The Dominion Foundation has awarded Northern Virginia Family Service (NVFS) a $20,000 grant to assist with their work with the homeless community.
According to a release, NVFS currently operates two emergency shelters in Prince William and one in Fairfax.
The grant was given by the Dominion Foundation, which is a charitable arm of Dominion Resources, and will be used to help fund NVFS’ homelessness efforts “which are based on a Rapid Re-Housing model that aims to make homelessness rare, brief and non-recurring,” stated a release.
NVFS currently serves around 1,500 struggling with homelessness each year.
“When clients enter one of our shelters, they immediately set a 30-day exit goal. We partner them with a Housing Counselor and a Housing Locator to provide training on the basics of renting and budgeting, which includes understanding the rights and responsibilities as outlined in a lease,” stated President and CEO of NVFS Stephanie Berkowitz in a release.
According to Berkowitz, the funding will allow NVFS to meet their 2017 fiscal year goals and look at additional resources.
“This generous contribution from Dominion will literally make the difference for hundreds of vulnerable Northern Virginia residents,” stated Berkowitz in a release.
“Dominion is proud to be a longtime sponsor and partner of Northern Virginia Family Service. For more than 20 years, we have supported, among other needs, the organization’s Hunger Resource Center and homeless shelter. Also, we partnered to raise funds several years ago for NVFS’s Georgetown South Child Development Center in Prince William County,” stated Regional Policy Director for Dominion Virginia Power Deborah Johnson in a release.