November 26, 2014
SNMMI staff members have mobilized to support the local community by partnering with Shelter House, a community-based, non-profit organization serving homeless families in Fairfax County, Va. The organization provides “crisis intervention, temporary, transitional, and permanent housing, training, counseling, and programs to support self-sufficiency.”
Fairfax County is home to the second largest population of homeless in this region. Shelter House provides emergency shelter and supportive housing for homeless families, giving them the help they need to break the cycle. In addition, Shelter House operates Artemis House, Fairfax County’s only 24-hour domestic violence shelter.
SNMMI staff first began working with Shelter House in 2013, designating the organization as the beneficiary of the staff’s holiday giving campaign. On June 24, SNMMI received the 2014 Creating New Beginnings Awards for its donations and efforts to support Shelter House. Representative Gerry Connolly (D-VA) recognized both Shelter House and SNMMI and entered their names into the Congressional Record of the 113th Congress.
In 2014, staff have renewed their involvement, this time with a focus on Artemis House, the organization’s shelter for victims of domestic abuse. In October and November, staff collected money as well as several rooms full of much-needed goods—from bedding to toys and DVDs. In addition, the society is lining up staff to help with physical improvements to the shelter, and Artemis House will be the beneficiary of this year’s holiday fundraising campaign.
“With Thanksgiving coming up, we are all thinking about what we have to give thanks for,” said Virginia Pappas, SNMMI’s CEO. “It’s a great feeling to know that we are helping people in need to move through their crises and forward to new and better times.”