Support the Mission

Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, charitable organization. Your support is essential to provide our community’s working-class families with a fresh start toward stable housing. Through the generosity of individuals and organizations, GSH is able to ensure that local families in need receive the tools to create their own success and stable futures.

Your generous donation will help fund the core elements of our programming; client services, housing location, placement, financial counseling, and family support services, and more. Our services target the local area here in Alexandria, VA, so you can take pride in knowing your gift is an investment in our local community.

 

Annual Giving Levels

Transforming Lives | $25,000/year or $2,083/month
Your gift would help GSH fund 4 unit turnovers and rehabs. By doing so, you will make affordable, safe, high-quality and suitable housing for 4 households who are without stable housing.
Building a Community | $10,000/year or $833/month
Your gift would help GSH provide a one-time financial grant to over 28 households in crisis that are facing eviction or utility shut-off, and preventing them from becoming homeless. Last year, we served over 466 households in our ES program.
Investing in a Dream | $5,000/year or $416/month
Your gift would help GSH ensure that 20 children in our housing programs do not miss out on critical after-school and extracurricular enrichment activities like summer camp, music lessons and STEM programs. This year, we provided over 20 youth with access to enrichment activities in our Children’s Resource program.
Enabling Self-Sufficiency | $2,500/year or $208/month
Your gift would help GSH prepare over 40 backpacks full of school supplies for children to ensure that they are prepared with all of the materials for a bright new school year. This year, we assisted 96 youth in our Children’s Resources program with backpacks and school supplies.
Creating Opportunity | $1,000/year or $83/month
Your gift would help GSH provide a security deposit or first month’s rent to a homeless or at-risk household facing housing barriers such as financial/budgeting problems, mental or physical health issues, or domestic abuse, and therefore helping them to cross the bring to affordable housing in the community. Last year, we supported 30 households in our HTP program.
Inspiring Hope | $500/year or $41/month
Your gift would help GSH provide 12 households moving into our housing program with necessities like linens, dishes and towels, thereby allowing them to focus on more important regularly budgeted expenses like healthcare and transportation. Last year, three households graduated from our ABC program, and moved into long-term, permanent housing.
Offering a Hand Up | $250/year or $21/month
Your gift would help GSH provide 25 households moving into our housing programs with welcome baskets filled with cleaning supplies, grocery cards, or hygiene products, enabling them to take care of their new apartment and to stick to their budget immediately after being housed. Last year, 14 new households moved into our ABC housing program.

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Mail a Check

Make your check payable to “Good Shepherd Housing & Family Services”
Mail to:
Good Shepherd Housing & Family Services
P.O. Box 15096
Alexandria, VA 22306

Gift by Phone

Contact Danielle Silas at 703-768-9404, x 125.

Workplace Giving

One of the easiest, most effective ways you can support Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services is through workplace giving, an employer–‐sponsored program that empowers you to support your favorite charities through tax–‐deductible donations deducted directly from your paycheck. Through our membership with America’s Charities, employees at hundreds of public and private organizations can donate to Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services through payroll contributions.

If your company does not have a workplace giving program, please ask your HR/Employee Benefits Director to contact Candice Bennett, Director of Development at (703) 768-9404, x113. Additionally, you can find more information about joining or starting a workplace giving program by visiting America’s Charities’ website at www.charities.org. America’s Charities facilitates our participation in public and private sector workplace giving programs, and can help your employer start a program so you can support Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services through workplace giving.

Combined Federal Campaign (CFC)

The CFC is a workplace giving campaign for federal employees: civilian employees, military personnel and postal workers. Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services is a member of America’s Community First federation and is listed as CFC # 70437. Look for us in your workplace charitable giving campaign and designate Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services, CFC#70437 as recipient of your generosity on your pledge forms. The campaign season is typically between September 1 and December 15 each year. Check with your agency for exact dates. To find your local CFC office, visit: http://www.opm.gov/combined-federal-campaign/find-localcampaigns/locator/

Maximize Your Impact with Matching Gifts

Each year, $10 billion is left unclaimed in matching gifts.

That’s free money that you could help us get! Matching gift programs are charitable giving programs set up by corporations in which the company matches donations made by employees to eligible nonprofit organizations. With a matching gift from your employer, your donation to Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services could be doubled in value. About 65% of Fortune 500 companies (and many others) match employee donations. Check with your company for more information and see if your employer will match your gift to Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services.

Furniture Donations

Please note that we accept furniture donations on a case-by-case basis and are only able to accept furniture that is in good condition. If you are requesting a furniture donation pickup, please note that the pick-up coordination will take, at minimum, one week, and may take up to six weeks to complete. If you wish to donate furniture within a shorter time-frame, please contact another local agency.

Emergency Preparedness Kits

September is National Preparedness Month!

Emergencies, such as damaging acts of nature or community catastrophes, can cause hardship for everyone. But those who live near or below the poverty line, who have even fewer resources, can find their problems compounded during such events. And GSH employees are not always able to reach our families during a local emergency, so we are helping them prepare with emergency kits they can store in their home.

  • Backpack for the kit
  • First-aid kit
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio or a NOAA Weather radio
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Duct tape
  • Local maps
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof container

First aid kits will include:

  • adhesive bandages
  • antibiotic towelettes to disinfect
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Burn ointment
  • Thermometer
  • Tweezers
  • Scissors
  • Aspirin or non-aspirin pain reliever
  • Anti-diarrhea medication
  • Antacid

Please shop our Amazon wish list to have the order directly shipped to GSH OR purchase items at a local retail, and drop off new donations to Betsy at 8305 Richmond Hwy., Ste. 17B, located in the Mt. Zephyr Business Complex.