Good Shepherd Housing Caps Off Another Successful Backpack Program

Sep 6, 2016

September 6, 2016
Media Contact: Candice Bennett, (703) 768-9404

Good Shepherd Housing Caps Off Another Successful Backpack Program

School starts this week, and thanks to the assistance of the Junior League of Northern Virginia (JLNV), HomeAid Northern Virginia, Hollin Hall Curves, Hollin Hall Senior Center, Good Shepherd Catholic Church (Virginia), Mount Vernon At Home and Art at the Center, 95 children in the Mount Vernon area have the school supplies they need to be successful this year.

Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services (GSH) has been collecting school supplies since the beginning of June for children in the community. Local residents and community partners donated 119 backpacks this year, and all of the supplies the children needed to be ready, whether they were entering kindergarten or their senior year of high school.

Jessica, a rising 9th grader at Mount Vernon High School, spent over fourteen hours assisting Betsy Damitz, the Children’s Resources Program Coordinator, with the unloading and organizing of the school supplies.

Nine Junior League members visited the GSH offices this past weekend to stuff bags for each child based on their individualized school supply list.

“We love working with our community partners all around Northern Virginia,” says JLNV President Lori Ann Terjesen. “We have been helping provide school supplies and backpacks for area children for more than 15 years. Our members love helping set up students for success.”

“Thanks to the hard work of our community partners and volunteers, 45 families in our area were able to send their children off to the first day of school with a backpack of the school supplies they needed to be successful ,” says GSH President David Levine.

Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services
An independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, GSH has been reducing homelessness and enabling self-sufficiency by providing permanent affordable housing, emergency financial services, budget counseling and case management to working-class families in Fairfax County for over 40 years. With a $2.5 million annual budget, GSH oversees more than 80 housing units and helps more than 1,000 families and individuals in need.

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