Fundraising with Nando’s

Fundraising with Nando’s

Monday - July 28th, 2014

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Carpenter’s is excited to partner with Nando’s Peri-Peri (702 King St. in Alexandria, VA) on Thursday, July 31st for our first ever restaurant night. Join us from 11am to 6pm when 40% of all the proceeds will benefit the shelter.


Carpenter’s first teamed up with Nando’s last winter when they provided lunch to the entire staff. It was their way of thanking Carpenter’s employees for our work in the community and it was a wonderful way to bring our staff together during the holiday season. Nando’s then joined Carpenter’s in April at one of our largest fundraisers, Cook-Off. They were one of 26 restaurants who provided delicious samplings for our guests at the Birchemere. Nando’s also regularly serves lunch at the shelter for our residents. They are a fantastic community partner who always finds unique ways to assist with our mission to end homelessness in the Northern Virginia area.


Dinning at Nando’s is a great way to show your support to a local business who means business when it comes to helping the nonprofit community. So grab your friends and family and join us on Thursday, July 31st from 11am-6pm at Nando’s.


Please bring the above flyer with you to Nando’s in order for your contribution to count. Several staff members will be outside of Nando’s right before lunch and dinner passing out flyers as well. We hope that you’ll be able to join us and we look forward to seeing you!

Community Resource Fair

Community Resource Fair

Tuesday - July 22nd, 2014


This past weekend we hosted a community resource fair at the shelter. Our clients were able to get information and connect with various local businesses and people in the community. Events like this are beneficial to those living at the shelter as it is a way for them to network with many potential employers and gather necessary information about higher education and other services offered in the city.


There were a total of 49 attendees, many of whom were able to pick up job applications and learn more about services in the area. We had 12 presenters, gave out 7 door prizes and provided lunch. Together We Bake and Northern Virginia Community College were just some of the community partners in attendance that provided our clients with some beneficial information about workforce training programs and enrolling in school.

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We’d like to thank the following community partners for attending the community resource fair:

1st CDL Training Center

ACPS Adult Education


Arlington Employment Center

Beyond the Bottom Line

Center for Employment Training

Christ Church (Lazarus Ministry)

Computer CORE

Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services

DC Central Kitchen

Domestic Violence Program

Fairfax County Public Schools


Friendship Place


Laurie Mitchell

Legal Services of Northern Virginia

National Council on Aging

NVCC Pathways

NVCC Workforce

Offender Aid and Restoration

Office of Community Services


Sexual Assault Center

Together We Bake


Volunteer Spotlight – Sue and Joyce

Volunteer Spotlight – Sue and Joyce

Monday - July 14th, 2014

Recently we spoke with volunteers Sue and Joyce about their experiences at Carpenter’s Shelter. Both volunteers have been with the shelter for 25 years, serving lunch twice a week to our clients. We are so thankful to them for their years of dedication and service to Carpenter’s.



When did you get involved with Carpenter’s? What attracted you to the shelter?

Joyce: We’ve both been here about 25 years. My husband and I got involved in the beginning. We had a business and I found that I could take some time from that and help out in the kitchen and well, here we are.

Sue: My husband and I moved here from Arkansas, and I thought this would be a nice way to get involved.

What part of volunteering do you find rewarding?

Joyce: Being here with the people. You get to know the residents and you become fond of them. Of course you get to know them and then they leave, but that’s always a great thing.

Sue: It’s just a personal touch. We get to know everyone and learn their story.

What do you hope for the shelter long term?

Sue: For it to continue to do as well as it is.

Joyce: We started volunteering when the shelter was still in a warehouse. To see it grow like this is pretty great.

What’s your biggest takeaway?

Sue: I’d say it’s the satisfaction of a job well done and getting to know everyone here.

Joyce: Definitely the satisfaction that I’ve done something to help. Volunteering in the kitchen, you know, we’re only here for a short amount of time, but it’s nice to be able to do a little bit to help.


Carpenter’s relies heavily on the service and generosity of our volunteers and donors. If you’d like to volunteer with the shelter please click here!

Run for Shelter 2014

Run for Shelter 2014

Monday - July 7th, 2014

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Ready, set, Run for Shelter! Run for Shelter will be held on Saturday, November 22nd at 8am just steps from the US PTO Madison Building on Eisenhower Ave. in Alexandria, VA. This 5K, 10K, and 1 mile Fun Run is perfect for all skill levels and ages.

We are currently offering early bird registration for only $30 from now until September 30th! All proceeds go to benefit the shelter and our clients. Last year’s race was a huge success and we want this year to be bigger and better than ever.

We’ll continue to bring you updates regularly as we get closer to November 22nd. For now, click the button below and join the race to end homelessness!

Check out our Run for Shelter website for course and registration information.

Click here to see photos from last year’s race!

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Staff Interview: Mary-Parker Lamm

Staff Interview: Mary-Parker Lamm

Monday - June 30th, 2014

Recently we spoke with Deputy Director Mary-Parker Lamm about her experiences working for Carpenter’s Shelter.


When did you get involved with Carpenter’s Shelter? What attracted you to the mission? 

I started working at Carpenter’s in 2007 after I moved to the area and applied for an open position.  I was impressed with the comprehensive approach to addressing an individual or family’s reasons for being homeless


What sets Carpenter’s Shelter apart from other organizations?

Carpenter’s has a diverse staff who are supported by a unique community.  A community that not only provides their dollars in an amazingly generous fashion but also provide volunteer hours that can’t be compared to other organizations!  I believe our volunteer support is second to none!


What are your job responsibilities?

As Deputy Director, I am responsible for the overall operation of the programs at Carpenter’s Shelter.  This includes: Winter Shelter, David’s Place, HSAC, Education and Employment, Case Management, Community Case Management and HMIS.


How did your background prepare you for this job at the Shelter? 

My social work education and the diversity of my professional experience has helped me in this job although the best preparation has been working with many different individuals and the amazingly committed staff members that I’m grateful to be able to work with!


In your opinion, what is the most important work that this organization does? 

Allowing so many men, women and children the opportunity to rebuild their lives in a respectful and supportive environment.


What aspects of your job at Carpenter’s Shelter do you find most rewarding? 

Sharing in the success of residents and clients and their continuous display of strength and tenacity.  It never ceases to amaze me!


Share one of your favorite Carpenter’s Shelter memories?

It’s hard to think of just one but I think the night that I heard Jasmine share her experience with Carpenter’s Shelter is certainly one of them and made me proud of what we do.  She shared how she, her husband and three daughters walked from the King Street Metro to the shelter after arriving in town.  They didn’t know what to expect and she was very afraid of where she was bringing her daughters.  She talked about how grateful she was for the love and care that the staff provided to her and her children that first night and throughout their stay.  She shared that the staff made such a difficult time for their family bearable and gave them the opportunity for the entire family to start their lives over and be successful now in the community.

Do More 24 2014

Do More 24 2014

Monday - June 9th, 2014


On June 19 the United Way 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 those living at Carpenter’s Shelter.

Help Carpenter’s by donating HERE.

$24 would provide twin size sheets for one of our 80 beds.
$48 would provide one of our clients a metro card for a week of job searching.
$96 would provide two weeks of after school snacks for the children in the shelter.

Fundraising begins at 12 am on June 19. Be sure to watch our Twitter and Facebook feeds for donation updates.

There are many wonderful non-profits participating in Do More 24, and we appreciate you choosing Carpenter’s Shelter as your charity of choice.


Winter Shelter Wrap Up

Winter Shelter Wrap Up

Monday - April 28th, 2014

Now that warm weather has finally hit the area, Winter Shelter has closed its doors. Winter Shelter provides a safe refuge from illness, injury and death during inclement weather. This year Winter Shelter serviced 296 total individuals and logged 105 extended hours. Extended hours means Winter Shelter does not close due to severe weather conditions.

With the extensive snow days this season, there was a point when Winter Shelter was open over 100 hours straight. They opened their doors at 1:00 p.m. January 21 and remained open until the morning of January 26. While the polar vortex may have played a role, our volunteers rallied to help us serve our most vulnerable population.

The cold temperatures and harsh winds that come with the winter season cause the unsheltered to seek shelter. For many homeless persons, Winter Shelter is the first step toward getting off the streets. Oftentimes the window for accepting help is briefly open and our staff continues to be diligent when responding to those requesting shelter.

Carpenter’s Shelter would like to thank all the volunteers that helped with Winter Shelter as well as Church of St. Clement and Alfred Street Baptist Church for their partnerships this year.