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

Phase 1 of the move successfully completed!!! Our guests enjoyed a lovely dinner from Commonwealth Baptist Church before...
11/12/2020

Phase 1 of the move successfully completed!!! Our guests enjoyed a lovely dinner from Commonwealth Baptist Church before getting set up in their spacious new rooms🤗 All made possible by our awesome community of donors and volunteers. More pics to come this week as we move staff tomorrow and get settled into our new digs🥰 #carpentersshelter #grateful #excited #newheights

11/09/2020

We have been busy packing as we excitedly prepare for the move back to our 930 N Henry St location into our brand new purpose built shelter on Wednesday! To learn more about our move, as well as opportunities to volunteer with Carpenter’s Shelter, check out our volunteer webpage at www.carpentersshelter.org/volunteer #carpentersshelter #grateful #LookForTheHelpers

Kathleen V is a volunteer who never fails to fill in for a shift. She is always there whenever Carpenter’s Shelter has a...
11/08/2020

Kathleen V is a volunteer who never fails to fill in for a shift. She is always there whenever Carpenter’s Shelter has a need, whether it be helping with packing or serving a last minute meal. She is quick to donate from our needs list, and approaches her service with dedication and passion. For all of those reasons and more, join us in congratulating Kathleen V as our Volunteer of the Week! #carpentersshelter #grateful #LookForTheHelpers

Last night’s Halloween Activities for our families in shelter were a huge success! We made slime, did arts and crafts, a...
10/31/2020

Last night’s Halloween Activities for our families in shelter were a huge success! We made slime, did arts and crafts, and ended with trick or treating and Halloween bingo! Thanks to everyone whose donations made it possible. Happy Halloween from our families to yours 🎃 #grateful #carpentersshelter #HappyHalloween

10/30/2020

Thanks You to everyone who voted for Carpenter’s Shelter’s spooky door decoration contest! Based on FB and in shelter votes, the winner is . . . drum roll please . . . THE RESIDENT DOOR!!! The two young sisters responsible for decorating the winning door were delighted to receive the grand prizes pictured below!!! Please check out our FB page to see all the door entries including the winning door. Happy Halloween!!! #carpentersshelter #happyhalloween

We are so thankful for our Volunteer of the Week, Roger P! Roger has been an incredible help to the shelter, working at ...
10/30/2020

We are so thankful for our Volunteer of the Week, Roger P! Roger has been an incredible help to the shelter, working at the front desk and helping to pack for the move. We are #grateful for all of his hard work and indelible spirit. #carpentersshelter #lookforthehelpers

Thank you to Girl Scout Troop 60065 for making these wonderful Halloween buckets for our kids, in addition to donating a...
10/28/2020

Thank you to Girl Scout Troop 60065 for making these wonderful Halloween buckets for our kids, in addition to donating a bunch of needed supplies!!! We also want to shout out Girl Scout Troop 53039 for making slime kits for the activity table we are setting up for our kids on Friday evening. Last but certainly not least, thanks to all of the volunteers and donors who have donated costumes and decor this Halloween season. All of you have truly made Halloween at Carpenter’s Shelter Spooktacular!!! #carpentersshelter #grateful #happyhalloween

Check out our Executive Director's guest blog with Emmanuelvoices.org all about making giving back and doing good fun! #...
10/27/2020
Make Doing Good Fun!

Check out our Executive Director's guest blog with Emmanuelvoices.org all about making giving back and doing good fun! #goodfun #giveback #lookforthehelpers #carpentersshelter

https://emmanuelvoices.org/2020/10/20/make-doing-good-fun/

From Guest Blogger: Shannon Steene, Executive Director of Carpenter’s Shelter Make doing good fun!  It’s the slogan on my office wall. Maybe it’s corny, but it’s been my goal for my tenu…

10/26/2020

This is the last and final entry into our door decorating contest, done by two very talented young ladies from one of our families!!! They did an amazing job. Shout out to everyone who donated costumes and decor for making Halloween extra spooky and extra special at Carpenter’s! Also PLEASE go to our page to view all five doors and LIKE your favorite door to VOTE🎃 #happyhalloween #lookforthehelpers #grateful #carpentersshelter #vote

10/23/2020

And the last, but certainly not least, entry is the Haunted Hallway by our Conference Room Crew! They not only transformed the conference room door, they spookified the entire hallway!!! Don’t forget to vote in the comments for your favorite of the four haunted door choices 🎃

10/23/2020

The third Haunted Halloween door for your consideration is Case Management’s terrifying Mummification door with graveyard! Try not to get “wrapped up” in how sppppppoookkkyyy it is!!! Happy Voting!!!

The second door for your consideration is the Super Scary Skeleton door by Admin!!!! Iwould never say vote for Admin or ...
10/23/2020

The second door for your consideration is the Super Scary Skeleton door by Admin!!!! I
would never say vote for Admin or we will haunt you because some things just go without saying . . . #BOO!!!

10/23/2020

The CS Staff has embarked on a spooky Halloween door decorating contest! And we need your vote to determine the winner! There are 4 teams: Admin, Case Management, Monitors, and the rag tag team who did the Haunted Hallway! We had to break it up into a few posts, so please go to our page to take a look at all four and vote for your fave!!! The first door we present is the Monitor Door: Happy Halloween!!!!

Thank you to our Volunteer of the Week, Monu! Monu may be new to volunteering but he is quickly becoming an old pro, vol...
10/22/2020

Thank you to our Volunteer of the Week, Monu! Monu may be new to volunteering but he is quickly becoming an old pro, volunteering at our front desk up to four times a week, and filling in last minute openings. He is effective, efficient, and always incredibly pleasant and helpful! Thanks so much Monu, for your commitment to serve. We are #grateful!

Shouting a huge thanks to our Volunteer of the Week, Lydia W. Lydia is one of those super special volunteers who will dr...
10/16/2020

Shouting a huge thanks to our Volunteer of the Week, Lydia W. Lydia is one of those super special volunteers who will drop everything to help when needed. She has helped cook and serve meals, organize for special events, and clean out the pantry. We always love to see Lydia coming! Not only does she have the biggest heart and work ethic, she also incredibly thoughtful, always bringing a sweet treat for staff (she is an amazing baker). Thank you, Lydia, for all that you do for Carpenter's Shelter, our staff, and the men, women, and children we serve!

10/13/2020
Happy Dance!!!

The dance you do when our family case manager requests car seats for a young family in shelter and the most amazing community ever comes thru!!! #grateful #ittakesavillage #lookforthehelpers

Thank you to this week's meal providers for the immense amount of love and effort they poured into their dishes. Each me...
10/09/2020

Thank you to this week's meal providers for the immense amount of love and effort they poured into their dishes. Each meal was a delight. We are #grateful

Westminster Presbyterian Church - Alexandria, Carrie G, All Saints Catholic Church, Grant Thornton, Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Alexandria, Geraldine S, Immanuel Church-on-the-Hill, Maryanne B, Yahweh Outreach International, Sophia G, Washington Street United Methodist Church, Downtown Baptist Church, Alexandria, Virginia, Elaine D, Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, Alexandria, VA, Saint

New to service at Carpenter's Shelter, Meghan S jumped right in with both feet! She has worked multiple front desk shift...
10/08/2020

New to service at Carpenter's Shelter, Meghan S jumped right in with both feet! She has worked multiple front desk shifts, staying late if necessary and filling in when needed. While at the front desk she has also offered to assist with administrative duties, most recently helping our housing locators with a mailing campaign. When are thankful to new volunteers like Meghan, who demonstrate a passion and commitment to service. Which is why we our honored to name Meghan our Volunteer of the Week!!!

If food is love, then our hearts are as full as our bellies! Thank you to this week Meal Providers!Community Praise Chur...
10/02/2020

If food is love, then our hearts are as full as our bellies! Thank you to this week Meal Providers!

Community Praise Church, Circle Of Hope (Kara), Beth El Hebrew Congregation, Sophia G, Nicole N, The Russell Group, The Whelan Family, Charles Barrett Elementary PTA, Nastaran C, Christ Church (Alexandria, VA), St Lawrence Roman Catholic Church, Aida Haile M., Grace Community Church, Shiloh Baptist Church of Alexandria, VA, and The Ford Family

Congratulations to our Volunteer Of The Week, Tiauna C!!! Tiauna has been serving at Carpenter's for years in various ro...
10/02/2020

Congratulations to our Volunteer Of The Week, Tiauna C!!! Tiauna has been serving at Carpenter's for years in various roles. Everything from job coaching, to meal service, to decorating our van for the Scottish Walk parade, Tiauna's bright smile and cheery attitude has truly been an asset to Carpenter's Shelter.

09/29/2020

Thank you to author Joe Jamaldian, for donating autographed copies of his new book Bob In A Box, to our children in shelter and in the community! We are #grateful

Thank you to our Meal Providers for the last two weeks! From pasta to pancakes, as reported by our guests, every bite ha...
09/25/2020

Thank you to our Meal Providers for the last two weeks! From pasta to pancakes, as reported by our guests, every bite has been a delight! We are #grateful.

Agudas Achim Congregation, Beth H, Alexandria Restaurant Partners, Booz Allen Hamilton, Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, The K-Crew, Christ Church (Alexandria, VA), Sara A & Family, R.E.A.C.H., Saint Abanoub Coptic Orthodox Church - Springfield, VA, VA Tech Alumni, PBS online, Beverly Hills United Methodist Church, The Solon Family, Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, Alexandria, VA, Bridget W, Brigadoon Brigade, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Protiviti, Maryanne B, Geraldine S, Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Alexandria, Fairlington United Methodist Church, Grace Community Church, Beth El Hebrew Congregation,

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.

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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!