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.
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