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May 21

 Business and Community Partners Recognized for Homelessness Efforts

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The bold goal of preventing and ending homelessness in our community has required enormous change, which has been facilitated through the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Partnership to Prevent and End Homelessness. Over the past few years, we have seen significant impact and tangible progress in achieving our goals, which would not have been possible without many impressive partners.

The Fairfax County Office of Public Private Partnerships (OP3) and Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) recognized their business and community partners for their continued contributions to the community at an awards ceremony held on May 21 at George Mason University’s (GMU) Mason Inn and Conference Center. More than 55 businesses and community groups were nominated for these annual awards that focused on individuals and groups who partner with the county and FCPS to give back to the community in which they work and live. The event was attended by more than 380 people who heard from Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova; Fairfax County Schools Chair Janie Strauss; GMU Dean of the School of Management Jorge Haddock; Fairfax County Executive Edward L. Long, Jr.; and Superintendent of Schools Jack Dale.

Three members of the Community Partnership to Prevent and End Homelessness received the 2012 OP3 Award. They were recognized specifically for their leadership and commitment to those who are homeless in our community. Those honorees include:

  • Small Business Resource Champion: Helios HR for President and CEO Kathy Albarado’s personal and professional commitment, leadership and modeling of corporate social responsibility to her employees and business colleagues;
  • Chamber of Commerce Community Connector: Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce for their leadership and partnership through the effective launch and implementation of Jeans Day 2011; and
  • Media/Communications Partner Award: Connection Newspaper for their work on the Special Homeless Edition .
Tom Barnett with OPEH    

Tom Fleetwood with HCD

Tom Barnett
Program Manager


Tom Fleetwood
Associate Director

In addition to recently honored partners, Tom Barnett, program manager for the Fairfax County Office to Prevent and End Homelessness (OPEH), and Tom Fleetwood, associate director with the Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD), were selected for the prestigious "Top 40 Under 40" award by the Virginia Housing Development Authority (VHDA) and the Virginia Housing Coalition (VHC). The award will be presented during the 2012 Virginia Housing Coalition dinner on June 21 in Richmond.

The "Top 40 Under 40" Housing awards recognizes Virginia's top professionals under the age of 40 who have demonstrated dedication to their community and distinction in their professional accomplishments. The award was established by VHDA and VHC to commemorate VHDA’s 40th anniversary. 

The May/June issue of Fairfax Woman magazine acknowledges five dedicated local leaders whose organizations work directly with the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Partnership to Prevent and End Homelessness. According to the cover article, these local leaders (total of seven pictured) represent small and large nonprofits across Northern Virginia. Along with their staff and

Cover of May/June Fairfax Woman magazine with Leading Ladies of Local Nonprofits. Photo by Emily Korff, Veralana Photography.

Cover of May/June Fairfax Woman magazine.
Photo by Emily Korff, Veralana Photography.

volunteers, these women work tirelessly towards their missions that benefit our communities. Five of the honorees partner with the Community Partnership. They include Karen Brown, executive director, Brain Injury Services; Judith Dittman, executive director, Alternative House; Victoria Neeley, executive director, Northern Virginia Coalition (NOVACO); Suezette Steinhardt, executive director, Family PASS; and Kerrie Wilson, CEO, Reston Interfaith.

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