Carpenter's Shelter

Carpenter's Shelter Carpenter’s Shelter supports people experiencing homelessness and those at-risk, to achieve sustainable independence through shelter and housing placement, 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 chur

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 chur

Operating as usual

Honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. today and always. #endhomelessness#endpoverty#carpentersshel...
01/17/2022

Honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. today and always.

#endhomelessness
#endpoverty
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Honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. today and always.

#endhomelessness
#endpoverty
#carpentersshelter

Yes& Agency is at it again serving our residents! Whether it is through their amazing marketing and design services or s...
01/14/2022

Yes& Agency is at it again serving our residents! Whether it is through their amazing marketing and design services or serving lunch at the shelter on a Friday afternoon, we are so very grateful for all they do!!

We love the K-Crew (Kitchen Crew)!  Many thanks to this dedicated group of volunteers who serve meals to our residents, ...
01/11/2022

We love the K-Crew (Kitchen Crew)! Many thanks to this dedicated group of volunteers who serve meals to our residents, staff the front desk, volunteer at special events, and support the shelter in many other ways as well. We are so grateful for their service!

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We love the K-Crew (Kitchen Crew)! Many thanks to this dedicated group of volunteers who serve meals to our residents, staff the front desk, volunteer at special events, and support the shelter in many other ways as well. We are so grateful for their service!

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01/10/2022

Final Week!
Combined Federal Campaign (CFC)
Please consider Carpenter's Shelter! CFC#87293

These amazing women are part of the pro bono crew from Yes& Marketing Agency who designed our CS Light the Way Forward c...
01/07/2022

These amazing women are part of the pro bono crew from Yes& Marketing Agency who designed our CS Light the Way Forward campaign! Their creativity and dedication helps us light the way forward all year for those facing homelessness. Thank you Yes&!!

If you haven't donated to our Light the Way Forward campaign yet, it's not too late!: https://secure3.convio.net/carp/site/Donation2;jsessionid=00000000.app30128b?1400.donation=form1&df_id=1400&mfc_pref=T&NONCE_TOKEN=45BEACE105EEB140F9BFCF3CC60DA5D9

Nothing demonstrates the power and commitment of Team Carpenter's more than a major snowstorm! Staff and volunteers brav...
01/05/2022

Nothing demonstrates the power and commitment of Team Carpenter's more than a major snowstorm! Staff and volunteers braved the snow and ice to keep the shelter running and meals served, and residents pitched in to shovel and salt the sidewalks, driveway, and courtyard. As always, we are open 24 hours a day to serve those experiencing homelessness!

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Nothing demonstrates the power and commitment of Team Carpenter's more than a major snowstorm! Staff and volunteers braved the snow and ice to keep the shelter running and meals served, and residents pitched in to shovel and salt the sidewalks, driveway, and courtyard. As always, we are open 24 hours a day to serve those experiencing homelessness!

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At our Vision Board party at the shelter today, you could feel the hope and promise for the New Year! Here's wishing you...
12/31/2021

At our Vision Board party at the shelter today, you could feel the hope and promise for the New Year!

Here's wishing you a very happy and healthy 2022!

#HappyNewYear
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Today, with a heavy heart but a happy outlook, Carpenter's Shelter bids adieu to Bill MacBlane one of our most dedicated...
12/29/2021

Today, with a heavy heart but a happy outlook, Carpenter's Shelter bids adieu to Bill MacBlane one of our most dedicated volunteers. Bill has been lighting the way forward for over 30 years through his service, earning his place on our prestigious Wall of Honor. Staff and guests alike would delight in seeing Bill sitting at our front desk every Monday evening, reading his paper and sharing quips. And while we are excited for all that the future holds for Bill, Lucy and Gracie in their brand new home out of the area, they will truly be missed. Bill, we may be able to fill your shifts, but we will never be able to replace you. You are one of a kind. We are grateful for your prolific service, through which you have helped so many. #carpentersshelter #volunteerfamily #volunteer
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Today, with a heavy heart but a happy outlook, Carpenter's Shelter bids adieu to Bill MacBlane one of our most dedicated volunteers. Bill has been lighting the way forward for over 30 years through his service, earning his place on our prestigious Wall of Honor. Staff and guests alike would delight in seeing Bill sitting at our front desk every Monday evening, reading his paper and sharing quips. And while we are excited for all that the future holds for Bill, Lucy and Gracie in their brand new home out of the area, they will truly be missed. Bill, we may be able to fill your shifts, but we will never be able to replace you. You are one of a kind. We are grateful for your prolific service, through which you have helped so many. #carpentersshelter #volunteerfamily #volunteer
#cslightthewayforward

We can’t think of a better way to celebrate Christmas than serving those experiencing homelessness. Our Executive Direct...
12/25/2021

We can’t think of a better way to celebrate Christmas than serving those experiencing homelessness. Our Executive Director, Shannon Steene, and friends have made a tradition of making breakfast for shelter residents on Christmas morning. Board Member Michelle Millben and friends followed up today with a delicious Christmas lunch!

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Cookie decorating, gingerbread houses, pizza, presents and fun! Thank you to the amazing volunteers and staff who hosted...
12/25/2021

Cookie decorating, gingerbread houses, pizza, presents and fun! Thank you to the amazing volunteers and staff who hosted the Children’s Christmas Party at the shelter!

Our community continues to amaze us!  YOU are Lighting the Way Forward by sponsoring holiday gifts for 127 children, wom...
12/23/2021

Our community continues to amaze us! YOU are Lighting the Way Forward by sponsoring holiday gifts for 127 children, women, and men served by Carpenter’s Shelter – like this mom who picked up gifts for her 2 year old daughter today!

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Our community continues to amaze us! YOU are Lighting the Way Forward by sponsoring holiday gifts for 127 children, women, and men served by Carpenter’s Shelter – like this mom who picked up gifts for her 2 year old daughter today!

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We are eternally grateful for the volunteer doctors and nurses who Light the Way Forward for those experiencing homeless...
12/22/2021

We are eternally grateful for the volunteer doctors and nurses who Light the Way Forward for those experiencing homelessness every Thursday evening at our on-site medical clinic. We couldn't do this without our supporters like Inova Health System. Carpenter’s Clinic is a tremendous resource for those we serve!

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12/21/2021

YOU are the community that Lights the Way Forward for the 625+ people experiencing homelessness that we serve every year! Thank you for your support!

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“Ladies and gentlemen - they are home!” Carpenter’s Shelter is Lighting the Way Forward with a lease signing, keys, and ...
12/20/2021

“Ladies and gentlemen - they are home!” Carpenter’s Shelter is Lighting the Way Forward with a lease signing, keys, and tour of the new permanent home for this very happy family of 4 transitioning from the shelter just in time for the holidays! Congratulations on your new home!

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Look at this beautiful unicorn cake! Special thanks to Cake4Kids of Northern Virginia for Lighting the Way Forward for o...
12/18/2021

Look at this beautiful unicorn cake! Special thanks to Cake4Kids of Northern Virginia for Lighting the Way Forward for one little girl celebrating her birthday at the shelter!

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Look at this beautiful unicorn cake! Special thanks to Cake4Kids of Northern Virginia for Lighting the Way Forward for one little girl celebrating her birthday at the shelter!

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Lighting the Way Forward for children residing with their families at the Shelter is a priority. We seek to bring as muc...
12/17/2021

Lighting the Way Forward for children residing with their families at the Shelter is a priority. We seek to bring as much joy and routine into their lives as possible. We have a private outdoor playground, children’s playroom, teen lounge, high speed internet, nutritious meals, lots of family support, and we make arrangements so kids can remain in the schools they attended before experiencing homelessness.
Join us to Light The Way Forward for Carpenter’s Kids: https://secure3.convio.net/carp/site/Donation2?1400.donation=form1&df_id=1400&mfc_pref=T

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Lighting The Way Forward for our residents often includes job coaching and assistance with employment searches.  Case Ma...
12/16/2021

Lighting The Way Forward for our residents often includes job coaching and assistance with employment searches. Case Managers and our volunteer Job Coach, Kathy Brown, work hard to help residents like Mr. W obtain or increase employment.

Show your support for the work of Carpenter's Shelter by using the hashtag #cslightthewayforward! We would love to see pictures of the Light The Way Forward lantern shown in this picture that many of you will receive in the mail this week.

Lighting The Way Forward for our residents often includes job coaching and assistance with employment searches. Case Managers and our volunteer Job Coach, Kathy Brown, work hard to help residents like Mr. W obtain or increase employment.

Show your support for the work of Carpenter's Shelter by using the hashtag #cslightthewayforward! We would love to see pictures of the Light The Way Forward lantern shown in this picture that many of you will receive in the mail this week.

This extraordinary group of volunteers from Amazon Web Services and our very talented and dedicated die-cut artist, volu...
12/15/2021

This extraordinary group of volunteers from Amazon Web Services and our very talented and dedicated die-cut artist, volunteer Pam Sessi, are literally Lighting The Way Forward by transforming the Shelter with lights and holiday decorations! Thank you for bringing a sense of excitement and hope to our residents!

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Our community Lights The Way Forward for our residents with hundreds of in-kind donations every year. One generous group...
12/14/2021

Our community Lights The Way Forward for our residents with hundreds of in-kind donations every year. One generous group is Freeman Events who recently had an employee holiday drive and dropped off some greatly appreciated supplies!

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Our community Lights The Way Forward for our residents with hundreds of in-kind donations every year. One generous group is Freeman Events who recently had an employee holiday drive and dropped off some greatly appreciated supplies!

#cslightthewayforward
#freemanevent
#giveback

Every month, the volunteers and dogs from People Animals Love Light The Way Forward for our Carpenter’s kids and adults,...
12/13/2021

Every month, the volunteers and dogs from People Animals Love Light The Way Forward for our Carpenter’s kids and adults, bringing joy, acceptance, normalcy, and love to the Shelter! These dogs and their masters truly are our PALs!
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Throughout the year, hundreds of volunteer meal providers Light The Way Forward at Carpenter's Shelter by ensuring our r...
12/11/2021

Throughout the year, hundreds of volunteer meal providers Light The Way Forward at Carpenter's Shelter by ensuring our residents are well fed! Our friends from Cotton & Company LLP recently hosted a delicious catered meal and holiday party for our residents and had this to say after their service, "We had a great time with the residents. I'm happy to hear the party was a hit; it warms my heart!"

Tell us about your experience serving meals at Carpenter's Shelter!

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Over the next few weeks, we will be highlighting the ways Carpenter’s Shelter and our supporters Light The Way Forward f...
12/10/2021

Over the next few weeks, we will be highlighting the ways Carpenter’s Shelter and our supporters Light The Way Forward for adults and children experiencing homelessness in Alexandria.

Many of you will receive a direct mail piece which includes an insert to fold into a lantern and light with a tea light. To show your support of our mission, post a picture of your lantern or comment about your experience with us and include the hashtag #CSLightTheWayForward.

#carpentersshelter

Over the next few weeks, we will be highlighting the ways Carpenter’s Shelter and our supporters Light The Way Forward for adults and children experiencing homelessness in Alexandria.

Many of you will receive a direct mail piece which includes an insert to fold into a lantern and light with a tea light. To show your support of our mission, post a picture of your lantern or comment about your experience with us and include the hashtag #CSLightTheWayForward.

#carpentersshelter

Our Volunteer Spotlight this month is Chuck Thomas and Pat Barborowicz!  This husband wife duo are both passionate about...
12/09/2021

Our Volunteer Spotlight this month is Chuck Thomas and Pat Barborowicz!

This husband wife duo are both passionate about service to the Shelter. They both fill in at the front desk whenever there is an urgent need. Pat also volunteers on our Program Committee. Most of all they are HUGE advocates of the Shelter, recruiting new volunteers just as dedicated and reliable as they are! Thank you for your loyalty and service!

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Our Volunteer Spotlight this month is Chuck Thomas and Pat Barborowicz!

This husband wife duo are both passionate about service to the Shelter. They both fill in at the front desk whenever there is an urgent need. Pat also volunteers on our Program Committee. Most of all they are HUGE advocates of the Shelter, recruiting new volunteers just as dedicated and reliable as they are! Thank you for your loyalty and service!

#volunteering #carpentersshelter #homelessshelter

We love our youngest supporters!  The children of Agudas Achim Preschool “shopped” for gifts for Carpenter’s Shelter fam...
12/08/2021

We love our youngest supporters! The children of Agudas Achim Preschool “shopped” for gifts for Carpenter’s Shelter families at their holiday bazaar.

#GoodDeedsDay #ShareKindness #doinggood #carpentersshelter #startingearly

Look at all these beautiful hand knit scarves, mittens, hats, gloves, and throws! Thank you Goodwin House Inc. and Rever...
12/07/2021

Look at all these beautiful hand knit scarves, mittens, hats, gloves, and throws! Thank you Goodwin House Inc. and Reverend Bruce Stewart for keeping our clients warm this winter!

It was a beautiful day to participate in the Campagna Center's Scottish Walk with our dedicated group of volunteers, Car...
12/06/2021

It was a beautiful day to participate in the Campagna Center's Scottish Walk with our dedicated group of volunteers, Carpenter's Shelter Circle of HOPE!

Many thanks to NVAR - Northern Virginia Association of Realtors® for inviting us to your Winter Wonderland event today a...
12/04/2021

Many thanks to NVAR - Northern Virginia Association of Realtors® for inviting us to your Winter Wonderland event today and for supporting the work of Carpenter’s Shelter!

Many thanks to NVAR - Northern Virginia Association of Realtors® for inviting us to your Winter Wonderland event today and for supporting the work of Carpenter’s Shelter!

We are so grateful to The Congressional Baseball Game for Charity for supporting services for children and families in o...
12/02/2021

We are so grateful to The Congressional Baseball Game for Charity for supporting services for children and families in our Emergency Residential Shelter. Thanks for being on our team!

We are so grateful to The Congressional Baseball Game for Charity for supporting services for children and families in our Emergency Residential Shelter. Thanks for being on our team!

12/01/2021

It's WOW Wednesday! Check out this message from Shannon about how YOU made this possible!

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Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. - Northern Virginia Alumnae Chapter prepared an amazing Thanksgiving dinner for our res...
11/26/2021

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. - Northern Virginia Alumnae Chapter prepared an amazing Thanksgiving dinner for our residents yesterday. We are so thankful for this dedicated group! #thankful #carpentersshelter

We asked our Permanent Supportive Housing clients what they are thankful for this year.  These are individuals who faced...
11/25/2021

We asked our Permanent Supportive Housing clients what they are thankful for this year. These are individuals who faced chronic homelessness before entering our program. #thankful #carpentersshelter

We asked our Permanent Supportive Housing clients what they are thankful for this year. These are individuals who faced chronic homelessness before entering our program. #thankful #carpentersshelter

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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!