Fired Up To Help Raises Needed Funds for Affordable Housing

by | May 26, 2017

On March 11, 2017, Fired Up To Help held a barbecue at Fair Winds Brewing Company in Lorton to support Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services (GSH), a local non-profit affordable housing provider.  The proceeds will help GSH with its mission of reducing homelessness and enabling self-sufficiency by providing permanent affordable housing, emergency financial services, budget counseling and case management to working households in Fairfax County.

“One of Fired Up to Help’s missions is to support other charities, and we are thrilled to help Good Shepherd Housing and our neighbors,” said Sean Kirgan, Founder and Executive Director of Fired Up To Help. “When Casey Jones at Fair Winds Brewing contacted me about an opportunity to support Good Shepherd Housing in the taproom, I was happy to use our BBQ to support a worthy cause.  I founded Fired Up to Help after being inspired by my parents’ efforts to feed those affected by the tornado in Joplin, Missouri in May 2011, and a desire to help other organizations raise money for their charitable efforts.”

Over 100 people came out to Fair Winds Brewing Company to enjoy barbecue on a beautiful day and help raise money for affordable housing. In late April, Mr. Kirgan presented Candice Bennett, GSH Director of Development and Communications, with a check for 900 dollars. The funds raised at the event will help cover a month’s rent for a family facing a financial crisis, keeping them stably housed and avoiding eviction.

“Without the support of such strong community partners like Fired Up To Help and Fair Winds Brewing Company, GSH would not be able to do its work and provide affordable housing and wrap-around services to over 1,000 families each year,” said David Levine, President and CEO of GSH. “We are thankful for their willingness to share their time and resources to help make our mission a reality.”

About Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services

Since 1974, GSH has been reducing homelessness and enabling self-sufficiency by providing permanent affordable housing, emergency financial services, budget counseling and case management to working households in Fairfax County. Earning numerous accolades for their work, GSH received the 2013 Washington Post Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management, and was named one of the best nonprofits by the 2014-2015 Greater Washington Catalogue for Philanthropy.

For more information, please visit www.goodhousing.org.

About Fired Up To Help
Fired Up to Help is a nonprofit organization based in the Washington, D.C metropolitan area that was created to serve two missions: to be prepared to serve hot meals to first responders and our local community in the event that a disaster strikes our area; and, to serve as a fundraising mechanism for other nonprofit organizations by throwing BBQ fundraisers to help those in need.

For more information, please visit www.fireduptohelp.org.