Carpenter's Shelter

Carpenter's Shelter Carpenter’s Shelter supports homeless individuals and families achieve sustainable independence through shelter, guidance, education and advocacy.
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.
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Carpenter’s Shelter would like to say a heartfelt THANK YOU to Appna-Dmv for providing multiple meals to our Safety Shel...
05/12/2020

Carpenter’s Shelter would like to say a heartfelt THANK YOU to Appna-Dmv for providing multiple meals to our Safety Shelter at the Charles Houston Recreation Center in addition to much needed supplies like lotion, soaps, drinks, and snacks. The clients were so thankful for your generous donation, and so are we! #grateful

05/11/2020
Weekly Video Update!

Hello Carpenter's Shelter Family! As usual we have another weekly video update! This time we had the opportunity of speaking with Katie Boyle, our AmeriCorps VISTA, Data Coordinator. She provides information on her role and some insightful shelter data. Please watch!

“A mother is she who can take the place of all others but whose place no one can take” ~ Cardinal MermillodFrom our hear...
05/10/2020

“A mother is she who can take the place of all others but whose place no one can take” ~ Cardinal Mermillod

From our hearts to yours, Happy Mother’s Day!

Thank You to this week's Meal Providers for both our Residential and Safety Shelters. In a lot of ways food can be an ex...
05/09/2020

Thank You to this week's Meal Providers for both our Residential and Safety Shelters. In a lot of ways food can be an expression of love. Thanks to you, not only do our residents benefit from the food security and full bellies that your delicious home cooked and catered meals ensure, they also feel the love that goes into the preparation and hard work it takes to provide them. #grateful

Residential Shelter: Grace Community Church, Westminster Presbyterian Church - Alexandria, Mia's Italian Kitchen, Carrie G, All Saints Episcopal Church - Sharon Chapel, Grant Thornton, Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Alexandria, Circle Of H.O.P.E., Carpenter's Shelter Board, Karen K, Alfred Street Baptist Church, Casey B, Annee G, Washington UMC, Downtown Baptist Church, Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Elaine D, Blessed Sacrament Music Ministry, Alexandria, Virginia, Saint Rita Catholic Church

Safety Shelter: Debra M, Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Carrie G, All Saints' Episcopal Church, Power of 10, Braddock Metro Citizens' Coalition Page, Judy N, Burgundy Farm Country Day School, Tovah r, Rich J, Sarah A, Appna-Dmv Naheed S, Amy M

Catholic Church

Please join us in thanking our Volunteer of the Week, Laura Z, for all of her work with Carpenter's Shelter! In addition...
05/07/2020

Please join us in thanking our Volunteer of the Week, Laura Z, for all of her work with Carpenter's Shelter! In addition to serving on our Board, Laura also organizes a monthly meal for our residents. Pre COVID-19, back when Carpenter's had in shelter volunteer engagement, she could often be found working at the front desk. She is always quick to reach out to see in what ways she can help and her presence is always infused with energy and positivity! Thank you Laura Z, for your ongoing commitment to Carpenter's Shelter and our residents!

Alexandria Restaurant Partners (ARP) are collecting donations to keep the residents of Carpenter’s Shelter well fed! ARP...
05/07/2020
Restaurant Group Donating Meals to Homeless Shelter in Alexandria

Alexandria Restaurant Partners (ARP) are collecting donations to keep the residents of Carpenter’s Shelter well fed!

ARP's goal is to support both shelters by providing 75 meals each time they donate food. For each $10 donation made on their GoFundMe page, ARP will prepare a meal for shelter residents. A $300 donation will provide a meal for the entire shelter!

Watch the NBC Washington segment featuring our Executive Director Shannon Steene and Dave Nicholas from ARP discussing the details of the partnership.

If you would like to donate their GoFundMe at https://bit.ly/2zhJWoM !!

The Alexandria Restaurant Partners are collecting donations to keep the residents of Carpenter’s Shelter in Alexandria, Virginia well fed. News4’s Drew Wilder reports.

Today we would like to say a HUGE THANK YOU to Great Harvest Bread of Alexandria for weekly donations of fresh bread to ...
05/06/2020

Today we would like to say a HUGE THANK YOU to Great Harvest Bread of Alexandria for weekly donations of fresh bread to both our residential shelter AND our Safety shelter! During the week breakfast is self-serve and the amazing fresh baked breads from Great Harvest are a welcome addition! The cinnamon burst in particular is extremely popular in the mornings. Thank you Great Harvest Bread of Alexandria!!! #supportlocalbusinesses

Of course! We need to work together as a community to ensure that we all remain safe!
05/04/2020

Of course! We need to work together as a community to ensure that we all remain safe!

Mondays are always better when you know you have great partners! Thanks Carpenter's Shelter for sharing some of your masks with ALIVE! House! Our residents and staff appreciate your friendship- we're in this together!

#GivingTuesdayNow and Do More 24 have synched efforts to help organizations like Carpenter's Shelter raise money during ...
05/04/2020
Support Carpenter's Shelter

#GivingTuesdayNow and Do More 24 have synched efforts to help organizations like Carpenter's Shelter raise money during this unprecedented time. Advanced giving is open, so please support Carpenter's Shelter by donating! You can donate by visiting either website:

https://www.givelocaltogether.org/team/carpentersshelter or https://www.domore24.org/carpentersshelter

Carpenter's Shelter is working collectively to continue our operations throughout the pandemic! It is you, our supporter, who helps keep our doors open for our homeless neighbors. Please help us to alleviate some of our accrued COVID-19 costs by donating

05/02/2020

Thank you to Brownie Troop 60065 from Saint Stephens & Saint Agnes school for their hard work in preparing a wonderfully delicious meal for our residents this evening! There were seconds and thirds had by all! #grateful

05/01/2020

This week's video features one of our residents! Please watch to get some insight into how our residents are faring during this unprecedented time.

05/01/2020

Do More 24 and #GivingTuesdayNow are synching efforts to host a new global day of giving taking place on May 5th – as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. Support Carpenter's Shelter by donating, so we can continue our operations! Early giving has started!

You can donate by visiting https://www.domore24.org/carpentersshelter.

Carpenter's Shelter's cover photo
05/01/2020

Carpenter's Shelter's cover photo

The staff and residents of Carpenter's Shelter would like to show our enormous appreciation for all of our amazing meal ...
04/30/2020

The staff and residents of Carpenter's Shelter would like to show our enormous appreciation for all of our amazing meal providers this week at both our Residential Shelter at the Landmark Mall and our Safety Shelter at the Charles Houston Recreation Center!

Residential Meal Providers:
Kara C Circle of Hope, Beth El Hebrew Congregation, Lena's Wood-Fired Pizza & Tap, Mia's Italian Kitchen, Nastaran c, Russell Group DC, Alexandria Country Day School, Nicole N, Maryanne B, Christ Church (Alexandria, VA), Casey B, Grace Community Church, Shiloh Baptist Church

Safety Shelter:
John H, Saint Rita Catholic Church, Elizabeth R, Power of 10, Annee G, Alexandria Country Day School, Kristen T, Sarah A, Grace Community Church, Amy M, Debra R, Pat & Chuck B Braddock Metro Citizens' Coalition Page

Join us in celebrating our Volunteer of the Week, Samantha Whiteside! Sam has been one of our biggest cheerleaders, rall...
04/29/2020

Join us in celebrating our Volunteer of the Week, Samantha Whiteside! Sam has been one of our biggest cheerleaders, rallying the troops at the Motley Fool Culture to help support us before and during the pandemic. In addition to providing meals and other donations, she is one of our biggest advocates. Thank you Sam, for the myriad of ways in which you support our mission to end homelessness in Alexandria!

Thanks to Elegance By Roya Bridal - Alexandria for these beautiful masks made by their atelier and donated to the shelte...
04/29/2020

Thanks to Elegance By Roya Bridal - Alexandria for these beautiful masks made by their atelier and donated to the shelter for the protection of our residents. We are appreciative of your, and all of our donor support for needed items such as masks, Clorox cleaning wipes, and sanitizer. #supportlocalbusinesses

Team Carpenter’s working diligently to organize the pantry after an influx of donations over the weekend. We don’t often...
04/27/2020

Team Carpenter’s working diligently to organize the pantry after an influx of donations over the weekend. We don’t often take pantry item donations, as we rely on volunteers and donors to provide prepared meals since we are without a stove in our temporary location. We were in need of snacks and cereal, which we got in abundance over the weekend. If you are interested in providing a needed donation to Carpenter’s Shelter please visit our amazon wish list:

https://carpentersshelter.org/shop-our-wish-list/

Thank you, Potomac Coffee, for your incredibly generous donation of 200lbs of VERY aromatic coffee! As one of the many l...
04/26/2020

Thank you, Potomac Coffee, for your incredibly generous donation of 200lbs of VERY aromatic coffee! As one of the many local businesses hard hit by the pandemic, we appreciate your giving spirit during these tough times!❤️ #supportlocalbusinesses

04/24/2020

Carpenter's community, thanks again for all that you do to power our work! It's time for a weekly video update. Please check it out and then comment below if you have questions or need more info. #gr8ful #alittletired #stillgoing

Thank You Maribeth's Bakery (cookies pictured above), Chef Erik Bruner-Yang of the Power of 10 initiative, and all of th...
04/23/2020

Thank You Maribeth's Bakery (cookies pictured above), Chef Erik Bruner-Yang of the Power of 10 initiative, and all of the amazing donors who provided delicious meals to our Safety Shelter at the Charles Houston Rec Center this week!!! You may not see them, but there are huge smiles under those masks thanks to you!!! Hannah M, Ellen W, Beth H, Christine G, Sara P, Aida H, Andrew J, Constellation Brands, Pat B, Grace Community Church and Rachel S.

Screaming THANK YOU to all of this week's amazing meal donors for our Residential Shelter at the Landmark Mall!!! Thanks...
04/23/2020

Screaming THANK YOU to all of this week's amazing meal donors for our Residential Shelter at the Landmark Mall!!! Thanks to you there are plenty of happy faces and full bellies during our meal times. Mark H, Blessed Sacrament Catholic Community, Grace Episcopal Church Alexandria VA, Washington Street United Methodist Church, Saint Pauls Episcopal Church, Gibson M, Rachel C, Maya L, Christ the King, Alfred Street Baptist Church, Fairlington United Methodist Church, Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Alexandria, Grace Community Church,, Old Presbyterian Meeting House, Beth H

04/22/2020
Jones Point

Thanks for your support Jones Point!

We missed playing for the Carpenter's Shelter's annual fundraiser at The Birchmere this past weekend. They're doing critical work for homeless individuals and families in Alexandria. If you can, please consider making a donation to support their efforts:

https://bit.ly/2zl0zjf

Jones Point performing "Don't Go Back to Rockville" at The Birchmere on Saturday, November 24, 2018

In the two plus  years she has been volunteering with Carpenter's, Maya P Soerakoesoemah has worn many hats. She has ass...
04/22/2020

In the two plus years she has been volunteering with Carpenter's, Maya P Soerakoesoemah has worn many hats. She has assisted with admin work, worked with our development team in their fund raising efforts, served lunches and was even a volunteer coordinator when there was a need. That's the thing about Maya. She is ALWAYS there whenever there is a need. Always present with a bright smile and generous heart. We are grateful for our Volunteer of the Week, Maya, for her amazing spirit and for the all the ways she contributes to the mission and work of Carpenter's Shelter. Thank You Maya!

There are so many individuals, faith communities, and organizations that contribute to and make the work we do at Carpen...
04/22/2020

There are so many individuals, faith communities, and organizations that contribute to and make the work we do at Carpenter's possible. Today we would like to recognize the team at Motley Fool Culture. Meals, gift cards, financial donations; your support of Carpenter's Shelter over the years and at this moment, has been tremendous. Thank you on behalf of our residents and staff.

A week ago today, in cooperation with the city of Alexandria, we stood up the Safety Shelter at the Charles Houston Recr...
04/20/2020
Carpenter's Shelter

A week ago today, in cooperation with the city of Alexandria, we stood up the Safety Shelter at the Charles Houston Recreation Center. It enables us to create jobs while others are having to eliminate them (we have hired additional personnel to staff the Safety Shelter) and provide assistance for people, while other programs are having to suspend their services. Most importantly, it allows us to ensure the protection and safety of those who need it most during this incredibly fraught time. It hasn't been easy. Our staff has been working harder than ever and we are incurring more expenses than we would normally. But when we see how grateful the people we serve are, when we see the huge outpouring of support from our community, we know that what we do is essential. We are thankful to have the ability to do it and for your contributions that make it possible for us to do so.

95% of clients who continue on with our community case management program remain in permanent housing during their first year out of the shelter, which is a very vulnerable time

Thank you, ARP,  for donating food for our residents even before COVID-19, and for now expanding your efforts to provide...
04/20/2020
VIP Alexandria Magazine

Thank you, ARP, for donating food for our residents even before COVID-19, and for now expanding your efforts to provide even more meals in the midst of it!

Our friends at Alexandria Restaurant Partners have raised over $6k in THREE DAYS, donating one meal for every $10 raised. That’s more than 20 meals for the entire shelter! 👏👏👏👏👏 Carpenter's Shelter

https://www.gofundme.com/f/7mx86-arp-fundraiser-for-carpenters-shelter

The work we do to shelter and protect the most vulnerable, is made possible by the support of our community. Volunteers,...
04/19/2020

The work we do to shelter and protect the most vulnerable, is made possible by the support of our community. Volunteers, donors and advocates like yourselves. We are grateful.

Please join us in celebrating our Volunteer of the Week, Jennifer P. Jennifer P digs in on big picture strategy issues a...
04/16/2020

Please join us in celebrating our Volunteer of the Week, Jennifer P. Jennifer P digs in on big picture strategy issues as well as marshalling resources around very concrete, immediate needs. Whether it is serving on our Board of Directors and chairing its Development Committee or walking into the shelter with bags and boxes of supplies she has personally donated or gathered from family, friends, and neighbors, Jennifer shows that she will do whatever it takes to help. She provides meals for our residents as well, and she has been an incredible advocate and resource in helping to refer new volunteers and donors to help with food needed at our new Safety Shelter. Thank you, Jennifer, for all the ways in which you support Carpenter's Shelter.

With the opening of the Safety Shelter at the Charles Houston Recreation Center, our food needs have expanded. We would ...
04/16/2020

With the opening of the Safety Shelter at the Charles Houston Recreation Center, our food needs have expanded. We would like to thank our amazing community for jumping right in and helping to fulfill our needs within an incredibly short window. As of right now all of our meals are covered for the Safety Shelter through April 24th! We would like to highlight our "first responders". Please join us in thanking this week's meal providers for the Safety Shelter: Dina K, Motley Fool Wealth Management, The People's Drug, Valli S, Meredith D, Jennifer P, Yunnan by Potomac, the K-Crew, Michele P, and The Gourmet Angel Food Bank

Thank you to our meal providers, who combined, provided over 560 meals this week alone to feed our residents!Westminster...
04/16/2020

Thank you to our meal providers, who combined, provided over 560 meals this week alone to feed our residents!
Westminster Presbyterian Church - Alexandria, Yunnan by Potomac, Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, Saint John Neumann Catholic Church, Mia's Italian Kitchen, Lena's Wood-Fired Pizza & Tap, Circle of Hope, Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Christ Church (Alexandria, VA), the K-Crew, REACH, Nicole N, Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA - Washington, Booz Allen Hamilton, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Chi Zeta Omega Chapter and Beverly Hills United Presbyterian Church

04/16/2020
Thank you to all of our donors!

We want to thank every single donor that chose Carpenter's Shelter as the organization to support during Spring2ACTion. Please watch for a special thank you from our Executive Director Shannon Steene.

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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!