Falls Church Homeless Shelter

Falls Church Homeless Shelter We provide overnight housing to homeless individuals during the winter months, from November 15th through March 31st. Mailing Address: Falls Church Homeless Shelter P.O.

Box 6979 Falls Church, VA 22040-6979

Mission: The mission of the Friends of the Falls Church Homeless Shelter, Inc. is to better the lives of single adults who are experiencing homelessness in the Falls Church area by providing temporary shelter and other services and assisting these individuals to access permanent affordable housing and/or services needed to maintain a stable housing environment.

Operating as usual

Falls Church Homeless Shelter's cover photo
05/06/2020

Falls Church Homeless Shelter's cover photo

The Little City, Big Heart Winter Gala benefitting the Falls Church Homeless Shelter was held on Sat, Feb 22 at the Stat...
02/24/2020

The Little City, Big Heart Winter Gala benefitting the Falls Church Homeless Shelter was held on Sat, Feb 22 at the State Theatre. Friends of Falls Church Homeless Shelter honored two of our wonderful community partners, Columbia Baptist Church and Lazy Mike's Delicatessen.

A great evening celebrating our community that supports the shelter!

Thank you to our generous sponsors and silent and live auction donors who helped make this night possible. Thank you to all who attended and helped make our winter gala a huge success!

The Little City, Big Heart Winter Gala benefitting the Falls Church Homeless Shelter was held on Sat, Feb 22 at the State Theatre. Friends of Falls Church Homeless Shelter honored two of our wonderful community partners, Columbia Baptist Church and Lazy Mike's Delicatessen.

A great evening celebrating our community that supports the shelter!

Thank you to our generous sponsors and silent and live auction donors who helped make this night possible. Thank you to all who attended and helped make our winter gala a huge success!

Please join us for the Little City, Big Heart Winter Gala on Sat, Feb 22 at the State Theatre! Click here to get tickets...
02/17/2020

Please join us for the Little City, Big Heart Winter Gala on Sat, Feb 22 at the State Theatre!

Click here to get tickets: https://www.silentauctionpro.com/onlineticketpurchase.php?groupId=506

We will be honoring two of our community partners, Columbia Baptist Church and Lazy Mike's Delicatessen. The proceeds will benefit the shelter. Silent and live auctions with exciting vacation rentals and fabulous auction items.

For more info, visit fcshelter.org or email [email protected]

Thank you!

Valentine's Day is around the corner and tickets to the Little City, Big Heart Winter Gala make great gifts! Celebrate l...
02/11/2020

Valentine's Day is around the corner and tickets to the Little City, Big Heart Winter Gala make great gifts!

Celebrate love and support a good cause!

Click here to get tickets:
https://www.silentauctionpro.com/onlineticketpurchase.php?groupId=506

Little City, Big Heart Winter Gala benefits the Falls Church Homeless Shelter. It will be held on Sat, Feb 22 at the State Theatre in Falls Church from 6:30 - 10:30 PM. Live jazz, food, drinks, fun!

Join us on MLK Day at 10 AM at the shelter for Volunteer Orientation - Monday, Jan 20, 2020Volunteers serve alongside pr...
01/11/2020

Join us on MLK Day at 10 AM at the shelter for Volunteer Orientation - Monday, Jan 20, 2020

Volunteers serve alongside professional staff from 5:45pm-midnight every night of the week and from 11:59pm-8am (overnight) on Friday and Saturday nights. After you have attended our volunteer orientation, you may sign up for as many shifts as you like through signup.com.

Falls Church Homeless Shelter's cover photo
01/08/2020

Falls Church Homeless Shelter's cover photo

Please join us for the Little City, Big Heart Winter Gala! For more information, visit our website at fcshelter.org#Litt...
01/07/2020

Please join us for the Little City, Big Heart Winter Gala! For more information, visit our website at fcshelter.org
#LittleCityBigHeartWinterGala

Inspiring words on this #GivingTuesday! Please consider the Falls Church Homeless Shelter. One of our board members is m...
12/03/2019

Inspiring words on this #GivingTuesday! Please consider the Falls Church Homeless Shelter. One of our board members is matching dollar for dollar all funds donated today, up to $1,000! Visit our website at fcshelter.org.

Double your impact! Be happy.

#GivingTuesday is tomorrow!How will you give? The Falls Church Homeless Shelter can use your support! Below are some way...
12/02/2019

#GivingTuesday is tomorrow!

How will you give? The Falls Church Homeless Shelter can use your support! Below are some ways:

- Double your impact!
One of our board members has agreed to match dollar for dollar all funds donated on Tuesday, December 3, up to $1,000. Make an online donation at fcshelter.org or you may mail a check to: Falls Church Homeless Shelter, P.O. Box 6979, Falls Church, VA 22040-6979.

- Sign up to help staff the shelter.
Volunteers serve alongside professional staff from 5:45 pm-midnight every night of the week and from 11:59 pm-8am (overnight) on Friday and Saturday nights. Sign up for a shift here: https://signup.com/go/KiDkVMG

Our next Volunteer Training will take place at the shelter on Sat, Dec 7 at 10 AM. All new volunteers who help staff the shelter must attend.

Participate in this year’s Hunger and Homelessness Week by supporting the Falls Church Homeless Shelter. We’ve got oppor...
11/18/2019

Participate in this year’s Hunger and Homelessness Week by supporting the Falls Church Homeless Shelter. We’ve got opportunities to volunteer and donate. Thank you!
Visit our website for more information: http://www.fcshelter.org/

The shelter is opening for the season on Fri, November 15, 2019 and we would not be able to make it happen without the s...
11/05/2019

The shelter is opening for the season on Fri, November 15, 2019 and we would not be able to make it happen without the support of volunteers. Thank you to everyone who has already signed up to volunteer this season. We have additional slots available for anyone who wishes to help!

We especially need volunteers who serve alongside professional staff from 5:45 pm-midnight every night of the week and from 11:59 pm-8am (overnight) on Friday and Saturday nights.

Attendance at our volunteer training session is mandatory for new staff volunteers. Our next volunteer training session will be held at the shelter on Thursday, November 7 at 6:30 pm. Email [email protected] with any questions.

If you have already attended one of our volunteer trainings, please feel free to sign up here to select a shift: https://signup.com/go/KiDkVMG

Thank you for your support of the shelter!

Sign-ups are open for the following opportunities:1. Staff Volunteer – These trained volunteers serve alongside professi...
10/17/2019

Sign-ups are open for the following opportunities:

1. Staff Volunteer – These trained volunteers serve alongside professional staff from 5:45 pm-midnight every night of the week and from 11:59 pm-8am (overnight) on Friday and Saturday nights. Sign up here: https://signup.com/go/KiDkVMG

Attendance at ONE of two volunteer training sessions is mandatory for new volunteers. They will be held at the shelter on Thursday, October 24 and Thursday, November 7 at 6:30pm.

2. Grocery Giver – These volunteers provide/shop for/deliver a week’s worth of groceries and supplies. Sign up here: https://signup.com/go/HYqcVzU

3. Bag Lunch Provider – These volunteers make and deliver 12 bagged lunches. Sign up here: https://signup.com/go/eEDhXYN

Interested in serving as a volunteer at the shelter this winter? Then plan to attend ONE of two volunteer training sessi...
10/09/2019

Interested in serving as a volunteer at the shelter this winter? Then plan to attend ONE of two volunteer training sessions that will be held at the shelter on Thursday, October 24 and Thursday, November 7 at 6:30pm. Attendance at one of these sessions is mandatory for new volunteers.

Volunteers serve alongside professional staff from 5:45pm-midnight every night of the week and from 11:59pm-8am (overnight) on Friday and Saturday nights. After you are trained, you may sign up for as many shifts as you want through signup.com. Thank you for supporting the shelter! Questions? Email us at [email protected]

The Falls Church Homeless Shelter is seeking volunteers to help keep the shelter open during the upcoming winter season ...
10/02/2019

The Falls Church Homeless Shelter is seeking volunteers to help keep the shelter open during the upcoming winter season from November 15, 2019 to April 1, 2020. Volunteers assist professional staff each night between 5:45 p.m. and midnight to keep this vital service available to those in need. Can you help? If you have not volunteered before, please attend one of two training sessions: Oct. 24, 6:30 pm, or Nov. 7, 6:30 pm, at the shelter, 217 Gordon Road, Falls Church, VA. Visit fcshelter.org for more information about volunteering at the shelter.

Falls Church Homeless Shelter's cover photo
10/02/2019

Falls Church Homeless Shelter's cover photo

Disturbing news in DC about DC Central Kitchen and good questions asked in this article:  Why would taxpayers be asked t...
04/06/2019
Opinion | José Andrés: The system is broken. D.C. must change the way it feeds its homeless residents.

Disturbing news in DC about DC Central Kitchen and good questions asked in this article: Why would taxpayers be asked to pay between $5 and $7.50 for meals when D.C. Central Kitchen offered scratch-cooked, nutritious meals for a fraction of those sums? Why would this new contract apply outdated and confusing nutrition standards that no qualified dietitian would propose? Why would a nonprofit that pays living wages and full benefits to once-jobless Washingtonians and that created $67 million of economic value and taxpayer savings in the District last year be disadvantaged in a bid against a private business?
DC Central Kitchen

A shelter contract was rebid — for more than twice what D.C. Central Kitchen was getting.

Here's proof that the hypothermia season is over. We'll be opening our doors again on November 15th. Thank you for all y...
04/03/2019

Here's proof that the hypothermia season is over. We'll be opening our doors again on November 15th. Thank you for all your support this season, and we will see you again in November!

Falls Church Homeless Shelter's cover photo
04/03/2019

Falls Church Homeless Shelter's cover photo

Thanks, as always, for your support this season. Even though our doors are closed for a few months, our case manager and...
04/03/2019

Thanks, as always, for your support this season. Even though our doors are closed for a few months, our case manager and housing specialists continue to work with our former guests in the off season. Our work continues and we will continue to need your help to make it all possible. Thanks again!

A inspirational story in our own backyard that shows how one person really can make a difference in someone's life. When...
03/29/2019
‘We’re human beings!’ the homeless woman yelled. ‘Acknowledge us!’ Then people did — in a way she didn’t expect.

A inspirational story in our own backyard that shows how one person really can make a difference in someone's life. When you're feeling overwhelmed by all the negativity in the news, don't forget we all hold the power to effect change.
(That's what we try to do at Falls Church Homeless Shelter, too!)

A GoFundMe campaign raises more than $22,000 to help Monica Diaz.

Can you make 12 bagged lunches for our residents? See the sign up for openings in our lunch program. Thanks, all! http:/...
03/17/2019
2018-19 FCHS Let's Do Lunch!

Can you make 12 bagged lunches for our residents? See the sign up for openings in our lunch program. Thanks, all! http://signup.com/go/ikbybke

SignUp.com makes it easy to coordinate school events & classroom activities, fundraisers, snack schedules, potlucks & more!

"Everybody who comes to this center initially is not coming for housing,” she said. “That’s fine. But see, for me, you k...
02/27/2019
Perspective | ‘This is my do-over’: She used to sleep on the streets. Now, she helps others who do.

"Everybody who comes to this center initially is not coming for housing,” she said. “That’s fine. But see, for me, you keep coming back and eventually, we’re going to engage you. You’re going to be the one person who didn’t want to tell us your name, but after a while, you’re going to get so used to us seeing you, eventually you’re going to forget you didn’t tell us when I ask, ‘What’s your name again?’ And that’s how we start to turn a corner.”
-This, folks, is what we try to do at the Falls Church Homeless Shelter, too. Building trust, changing lives, one day at a time. Thank you for helping us. #homelessness #homeless
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/she-used-to-eat-from-garbage-cans-at-union-station-now-she-spends-her-days-trying-to-help-the-homeless/2019/02/27/2e81721a-3aa8-11e9-a06c-3ec8ed509d15_story.html?utm_term=.4c91d5956915&wpisrc=nl_buzz&wpmm=1

Tokyo Direkston’s story speaks to the need and hopes for a new homeless day services center in Northwest Washington.

02/12/2019
Amazon.com

Ok, so yesterday we thanked you and today we're asking for help again! We need new bottom fitted sheets and 2 residents REALLY want new, durable backpacks. Can you help? There are some other items listed, too, but those are the top priority. Thank you, as always. Here's the link: http://a.co/2z4voBF

Shout out to our awesome supporters who share their love with the shelter residents every day!
02/11/2019

Shout out to our awesome supporters who share their love with the shelter residents every day!

01/26/2019
Amazon.com

Hi all-THANK YOU for all the Amazon wishlist donations. You are awesome! I've updated it again and the main new item is a client is looking for a durable regular (not camping) backpack. If you have one in good condition, we could accept yours as well! Also, long underwear tops to go with all the bottoms we've received. Again, thank you so much for your generosity. Here's the link:Link: http://a.co/2O8Fsmh

A book that engages young children and helps parents and teachers talk to them about homelessness.
01/20/2019
Scruffy and the Egg

A book that engages young children and helps parents and teachers talk to them about homelessness.

An abandoned dog, a lost egg, and their search for family. The adventure is just beginning! When Scruffy, a family dog, is left behind by his owners, he is shocked. Not giving up, he embarks on a journey to reunite with his family. But no adventure is complete without a few surprises. Find out wh...

01/20/2019
Amazon.com

We updated the wish list again!
Most urgent: snow/rain boots (size 11 men's), coffee pot, dvd player and travel sized umbrellas! If you have any of these items, or want to buy them somewhere else, just let me know and I'll update the list! THANK YOU!

Link: http://a.co/69ir0PH

01/18/2019
Amazon.com

We've updated our Amazon wishlist again. Take a look and help us out if you can! THANK YOU, as always, and STAY WARM!
Link: http://a.co/7qYgXeZ

Falls Church Homeless Shelter's cover photo
01/18/2019

Falls Church Homeless Shelter's cover photo

01/13/2019
Amazon.com

It's snowing and some of our residents need gloves and socks!
Here's the link to our Amazon wishlist. If you're snowed in and have a moment, please take a look! Thank you!

http://a.co/5L7sKm0

We may be small, but we need a lot of volunteers! Become a trained staff assistant (aka "shift" volunteer) by attending ...
01/03/2019

We may be small, but we need a lot of volunteers! Become a trained staff assistant (aka "shift" volunteer) by attending our Jan 12th training session. Start the new year off right--helping people get back on their feet!

Happy New Year to all of our friends in the community! We appreciate all you have done and continue to do to support our...
12/31/2018
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Happy New Year to all of our friends in the community!
We appreciate all you have done and continue to do to support our mission. And just in case you feel moved to do even more today (or any day)...
If you have time to do some shopping today, here is our Amazon wishlist link: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/dl/invite/0qPHBt5
If you find yourself with a little extra cash at the end of this year, we could definitely find some good uses for it. Here is our donate link: http://www.fcshelter.org/donate/donate-money/

Address

217 Gordon Rd
Falls Church, VA
22046

General information

Emergency housing for the homeless in Falls Church is in critically short supply, especially in the winter months. In 1995, a group formed an Advisory Board, the “Friends” to address this need. The Falls Church Winter Homeless Shelter began operations in January 1996, as part of the Falls Church Community Services Council (FCS). The Friends, in partnership with New Hope Housing, manage and operate the Shelter. In FY2009, the Friends became an independent corporation and were designated a 501(C)3 organization. Incorporation as a separate entity enabled the Friends to expand its services at the Shelter and become more active in providing additional services to assist individuals who are experiencing homelessness in the Falls Church area access permanent affordable housing and/or services needed to maintain a stable housing environment. Since 1996, the Winter Shelter has operated from December 1st to March 31st, providing a warm bed, meals, and counseling to individuals in the Falls Church area unable to find shelter. The facility is located at 217 Gordon Road in the City of Falls Church. It is open each day of the season between 6:00pm and 8:00am. Beginning in December 2009 the Friends contracted a part-time Case Manager, through New Hope Housing, to help Winter Shelter residents year-round. The Friends also established a Resident Assistance Fund to help residents meet their goals. The Friends have also been active in Housing First. From October 2008 to May 2010, the Friends, in partnership with New Hope Housing, placed a former resident of the Shelter, who had been chronically homeless, in a local studio apartment. The Friends subsidized her rent and New Hope provided case management services. The Friends of the Falls Church Homeless Shelter takes pride in being a grass roots organization. The Board of Directors is composed of volunteers and is responsible for overall management of the operations, recruiting volunteers, fundraising, and contracting for shelter operations and with the City of Falls Church for the facility and meeting City guidelines. Approximately 80% of the funds required to run the Shelter has come from private sources, including individuals, faith communities, businesses, schools, and foundations. The Friends utilize over 200 volunteers to cook and deliver a hot evening meal and breakfast, to provide food staples and other supplies, to help staff and maintain the Shelter, and to oversee operations, and to do fundraising and community education. Many of our volunteers come from area faith communities.

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