Eat at Overwood. End Homelessness.

Eat at Overwood. End Homelessness.

Friday - October 30th, 2015

You can support homeless individuals and families in our community by simply going out for lunch or dinner. For the entire month of November, when you dine at Overwood in Old Town and mention Carpenter’s Shelter, Overwood will not only donate 15% of your purchase to Carpenter’s Shelter, but they will also discount your bill by 5%.


To learn more, click here. Thank you diners and Overwood for supporting Carpenter’s Shelter!


Make your reservation now!

2015 Non-Profit of the Year

2015 Non-Profit of the Year

Friday - October 23rd, 2015


Each year, the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce hosts the Business Awards to honor local companies and organizations for their role in contributing to Alexandria’s business community and economic growth.


The 2015 Business Awards were held on October 21st, and Carpenter’s Shelter was recognized as the Business of the Year in the Association/Nonprofit category. The Chamber also honored the following businesses:


Association/Nonprofit Business of the Year:
Carpenter’s Shelter
Offender Aid and Restoration


Rising Star Business of the Year- Frolick Dogs, LLC


Small Business of the Year- Skyline Wellness


Medium Business of the Year- DiMuro Ginsburg, PC


Large Business of the Year- Stratford University, Alexandria Campus


Overall Business of the Year- Renner & Company, CPA, PC


Carpenter’s Shelter is honored to be among the distinguished businesses featured at the 2015 Alexandria Chamber of Commerce Business Awards. The business community in Alexandria has proven to be loyal supporters as volunteers and funders since Carpenter’s Shelter’s humble beginnings in the basement of a church.


Carpenter’s Shelter is also grateful to the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber provides Carpenter’s Shelter with opportunities to connect with fellow business and organizations to make Alexandria a thriving, healthy community.

Thanksgiving Food Drive

Thanksgiving Food Drive

Tuesday - October 20th, 2015

Each year, many struggling families look to Carpenter’s Shelter for help during the holidays. Our shelter residents are served a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner by volunteers, and Community Case Managed (CCM) clients receive the items and ingredients they need to prepare a delightful meal for their families at home. Carpenter’s Shelter relies entirely on donations from the local community to provide this needed assistance to CCM families.


Click here to view Thanksgiving donations needed at the shelter. Donations will be accepted from Nov. 8 – Nov 20. Please call in advance to schedule a drop-off date. 


For more info, contact Kelly McDermott at (703) 548-7500 ext 213 or

Thanksgiving at the shelter

Alexandria Chamber of Commerce 2015 Business Awards

Alexandria Chamber of Commerce 2015 Business Awards

Wednesday - September 2nd, 2015

Each year, the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce honors businesses and organizations that work to create economic growth for the community, are innovative and set standards of excellence for business practices with their Business Awards. We are excited to announce that Carpenter’s Shelter has been nominated for the 2015 Business Awards in the Association/Nonprofit category.


The individuals and business that nominated and wrote letters of support for Carpenter’s Shelter stated that our commitment to addressing, overcoming and changing the causes of homelessness for families and individuals and working with clients to achieve sustainable independence makes us unique in our approach to ending homelessness.

Tamsin Green of Motley Fool wrote in her letter of support for the nomination:


“In The Merchant of Venice Shakespeare writes, ‘How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a naughty world.’ Carpenter’s Shelter is that candle and we are delighted to help them shine.”


We are excited about our nomination and grateful to be a member of the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber provides Carpenter’s with opportunities to connect with fellow businesses and organizations to make Alexandria a thriving community.

Community Open House – 8/25/15

Community Open House – 8/25/15

Wednesday - July 15th, 2015

On Tuesday, August 25th at 6:00 p.m. Carpenter’s Shelter will be hosting an Open House. This one-hour information session and tour is a great opportunity for community members and new volunteers to see the shelter, learn more about our services and meet our staff.


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.



6:00 pm – Executive Director welcomes guests

6:05 pm – Carpenter’s Client speaks to group

6:15 pm – Video about the shelter

6:25 pm – Tour of the facility

7:00 pm – Open House concludes

7:05-7: 30 pm – Volunteer Orientation (if interested)


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