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Shop Our Wish List

Shop Our Wish List

Monday - August 25th, 2014

Amazon is an invaluable resource for us at the shelter. It allows us to keep our donors up to date on our needs while giving them the ability to shop quickly and affordably. While many people are aware of Amazon Prime and its free shipping feature, you might not know about Amazon Smile. When using this free new program, 0.5% of your item’s purchase price will be donated to the charity of your choice.

Here’s how:

  • Click here to sign up for Amazon Smile
  • Search for “Carpenter’s Shelter”
  • Click select, and then you’re done!

It’s that simple and this feature can be used on any purchase, regardless of whether it is personal or donation items.

Take advantage of Amazon’s great programs and shop our wish list today! We are always in need of toiletry items such as deodorant, toothpaste, and tooth brushes; we also have needs for special items such as flash drives, which our clients use to store their resumes when job hunting.

Our wish list is updated consistently based on our needs. For any questions, please contact Liz Salter.

Changes at the Shelter

Changes at the Shelter

Monday - August 18th, 2014

At Carpenter’s Shelter we are constantly striving to make our programs as efficient as possible in order to better serve our clients and community. We are regularly searching for innovative ways to better serve Alexandria’s homeless population. Recently, the shelter has evolved and undergone some changes that we want to communicate to our valued volunteers, donors, and community members.

 

The Homeless Service Assessment Center (HSAC) was created to screen homeless and at-risk individuals in order to better assess their needs and detect potential barriers before entering shelter. Over the past year, the program has been housed at Carpenter’s, however, on August 1st the program transitioned to the City of Alexandria’s Department of Community and Human Services. The purpose of this move is to help streamline the HSAC program in order to reduce redundancies within the homeless service field. This change will allow us and the City to better serve the needs of the homeless community and better connect them with other homeless service agencies throughout Alexandria. Now, any family or individuals seeking shelter in the City of Alexandria will call one number for immediate assistance.

 

Equally, the need for Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) has begun to rise in Alexandria. Supportive housing gives individuals and families more stability while providing them with a cost-effective combination of affordable housing and services that allow them to lead more productive lives. Carpenter’s has taken the initiative to reduce our shelter space from 80 beds to 60 beds in FY2015 in order to meet the needs of supportive housing.

 

Carpenter’s Shelter has begun the process of working with HomeAid, a national non-profit that builds and renovates multi-unit shelters. The goal is to remodel our rooms that are no longer in use and transform them into Permanent Supportive Housing units. We will be creating 8 micro-units; 4 on the male floor, and 4 on the female floor. The new tenants will pay no more than 30%-50% of household income towards rent. Tenants will receive therapeutic services and case management through the City of Alexandria’s Community Service Board (CSB), which provides all City mental health, intellectual disability and substance abuse services.

 

We are constantly working to improve our programs and shelter in order to better serve the needs of our clients and greatly appreciate the continued support of our volunteers, donors, and community.

Intern at Carpenter’s

Intern at Carpenter’s

Monday - August 11th, 2014

Carpenter’s is currently recruiting applicants for our Development Internship.

Our internship program offers real world, hands on experience, while giving students the opportunity to further their skills outside of the classroom.  The internship will begin on September 15th and go through December 19th. The position requires a commitment of 20 hours per week, with flexible days and times.

All serious applicants may send a thoughtful cover letter and resume to Courtney Bishop.

For a more detailed description of the position please click here, or visit our Idealist page.

 

Back to School

Back to School

Monday - August 4th, 2014

Fall is quickly approaching and with that comes a new school year. The children at Carpenter’s do not lead the same lives as their peers. Many are shuffled around and change schools regularly due to the effects of homelessness. This can, at times, lead to anxiety, depression, or the development of a learning disorder. With the generous donations from our supporters, Carpenter’s is able to provide some normalcy for the children at the shelter. The gift of new clothes and a cool back pack can instantly light up their face and make going back to school a little less scary for them.

 

In order to reduce redundancies of back to school services in the city of Alexandria, Carpenter’s will only be providing back to school supplies to our residents. Our community case managed clients are being connected with other Back to School community programs in order to gather supplies. Though the way we are operating the Back to School event has changed, the need of our residents is as important as ever. This year, we ask that gift card donations be made in lieu of school supplies.

 

On August 27th our residential children will get together to celebrate back to school where they will receive school supplies, new school clothes generously provided by Circle of Hope members, and enjoy an ice cream social.

 

Please donate Target and Walmart gift cards to ensure that our children have a successful school year. For more information, please email Liz Salter at LizSalter@carpentersshelter.org.