This Week’s Nonprofit Spotlight is Carpenter’s Shelter

What Is Carpenter’s Shelter?carpenter's_shelter_logo

Carpenter’s Shelter partners with the city of Alexandria and the greater Metropolitan Washington, D.C. area to eliminate homelessness through respect, responsibility and results. Through its many programs, they advocate self-reliance through education and provide programs and services as needed.

Carpenter’s Shelter Mission

To provide shelter, guidance, education and advocacy for homeless individuals and families who seek sustainable independence and stability.

Program Highlights

Homeless Services Assessment Center: (starts August 1) A community-based centralized intake system designed to evaluate homeless adult individuals and those at-risk of homelessness through an in-depth, comprehensive housing barrier and needs assessment. Contact Deanna Villanueva at (703) 548-7500, ext. 216 or

David’s Place Day Shelter: A clean, safe facility connected to Carpenter’s Shelter that meets the basic needs of more than 400 chronically homeless each year. They offer showers, laundry, locker facilities, phone and voice mail services, a mailing address, case management, outreach Services and housing referrals. Contact Sharon Addisonat (703) 548-7500, ext. 217 or

Winter Shelter: Provides a safe refuge for unsheltered children, women and men to prevent illness, injury and even death due to harsh weather from November to April. They coordinate with several local churches that serve as overflow facilities for more than 300 families and individuals annually. Contact Zenobia Russ at (703) 548-7500 or

Residential Shelter: An 80-bed facility that provides comprehensive, goal-oriented case management and life skills education for successful community living. Contact Mary-Parker Lamm, at (703) 548-7500, ext. 227 or

Transitional Services: For clients moving from homelessness, programs include rent subsidy for shelter families in off-site apartments and continued case management to allow the family to afford independent living. Contact Mary Parker Lamm at (703) 548-7500, ext. 227, or

Aftercare: The largest program, Aftercare provides a “safety net” for more than 200 shelter graduates to help reinforce the life skills clients need to remain independent in the community through case management outreach. Contact Mary-Parker Lamm, at (703) 548-7500, ext. 227or

Education Program: Concentrates on client career and education advancements by offering scholarships and classes that improve our client’s quality of life. A separate Carpenter’s Education may pay for school tuition, living stipends, books and computers. Interested Carpenter’s Shelter may contact Ashley Speaks at (703) 548-7500, ext. 224 or

How You Can Get Involved

In-Kind Donations: Click here for a list of food, toiletry and miscellaneous needs at the Carpenter’s Shelter. Due to space limitations, they cannot accept household items, clothes or toys unless otherwise specified on this list. You may also donate from their Amazon wish list. Contact Courtney Bishop (703) 548-7500, ext. 205 or for more information.

Strategic Alliance Opportunities: Involve your entire organization in volunteering with Carpenter’s Shelter through the opportunities listed here.

Volunteer: Apply here to volunteer for any number of opportunities. All volunteers must complete a background check and attend an orientation.

Circle of HOPE – Join this giving circle to be part of an organized group that support Carpenter’s Shelter’s most immediate needs.


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