you could be looking at 2 free tickets to Cook-Off on April 26!

Follow these steps to become an FAF. The deadline to become a FAF is March 27th.


3. On April 22nd, post on social media and share with your network how you support Carpenter’s Shelter!

Be sure to attend a day-of event around the city as well:

- Visit Sugar Shack to get a free donut on April 22nd with proof of donation (print or email receipt)

- Boutiques Give Back Day – shop at participating Old Town boutiques on April 22nd and a percentage of your purchase will be donated to charity. Remember to mention Carpenter’s Shelter when you check out or hand stores this flyer.

- Visit Holy Cow, Pork Barrel, or Sweet Fire Donnas on April 22nd, mention Carpenter’s Shelter and 0.25 cents of your purchase will go to the Shelter.

- Attend an After-party at Virtue Feed & Grain the night of April 22nd.


To learn more, email Meghan Hendy or click here!

Shannon Steene Joins Carpenter’s Shelter As New Executive Director

Shannon Steene Joins Carpenter’s Shelter As New Executive Director

Tuesday - April 7th, 2015

April 2, 2015 – Carpenter’s Shelter Board of Directors announced today that Shannon Steene will join Carpenter’s Shelter as its new Executive Director, effective May 5, 2015. Steene brings almost 20 years of experienceIMG_3555 working with homeless populations.  Steene is no stranger to Alexandria, having served as Executive Director of Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services, during which time the organization received the 2013 Washington Post Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management and the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce’s 2012 Nonprofit of the Year.

Kerry Donley, Chair of the Carpenter’s Shelter search committee said, “We had many excellent candidates, but were particularly impressed by Shannon’s proven track record in using innovative ideas to grow and sustain nonprofit organizations.”  Just prior to joining Carpenter’s Shelter, Steene served as the Member Engagement Director for Lutheran Services in America, a national organization of over 300 member nonprofits that address some of the country’s most pressing issues.

Carpenter’s Shelter has served homeless and formerly homeless individuals and families for over 25 years.  Since its inception, it has grown to become one of the largest servicers for the homeless in Northern Virginia, serving more than 1,000 adults and children annually.  Carpenter’s Shelter has long been recognized for its achievements and innovative approaches to addressing the root causes of homelessness.  Today it is a national model for effective strategies and programming to prevent and end homelessness.

“Throughout the interview process I was impressed by the many innovative and forward thinking plans the organization has,” said Steene,  “I think we’ll be an excellent fit for one another and I look forward to doing even greater things together.”

“We’re delighted to have Shannon on board; his ideas and energy will only add momentum to an already great organization,” said Matt Sheldon, Carpenter’s Shelter Board Chairman.

2015 Marine Corps Marathon

2015 Marine Corps Marathon

Tuesday - March 31st, 2015


Carpenter’s Shelter has secured race bibs for the 2015 Marine Corps Marathon on October 25, 2015 in Washington, DC.

Join #TeamCarpenters and help us raise funds and awareness to end homelessness in Northern Virginia!


Why run with us?

  • You can conquer your marathon goal and help end homelessness at the same time!
  • We give you the guaranteed race bib and you have until October to fundraise for Carpenter’s Shelter through an easy-to-use online system.
  • You’ll receive bi-monthly team emails packed with injury prevention, training and nutrition tips.
  • You have the option of joining an RCAA-certified coach for your weekend long runs.
  • You can stash your stuff at the finish in a designated tent through our one of our partners and enjoy refreshments and post-race massages.


Interested in joining #TeamCarpenters?  Email Peyton Plummer for more information and the registration form.

Community Open House

Community Open House

Friday - January 30th, 2015

On Thursday, March 26th at 6:00 p.m. Carpenter’s Shelter will be hosting an Open House. This is a great opportunity for community members and new volunteers to tour the shelter and learn more about our services.

Carpenter’s staff will take visitors on a guided tour of our facility including the kitchen and residential space. Attendees will get to meet some of our clients and hear first-hand about their struggles with homelessness and how Carpenter’s Shelter is helping them on their road to independence.

Children are welcome at this event, and refreshments will be provided.


To RSVP or learn more, please email Peyton Plummer or call (703)-548-7500 x204.

Circle of Hope: Bowling & Valentines

Circle of Hope: Bowling & Valentines

Thursday - January 22nd, 2015

On Friday, February 13th, Carpenter’s Circle of Hope is getting together for a bowling party to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Circle of Hope is a giving circle where members commit to an annual contribution of $250 and have the unique opportunity to engage in service days and volunteer activities with their families and children. Families will be bringing valentines and cookies to the party to be given to residents at the shelter on Valentine’s Day.


Circle of Hope is dedicated to putting an end to homelessness in Northern Virginia and giving homeless families the chance to celebrate holidays even during their times of crisis. If you’re interested in learning more about Circle of Hope or joining, please click here or email co-chair Carrie Keene.