Chairman Bulova Continues Homelessness Work at ‘Shop with the Sheriff’
August 31, 2010 –Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Sharon Bulova will join County Sheriff Stan Barry on Thursday (Sept. 2) to take part in the annual Shop with the Sheriff Program, which purchases school supplies for Fairfax County homeless children.
“This is an opportunity to give these children the support they need to start the school year off right,” Chairman Bulova said. “Commonschool supplies – pencils, paper, a backpack – are not so common for these kids. With generous contributions from County businesses and coordination by Sheriff Barry, we are able to give these 25 kids the tools they need to succeed.”
Chairman Bulova is committed to ending homelessness in Fairfax County. She serves on the Governing Board of the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Partnership on Preventing and Ending Homelessness, and is an author of the Blueprint for Success: Strategic Directions for the Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness in the Fairfax-Falls Church Community completed and approved by the Board of Supervisors in 2007. The goal of that 10-year strategy is to end homelessness in the community by the end of 2018.
“Through my work on the Governing Board and programs like Shop with the Sheriff, I have seen the faces of the homeless and understand their struggles,” Chairman Bulova said. “The problem is even more heartbreaking when those faces belong to school children in need of basic supplies that most take for granted.”
The 25 children live in the Katherine K. Hanley and Patrick Henry Family Shelters in Fairfax County. The Shop with the Sheriff program is a partnership between the County and Target.