Carpenter's Shelter

Carpenter's Shelter Carpenter’s Shelter supports homeless individuals and families achieve sustainable independence through shelter, guidance, education and advocacy.
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For nearly 30 years, Carpenter's Shelter has helped homeless individuals and families stabilize their lives, overcome homelessness, and become contributing members of our community. We believe that everyone deserves a safe, affordable place to live, and we are dedicated to ending homelessness. Over the years, we have evolved from providing little more than bedding on cold nights in Alexandria churches into a multifaceted organization that offers homeless individuals and families housing and hope through respect, responsibility and results.

Mission: Carpenter's Shelter provides shelter, guidance, education and advocacy for homeless individuals and families who seek sustainable independence and stability.

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This week’s Volunteers of the week are one of our favorite husband and wife duos! Brian B started volunteering during th...
02/12/2021

This week’s Volunteers of the week are one of our favorite husband and wife duos! Brian B started volunteering during the pandemic and quickly became a weekly staple, volunteering in a variety of roles. His wife, Soohyun, started volunteering more recently and also jumped into service with both feet. Pictured below is her first front desk shift, which Brian joined for moral support. Two amazing volunteers, they are so deserving of this recognition. We are very #grateful. #carpentersshelter #lookforthehelpers

February 12, 2020Today's spotlight: Josiah HensonJosiah Henson was born a slave on June 15, 1789 in Charles County, MD. ...
02/12/2021

February 12, 2020

Today's spotlight: Josiah Henson

Josiah Henson was born a slave on June 15, 1789 in Charles County, MD. Much of what we know about Henson’s life is what he tells us through his autobiography, “The Life of Josiah Henson: Formerly A Slave.” Henson was just a young boy and was separated from his mother at a slave auction. He was sold three times before he reached the age of eighteen.

By 1830, Henson had saved up $350 to purchase his freedom. After paying his master the money, he was told that the price had increased to $1,000. Cheated of his money, Henson decided to escape to Canada with his wife and four children. After reaching Canada, Henson helped establish Dawn Settlement, a community of former American slaves who he taught how to be successful farmers. Henson led 118 people from enslavement in the United States to freedom in Canada as a conductor on the Underground Railroad.

His autobiography, The Life of Josiah Henson (1849) was read by Harriet Beecher Stowe and inspired her best-selling novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin.

A Josiah Henson Museum & Park is slated to open in MD Spring 2021. It is the site of the former plantation of Isaac Riley where Josiah Henson was enslaved. For more information, visit https://www.montgomeryparks.org/parks-and-trails/josiah-henson-park/ #BlackHistoryMonth #carpentersshelter #BLM

February 10th, 2021 Henrietta Lacks1920-1951 Henrietta Lacks was a 31-year old black woman who died of cervical cancer. ...
02/10/2021

February 10th, 2021



Henrietta Lacks

1920-1951



Henrietta Lacks was a 31-year old black woman who died of cervical cancer. While receiving treatment at Johns Hopkins Hospital, the doctors took samples of her cancerous cells and gave them to researchers without her knowledge or consent. Henrietta’s cells were shared with other scientists due to their extraordinary capacity to survive and reproduce. HeLa cells are a backbone of modern medicine and have been used in key discoveries in cancer, immunology, and infectious disease fields. Recently, Henrietta’s cells have been used in research for the COVID-19 vaccine.



Henrietta’s story also points out the clear racial inequities embedded in the U.S. health-care system. Johns Hopkins Hospital was one of the few hospitals that provided medical care to black people. None of the companies or scientists who profited off of her cells credited Henrietta or passed any money back to her family. For decades, doctors and scientists revelated Henrietta’s name and medical history without consent from her family.

“I want scientists to acknowledge that HeLa cells came from an African American woman who was flesh and blood, who had a family and who had a story,” her granddaughter Jeri Lacks-Whye told Nature. #BlackHistoryMonth #blm #carpentersshelter

For more information on Henrietta Lacks’ story: https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-02494-z

February 9th, 2021 Fred Hampton1948-1969Fred Hampton was an active leader in the National Association for the Advancemen...
02/09/2021

February 9th, 2021



Fred Hampton

1948-1969

Fred Hampton was an active leader in the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), leading their Youth Council of the organization’s West Suburban Branch. Hampton joined the Chicago chapter of the Black Panther Party (BPP) in November 1968. He quickly rose to a leadership position, becoming the deputy chairman of the Illinois chapter of the Party. He organized rallies, established a Free Breakfast program, and negotiated a peace pact among rival gangs. As a rising leader in the BPP, Hampton became the focus of an FBI investigation. On December 4, 1969, Hampton, along with fellow Black Panther Mark Clark, was murdered. Fred Hampton was only 21 years old when he was assassinated.

On the evening of December 3, 1969, William O’Neal, who was employed by the FBI to infiltrate the BPP, slipped a powerful sleeping drug into Hampton’s drink then left. Officers were dispatched to raid his apartment. They stormed in and opened fire, killing his security guard. Then they opened fire on Hampton’s bedroom where he laid unconscious from the drug with his sleeping, almost nine-month-pregnant fiancée. After the gunfire, he was found to only be wounded and not dead. Upon that discovery, an officer shot him twice in his head and killed him. The remaining seven Panthers who were not killed were all arrested and indicted by a grand jury on charges of attempted murder, armed violence, and a variety of weapons charges. These charges were eventually dropped when during a later investigation, it was discovered that Chicago Police fired ninety-nine shots while the Panthers only shot once. #blackhistorymonth #blm #carpentersshelter

https://www.archives.gov/research/african-americans/individuals/fred-hampton

James Baldwin (1924-1987)A writer and social critic, Baldwin is perhaps best known for his 1955 collection of essays, "N...
02/08/2021

James Baldwin (1924-1987)

A writer and social critic, Baldwin is perhaps best known for his 1955 collection of essays, "Notes of a Native Son," and his groundbreaking 1956 novel, "Giovanni's Room," which depicts themes of homosexuality and bisexuality. The novel stood out among literary critics because it features all white characters, unlike the civil rights activist's other novels which center the experiences of black people. Baldwin spent a majority of his literary and activist career educating others about black and queer identity, as he did during his famous lecture titled “Race, Racism, and the Gay Community” at a meeting of the New York chapter of Black and White Men Together (now known as Men of All Colors Together) in 1982. #BlackHistoryMonth #blm #LGBTQRightsAreHumanRights #carpentersshelter

Shouting a huge Congrats to our Volunteer of the Week. Lauren K! Lauren has proven invaluable to the shelter. From helpi...
02/05/2021

Shouting a huge Congrats to our Volunteer of the Week. Lauren K! Lauren has proven invaluable to the shelter. From helping sort gifts over the holidays, to serving meals and hosting employment seminars, Lauren's commitment to our guests has been born out time and time again. While in the midst of helping during the holidays, a young boy in the shelter inquired about a Santa hat to wear to his school zoom party the next morning. Before, he finished his sentence, Lauren stated she was on it, and the hat was waiting in the vestibule early the next day. We are so #grateful for Lauren and her incredibly generous heart. #carpentersshelter #lookforthehelpers

February 5, 2020Today we would like to pay homage to William Edward Burghardt Du Bois, better know as W.E,B Du Bois.  (b...
02/05/2021

February 5, 2020

Today we would like to pay homage to William Edward Burghardt Du Bois, better know as W.E,B Du Bois. (born February 23, 1868, Great Barrington, Massachusetts, U.S.—died August 27, 1963, Accra, Ghana), American sociologist, historian, author, editor, and activist who was the most important Black protest leader in the United States during the first half of the 20th century.

Du Bois was the first African American to earn a Ph.D. from Harvard University. In 1899, he was coined as one of the founding fathers of Sociology for his masterpiece "The Philadelphia Negro" which was one of the first works to combine the use of urban ethnography, social history, and descriptive statistics, it has become a classic work in the social science literature. In 1903, Du Bois published a seminal work, The Souls of Black Folk, a collection of 14 essays, which is a huge landmark in African American literature. In the years following, he adamantly opposed the idea of biological white superiority and vocally supported women's rights. He was also known for his He shared in the creation of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in 1909 and edited The Crisis, its magazine, from 1910 to 1934. #blackhistorymonth #BLM #carpentersshelter

02/04/2021

Alpha Phi Alpha™, the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity established for African American Men, was founded on December 4, 1906™ at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York by seven college men who recognized the need for a strong bond of brotherhood among African descendants in this country.

The fraternity initially served as a study and support group for minority students who faced racial prejudice, both educationally and socially, at Cornell. The Jewel founders and early leaders of the fraternity succeeded in laying a firm foundation for Alpha Phi Alpha’s principles of scholarship, fellowship, good character, and the uplifting of humanity.

Alpha Phi Alpha chapters were established at other colleges and universities, many of them historically black institutions, soon after the founding at Cornell. The first alumni chapter was established in 1911. While continuing to stress academic excellence among its members, Alpha also recognized the need to help correct the educational, economic, political, and social injustices faced by African Americans. Alpha Phi Alpha has long stood at the forefront of the African-American community’s fight for civil rights through leaders such as W.E.B. DuBois, Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., Edward Brooke, Martin Luther King, Jr., Thurgood Marshall, Andrew Young, William Gray, Paul Robeson, and many others. True to its form as the “first of firsts,” Alpha Phi Alpha has been interracial since 1945.

Since its founding on December 4, 1906™, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. has supplied voice and vision to the struggle of African Americans and people of color around the world.

Please see below for a video clip of a step show featuring the brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha. #blackhistorymonth @blm #carpentersshelter

https://www.instagram.com/p/CKy0e_eAIue/?utm_source=ig_web_button_share_sheet

February 3, 2020 Today marks the 151st anniversary of the ratification of the 15th Amendment. On this day in 1870, The U...
02/03/2021

February 3, 2020

Today marks the 151st anniversary of the ratification of the 15th Amendment. On this day in 1870, The United States Constitution adopted “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.”

It wasn’t until the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that legal barriers were outlawed at the state and local levels if they denied African-Americans their right to vote under the 15th Amendment. #BlackHistoryMonth #blm #carpentersshelter

It took the support of our community to make this vision a reality. Congrats to the City of Alexandria for this prestigi...
02/02/2021
Audrey Nelson Community Development Achievement Award

It took the support of our community to make this vision a reality. Congrats to the City of Alexandria for this prestigious award 🥇 🙌🏾👏🏽. #carpentersshelter #thebloom #thezebra #alexandriava

The City of Alexandria receives the 2020 Audrey Nelson Community Development Achievement Award for building

Marian R. CroakIn 2013, Marian Croak was inducted into Women in Technology International’s hall of fame, a move that rec...
02/02/2021

Marian R. Croak

In 2013, Marian Croak was inducted into Women in Technology International’s hall of fame, a move that recognizes her remarkable achievements in tech. Croak holds over 135 patents, primarily in voice-over Internet protocol (VoIP), some in other areas. She has another 100 patents currently under review.
Today, Marian is a VP at Google, serves as a mentor for women in AT&T labs, and sits on the board for the Holocaust, Genocide and Human Rights Education Center. #BlackHistoryMonth #blm #carpentersshelter

February 1st, 2021It's the birthday of the poet Langston Hughes, born in Joplin, Missouri (1902). He was raised in Lawre...
02/01/2021

February 1st, 2021
It's the birthday of the poet Langston Hughes, born in Joplin, Missouri (1902). He was raised in Lawrence, Kansas by his grandmother, Mary Leary Langston. Growing up, the Lawrence Public Library was one of the only integrated public buildings in the city, and he spent as much time there as possible. He said, "Then it was that books began to happen to me, and I began to believe in nothing but books and the wonderful world in books where if people suffered, they suffered in beautiful language, not in monosyllables, as we did in Kansas."

In 1926, when he was 24 years old, he published his first book of poetry, The Weary Blues, and an essay, "The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain," which thrust him into the national spotlight.

For the next 40 years, Hughes kept writing — he wrote 16 books of poetry, more than 20 plays, 10 collections of short stories, a couple of novels, children's books, essays, radio scripts, and even song lyrics. He died in 1967. #BlackHistoryMonth #blm #carpentersshelter

It is time to celebrate yet another of our phenomenal Volunteers of the Week, Mary O! Mary has been volunteering at Carp...
01/29/2021

It is time to celebrate yet another of our phenomenal Volunteers of the Week, Mary O! Mary has been volunteering at Carpenter's Shelter for over two decades, with her group of meal providers from Fairlington Presbyterian. In addition to channeling Martha Stewart and making gourmet meals from scratch, Mary O also volunteers at ALIVE and with the Christ Church food pantry. Her commitment to service and helping those in our community is truly inspirational and we are so incredibly #grateful! #carpentersshelter #LookForTheHelpers

Check out this great article in the Alexandria Gazette Packet discussing how local non profits have adapted to the chall...
01/29/2021

Check out this great article in the Alexandria Gazette Packet discussing how local non profits have adapted to the challenges of the pandemic, featuring our Executive Director, Shannon Steene.

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After taking a holiday hiatus, Volunteer of the Week is Back! And this winner is long overdue. Our Volunteer of the week...
01/22/2021

After taking a holiday hiatus, Volunteer of the Week is Back! And this winner is long overdue. Our Volunteer of the week is Emely W. Emely, although fairly new to Carpenter's Shelter, jumped into service at the shelter with gusto! She volunteers multiple times a week at both our front desk and serving meals. When we had a last minute call out, Emely even came in to help the day before her wedding! Please join us in congratulating Emely for both her dedication to service and her recent nuptials! #carpentersshelter #LookForTheHelpers #GoBills

01/18/2021
The Zebra Press - GOOD News in Alexandria, VA

Our volunteers are the heart of Carpenter’s Shelter. We are so thankful for their service. #grateful #carpentersshelter

National Day of Service with volunteers who prepared food for The Carpenter's Shelter residents with Jackie Bostick(staff) and Community Volunteers: Kirsten Winters and Corbin, Melissa Logan, Sherry Reilly and son Sullivan Beattie! If you want to volunteer, contact The Carpenter's Shelter. Thanks to @Julie Wadler.
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“The time is always right to do what is right” ~ Martin Luther King Jr
01/18/2021

“The time is always right to do what is right” ~ Martin Luther King Jr

01/01/2021

Happy New Years from Team Carpenter’s 🥳🎉🎊#carpentersshelter #grateful #lookforthehelpers

Thank You Purple Strategies, Skanska, and Good Shepherd Lutheran Church-Alexandria, VA for donating needed supplies and ...
12/30/2020

Thank You Purple Strategies, Skanska, and Good Shepherd Lutheran Church-Alexandria, VA for donating needed supplies and resources for our Permanent Supportive Housing Units!!! Special shout out to all of the donors who purchased TVs for the units as well. Our PSH clients, and we, are so incredibly #grateful #carpenteresshelter #psh #lookforthehelpers

12/25/2020

Happy Holidays from Carpenter’s Shelter! Thank you for making today special for those we serve. 🎅🏾🧑🏾‍🎄🤶🏼 #carpentersshelter #grateful #happyholidays

12/25/2020

Santa’s Elves have been very busy . . .

Did you know that pedestrian crashes peak from December to February? That is why we are so grateful to Mike Doyle and Al...
12/22/2020

Did you know that pedestrian crashes peak from December to February? That is why we are so grateful to Mike Doyle and Alexandria Families for Safe Streets for donating over 100 three way blinker light clips for the safety of our clients! #grateful #carpentersshelter #afss #pedestriansafety

Last day of Holiday Spirit Week! Scroll through the pics and comment to vote for the ugliest sweater🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾. Thank you fo...
12/19/2020

Last day of Holiday Spirit Week! Scroll through the pics and comment to vote for the ugliest sweater🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾. Thank you for joining us in our festivities and making the holidays at Carpenter’s Shelter special. ❤️❤️❤️#grateful #holidayspiritweek #carpentersshelter

Please join us in wishing our esteemed Executive Director, Shannon Steene, a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY today. As you can see, ...
12/18/2020

Please join us in wishing our esteemed Executive Director, Shannon Steene, a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY today. As you can see, he is all smiles 😊#carpentersshelter #happybirthday #grateful

Day Four of our Holiday Spirit Week consisted of our Mini-Tree decorating contest!!! And we need you to help us decide t...
12/18/2020

Day Four of our Holiday Spirit Week consisted of our Mini-Tree decorating contest!!! And we need you to help us decide the winner. We have trees decorated by guests, staff, and volunteers. It will be up you to choose who earns the top prize. Place your vote by liking your favorite tree. And good luck to all!!! #carpentersshelter #holidayspiritweek #grateful #happyholidays

So happy to share this momentous occasion with all of you whose support made it possible! Please click the link below to...
12/17/2020
Carpenter's Shelter Ribbon Cutting Ceremony December 10, 2020

So happy to share this momentous occasion with all of you whose support made it possible! Please click the link below to watch our Virtual Ribbon Cutting Ceremony which includes a full tour of the new shelter. #grateful #newheights #carpentersshelter #lookforthehelpers

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UdSW6FByisw

The combined Zoom and live event of the Carpenter's Shelter Ribbon Cutting for the new building at 930 N Henry St

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Somebody has a treat hangover after her visit this morning....
I absolutely love this shelter. My mom Virginia Shepard-Garrett worked there for years and retired. God bless all the employees and volunteers. May God continue to bless and protect you all!
Lucy and Gracie, symbolically reporting for front desk duty!
If I can’t be there again on my Monday nights, I’m at least sending some love from Gracie (left) and Lucy (right)!
It’s so weird to not be there on a Monday night and even weirder to not know when this ends. Stay safe and reasonably sane, Carpenters staff and clients!
I truly get the best seat in the house to see the generosity of the community!
Hello Staff, My fiance and I are stuck, and is in desperate need of a place to stay by June 1st, 2019. THIS IS AN EMERGENCY!!!!!! I don't know any other way on whom to reach out to, to follow procedure to pursue this. Please Help us!!!!!
Thanks for all of the prayers and positive thoughts. The move to Landmark last weekend went as smooth as expected, and our residents are home. A huge thanks to Chip and Cindy who never cease to amaze me, for the time they spent helping us move in. (I think their own 13 relocations prepared them well.)
Have you made your reservations for the upcoming events at the Durant Arts Center (1605 Cameron St, Alexandria, VA). Do not delay, make your reservations TODAY!!! First Friday: Family Art Night, June 1, 6 p.m., Reservations Required. Your family members can choose ONE art experience. All reservations are $9 per person. Children 5 years old and under are free. Reservations include art supplies, pizza and soda. You have three art experiences to choose from: Paint with Patrick Kirwin - Ages 5 and up with adult. Do you love to paint? No experience necessary - Patrick will guide you through painting your very own masterpiece. Take your masterpiece home at the end of the evening. Limit: 50 people (455204.03); or, PLENTY OF SPACES STILL AVAILABLE Create a clay sculpture with Teresa Brunson - Ages 5 and up with adult. New at the Family Art Night is an opportunity to create a clay sculpture. Teresa will guide you through creating a 3-D multi-color fantasy dragon. The dragon sculpture can be given as a gift, or you can showcase it in your house. Limit: 20 people (455204.04); ONLY 5 MORE SPACES LEFT TO FILL Create Mosaics with Maria Illingworth – Ages 6 and up with adult. Design a mosaic trivet that you can give as a gift, or use in the kitchen. Limit: 30 (455204.05). PLENTY OF SPACES STILL AVAILABLE To pay online: www.alexandriava.gov/webtrac, select activity number.
Contribution made. Thank you for all the great things you do for people who need help. Your organization is a force for good in our community!