Human Rights Awards to Be Presented July 2


June 15, 2009
OPA 115/09

News Highlights  

  • Ceremony is 6:30 p.m. at the Fairfax County Government Center.
  • Jeannie Cummins Eisenhour; Philip N. Reeves; Robert B. Worley; and Communities of Faith United for Housing to be honored.

More Information 

The Fairfax County Human Rights Commission will present its 31st annual Human Rights Awards at a ceremony on Thursday, July 2, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax. The guest speaker will be Delegate Vivian Watts, Virginia House of Delegates, 39th District.

A light buffet and beverages will be served from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the forum; the awards ceremony begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Board Auditorium. Reservations are not necessary, but encouraged. Contact the Fairfax County Office of Human Rights and Equity Programs, Human Rights Division, at 703-324-2953, TTY 711.

The Human Rights Awards recognize individuals, nonprofits and businesses that demonstrate accomplishments in eliminating discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, marital status, age or disability in the areas of employment, housing, public accommodations, private education and credit.

The 2008 award winners are:

Jeannie Cummins Eisenhour
Jeannie Cummins Eisenhour has devoted her personal and professional life to opening opportunities and minds and enlightening the public on the needs of persons with disabilities. Her advocacy reaches into Fairfax County and throughout the D. C. Metro region. She was instrumental in ensuring that the Fairfax County Development and Housing Authority adopted changes to its universal design policy for those with special needs. As president of the board for the Coalition for Housing Opportunities in the Community for Everyone (CHOICE) and director of development for RPJ Housing, Eisenhour represents a pan disability group that seeks and distributes news of affordable and accessible housing opportunities.

Philip N. Reeves
For many years, Philip Reeves has been a health services advocate, educator and author. After a career in the U.S. Air Force, he spent three decades as an educator and helped develop the health industry’s Leaders of Tomorrow program. In so doing, he laid the groundwork for designing forward-looking, data-driven methodologies that put humanity back into nursing and life long care planning systems.

Robert B. Worley
Robert Worley has been a tireless champion of people in need in Fairfax County and the D.C. Metro region. As leader of the United Way’s Fairfax County/Falls Church campaign, he was instrumental in providing funding, energy and resourceful leadership to 57 local and 926 regional partner charities. These charities have helped more than a million children and adults.  During his time with the United Way, the YMCA, the American Heart Association and other locally focused organizations, Worley has been a passionate fundraiser and distributor of significant funding to help those in need.

The Virginia Peters Fair Housing Award:
Communities of Faith United for Housing

Communities of Faith United for Housing (CFUH) is a county wide advocacy network of faith communities and non profit organizations. Its members are focused on advocating, educating, procuring temporary short-term care and permanent housing opportunities for low-income families and individuals. CFUH has been a voice providing insight and fresh ideas on how to do more, for more people, with less. Initiatives are focused on one simple goal − to promote the value of participatory democracy in Fairfax County, especially by increasing public accountancy for elected and appointed officials in their implementation of the Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness.

For more information, contact the Fairfax County Office of Human Rights and Equity Programs at 703-324-2953, TTY 711.

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