Fairfax-Falls Church Community Partnership on Ending Homelessness Business Engagement Event - Google


"The Business Community Engagement event sponsored by Google was a fabulous success! I am encouraged by the responsiveness and support of the attendees and look forward to future events as we continue to extend our reach into the local community. It truly does 'take a village.'"
~ Kathy Albarado, CEO, Helios HR, Governing Board Member 


In an effort to engage more businesses in our efforts, the Partnership to Prevent and End Homelessness held its kick-off Business Engagement event hosted by Google on Aug. 4. The Office to Prevent and End Homelessness (OPEH), Governing Board of the Partnership, and many nonprofit leaders helped to plan and implement this exciting event that engaged close to 60 business leaders, elected officials and nonprofits.

Held in Google’s offices in Reston, the well-attended event included leaders of small, medium and large businesses who were interested in finding out more about our progress and ways for their businesses and employees to get engaged. The level of energy and enthusiasm was dynamic. Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova provided remarks and support for our efforts to reach our 10-Year Plan goals and to make a more focused effort to engage businesses, as did Hunter Mill District Supervisor Catherine Hudgins.

One of the most exciting parts of the program was hearing from Luella Brown, former homeless consumer (introduced by Reston Interfaith CEO Kerrie Wilson), who spoke of her homeless experiences. She is now a homeowner and a graduate of several programs.

Special thanks to Governing Board Business Engagement Subcommittee Chair Kathy Albarado, president and CEO of Helios HR, who provided tremendous leadership and commitment to make the event a huge success. The next Business Engagement event will be hosted by Northrop Grumman this fall. More information will be coming soon.


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