Each January the SJN community comes together to shelter homeless people in our facility for one week. The shelter is a part of the Fairfax County’s hypothermia prevention program. Our goal is to provide a warm, safe shelter, meals and companionship for our guests, who arrive each evening and leave in the morning
Three local faith communities — Saint Mark, Saint Thomas à Becket and Congregation Beth Emeth — partner with us to make this week a reality. The non-profit organization FACETS provides at least one on-site professional at all times.
A variety of ministries within the parish put their culinary skills to good use by creating meals each evening. We also involve the children enrolled in our Religious Education by having them create colorful placemats to help create an inviting dining experience.
While our guests are here, we serve them a hearty dinner often followed by musical entertainment. Our guests also enjoy Bingo, Dominoes, therapy dogs, foot baths and haircuts. We host a store, without price tags, to help with any clothing needs our guests may have. We usually have someone bring in a sewing machine to help with anything that needs a stitch or two. Upon awakening each morning, they are treated to breakfast and provided with the opportunity to prepare a bag lunch.
We are often asked where our guests spend their days. Some of our guests go to work. Many of them go to the Lamb Center in Fairfax, a faith-based day shelter where they can receive services, fellowship, and food.
We will need donations of food, clothing, casserole dinners, miscellaneous supplies, aswell as many volunteers to help host the shelter. Cash donations are always welcome as these allow us to purchase bus passes and to provide for the specific needs of individual guests.
It takes many volunteers to make this week a possibility. Starting in December, you will begin to see information in our weekly bulletin and on this web page regarding exactly what help we need and how you can volunteer.
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