Region 3 Initiatives
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
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.
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 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:
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
- 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.
- 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).
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.
- 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.
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
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.