“Last year (2010) Fairfax County took calls from over 100,000 people or 10% of its population, many of them people in desperate need,” said Kerrie Wilson the CEO of Reston Interfaith, partnering organization at Connections for Hope.
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Herndon, VA (PRWEB) July 20, 2011
Connections for Hope, a non-profit center in Northern Virginia, announces their strategic vision to expand and open two new centers in Northern Virginia by 2017. The vision is in response to the growing needs of low-income residents and to help children and families become contributing members of society.
Connections for Hope opened on March 15, 2010 to house and collaborate with six non-profits and one county agency. Connections for Hope has only just begun providing vital human services to Northern Virginia. The need to establish more conveniently located facilities that pursue an integrated collaborative approach to serving the needs of the community could not be more pressing.
The US government continues to debate the debt crisis and talks about entitlement and budget cuts, the country waits on shaky ground to see what direction the economy will turn. In Northern Virginia, one of the wealthiest counties in America, 1 in 4 children is on the Free and Reduced Lunch Program in Fairfax County Public Schools.
“Last year (2010) Fairfax County took calls from over 100,000 people or 10% of its population, many of them people in desperate need,” said Kerrie Wilson the CEO of Reston Interfaith, partnering organization at Connections for Hope. “Being with Connections for Hope, having many agencies able to address the needs, whether its housing, health or child care, has been so important in answering those needs.”
With the economy’s slow growth and 9 percent unemployment the needs of low-income children and families continues to grow, yet non-profits are facing funding cuts and program closures. Rather than investing in more programs and resources to reach clients, many non-profits struggle with operating costs, especially rent.
Despite these challenges hope has not been lost in Northern Virginia. Connections for Hope underwrites a significant portion of the facility costs, enabling the partner organizations to use more of their resources for programs and to work in collaboration under one roof.
The strategic vision for Connections for Hope is to establish two more centers by 2017 in Northern Virginia. Many hands are needed and interest alone is sufficient. There are many skills and expertise required to achieve this vision.
“We are approaching help to the community in a broad spectrum. It’s not just one organization doing a single thing,” said Barbara Sorenson, President, Vecinos Unidos Neighbors United, partnering organization at Connections for Hope. “It’s a group of organizations who can pool their resources and their connections to be able to serve the community in a better way.”
A year ago several non-profits recognized these growing needs and decided to do something about it, making access to human services easier and more convenient. These organizations all work in collaboration to provide vital services to the community. Services include free medical care, immigration legal services, homework assistance, language training, homelessness and foreclosure prevention and several others. Services that provide hope for a brighter future.
“Connections for Hope is a place people feel welcome coming to for human services. Some of the people in need come from different countries where they do not trust the government, thereby county or government centers would not be a place they would turn to in America for help,” said Sarah Newman, Director of Connections for Hope. “At Connections for Hope people can come into a welcoming building and receive many services including county services.”
For additional information on Connections for Hope or to watch our video about the services offered here, contact Sarah Newman or visit http://www.connectionsforhope.org. Connections for Hope is a program of the umbrella organization Helping Children Worldwide.
About Connections for Hope:
Connections for Hope is a program of the umbrella organization Helping Children Worldwide. It is a partnership of six non-profits and several services providers helping children and families in one convenient location in Herndon, Virginia.