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.

Operating as usual

This week we are celebrating Courtney W (pictured on the right with her friend) as our Volunteer of the Week! Courtney i...
09/24/2020

This week we are celebrating Courtney W (pictured on the right with her friend) as our Volunteer of the Week! Courtney is new to volunteering with Carpenter's Shelter, but in the short time since she has started volunteering she has covered multiple front desk shifts, meal services, and has even prepared chef level meals for the shelter. We are incredibly thankful for Courtney, her contagiously positive spirit, and her prolific service. #grateful

We are so excited to announce that the Volunteer of the week is Sunny P! Pictured with her daughter Amelia, Sunny is a l...
09/16/2020

We are so excited to announce that the Volunteer of the week is Sunny P! Pictured with her daughter Amelia, Sunny is a longtime volunteer and donor. Known for high level of energy and tenacity, Sunny will use pantry stores to whip up wonderful meals and then return to serve them. She is known for connecting with staff and guests alike, always with a kind word or a great travel story to share. Thank You Sunny, for your enduring support!

In an effort to recognize the hard work and commitment of our amazing staff, each quarter the team will select a team me...
09/15/2020

In an effort to recognize the hard work and commitment of our amazing staff, each quarter the team will select a team member from each of our three departments that exemplify Carpenter's Shelter S.E.E.D. values: solutions, empowerment, education, and dedication.

Our winners for the first quarter are:

Monitors: Sharon A (Monitor)
Programs: Lawrence S (Family Case Manager)
Administration: Jamila S (Community Relations Manager)

Please join us in congratulating our winners! Carpenter's Shelter is better for their work ethic and passion to end homelessness!

09/12/2020

We're so excited about our new building, it's been over a year and a half and we've watched as we broke ground, cleared the area, dug the foundation, and put up the walls for the building. All of that in 18 months and all of that thanks to the support of our fantastic donors!

To give you an idea of what it took, here's a time lapse of that work of 1.5 years condensed into 7.5 minutes, enjoy!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=58e2tgOtxxQ&feature=youtu.be

Thanks to this week's meal providers! As I overheard a guest say walking through the dining hall "This food is everythin...
09/11/2020

Thanks to this week's meal providers! As I overheard a guest say walking through the dining hall "This food is everything!!!" Shout out to Browne Academy for the lovely surprise donation of catered meals from Bittersweet Catering. #grateful #carpentersshelter #newheights

Saint Abanoub Coptic Orthodox Church - Springfield, VA, Westminster Presbyterian Church - Alexandria, APPNA-DMV Chapter, St John Neumann Catholic Church, Maryanne B, Commonwealth Baptist Church, Geraldine S, Immanuel Church-on-the-Hill, Michael S,
Alfred Street Baptist Church, Sara P, Washington Street UMC, Downtown Baptist Church, Elaine D, Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, Alexandria, VA, Saint Rita's Catholic Church, Alfred Street Baptist Church

Please join us in saying a big Thank You to our Volunteer of the Week, Geri S! Geri has been volunteering with Carpenter...
09/10/2020

Please join us in saying a big Thank You to our Volunteer of the Week, Geri S! Geri has been volunteering with Carpenter's Shelter for almost a decade, every summer season she signs up to prepare and serve multiple meals each month! Always delicious and made with love, both residents and staff alike look forward to her meal services. Thank you, Geri, for your wonderful meals and your generous spirit!

Thank You The Mission Continues for helping to sort, organize, and inventory our storage space in preparation for our mo...
09/07/2020

Thank You The Mission Continues for helping to sort, organize, and inventory our storage space in preparation for our move at the end of the next month!🤞🏽Thanks to your hard work we are one step closer to being ready to reach New Heights in our new shelter. #grateful #countdowntothemove #carpentersshelter #newheights

Thank you to the following meal providers for two weeks of full bellies and full hearts.❤️#grateful #carpentersshelterCi...
09/04/2020

Thank you to the following meal providers for two weeks of full bellies and full hearts.❤️#grateful #carpentersshelter

Circle of Hope, Beth El Hebrew Congregation, Appna-Dmv Chapter, PBS online, Pat B, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Jennifer S, Alfred Street Baptist Church, the Willis family, Christ The King Alexandria Va, Grace Community Church, Abiding Presence Lutheran Church, Burke, Virginia, the Solon Familym All Saints' Episcopal School, Grant Thornton, Nastaran C, Shiloh Baptist Church of Alexandria, VA, Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Christ Church (Alexandria, VA), St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Ann M, Amy M, Redeemed church of God, Carrie G, Alexandria Restaurant Partners

Please join us in congratulating our Volunteer of the Week, Willie Bailey! Willie has served on Carpenter's Board for ov...
09/03/2020

Please join us in congratulating our Volunteer of the Week, Willie Bailey! Willie has served on Carpenter's Board for over a year. In addition to his board service he regularly coordinates and host drives to benefit our residents; the most recent one being a Back 2 School Drive that provided new book bags and school supplies for our children. We are thankful for Willie, his huge heart, and his giving spirit! #grateful

09/02/2020
Back 2 School(ish)

Thank you to Carpenter’s Shelter’s Board member, Willie Bailey, for the book bags pictured below and to all the donors who have generously donated Target and Visa gift cards to help our families in the community purchase school supplies for the upcoming school year! We are still accepting gift card donations for our families. Please email Youssef at [email protected] if you are interested in donating🤗#grateful

Thank you The Brigade of Mercy for your enduring support🤗 #grateful
09/01/2020

Thank you The Brigade of Mercy for your enduring support🤗 #grateful

BOM provided creamers, deodorants and Target gift cards to Carpenter's Shelter. The gift cards will help families to buy school supplies for the incoming school year. We remain committed to helping our communities during this pandemic.#BOM.#HelpingShelters.

In dedication to Bob Douglas, whose service exemplified the following attributes, this award recognizes volunteers for p...
08/27/2020

In dedication to Bob Douglas, whose service exemplified the following attributes, this award recognizes volunteers for providing critical ongoing responsibilities with consistency, humility, and dedication to the shelter. We would like to recognize our 2020 Bob Douglas Awardees pictured below!

Pictured top to bottom: Kathy and Dick H., and Jenifer M.

The Carpenter's Shelter Wall of Honor is awarded to volunteers who consistently provide extraordinary service in support...
08/26/2020

The Carpenter's Shelter Wall of Honor is awarded to volunteers who consistently provide extraordinary service in support of Carpenter's Shelter. Please join us in celebrating our 2020 Wall Of Honor Awardees!!!
Pictured left to right and top to bottom: Shelli Vasser G., Bill S., Betty H., Claire R., Nadine G., Charlotte H.

Thank you to IAEE for your support!!! #grateful ##WomeninExhibitions #IAEE_WLF
08/24/2020

Thank you to IAEE for your support!!! #grateful ##WomeninExhibitions #IAEE_WLF

Year after year, IAEE’s #WomeninExhibitions and #IAEE_WLF continue to come together as a community to give back to local communities. This year, we are supporting Carpenter's Shelter, an organization that provides a variety of services for thousands of families experiencing homelessness in Alexandria, VA. Read more about our social project here: https://bit.ly/WLFSocialGiving20

From Salmon burgers to grilled steak, this week's meal providers made sure our guests ate like royalty! We are so incred...
08/22/2020

From Salmon burgers to grilled steak, this week's meal providers made sure our guests ate like royalty! We are so incredibly #grateful for this week's meal providers and the sheer variety and deliciousness of all the food we received. Special shout out to our volunteer servers pictured below, Lou and Liz.

Bridget M & family, Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, Alexandria, VA, Beth H of A Thyme and Place, Grace Episcopal Church Alexandria VA,Booz Allen Hamilton, Alexandria Restaurant Partners, The Whelan Family, Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, The K-Crew, Christ Church (Alexandria, VA), Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Alexandria, The Abbruzzese's, Fairlington United Methodist Church, Westminster Presbyterian Church - Alexandria, Old Presbyterian Meeting House, Grace community Church

We are ecstatic to welcome our volunteers back in shelter, and very excited to see some new faces as well. Our Volunteer...
08/20/2020

We are ecstatic to welcome our volunteers back in shelter, and very excited to see some new faces as well. Our Volunteer of the Week is one of those new faces. Ray has been volunteering for less than a month, but in that month has volunteered at our front desk multiple times a week, often filling in for shifts that we request help for. We are incredibly #grateful for Ray, who has proven to be an old pro at the front desk after only one month of service! Thank You Ray!

This month we would like to recognize one of Carpenter's Shelter's amazing monitors, Teresa S. Teresa has been with Carp...
08/19/2020

This month we would like to recognize one of Carpenter's Shelter's amazing monitors, Teresa S. Teresa has been with Carpenter's for quite a while, and has truly shown herself to be an incredible asset to the shelter. From her co-workers, to our guests, to our volunteers; everyone she encounters only has kind words to say about Teresa and vice versa. Her helpfulness, graciousness, and positive attitude is truly inspirational. In Teresa's own words: “As for my thoughts about working at Carpenters, I look forward to coming to work at Carpenters. It is a pleasure to work with the team that I work with and seeing the residents succeed in getting into housing and other goals they achieve while here. I have so many great memories of the years working here.” We are incredibly #grateful for Teresa's passion and leadership at Carpenter's Shelter!

Another week of being #grateful to our wonderful meal providers, who twice daily, and three times a day on the weekend, ...
08/14/2020

Another week of being #grateful to our wonderful meal providers, who twice daily, and three times a day on the weekend, gift our residents and staff with mouth-watering meals!

Geraldine S, Brownie Troop 60023, Appna-Dmv, Saint John Neumann Catholic Church, Maryanne B, Commonwealth Baptist Church, Immanuel Church-on-the-Hill, The Duffy Family, Yahweh Outreach International, The Hickok Family, REACH DMV, Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA - Washington, Booze Allen Hamilton, The Church of St Clement

Our Volunteer of the Week this week is  Great Harvest Bread of Alexandria, who throughout the pandemic has donated and d...
08/13/2020

Our Volunteer of the Week this week is Great Harvest Bread of Alexandria, who throughout the pandemic has donated and delivered fresh loaves of bread to both the residential shelter and the safety shelter (which since has closed). These deliveries continue to this very day, allowing our residents to benefit from delicious toast for breakfast and scrumptious sandwiches for lunch! We are incredibly #grateful for their continued support! Thank you Great Harvest! #supportlocalbusinesses

We are #grateful for all the love and all of the food we received this week!Maryanne B, Westminster Presbyterian Church ...
08/07/2020

We are #grateful for all the love and all of the food we received this week!

Maryanne B, Westminster Presbyterian Church - Alexandria, Carrie G, All Saints Episcopal Church - Sharon Chapel, Grant Thornton, Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Alexandria, The LaSida Family, Carpenter's Shelter's Board, The Solon Family, Christ Church (Alexandria, VA), Nastaran C, Washington Street United Methodist Church, Downtown Baptist Church, Valli S., Blessed Sacrament Music Ministry, Alexandria, Virginia, St. Rita's Catholic Church

With almost three decades of monthly service under her belt, we are excited to recognize Betty H as our Volunteer of the...
08/06/2020

With almost three decades of monthly service under her belt, we are excited to recognize Betty H as our Volunteer of the Week! Each month Betty H serves at our Front Desk with a cheery attitude and an infectious smile. We are #grateful for her dedicated service to the men, women, and children we serve!

It takes a village and we are so grateful for ours . . . #grateful #community
08/05/2020

It takes a village and we are so grateful for ours . . . #grateful #community

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Another week, and another array of delicious, nutritious, and in some cases, straight up indulgent meals! From residents...
07/31/2020

Another week, and another array of delicious, nutritious, and in some cases, straight up indulgent meals! From residents, and staff alike, we are #grateful for this week's meal providers.

Grace Community Church, Beth El Hebrew Congregation, Shiloh Baptist Church of Alexandria, VA, The Ford Family, Circle Of Hope- Kara, Yunnan by Potomac, Brigadoon Brigade, The Russell Group, Geraldine S., The Solon Family, Fairlington Presbyterian, St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Amy M

Join us in celebrating our Volunteer of the Week, Edith Bullard! Edith has been a guiding light for Carpenter's Shelter,...
07/31/2020

Join us in celebrating our Volunteer of the Week, Edith Bullard! Edith has been a guiding light for Carpenter's Shelter, first heading our Programs Committee, then bringing in teams of church volunteers to work with kids in shelter, and now serving as the Chair of our Board of Directors. Her passion and dedication to helping the homeless is evidenced by her leadership and commitment to service. We are a better organization because of her involvement which is why we are so #grateful.

Congrats to our fearless leader, our Executive Director Shannon Steene, for this honor. His passion and work ethic is an...
07/28/2020

Congrats to our fearless leader, our Executive Director Shannon Steene, for this honor. His passion and work ethic is an inspiration to our entire team! #grateful

Congratulations to Alexandria's Shannon Steene of Carpenter's Shelter and Paula Fitzgerald of Ayuda and Tyler Spencer of The Grassroots Project on being awarded the Bradt Leadership Award from the Greater Washington Community Foundation. Your leadership inspires us!

07/27/2020
Hike For The Kids

Big 'ol hat tip to our friends at the Commonwealth Consultants Foundation. They have hosted an annual “Hike For the Kids” in the Blue Ridge for over 15 years and it's a great opportunity for homeless and children in need to have a break from the stresses they face. #gr8ful #luvit #dirtyshoes
https://youtu.be/r89HhRdt0xw

Since 2004, the Commonwealth Consultants Foundation has hosted our annual “Hike For the Kids” in the Blue Ridge Mountains. This hike provides an opportunity ...

This week’s Volunteer of the Week is Craig W! Craig has volunteered at the front desk of Carpenter’s Shelter every month...
07/25/2020

This week’s Volunteer of the Week is Craig W! Craig has volunteered at the front desk of Carpenter’s Shelter every month for over a decade, in addition to donating and volunteering special events! Thank you, Craig, for your incredible dedication to Carpenter’s Shelter and to the men, women, and children we serve. We are forever #grateful.

We are in constant awe of the variety and sheer deliciousness of the food provided for our guests each week. We are so i...
07/24/2020

We are in constant awe of the variety and sheer deliciousness of the food provided for our guests each week. We are so incredibly #grateful

Thank You:
The Solon Family, Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, Beth Hamed, Grace Episcopal Church Alexandria VA, Geraldine S, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Ark365DMV, Yunnan by Potomac, Saint Abanoub Coptic Orthodox Church - Springfield, VA, Abbie L, Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Alexandria, Fairlington United Methodist Church, Community Praise Church

We would like to say a warm and heartfelt Thank You to Marsha from ARK365DMV for not only providing a catered lunch for ...
07/23/2020

We would like to say a warm and heartfelt Thank You to Marsha from ARK365DMV for not only providing a catered lunch for our residents, but for also bringing our team wonderful gifts in recognition of their roles as essential workers during the pandemic. It was such an amazingly thoughtful gesture and we are #grateful.❤️

07/22/2020

Keeping our pantry organized is essential to allowing our guests to easily access the resources they need. This is one of the many tasks that we rely on volunteer support for. If you love to organize or are simply looking for a way to give back, go to www.carpentersshelter.org/volunteer to become a part of the Carpenter’s Shelter family today☺️ #grateful

Carpenter's Shelter is ALX Promise certified in compliance with their recommended measures to prevent the spread of Coro...
07/18/2020

Carpenter's Shelter is ALX Promise certified in compliance with their recommended measures to prevent the spread of Coronavirus. Thanks to the ALX certification process, and in conjunction with your generous donations of PPE, and measures we have taken independently to protect our guests, staff, and volunteers, we continue to remain COVID free!

Click below to learn more about the ALX Promise and to view a list of participating businesses and organizations.
https://www.visitalexandriava.com/alx-promise/

With full bellies and even fuller hearts, we say thank you to this week's meal providers.❤️ #gratefulMaryanne B, Agudas ...
07/17/2020

With full bellies and even fuller hearts, we say thank you to this week's meal providers.❤️ #grateful

Maryanne B, Agudas Achim Congregation (Julie K), Appna-Dmv (Naheed), Saint John Neumann Catholic Church (Rita),Booze Allen Hamilton (Nadine, Adrienne, Lisa, & Linda), Alexandria Restaurant Partners, Maya L & Family, Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church (Mary & Art), The K-Crew (Patty, Rose, Linda, & Maggie), Christ Church (Alexandria, VA) (Barb), Rebecca W, REACH (Russell), Sarah A, Beverly Hills United Methodist Church (David), and The Church of St Clement(Monica)

It's that time of the week when we excitedly get to recognize a volunteer/s for their outstanding service to Carpenter's...
07/17/2020

It's that time of the week when we excitedly get to recognize a volunteer/s for their outstanding service to Carpenter's Shelter. Please join us in congratulating Robert "Bob" W and the crew from All Saints Sharon Chapel Episcopal Church as our Volunteers of the Week! Their core team of 6 (Helen, Juanita, Jacqueline, Susan, Stephen and Bob himself) regularly provide delectable meals each month, for some of the crew for as far back as 1991! We are thankful to All Saints Sharon Chapel, and their coordinator Bob, for 30 years of dedicated service. The numbers of ways in which All Saint's has provided support to Carpenter's Shelter are too many to count. We couldn't be more #grateful. (photos taken pre COVID 19)

This is a reminder of why the life changing services that we provide at Carpenter's Shelter are so important. We are tha...
07/16/2020

This is a reminder of why the life changing services that we provide at Carpenter's Shelter are so important. We are thankful for our passionate team of hard working service providers, for a community so ready and willing to give so much of themselves whether it be their time, money, resources or all three, and especially for the strength and resilience of our guests who graciously allow us to be a part of their journey.

If you want to know how you can become a part of our mission to end homelessness in Alexandria, and truly make a difference in the lives of those we serve, please go to: www.carpentersshelter.org to learn how you can become a volunteer or a donor today.

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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.)
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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!