FACETS helps parents, their children, and individuals who suffer the effects of poverty - so often unnoticed - in Fairfax County. We meet their emergency shelter, food, and medical needs, help them gain safe, sustainable, and permanent housing, and work with them to end the cycle of homelessness and poverty through educational, life skills, and career counseling programs.
FACETS envisions a day when everyone in Fairfax County has access to adequate and affordable housing and nobody is homeless. We seek to engage and educate our community in providing long-term solutions and resources to break the cycle of poverty for our neighbors in need.
The story of Janet (not her real name) will give you an idea of how we will use your gift to help people in profound ways. Last fall, Janet was extremely depressed because her husband of 20 years had just left her and her two children. Janet is a resident of Robinson Square, an affordable housing community where our Education and Community Development team offers supportive programs. Janet visited the community center to seek guidance from our skilled staff on how to meet her family’s basic needs by tapping into available community resources. However, FACETS staff encouraged Janet to reach beyond the basics. They explained that if she were willing to work hard, FACETS would work with her to help her achieve a greater degree of economic stability for her family. FACETS staff assisted Janet in applying successfully for government assistance to meet her family’s immediate needs. We then helped Janet to develop her résumé and to complete job applications at our on-site computer center. Since Janet had never before used public transportation, our staff rode busses with her until she was comfortable doing it by herself. This increased mobility and confidence inspired Janet to apply for a job as a home health care aide. Janet was accepted for the position and completed the required forty hours of training. She began her new job in the spring.