Brisben Center

Brisben Center Questions? Please call us at 540-899-9853 or send us an email at [email protected]. 471 Central Rd
Fredericksburg, VA 22402

Operating as usual

We rely on the donations from amazing people like yourself to help our facility run! Thank you to those of you who give ...
12/01/2021

We rely on the donations from amazing people like yourself to help our facility run! Thank you to those of you who give of your resources to be a part of our mission and if you’re not already involved and would like to know how to donate, visit our website https://brisbencenter.org/

We rely on the donations from amazing people like yourself to help our facility run! Thank you to those of you who give of your resources to be a part of our mission and if you’re not already involved and would like to know how to donate, visit our website https://brisbencenter.org/

We wanted to say a big THANK YOU to St. Mary’s Catholic Church for helping us with a pre-Thanksgiving meals for the cent...
12/01/2021

We wanted to say a big THANK YOU to St. Mary’s Catholic Church for helping us with a pre-Thanksgiving meals for the center! When we work together, we accomplish more. Thank you!!

We wanted to say a big THANK YOU to St. Mary’s Catholic Church for helping us with a pre-Thanksgiving meals for the center! When we work together, we accomplish more. Thank you!!

It’s #givingtuesday!! Are you in the spirit of giving? Thanks to your support we are able to provide meals and shelter t...
11/30/2021

It’s #givingtuesday!! Are you in the spirit of giving? Thanks to your support we are able to provide meals and shelter to those in need and we could not be more thankful for your support! Would you like to contribute to the Brisben Center on giving Tuesday?? Go to our website: https://brisbencenter.org/donate-funds/

It’s #givingtuesday!! Are you in the spirit of giving? Thanks to your support we are able to provide meals and shelter to those in need and we could not be more thankful for your support! Would you like to contribute to the Brisben Center on giving Tuesday?? Go to our website: https://brisbencenter.org/donate-funds/

The Brisben Center exists to provide at-risk and homeless men, women and children of Caroline County, King George County...
11/29/2021

The Brisben Center exists to provide at-risk and homeless men, women and children of Caroline County, King George County, Spotsylvania County, Stafford County, and the City of Fredericksburg with appropriate and essential shelter and services to affect positive life changes. We can't do it alone. Today, we thank all of YOU for the many ways you partner with us to help those who need it most!

The Brisben Center exists to provide at-risk and homeless men, women and children of Caroline County, King George County, Spotsylvania County, Stafford County, and the City of Fredericksburg with appropriate and essential shelter and services to affect positive life changes. We can't do it alone. Today, we thank all of YOU for the many ways you partner with us to help those who need it most!

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts to St Mary Catholic Church for preparing a wonderful dinner! Volunteers like you...
11/26/2021

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts to St Mary Catholic Church for preparing a wonderful dinner! Volunteers like you help us move our mission forward.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts to St Mary Catholic Church for preparing a wonderful dinner! Volunteers like you help us move our mission forward.

11/25/2021

We have so many reasons to be thankful this year. Volunteers, partners, our residents and families who all play such a special role in our mission and lives. Happy Thanksgiving to your family from ours at the Brisben Center.

Check out a message from our CEO, Dave Cooper.

We love having our Thanksgiving artwork on display at the Brisben Center!
11/22/2021

We love having our Thanksgiving artwork on display at the Brisben Center!

Happy Friday ✨ We are so thankful for donations for the center! Whether you belong to an organization or are an individu...
11/19/2021

Happy Friday ✨ We are so thankful for donations for the center! Whether you belong to an organization or are an individual, your donation makes a difference!!

Happy Friday ✨ We are so thankful for donations for the center! Whether you belong to an organization or are an individual, your donation makes a difference!!

Growing little feet need shoes that fit. Our profound thanks to Shoes That Fit for providing new shoes for children resi...
11/18/2021

Growing little feet need shoes that fit. Our profound thanks to Shoes That Fit for providing new shoes for children residing at the Brisben Center. We couldn’t have done it without you!

A wonderful breakfast was provided by Land of the Promise Church at TBC last week. We are so thankful to them and all th...
11/15/2021

A wonderful breakfast was provided by Land of the Promise Church at TBC last week. We are so thankful to them and all the many churches and organizations that come in our doors and prepare delicious meals!

A wonderful breakfast was provided by Land of the Promise Church at TBC last week. We are so thankful to them and all the many churches and organizations that come in our doors and prepare delicious meals!

Today means a lot to us, not only to honor those who served our country, but also to bring awareness to the fact that ac...
11/11/2021

Today means a lot to us, not only to honor those who served our country, but also to bring awareness to the fact that according to a recent study 8% of this country’s homeless population are Veterans. Happy Veterans Day to all who served. Thank you for your service 🇺🇸 ⁣

If you’d like to make a donation in honor of a Veteran you care for please go to our website: https://brisbencenter.org/donate-funds/

Today means a lot to us, not only to honor those who served our country, but also to bring awareness to the fact that according to a recent study 8% of this country’s homeless population are Veterans. Happy Veterans Day to all who served. Thank you for your service 🇺🇸 ⁣

If you’d like to make a donation in honor of a Veteran you care for please go to our website: https://brisbencenter.org/donate-funds/

The mission of the Brisben Center is simple, help those who can’t help themselves learn how to become those who help the...
11/10/2021

The mission of the Brisben Center is simple, help those who can’t help themselves learn how to become those who help themselves and then in turn help others. We strive to make a lifelong impact on those who seek our services and we couldn’t imagine doing anything else.

The mission of the Brisben Center is simple, help those who can’t help themselves learn how to become those who help themselves and then in turn help others. We strive to make a lifelong impact on those who seek our services and we couldn’t imagine doing anything else.

Thank you Kaiser Permanente for the gift of cozy socks for the men, women and children of the Brisben Center shelter. Sp...
11/10/2021

Thank you Kaiser Permanente for the gift of cozy socks for the men, women and children of the Brisben Center shelter. Special thanks to KP Fredericksburg and Colonial Forge, Virginia.

Thank you Kaiser Permanente for the gift of cozy socks for the men, women and children of the Brisben Center shelter. Special thanks to KP Fredericksburg and Colonial Forge, Virginia.

JOIN US EVERY MONDAY IN NOVEMBER AT THE SEDONA TAPHOUSE & DINE OUT FOR CHARITY50% OFF SELECTED ENTREES11 am - 11 pm591 W...
11/08/2021

JOIN US EVERY MONDAY IN NOVEMBER AT THE SEDONA TAPHOUSE & DINE OUT FOR CHARITY
50% OFF SELECTED ENTREES
11 am - 11 pm
591 William St, Fredericksburg, VA 22401

We are so excited to partner with the Sedona Taphouse and Wegmans for the Third Annual November Dine Out benefiting the Brisben Center!

Sedona Taphouse has again chosen the Brisben Center as the beneficiary for its November Dine Out for charity. Visit Sedona Taphouse on any Monday in November for lunch or dinner and order the black angus flat iron steak, grilled chicken, or salmon entrees @ 50% off, with a drink. For each meal ordered, Sedona will give $1 to the Brisben Center and Wegmans will MATCH the donation!

JOIN US EVERY MONDAY IN NOVEMBER AT THE SEDONA TAPHOUSE & DINE OUT FOR CHARITY
50% OFF SELECTED ENTREES
11 am - 11 pm
591 William St, Fredericksburg, VA 22401

We are so excited to partner with the Sedona Taphouse and Wegmans for the Third Annual November Dine Out benefiting the Brisben Center!

Sedona Taphouse has again chosen the Brisben Center as the beneficiary for its November Dine Out for charity. Visit Sedona Taphouse on any Monday in November for lunch or dinner and order the black angus flat iron steak, grilled chicken, or salmon entrees @ 50% off, with a drink. For each meal ordered, Sedona will give $1 to the Brisben Center and Wegmans will MATCH the donation!

We are so #thankful for all the people who have been partnering with us lately! We want to keep the momentum going! Do y...
11/08/2021

We are so #thankful for all the people who have been partnering with us lately! We want to keep the momentum going! Do you want to #giveback 🙋‍♀️🙋 Go to our website and see how you can work with us! BrisbenCenter.org

We are so #thankful for all the people who have been partnering with us lately! We want to keep the momentum going! Do you want to #giveback 🙋‍♀️🙋 Go to our website and see how you can work with us! BrisbenCenter.org

Wow, what an event we had yesterday! Thank you to all those that supported, volunteered and donated! You have made a pro...
11/05/2021

Wow, what an event we had yesterday! Thank you to all those that supported, volunteered and donated! You have made a profound impact on the lives of our residents and we are so grateful.

Special thanks to our major sponsors. We appreciate you!! If you would like to get involved and you were not able to make our breakfast please visit our website: brisbencenter.org

Wow, what an event we had yesterday! Thank you to all those that supported, volunteered and donated! You have made a profound impact on the lives of our residents and we are so grateful.

Special thanks to our major sponsors. We appreciate you!! If you would like to get involved and you were not able to make our breakfast please visit our website: brisbencenter.org

11/04/2021
11/03/2021

Setting up for tomorrow’s annual breakfast event at the Jepson Center.

#fundraiser #fundraiserevent #homelessness #homelesslivesmatter #donate #fxbg #fredericksburgva

Thank you to Mats from OddBox Studios as well as High Vibe and our very own Chris Payton! This phenomenal team is workin...
11/02/2021

Thank you to Mats from OddBox Studios as well as High Vibe and our very own Chris Payton! This phenomenal team is working tirelessly to ensure our breakfast on Thursday is EVERYTHING we hope it is!! Can’t make it?? No problem, we will be live streaming!!

Thank you to Mats from OddBox Studios as well as High Vibe and our very own Chris Payton! This phenomenal team is working tirelessly to ensure our breakfast on Thursday is EVERYTHING we hope it is!! Can’t make it?? No problem, we will be live streaming!!

11/01/2021

JOIN US EVERY MONDAY IN NOVEMBER AT THE SEDONA TAPHOUSE & DINE OUT FOR CHARITY
50% OFF SELECTED ENTREES
11 am - 11 pm
591 William St, Fredericksburg, VA 22401

We are so excited to partner with the Sedona Taphouse and Wegmans for the Third Annual November Dine Out benefiting the Brisben Center!

Sedona Taphouse has again chosen the Brisben Center as the beneficiary for its November Dine Out for charity. Visit Sedona Taphouse on any Monday in November for lunch or dinner and order the black angus flat iron steak, grilled chicken, or salmon entrees @ 50% off, with a drink. For each meal ordered, Sedona will give $1 to the Brisben Center and Wegmans will MATCH the donation!

We had SUCH a good time with our residents last night!! We had games, crafts, candy and delicious treats. There were smi...
11/01/2021

We had SUCH a good time with our residents last night!! We had games, crafts, candy and delicious treats. There were smiles all around! Thank you to all that made this a possibility!

Happy Halloween 🎃
10/31/2021

Happy Halloween 🎃

Happy Halloween 🎃

The Brisben Center is blessed by the contributions of over 1,200 volunteers per year.  From driving residents to appoint...
10/29/2021

The Brisben Center is blessed by the contributions of over 1,200 volunteers per year. From driving residents to appointments to sorting clothes to writing resumes and reading to children, volunteers are a crucial part of the Brisben Center’s mission of providing healthy shelter and effective services for resolving homelessness. Go to our website to find out all volunteer opportunities: https://www.brisbencenter.org/volunteer/

The Brisben Center is blessed by the contributions of over 1,200 volunteers per year. From driving residents to appointments to sorting clothes to writing resumes and reading to children, volunteers are a crucial part of the Brisben Center’s mission of providing healthy shelter and effective services for resolving homelessness. Go to our website to find out all volunteer opportunities: https://www.brisbencenter.org/volunteer/

Neighbors helping neighbors achieve their best potential. Won’t you be a neighbor too?Volunteer as a Mobility Mentoring®...
10/27/2021

Neighbors helping neighbors achieve their best potential.
Won’t you be a neighbor too?
Volunteer as a Mobility Mentoring® informed coach to help Brisben Center residents prepare for and move from homelessness to a bright new future.
https://brisbencenter.org/mobility-mentoring/

Neighbors helping neighbors achieve their best potential.
Won’t you be a neighbor too?
Volunteer as a Mobility Mentoring® informed coach to help Brisben Center residents prepare for and move from homelessness to a bright new future.
https://brisbencenter.org/mobility-mentoring/

Part of our mission at the Brisben center is to make sure that those in need in our community know they’re never alone a...
10/25/2021

Part of our mission at the Brisben center is to make sure that those in need in our community know they’re never alone and that we are here to help them overcome the battle of homelessness. We welcome you with open arms if you or someone you know is struggling.

Part of our mission at the Brisben center is to make sure that those in need in our community know they’re never alone and that we are here to help them overcome the battle of homelessness. We welcome you with open arms if you or someone you know is struggling.

The NAACP commands and salutes the Brisben Center for being a consistent presence in providing shelter food and other su...
10/25/2021

The NAACP commands and salutes the Brisben Center for being a consistent presence in providing shelter food and other survival materials to this disenfranchised, homeless and individuals that may be experiencing challenges in the Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania and surrounding areas.

Your dedication and contributions are recognize and greatly appreciated.

The NAACP commands and salutes the Brisben Center for being a consistent presence in providing shelter food and other survival materials to this disenfranchised, homeless and individuals that may be experiencing challenges in the Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania and surrounding areas.

Your dedication and contributions are recognize and greatly appreciated.

✨When Efforts Pay Off ✨Doug, Alyce, and their four children were doing pretty well seven years ago. Childhood sweetheart...
10/22/2021

✨When Efforts Pay Off ✨
Doug, Alyce, and their four children were doing pretty well seven years ago. Childhood sweethearts from King George, they were renting a house on the water in Colonial Beach where Doug worked as a waterman and Alyce as a housekeeper. They had no car but everything was within walking or biking distance. All that suddenly changed when their house was foreclosed on and they were given 15 days to leave.

With no recourse, they gathered their belongings and moved into a hotel in Stafford near where Doug found work as a heavy equipment operator for $14 an hour. Their plan was to stay there only until they found another

rental unit, but the $485 weekly rate and lack of a kitchen made it nearly impossible to save enough for a down payment and first month’s rent.

It was not a good situation. With two beds and four children—one of them with special needs—two of them always slept on the floor. A microwave, tiny refrigerator, and hotplate comprised their kitchen. Due to occupancy ordinances, they had to move out every 28 days for at least 48 hours. Sometimes, they all slept on the floor of Alyce’s grandmother’s assisted living unit, which put her residency at risk. The hotel grounds were never altogether safe. Almost as bad was the stigma. People assumed Doug and Alyce were involved in illicit activities when, in fact, they were just trying to hold their family together. For seven years, they lived like this.

When COVID hit, Doug lost his job. Relief funding bought them some time, but they were ineligible for eviction prevention funding because it did not cover short-term occupancies. Faced with unsheltered homelessness, Doug and Alyce swallowed their pride and entered the Brisben Center.

It took a week or two for the constant stresses of survival mode to begin to relax. Food and shelter were now a given. One of the children burst into tears at seeing she would have her own bed. For the first time in recent memory, the parents could clearheadedly take stock of their circumstances and plan steps toward resolving them.

Now enrolled in Medicaid, they made long-overdue doctors’ appointments. They applied for food stamps to assist them post-shelter. Both Doug and Alyce signed on with a Mobility Mentor® to help them set and achieve family goals for a year or more after leaving the shelter.

Inspired by the Germanna nursing students who volunteer at the Center, Alyce is taking steps to continue her nursing education. With coaching from the Job Help program, Doug is shopping a new resume around, confident in his ability to increase his earnings by 50%.

Their luck took an extraordinary turn for the better when a cab driver, seeing their challenges and their tireless efforts, and was moved to gift them a car. (People’s kindnesses never fail to amaze us.)

Doug and Alyce will tell you that the Brisben Center has been like family. They participate in chores, prepare meals, share laughs over Friday night movies, and don’t have to worry about the safety of their children. Nor are they down on themselves these days. They are well on their way to financial well-being and a safe, secure, affordable home.

Their advice for others is this: dig deep within yourselves for the desire to overcome your hardships. No one can do it for you. But there are miracles around the corner that you can’t even imagine.

✨When Efforts Pay Off ✨
Doug, Alyce, and their four children were doing pretty well seven years ago. Childhood sweethearts from King George, they were renting a house on the water in Colonial Beach where Doug worked as a waterman and Alyce as a housekeeper. They had no car but everything was within walking or biking distance. All that suddenly changed when their house was foreclosed on and they were given 15 days to leave.

With no recourse, they gathered their belongings and moved into a hotel in Stafford near where Doug found work as a heavy equipment operator for $14 an hour. Their plan was to stay there only until they found another

rental unit, but the $485 weekly rate and lack of a kitchen made it nearly impossible to save enough for a down payment and first month’s rent.

It was not a good situation. With two beds and four children—one of them with special needs—two of them always slept on the floor. A microwave, tiny refrigerator, and hotplate comprised their kitchen. Due to occupancy ordinances, they had to move out every 28 days for at least 48 hours. Sometimes, they all slept on the floor of Alyce’s grandmother’s assisted living unit, which put her residency at risk. The hotel grounds were never altogether safe. Almost as bad was the stigma. People assumed Doug and Alyce were involved in illicit activities when, in fact, they were just trying to hold their family together. For seven years, they lived like this.

When COVID hit, Doug lost his job. Relief funding bought them some time, but they were ineligible for eviction prevention funding because it did not cover short-term occupancies. Faced with unsheltered homelessness, Doug and Alyce swallowed their pride and entered the Brisben Center.

It took a week or two for the constant stresses of survival mode to begin to relax. Food and shelter were now a given. One of the children burst into tears at seeing she would have her own bed. For the first time in recent memory, the parents could clearheadedly take stock of their circumstances and plan steps toward resolving them.

Now enrolled in Medicaid, they made long-overdue doctors’ appointments. They applied for food stamps to assist them post-shelter. Both Doug and Alyce signed on with a Mobility Mentor® to help them set and achieve family goals for a year or more after leaving the shelter.

Inspired by the Germanna nursing students who volunteer at the Center, Alyce is taking steps to continue her nursing education. With coaching from the Job Help program, Doug is shopping a new resume around, confident in his ability to increase his earnings by 50%.

Their luck took an extraordinary turn for the better when a cab driver, seeing their challenges and their tireless efforts, and was moved to gift them a car. (People’s kindnesses never fail to amaze us.)

Doug and Alyce will tell you that the Brisben Center has been like family. They participate in chores, prepare meals, share laughs over Friday night movies, and don’t have to worry about the safety of their children. Nor are they down on themselves these days. They are well on their way to financial well-being and a safe, secure, affordable home.

Their advice for others is this: dig deep within yourselves for the desire to overcome your hardships. No one can do it for you. But there are miracles around the corner that you can’t even imagine.

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471 Central Rd
Fredericksburg, VA
22401-7094

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We are a programmatic emergency shelter that operates 24 hours per day, 365 days per year. Our facility is fully-staffed and can house up to 80 homeless men, women and children at a time.

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OUR MISSION: We provide at-risk and homeless men, women, and children of Caroline County, King George County, Spotsylvania County, Stafford County, and the City of Fredericksburg with appropriate and essential shelter and services to affect positive life changes.

Initially founded in the late 1980s, our unique 80-bed facility was opened in 2005 thanks to an visionary partnership among Thurman Brisben Homeless Shelter, Inc. leaders, the City of Fredericksburg, and the greater community. The Center is a critical port in the storm for those experiencing homelessness in our community, including many veterans. Our staff is joined by hundreds of volunteers and supporters from our greater community in serving the region's homeless each year.

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I would like to suggest that you make an Amazon wish list for items that you can use at the center on an ongoing basis. You can list everything you need and then we can go to the site, choose what we want to donate and have it sent directly to you! Would be nice for those of us who would like to donate but can't get away to bring things to you!