More Than 500 People Served by Hypothermia Shelters

Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs
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Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
Contact: Merni Fitzgerald, Director of Public Affairs
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April 12, 2007

More Than 500 People Served by Hypothermia Shelters This Winter

This winter, hypothermia shelters across Fairfax County served 535 people during a four-month period, ending March 31.

In collaboration with Fairfax County, faith groups, businesses and civic organizations provided volunteers and a warm place for the homeless to stay for more than 10,000 “bed nights,” starting Dec. 1 last year. This public-private partnership recognizes that it takes a community to address homelessness.

There were 70 faith groups, six businesses and seven civic organizations that participated in the hypothermia program, and they provided more than 2,295 volunteers to operate the shelters.

The following faith groups, businesses and civic organizations participated: Access National Bank, St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church, Aldersgate United Methodist Church, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Annandale United Methodist Church, Bethlehem Baptist Church, Bethlehem Lutheran, Boston Market, Burke Presbyterian, Boy Scout Troop 828, Burke United Methodist Church, Centreville United Methodist Church, Christ Lutheran, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Great Falls Ward, Cici’s Pizza, Congregation Beth Emeth, Emmanuel Lutheran, Epiphany Episcopal, Fairfax Circle Baptist, Fairfax Presbyterian, Fairfax United Methodist Church, Faith Gospel Tabernacle, Family of Man Council 7566, Knights of Columbus, Floris United Methodist Church, Freddie Mac, George Mason University, Girl Scout Troop 2648, Giving In the Finest Tradition, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Good Shepherd United Methodist, Great Falls United Methodist Church, Harvest Baptist Church, Heritage Fellowship United Church of Christ, Heritage Presbyterian Church, Herndon Hunan, Holy Trinity Lutheran, King of Kings Lutheran, Lord of Life Lutheran, Messiah United Methodist Church, Mount Vernon Presbyterian, Mount Vernon Unitarian, Mount Vernon United Methodist Church, New Hope Fellowship, On The Border, Prince of Peace Lutheran, Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation, Rising Hope United Methodist Church, Seventh-day Adventist Hispanic Church, Spring Hill Elementary School, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, St. Christopher’s Episcopal, St. John Neumann Catholic Community, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, St. Marks Episcopal Church, St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church, St. Steven’s United Methodist Church, St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, The Friends, Unitarian Universalist Church of Fairfax, Unitarian Universalist Church of Reston, United Christian Parish, United Community Ministries, Vienna Presbyterian, Washington Farm United Methodist Church, Washington Plaza Baptist Church, Wesley United Methodist Church, St. Mary of Sorrows Catholic Church, Vale United Methodist Church, St. Mark’s Catholic Church, La Iglesia de Santa Maria, Abiding Presence Lutheran Church, Olam Tikvah Hebrew Congregation, St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, Oakbrook Church, Antioch Baptist, Vienna Baptist, Grace Presbyterian, Washington DC Jewish Community Center, The Church of the Holy Comforter Episcopal, Little River United Church of Christ and Woodlawn United Methodist Church.

The county’s hypothermia program provides short-term assistance to the homeless, but the county is also pursuing a long-term strategic plan to prevent and end homeless within a decade.

This week the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors appointed a committee to make recommendations for implementing the 10-year plan to end homeless. In February, the board endorsed this plan that was created through a communitywide effort.

For more information about preventing and ending homelessness, including the full strategic plan and other resources, visit  


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