Human Rights Awards to Be Presented May 4
April 23, 2010
The Fairfax County Human Rights Commission will present its 32nd annual Human Rights Awards at a ceremony on Tuesday, May 4, at 7 p.m. at the Fairfax County Government Center. The guest speaker will be the honorable Gerald E. Connolly, U.S. Representative, 11th Congressional District.
A light buffet will be served from 7 to 8 p.m.; the awards ceremony begins at 8 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.
2009 Award Winners:
Our Daily Bread — The interfaith ministry began in 1984 by providing temporary shelter for the homeless. In 1996, it adopted its current mission to identify and address the needs of the working poor in Fairfax County. The organization’s goal is to prevent homelessness by providing a “hand up” as opposed to a “hand down,” so families can make ends meet while they work on getting back on track. The core programs are emergency food and financial assistance to fulfill the basic needs that often go unmet during job loss and medical/mental health crises. Our Daily Bread also offers financial mentoring classes and budgeting classes.
Multicultural Human Services — MHS, previously the Center for Multicultural Human Services, is now a program of Northern Virginia Family Service. MHS offers a broad range of mental health, social, educational, health, legal and language services designed to meet the unique values and characteristics of Fairfax County residents. It provides comprehensive, culturally sensitive counseling and social services, and conducts training for other human services to make such services more widely available. Its program for survivors of torture and severe trauma from various countries includes human rights-related legal services.
Las Damas Visioneras Episcopales de Santa Maria — Established in February 2007, the organization provides spiritual, educational, cultural, and social activities to inspire the Latino community to seek better opportunities and quality of life. Composed of volunteers, mostly Hispanic women, the group offers spiritual and network support, and emergency financial assistance to families and individuals on a case-by-case basis. In addition, it has a range of educational activities on the value of human rights, health and wellness and English proficiency. The children of volunteers visit adult centers to showcase their ethnic dances and artistic talents.
Contact: Merni Fitzgerald, Director, Office of Public Affairs
703-324-3189, TTY 711, Media Pager: 703-324-NEWS (6397)
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