Britepaths

Britepaths Britepaths serves working families in the Fairfax County area of Virginia. Our programs aim to Stabilize, Build Resilience and offer Supports for Children.
For 36 years, Britepaths has been providing help and hope to struggling residents of the Fairfax County area. Similar to a business, we provide a service to the community called social impact. Social impact is the effect an organization's actions have on the wellbeing of the community. Britepaths serves more than 7,000 households in Fairfax County, which is approximately 11.5 percent of the households who live at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level. In 2019, Britepaths was honored to be named Non-Profit of the Year by the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce in recognition to our long service to the community. We tailor our services to meet the ever-changing needs of the working poor or those in crisis. Our unique programs equip individuals and families with the tools they need to not only face any crisis situation but also to begin a journey toward lasting independence. Britepaths aims to address the unique needs of those living in poverty or experiencing crisis. Our Financial Literacy and Workforce Development supports help our neighbors Build Resilience, providing tools to help them better manage their money or pursue better-paying jobs. Our Stability programs – Food Bridge and Financial Assistance – help families stay in their homes while they work through a crisis. Through community partnerships, we also offer Supports for Children, including Food4Thought weekend food packs, Back to School and Holiday assistance and Youth Financial Literacy.
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With the commitment of skilled volunteers and the expertise of our professional staff, Britepaths coordinates customized financial literacy programs that have an 80% success rate in increasing clients’ financial stability. We provide basic-needs services to stave off a crisis and prevent homelessness, and work to guide our families on the path to true financial self-sufficiency. Learn more and get involved at: http://britepaths.org We welcome your comments. Unconstructive comments will be deleted.

Mission: Britepaths provides our Fairfax County area neighbors in need with short-term safety-net services and empowers them to work toward long-term self-sufficiency.

We had a great time offering virtual Financial Counseling sessions today at the virtual Northern Virginia Housing Expo! ...
06/06/2020

We had a great time offering virtual Financial Counseling sessions today at the virtual Northern Virginia Housing Expo! Grateful to the Expo for hosting us, our awesome volunteer Financial Counselors (in the pic) and all who participated! More sessions coming up on Wednesdays and Saturdays in June! Register at novahousingexpo.org.

One of our participants today told his financial planner that he's on assignment overseas with the U.S. military and wants to look into purchasing a home when he comes home in the fall. He learned about the Expo Counseling sessions from his father who lives in Arlington and saw the Washington Post article. He was so pleased he could participate, and we're so glad we could help him!

Pictured here from top left are Britepaths' Marcelle Miles and Carole Rogers, and volunteers Mary Ginn, Dave Carlson, Josephine Johnson and Ken Kozloff. They've been providing in-person counseling for years, and we're grateful to them for their service and adapting to meet the community where they are.

The *Virtual* Northern Virginia Housing Expo and our first Free Financial Counseling sessions are ON! The Expo and exhib...
06/06/2020

The *Virtual* Northern Virginia Housing Expo and our first Free Financial Counseling sessions are ON! The Expo and exhibits go on all month, but Saturdays feature workshops and confidential Financial Counseling sessions. Visit novahousingexpo.org to get connected to all the amazing offerings.

In the pic from top left, Financial Literacy Director Marcelle Miles and Manager Carole Rogers wait with longtime volunteer Mary Ginn for her first session. When the participant logs in, Mary will join that person in a virtual breakout room so they can have a confidential discussion about the current state of the participant's finances and she'll offer advice and an action plan. Participants who want more help may be a good fit for our Financial Mentoring program or other services that Britepaths and the Financial Empowerment Center at South County offer.

"These last couple months have been very trying, and you all have brought so much calm to a lot of uncertainty." Ms. C i...
06/05/2020

"These last couple months have been very trying, and you all have brought so much calm to a lot of uncertainty."

Ms. C is working with us to get a better job through our Workforce Development Program, and we're also providing grocery store gift cards to help her through this extra-difficult time.

We extend her thanks to YOU for helping make this support possible. We can't do it without you, and we are enormously grateful to live in a caring community that is making life better for families like Ms. C's during these trying times. Thank you!

#NeighborsHelpingNeighbors #COVID19 #AdjustGive

Our Saturday slots are filling up, but there's still space for YOU to sign up for Free Virtual Financial Counseling tomo...
06/05/2020
Free *Virtual* Financial Counseling at the NOVA Housing Expo

Our Saturday slots are filling up, but there's still space for YOU to sign up for Free Virtual Financial Counseling tomorrow at the Virtual Northern Virginia Housing Expo! Still slots available between 10a-2p on 6/6. Next Wednesday 6/10 is Full, but many options on future Saturdays daytime and Wednesday evenings in June. Also, check out the Housing Expo's virtual Saturday workshops! novahousingexpo.org

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Free Virtual Young Adult Financial Literacy Series, June 9-July 21, Tuesdays, 6-7:30 pm, with Financial Empowerment Cent...
06/04/2020

Free Virtual Young Adult Financial Literacy Series, June 9-July 21, Tuesdays, 6-7:30 pm, with Financial Empowerment Center at South County. Take all, or as many as you like. Email [email protected] to register. Please Share!

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Manejar la economía familiar durante el COVID-19 puede resultar muy estresante.Participe de nuestra clase gratuita y apr...
06/04/2020

Manejar la economía familiar durante el COVID-19 puede resultar muy estresante.
Participe de nuestra clase gratuita y aprenda sobre los recursos disponibles y estrategias para salir adelante.
Los esperamos!
Para registrarse, llame al 703-704-6101 o mándenos un email a [email protected]

Manejar la economía familiar durante el COVID-19 puede resultar muy estresante.
Participe de nuestra clase gratuita y aprenda sobre los recursos disponibles y estrategias para salir adelante.
Los esperamos!
Para registrarse, llame al 703-704-6101 o mándenos un email a [email protected]

A big shout-out to our Adult Basic Education Instructor Joy Myers, who does such a great job of helping our Avenues to C...
06/04/2020

A big shout-out to our Adult Basic Education Instructor Joy Myers, who does such a great job of helping our Avenues to Career Training (ACT) students get off to a great start as they work toward launching their healthcare careers.

Back in March when everything started to shutdown due to COVID-19, she worked mightily to help our February-March cohort finish their training on-line. Then she worked closely with Workforce Development Manager Sally Meyer and our partner at Fairfax County Housing Lura Bratcher to create an all-virtual experience for our current cohort, which started in April, and it's been going really well. She meets with our students every weekday, and has also weaved in regular financial literacy training, sessions with a Computer CORE expert, and guest speakers in healthcare fields -- just like our students who met in person were able to experience. More pics and details coming soon.

Thank you, Joy, for going above and beyond to help our students launch their careers! Joy recently got married, and we are so happy for her and her new husband. She's at top left in the Zoom screenshot. Learn more about ACT: britepaths.org/our-programs/ACT

Financial Empowerment Center at South County #COVID19 #WorkforceDevelopment #HealthcareCareers

FREE Legal Assistance for consumer legal issues! Wednesday, June 17, 6-8 pm. Limited Availability, so register ASAP at 7...
06/04/2020

FREE Legal Assistance for consumer legal issues! Wednesday, June 17, 6-8 pm. Limited Availability, so register ASAP at 703-704-6101. Grateful to Fairfax Law Foundation for partnering with us to provide this amazing resource!

We will be offering individuals the opportunity to receive free legal advice for consumer legal matters you may be facing. There are only 4 slots available and it will be first come, first serve for this service. Call (703)407-6101 to register and for instructions on what you will need to prepare before you speak with a lawyer.
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#debtcollection
#financialliteracy
#medicaldebt
#paydayandtitleloans

There's a lot going on at the *virtual* Northern Virginia Housing Expo this Saturday! Sign up for one of these great wor...
06/03/2020
Northern Virginia Housing Expo

There's a lot going on at the *virtual* Northern Virginia Housing Expo this Saturday! Sign up for one of these great workshops, or free Financial Counseling! Plus, exhibits and more every day in June. novahousingexpo.org

We still have room for you in our two live webinars this Saturday! "First Time Buying Programs: Outside the Beltway” runs at 11 and "First Time Buying Programs: Inside the Beltway” runs at 1. Sign up here: https://novahousingexpo.org/virtworkshops.html

Managing Debt During #COVID19. Next Thursday via Zoom. Please Share!
06/03/2020

Managing Debt During #COVID19. Next Thursday via Zoom. Please Share!

The FEC is committed to providing up-to-date information, resources, and services to families affected by COVID-19. Register for this virtual session for information about dealing with creditors to filing for unemployment. Visit FECSoCo.org or call(703)407-6101.

Britepaths' Staff and Board of Directors stand together in shared pain, we strive together for a brighter tomorrow. For ...
06/02/2020

Britepaths' Staff and Board of Directors stand together in shared pain, we strive together for a brighter tomorrow. For everyone.

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06/02/2020

Britepaths's cover photo

06/01/2020
Britepaths at the Virtual NOVA Housing Expo

Britepaths and the Financial Empowerment Center at South County are proud to partner once again with the Northern Virginia Housing Expo -- offered Virtually in June 2020. Renting a home or buying for the first time in Northern Virginia can be a daunting experience. We're offering free, confidential virtual Financial Counseling sessions as part of the Expo to help community members get a handle on their finances so they can get off to a great start. Visit novahousingexpo.org today to sign up for Financial Counseling, visit exhibitors, register for a workshop and more. And Please Share!

Our free financial counseling, coaching and mentoring services are made possible thanks to generous grants from United Way of the National Capital Area, Fairfax County Government and Foundation for Financial Planning. We are also grateful to the knowledgeable and dedicated volunteers who donate their time to helping community members get a handle on their finances.

The *Virtual* Northern Virginia Housing Expo starts tomorrow, June 1! Sign up for a free and confidential virtual Financ...
06/01/2020
Annual expo aimed at first-time home buyers and renters goes virtual

The *Virtual* Northern Virginia Housing Expo starts tomorrow, June 1! Sign up for a free and confidential virtual Financial Counseling session with Britepaths and Financial Empowerment Center at South County volunteer financial planners, view exhibits and virtual workshops and more throughout June at novahousingexpo.org. Please Share!

Programming begins in June and will include free weekly webinars on first-time buyer programs, tips on preparing to buy a home, rental assistance programs and how to understand and improve a credit score.

Helpful information for Fairfax County residents. Testing and help are available if you think you have COVID-19 symptoms...
05/31/2020

Helpful information for Fairfax County residents. Testing and help are available if you think you have COVID-19 symptoms.

If you have COVID-19 symptoms, you can and should get tested. Fairfax County has the capacity to test those who need it.
For information on testing, visit: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/health/novel-coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-testing

For a directory of health care options specifically for low-income residents and those without insurance, visit: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/strategymanagementhhs/other-safety-net-providers

Our community partner Lorton Community Action Center (LCAC) is seeking donations of "grab and go" activity kits to help ...
05/30/2020

Our community partner Lorton Community Action Center (LCAC) is seeking donations of "grab and go" activity kits to help keep the children and teens of the families they serve busy this summer. Great at-home service project! See details on the post below.

LCAC staff have been working on ideas to keep children active for the fast approaching summer. Due to the construction for the new Lorton Community Center facility access to the outdoor perimeter will be temporarily limited. In order to accommodate the construction and protect the health of all personnel required to still be onsite during the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve developed brand new Kids Summer Programming Activities Kits!

These grab-n-go activities are designed to spark creativity and keep our kids and teens boredom-free this summer.

If you are interested in participating please register through SignUp Genius. Please Note: You will have the option of choosing how many kids to prepare and donate.

We ask that you include simple instructions in the kits if necessary. The kits can have a theme and encouraging messages of love, care and motivation.

Kits can be dropped off at LCAC beginning Monday, June 22 during donation drop offs: Mondays 9:00 – 3:00 p.m., Tuesdays 9:00 – 3:00 p.m. and Thursdays 12:00 – 3:00 p.m.

If you have any questions please contact Camille Sanchez, Director of Client Education.

"Starting in mid-February my work started to decline because of coronavirus, and by March 15 it completely stopped. I am...
05/29/2020

"Starting in mid-February my work started to decline because of coronavirus, and by March 15 it completely stopped. I am having a difficult time because of this great loss. Since I am an independent contractor, I am unable to get unemployment benefits. Through this difficult time, your organization is assisting me with groceries and I am grateful for that! Thank you for caring enough to send the grocery cards!" -- Ms. A

Ms. A was working with us at the Financial Empowerment Center at South County to improve her financial outlook, but when her income dried up, we knew she would need some extra help to get by. Thanks to YOUR support, we're able to send her grocery store gift cards to keep food on the table and ease her worries during this difficult time. We're passing her thanks on to YOU for caring enough to make it possible to help her. Thank you.

#COVID19 #FoodInsecurity #NeighborsHelpingNeighbors

Thanks again, Martha Brettschneider - Writer & Photographer, for providing this unforgettable experience for our staff!
05/29/2020

Thanks again, Martha Brettschneider - Writer & Photographer, for providing this unforgettable experience for our staff!

"What do you take home from the Search Inside Yourself virtual program?" These are the beautiful answers that Britepaths offered at the completion of our 6-session mindfulness-based emotional intelligence training program. It was such a privilege to work with this heart-forward organization over the past three weeks! Big thanks to Jill Beres for making it happen and to my dear friend and gifted co-teacher Åsa Fanelli for a fun, fulfilling, and deeply enriching experience.
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05/28/2020
United Way of the National Capital Area

Great advice from United Way of the National Capital Area on getting a handle on your finances during #COVID19. Britepaths partners with United Way NCA and Fairfax County Government to offer free, virtual, personalized services through the Financial Empowerment Center at South County to help Fairfax County area residents understand their financial situation and plan for the future. Get Help at: FECSoCo.org.

This resource can help everyone in our community use their stimulus payment to create a financial stability plan that works for them. https://untdwy.org/3dd2Agm

Britepaths and Financial Empowerment Center at South County are looking forward to partnering once again with the Northe...
05/28/2020

Britepaths and Financial Empowerment Center at South County are looking forward to partnering once again with the Northern Virginia Housing Expo to offer free virtual Financial Counseling sessions. Sessions will be available Wednesdays 6-8 pm and Saturdays - 10 am-2pm through the month of June starting June 6.

The Expo is online this year throughout June! Sign up for a counseling session and see all that the Expo has to offer starting June 1 at novahousingexpo.org. Please Share!

Starting Monday, June 1, you can sign up for a free private financial counseling session with a certified trainer from non-profit Britepaths. Sessions will be available Wednesdays 6-8 pm and Saturdays - 10 am-2pm through the month of June starting June 6.

Some fun news! Congratulations to our Financial Literacy Manager Carole Rogers' dog-nephew Finley, who is an official Gu...
05/28/2020
Finley, the dog that holds 6 tennis balls in its mouth, sets Guinness World Record

Some fun news! Congratulations to our Financial Literacy Manager Carole Rogers' dog-nephew Finley, who is an official Guiness World Record holder! You can follow him on FB and Instagram: finnyboymolloy @finnyboymolloy.

-- with Carole Hawes Rogers

Finally, some good news: Finley, the Golden Retriever who can fit 6 tennis balls in his mouth, has been awarded a Guinness World Record.

Our very first Virtual Staff Meeting, almost 2 months ago! Britepaths' staff was able to pivot quickly to working almost...
05/26/2020

Our very first Virtual Staff Meeting, almost 2 months ago! Britepaths' staff was able to pivot quickly to working almost exclusively from home, and make a lot of our services available to our clients virtually thanks to our amazing IT service, Macro Systems, LLC. They have donated pro bono IT services to Britepaths for many years, and we are grateful for this vital support year round. Thank you! Learn more about them at: macrollc.com.

Great to know that help is available for our neighbors who are struggling to feed their families -- and pets -- during t...
05/25/2020

Great to know that help is available for our neighbors who are struggling to feed their families -- and pets -- during this difficult time. Please Share!

Support for pets during COVID-19: temporary pet food pantry available! If you are a Fairfax County resident facing financial hardship and are in need of dog or cat food (canned and/or dry) to help care for your pet(s) during this difficult and challenging time, please contact us. We have a supply of dog and cat food available for residents who need temporary assistance. Email us at [email protected] or call 703-830-1100 to arrange a day and time for pick up.

Remembering those who gave their all in service to our country. Thank you.
05/25/2020

Remembering those who gave their all in service to our country. Thank you.

Today, we Honor and Remember. Happy Memorial Day.

This time last year, our friends at AlyaSalon were at ViVa! Vienna! Memorial Day Weekend Festival, offering braiding to ...
05/24/2020

This time last year, our friends at AlyaSalon were at ViVa! Vienna! Memorial Day Weekend Festival, offering braiding to benefit Britepaths' families. This year is so different! No Viva Vienna this year, and Alya Salon is closed for now. They'll be back very soon, and we hope you'll support them during the difficult months ahead. alyasalon.com

#COVID19 #allinthistogether #neighborshelpingneighbors

Some of our colleagues are enjoying a virtual Search Inside Yourself leadership training workshop, Search Inside Yoursel...
05/22/2020

Some of our colleagues are enjoying a virtual Search Inside Yourself leadership training workshop, Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute (SIYLI), led by Martha Brettschneider - Writer & Photographer of Damselwings, LLC with Åsa Fanelli of IdeaLift Group. They are providing this 12-hour in-depth training to Britepaths pro bono, and our staff are finding it to be very impactful.

The program provides practical tools that can be applied immediately in life or at work. Starting with a foundation of mindfulness, the program builds the core emotional intelligence domains that lead to outstanding leadership: Leadership; Empathy; Motivation; Self-Management; Self-Awareness; and Mindfulness. We're so grateful for this amazing opportunity to learn and grow. Thank you!

Learn more about Martha Brettschneider and her work at: damselwings.com; and Åsa Fanelli at: idealiftgroup.com

Britepaths has modified our Our Daily Veggies program for 2020 to respond to the #COVID19 crisis in our community and th...
05/21/2020

Britepaths has modified our Our Daily Veggies program for 2020 to respond to the #COVID19 crisis in our community and the fact that social distancing guidelines have changed how we shop at farmers markets, making it difficult to implement our traditional voucher system.

We are collaborating with the Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food & Agriculture through a grant from the Northern Virginia Health Foundation (NVHF) to provide produce boxes to families in the Route 1 area of Fairfax County who are food insecure and are directly and indirectly affected by COVID-19. In many cases, someone in the household may have the virus or they may be quarantined because of exposure.

In addition to Arcadia and NVHF, our partners who are helping make this happen are Fairfax County Health Department's Community Outreach Team, which is working in partnership with Emmanuel Worship Center and Sequoyah-Opportunity Neighborhood, part of Fairfax County Government Neighborhood and Community Services.

You can still support our Our Daily Veggies Farmers Market Vendors! Click Here for contact info: https://britepaths.org/our-daily-veggies

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3959 Pender Drive, Suite 200
Fairfax, VA
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Tuesday 10:00 - 14:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 14:00
Thursday 10:00 - 14:00
Friday 10:00 - 14:00

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For 36 years, Britepaths has helped struggling families in the Fairfax County area THRIVE!

Over the years, we have changed our name, expanded our services and grown our staff, volunteer base, partnerships and number of families served. But our founding concept that community members who have means and determination can work together to help our struggling neighbors succeed remains the same.

Britepaths began in 1984 as a homeless shelter that rotated among several local congregations – many of which still support our work. When Fairfax County opened a shelter, we started a soup kitchen for the homeless. In 1986, we were named “Our Daily Bread,” and in 1989 we became an independent non-profit. We rebranded as Britepaths in 2016 to better reflect our evolving mission.

As the cost of housing in Fairfax County rose sharply through the 1990s and 2000s, we shifted our focus to helping the working poor who had a place to live but were struggling to pay for all their necessities. In response, we offered emergency food, financial assistance and seasonal assistance, and eventually launched a Financial Literacy program.

Today, Britepaths continues to adapt and expand our partnerships to provide impactful services. With more than 70,000 residents earning $50,000 or less each year in an area where the median household income is $119,000, the need for our work is greater than ever.

We still provide Stability services and Supports for Children and their families, but we have greatly expanded our Resilience services to help our neighbors help themselves to self-sufficiency.

As a testament to our community impact, Britepaths was named Non-Profit of the Year by the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce.

Thanks to the community’s support, we served more than 7,000 local families in need in 2018. This was due to generous donations of funds and talent, including more than 10,000 hours of service by 934 volunteers.

Thank You to our caring community members who are helping our neighbors THRIVE! Learn more and get involved at: http://britepaths.org

In the photo: Our 2019 Artful Living event at the Country Club of Fairfax was also a celebration of our 35th Anniversary. Pictured (l-r): Heather Wiemer; Board Members Dave Weimer, Sarah White and Kären Rasmussen; Beth High, one of our Founders; and Executive Director Lisa Whetzel. We welcome your comments. Unconstructive comments will be deleted.

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Just made my donation! “I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me.”
A big thanks to all NAIFA NOVA and NVAHU families and friends who generously donated funds and volunteered to organize, prepare, shop, and deliver groceries and more to those in need within our community yesterday. Happy to make another familiy's life a little brighter! The families who received our services were truly grateful. Thanks to Britepaths for making this possible and doing all you do to help those who need it most. #community #ittakesavillage #bethechange #naifanova #britepaths #familydayofgiving #grateful
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