Region 3 Initiatives


The North County Network

A quarterly Community Lunch Series to foster networking and learning for human services providers of interest. Topics have included:

  • Universal Design for Accessible Senior Housing
  • Community Role in Building System of Prevention
  • Cultural Issues and Factors in Responding to Domestic Violence
  • Celebrating Social Workers and their Role in the Community
  • Issues, Policies, and Services in Immigration
  • Building Assets for Youth and Parents Through Prevention
  • Employment and Training Opportunities and Resources

 

North County Team

The Regional Director convenes a monthly meeting of supervisory staff from various Fairfax County human services agencies and libraries in Region 3. The Regional Community Developer and the Coordinated Services Planning Program’s Team Leader are regular participants. North County Team members have collaborated in the following:

  • Developed a Sherpa Tour for new employees of North County agencies.
  • Held a “Ride the RIBs Bus” field trip that challenged them to use transit maps to find their way to and from human services facilities.
  • Co-hosted a meet and greet information session for North County community-based organizations.
  • Developed and conducted a community survey on safety and quality of life that will be conducted by teams of North County human services and police staff.

 

Neighborhood Initiatives

Building on long history of community development work in Reston apartment and condo communities, regional staff now partners in the Southgate Neighborhood Initiative, along with Department of Family Services, Housing and Community Development, and area property managers. We participate in Grapevine Meetings bi-monthly with apartment and condo property managers, along with other Reston area service providers, to share information about resources, strengths, and assets of residents and neighborhoods and to identify opportunities to work together to increase stability and capacity.

 

Neighborhood Colleges

Neighborhood College is a community-based leadership development program that is held two to three times a year in each region, with standard program elements and other curriculum elements focused on areas of interest of a particular community or population. Recent North County Neighborhood Colleges have been held in the following areas:

2008

    • Vienna – included members from Vienna Presbyterian Church, Korean Central Presbyterian Church, Islamic Heritage Center, and First Baptist Church, as well as Cedar Park Apartments and the Town of Vienna. See report here (Korean).

    • Herndon Teens included students from Herndon High School and was held at Herndon United Methodist Church. Students learned leadership skills, developed and shared their multi-cultural perspectives, and planned to share what they learned with other students.

2007

    • Southgate Community included residents of the Glade Avenue area from Southgate Apartments, West Glade, and Reston Association who learned about opportunities to become more involved in the residential communities and the Reston Association.

    • Latino Community from North County included members of the Hispanic congregations of St. John Neumann (Reston) and St. Josephs Catholic Churches, Project Hope and Harmony, the Herndon Official Workers Center, and Reston Interfaith.

 

Regional Projects to Increase Coordination and Access to Services

Region 3 staff collaborated with North County county agencies and organizations to improve integration and access to services for residents through the following projects:

  • Coordination and logistical support to ensure safe, efficient, and effective use of county-owned and leased buildings including emergency response coordination, building and facilities use, Hypothermia shelter, and telework space for human services field staff.

  • FCPS and Jeannie Scmidt Free Clinic planned a school physical day to assist families registering children for fall 2008.

  • FCPS Bus Driver Training with Grace Ministries of Floris United Methodist Church.

  • Financial Literacy and Budgeting Classes offered by Herndon Reston FISH volunteers, with support from Reston Interfaith, to serve clients of all our services.

  • McLean Child Care Study to identify and develop alternative afterschool care resources for families in schools with long waiting lists for School Aged Child Care.

  • Tysons Corner Community Room developed connections for county and community use of this space which was given to the county as part of a development proffer in 2006.

  • Volunteer Income Tax Assistance CASH Campaign with Reston Interfaith assisted more than 500 families from 2006-08 tax seasons at sites in Reston, Herndon, and Tysons Corner.

  • Youth Opportunity Fair and Family Resource Fairs were held in spring 2006 - 2008 along with Skill Source Center and the Safe Schools Coalitions of Reston and Herndon.

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