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.
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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.

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.

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.

Operating as usual

10/25/2020
To Her Children, Rashida and Home are Everything

Rashida is the sole provider for her family, and she has been working so hard with Britepaths' staff and volunteers to improve her financial situation and career prospects. Since COVID-19, she has also had to to keep herself and her kids safe and in their home amid the many challenges and pressures of the pandemic. Please help Britepaths keep families like hers in their homes by donating to our There's No Place Like Home Eviction Prevention Campaign. Donate by this Saturday, Oct. 31 and your gift will be Matched! http://britepaths.org/nplhome

#BritepathsHome #Covid19 #eviction #EvictionPrevention

So grateful to be part of United Way of the National Capital Area's Project Community Connect this week! On Monday, we w...
10/22/2020

So grateful to be part of United Way of the National Capital Area's Project Community Connect this week! On Monday, we went with our partners at A Place to Stand to pick up food and hygiene kits from the United Way that will be distributed to 227 families in need whose children attend City of Fairfax Schools. Learn more at: unitedwaynca.org/programs/financial-stability/project-community-connect/

In the photo are United Way's Ivan Williams, Katy Malesky of A Place to Stand, and volunteer Laura Wilson.

City of Fairfax Government #pccdmv #neighborshelpingneighbors #partnerships

In the News! A big thank you to Fairfax City Patch for featuring our #eviction prevention campaign, There's No Place Lik...
10/21/2020
Donations Wanted To Limit Evictions In Fairfax During Pandemic

In the News! A big thank you to Fairfax City Patch for featuring our #eviction prevention campaign, There's No Place Like Home! Please help our neighbors if you can. britepaths.org/nplhome.

https://patch.com/virginia/fairfaxcity/donations-wanted-limit-evictions-fairfax-during-pandemic

#BritepathsHome #EvictionPrevention #neighborshelpingneighbors

Nonprofit Britepaths is seeking donations to fund its October eviction prevention campaign, with a goal of raising $150,000 by Oct. 31.

This year more than ever, we are looking to the holidays for some cheer. Can you help us make sure that children in our ...
10/21/2020

This year more than ever, we are looking to the holidays for some cheer. Can you help us make sure that children in our community whose families are struggling are able to share in some of that joy? Britepaths' Holiday Program is seeking donations of funds and gift cards to help local families in need enjoy a festive Thanksgiving and December holiday meal and gifts for their children. Learn more and Donate at: britepaths.org/our-programs/holiday-program

Thanksgiving will be different this year, but you can still Trot for good before you feast! Join us for the *Virtual* Fa...
10/21/2020
Together or apart, We Make a Difference!

Thanksgiving will be different this year, but you can still Trot for good before you feast! Join us for the *Virtual* Fairfax Turkey Trot in Mantua -- or wherever. Proceeds benefit Britepaths' families, who need our help more than ever this year. Register at: fairfaxturkeytrot.com.

Four miles. Run. Walk. Trot. Anywhere. Support those in need.

THANK YOU to our caring friends at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church ELCA for providing grocery store gift cards to our...
10/20/2020

THANK YOU to our caring friends at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church ELCA for providing grocery store gift cards to our Food Bridge families in September. These are just a few of the notes of gratitude that they received. They provide food support to our families several times a year, and we are so grateful for their ongoing support.

In-person #volunteer opportunity tomorrow, Tuesday, Oct. 20 with United Community - formerly UCM of Alexandria
10/19/2020

In-person #volunteer opportunity tomorrow, Tuesday, Oct. 20 with United Community - formerly UCM of Alexandria

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! We received a LARGE donation of 2,500 lbs of food last Friday and need help sorting it, TOMORROW Tuesday, Oct 20th from 10am - 1pm!

Click here or check out our VOMO profile under "Huge Tuesday Sorting Day" Project -- http://ow.ly/cEdM50BWEYY

Did you catch us on NBC Washington yesterday? Britepaths Executive Director Lisa Paine Whetzel joined United Way of the ...
10/19/2020
News 4 Your Sunday: Project Homeless Connect and Project Community Connect

Did you catch us on NBC Washington yesterday? Britepaths Executive Director Lisa Paine Whetzel joined United Way of the National Capital Area President & CEO Rosie Allen-Herring to talk with Pat Muse NBC4 about United Way NCA's Project Community Connect #PCCDMV, which is going on this week throughout the region, and includes free virtual workshops and more to support community members who are struggling during COVID. Lisa also highlighted Financial Empowerment Center at South County's free virtual services, which include free financial counseling, job readiness/resume consulting and a variety of workshops.

Connect to Project Community Connect workshops at: https://unitedwaynca.org/project-community-connect-workshops/

Connect to Britepaths/FECSoCo virtual services at: https://britepaths.org/news/Virtual

View the news story at: https://www.nbcwashington.com/local/news-4-your-sunday-project-homeless-connect-and-project-community-connect/2448247/

News4’s Pat Lawson Muse speaks with United Way of the National Capital Area President and CEO Rosie Allen Herring and Britepaths Executive Director Lisa Whetzel about Project Homeless Connect and Project Community Connect.

Facing #eviction is scary, but helping prevent it can be fun! Take a break from the news with us and check out our #hall...
10/17/2020

Facing #eviction is scary, but helping prevent it can be fun! Take a break from the news with us and check out our #halloween fun on Instagram @britepaths_home.

Our staff had so much fun sharing their photos. We hope you’ll join in the fun too!!

Share your own pics of Halloween past and present with your family and friends in your social media. Don’t forget to tag us #BritepathsHome.

And ask them to join you in donating to Britepaths in October to help local families who are struggling stay in their homes. Learn more at britepaths.org/nplhome.

"Thank you for giving me the opportunity to attend this class.  I have been affected financially by COVID-19 and I am ha...
10/16/2020

"Thank you for giving me the opportunity to attend this class. I have been affected financially by COVID-19 and I am happy to learn more about budgeting and how to save money."

Great feedback from our virtual Budgeting Class yesterday for Western Fairfax Christian Ministries' Spanish speaking clients. We're grateful to them for partnering with us, and grateful to our wonderful volunteer Felipe for helping us help local families get a handle on their finances during these difficult times.

#financialliteracy #personalfinance #neighborshelpingneigbors

We think our Financial Literacy Director Marcelle is always groovy, but she and her family really went all out one Hallo...
10/16/2020

We think our Financial Literacy Director Marcelle is always groovy, but she and her family really went all out one Halloween! Our staff had so much fun sharing their photos. We hope you’ll join in the fun too! Share your photos with your family and friends in your social media and tell them about our #BritepathsHome Eviction Prevention Campaign. We'll post submissions on Instagram @britepaths_home. Facing eviction is scary, but raising awareness and helping prevent it can be fun! Donate and learn more at britepaths.org/nplhome.

In the News: Families are in jeopardy of losing their homes. A big thank you to Connection Newspapers for getting out th...
10/15/2020

In the News: Families are in jeopardy of losing their homes. A big thank you to Connection Newspapers for getting out the word about our Eviction Prevention Campaign, There's No Place Like Home. Right now, a family near you is worried about losing their home. Can YOU Help? Learn more and donate at: britepaths.org/nplhome

Read the article: https://britepaths.org/sites/default/files/FairfaxConnectionNPLHomeArticle10-14-20.pdf.

#britepathshome #eviction #neighborshelpingneigbors

Great meeting yesterday with our friends at United Community - formerly UCM of Alexandria! Our Financial Literacy Direct...
10/14/2020

Great meeting yesterday with our friends at United Community - formerly UCM of Alexandria! Our Financial Literacy Director Marcelle Miles and Manager Carole Rogers discussed partnering soon to provide some virtual financial literacy offerings to their clients. They met with Cajethan Ekeagwu and Deb Halla. Before the pandemic, we partnered to hold free Financial Counseling Clinics at United Community. We look forward to the day when we can get together in person again.

Good news! There's still time to register to vote in Virginia if you have not yet done so! Please spread the word!
10/14/2020
NBC Washington

Good news! There's still time to register to vote in Virginia if you have not yet done so! Please spread the word!

Just In: Virginia has extended its voter registration deadline until 11:59 p.m. Thursday after an outage prevented people from registering online.

The Rent is Coming Due. Can You help a struggling family near you stay in their home? Please Donate to Britepaths' Evict...
10/14/2020

The Rent is Coming Due. Can You help a struggling family near you stay in their home? Please Donate to Britepaths' Eviction Prevention Campaign. And Share with your friends. There's No Place Like Home, and with your help, we can keep our neighbors in theirs. britepaths.org/nplhome

#BritepathsHome #eviction #neighborshelpingneigbors

Early Voting in Satellite locations starts Today across Fairfax County Government
10/14/2020

Early Voting in Satellite locations starts Today across Fairfax County Government

Satellite early voting locations across Fairfax County open today! Now, 14 locations across the county are open 6 days a week! #VOTE

Still time to #BeCounted! #USCensus #2020Census #novacounts
10/13/2020

Still time to #BeCounted!

#USCensus #2020Census #novacounts

No matter what you may have heard, you have NOT missed your opportunity to be counted in the 2020 Census. There's still time to respond to the 2020 Census by phone at 844-330-2020, online at my2020Census.gov, or by answering questions from a census taker at your door.

Meetings just aren't the same these days, but we enjoy seeing our colleagues' smiling faces when we can. 🤩 Some of our F...
10/13/2020

Meetings just aren't the same these days, but we enjoy seeing our colleagues' smiling faces when we can. 🤩 Some of our Financial Empowerment Center at South County staff got together this morning via Google meet and shared some pics. A big welcome to our new Administrative Assistant Patricia, at left with Dawn. Martha is at top right, and Maria Jose is at bottom right taking the pics. Not pictured are Joy and Sally who were working with our Avenues to Career Training clients. We are so grateful to all of them for working so hard to help community members get a handle on their finances. Learn more about their work at FECSoCo.org.

We just discovered that it's our 10 Year anniversary on Facebook! Thank you for following us, and for all you do to make...
10/13/2020

We just discovered that it's our 10 Year anniversary on Facebook! Thank you for following us, and for all you do to make life better for families in our community who are struggling. And a special shout out to our long-time friend and Board Member Catherine S. Read for helping us get started. #neighborshelpingneighbors

10/13/2020
Steve

So grateful to local musician Steve Houk for giving a shout-out to Britepaths in his The Zebra Press - GOOD News in Alexandria, VA Z-TV broadcast last night with Sol Roots. He and Houk Robinson Duo band mate Jess Robinson will be performing live on Facebook this Saturday at 4. Follow them here: https://www.facebook.com/events/278113063149857/. We are so grateful for their support of our work on behalf of Fairfax County area families in need. #NeighborsHelpingNeighbors

Loved plugging my Britepaths pals last night on my show with the great Sol Roots, check out the link below at about 13:45 in, I will also be plugging you guys again with Jess at our live gig this Saturday. Keep up the great work!

Britepaths' Martha Borowski, Financial Coach and Trainer at the Financial Empowerment Center at South County, shares som...
10/09/2020
Can’t Pay Your Rent? Britepaths and FECSoCo Can Help!

Britepaths' Martha Borowski, Financial Coach and Trainer at the Financial Empowerment Center at South County, shares some great tips for people who are having difficulty keeping up with their rent during the pandemic. Please share with anyone you know who might find it helpful.

And if you're in a position to help someone out right now, consider donating to Britepaths' Eviction Prevention Campaign. britepaths.org/nplhome #BritepathsHome

Britepaths is the lead non-profit partner managing the Financial Empowerment Center at South County through grants from the United Way of the National Capital Area and Fairfax County Government. Learn more at FECSoCo.org.

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/cant-pay-your-rent-britepaths-fecsoco-can-help-martha-borowski/

Since the start of the pandemic, the staff at Britepaths and the Financial Empowerment Center at South County (FECSoCo) have been hearing from many community members who are worried about falling behind on their rent. While there is currently an eviction moratorium in place, there are several steps

So grateful to our friends at George Mason University Social Action and Integrative Learning for helping spread the word...
10/08/2020

So grateful to our friends at George Mason University Social Action and Integrative Learning for helping spread the word about our There's No Place Like Home Eviction Prevention Campaign. We hope you'll help get out the word too. Donate and Learn more at: britepaths.org/nplhome. #britepathshome

This October, help Britepaths by donating to help vulnerable families avoid eviction in our area.

Please donate at britepaths.org to help vulnerable families avoid eviction in our area. Because truly, There's No Place Like Home.

#CommunityPartnerWednesday

Eviction prevention rules are in place in Virginia, but eventually the rent will come due, and it will be overwhelming f...
10/07/2020
Millions of Renters in US Face Eviction Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Eviction prevention rules are in place in Virginia, but eventually the rent will come due, and it will be overwhelming for our neighbors who are already struggling with unemployment, illness and other fallout from the pandemic. Please donate and spread the word about Britepaths' Eviction Prevention Campaign in October. There's No Place Like Home, and with your help, we can keep our neighbors in theirs. britepaths.org/nplhome

#BritepathsHome #Evictions #EvictionPrevention #neighborshelpingneighbors

https://www.voanews.com/usa/millions-renters-us-face-eviction-amid-covid-19-pandemic

WASHINGTON/KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI — For Ashley Johnson, a national housing group’s warning that millions of people faced risk of eviction from their homes by the end of the year – a direct result of the economic slowdown and massive job losses caused by the coronavirus outbreak – became reali...

Making College Affordable! Join us for a free virtual workshop tomorrow, Wed., Oct. 7 at 6:30p with Financial Empowermen...
10/06/2020

Making College Affordable! Join us for a free virtual workshop tomorrow, Wed., Oct. 7 at 6:30p with Financial Empowerment Center at South County and ECMC Student Success. Register at fecsoco.setmore.com/bookclass or email [email protected]. Please Share!

Ms. G and her family were so excited to be able to go out and shop for food thanks to the grocery store gift cards we we...
10/05/2020

Ms. G and her family were so excited to be able to go out and shop for food thanks to the grocery store gift cards we were able to send her. She said, "I wholeheartedly thank you for the help you provided us. We were able to buy groceries! God bless you so you can help a lot more people. Again, thank you so much!" So grateful to our COVID Grantors and all our caring supporters who are making life a little easier for families like Ms. G's.
#COVID19 #hunger #foodinsecurity #neighborshelpingneighbors

Job opportunities! Please Share!
10/04/2020

Job opportunities! Please Share!

From Fairfax County Economic Development Authority: Hiring + Reskilling Virtual Career Fair Oct. 8

Interview with 15+ companies with thousands of positions; browse programs that will help you reskill and upgrade your career: https://bit.ly/3kT0BkW

10/03/2020

Hocus Pocus! Wicked never looked so cute!

Our staff had so much fun sharing their photos. We hope you’ll share some too!

Share with your family and friends in your social media and tag us #BritepathsHome

Donate at britepaths.org to help struggling families in our community avoid eviction. Learn more at britepaths.org/nplhome

#BritepathsHome #evictions

Back by popular demand! Free Virtual Personal Finance and Career Building Workshop series with Financial Empowerment Cen...
10/02/2020

Back by popular demand! Free Virtual Personal Finance and Career Building Workshop series with Financial Empowerment Center at South County and AHC Affordable Housing. Tuesdays starting Oct. 13. Register for one or all at: fecsoco.setmore.com/bookclass. See our Virtual services page for all our virtual personal finance and career building services. britepaths.org/news/Virtual

This year, being at home has taken on a whole new meaning. Most of us are now living, learning and working in the safest...
10/01/2020

This year, being at home has taken on a whole new meaning. Most of us are now living, learning and working in the safest place we know.

But what would home mean if you didn't have one -- or knew you were close to being evicted?

This October, help Britepaths make sure our neighbors never have to find out.

Please donate at britepaths.org to help vulnerable families avoid eviction in our area. Because truly, There's No Place Like Home.

Since Halloween is near and we could all use a little light-heartedness, throughout the month we invite you to join us in sharing and enjoying photos from Halloweens past and present. Share with your friends and family in your social media, ask them to donate at britepaths.org, and Tag us #BritepathsHome. Follow or view @britepaths_home on Instagram to see the submissions.

Learn more at: britepaths.org/nplhome.

#BritepathsHome #evictions #preventeviction

Our friends at La Cocina VA are seeking local professionals to volunteer in their new small business incubator in Arling...
09/29/2020

Our friends at La Cocina VA are seeking local professionals to volunteer in their new small business incubator in Arlington. Please share!

Are you a professional with at least two years' experience in finance, marketing, sales, IT, or business development? If so, our partner La Cocina VA needs volunteers for their Small Business Incubator! You can give back this #GivingTuesday by virtually providing technical advice to small business owners. If interested, email [email protected].

#52Tuesdays #GivingEveryTuesday

Mr. K and his wife have 3 children. He wrote us this touching note AND called to give his heartfelt thanks. Your support...
09/29/2020

Mr. K and his wife have 3 children. He wrote us this touching note AND called to give his heartfelt thanks. Your support for families like Mr. K's is truly providing help and hope in a difficult time. Thank you! Here's his full message:

"Thank you so much for your gift card. We are so grateful for the assistance you provided to us. As you know, we are just like most people that are experiencing hardship during this killer pandemic. We run a small business. We had a steady income, but since the pandemic hit our world, we lost most of our income. We didn't lose hope because we know that there are noble people like you that really care about others. We really appreciate your help."

#COVID19 #HungerActionMonth #foodinsecurity #neighborshelpingneighbors

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3959 Pender Drive, Suite 200
Fairfax, VA
22030

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Monday 10:00 - 14:00
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.

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Loved plugging my Britepaths pals last night on my show with the great Sol Roots, check out the link below at about 13:45 in, I will also be plugging you guys again with Jess at our live gig this Saturday. Keep up the great work!
Thanks for letting us help you Britepaths, what a fabulously great time Jess and I had. Click right here for the full, right-way-flipped video of our two full sets. https://youtu.be/vmenBZmQgeU
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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