Christian Relief Services will hold our Second Annual Golf Classic. All proceeds from this charity tournament benefit Safe Places – long-term transitional housing serving women and children fleeing domestic violence.

“Because no one should have to choose between homelessness and abuse”

Date and Time: Friday, May 19, 2017 – Lunch at NOON. Shotgun start at 2pm

Place:  The Golf Club at Lansdowne Resort, 44050 Woodbridge Parkway, Leesburg, VA 20176

Format: Scramble

Deadline: All registrations and payments must be received by May 19, 2017Register here or use the downloadable form below.

Christian Relief Services will hold our Second Annual Golf Classic. All proceeds from this charity tournament benefit Safe Places – long-term transitional housing serving women and children fleeing domestic violence.

All entrance fees include green fees, cart, range balls, contests, lunch, dinner, and prizes.

Contests and Prizes ♦ Silent Auction ♦ Goody Bags ♦ 50/50 Raffle

Contact Amanda Moyer for additional information at amandam@christianrelief.org or (703) 317-9086 ext. 103

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Christian Relief Services is pleased to announce that the Wells Fargo Foundation has awarded it a grant of $2,500 in support of its Safe Places transitional housing program for victims of domestic violence and their children operating in Fairfax County, Virginia.

Since 1996, Safe Places has been vital to survivors of domestic violence offering safe, affordable housing to women and their children. The mission of Safe Places is to break the cycle of domestic violence so families can live their lives free of abuse.

Simply stated – Safe Places saves lives.

In Fairfax County, domestic violence is the leading cause of homicide. Victims also represent 41 percent of the homeless population in the county.

When a woman leaves an abusive relationship, she is at the highest risk of danger and often has no place to go, faces discrimination, and often is temporarily unable to work.

With a lack of resources, someone to turn to, hard to find affordable housing and long wait lists, too many victims of domestic violence and their children are forced to make the terrible choice between suffering continued abuse at home or becoming homeless.

But, when a victim of domestic violence enters the Safe Places program she is safe and cared for. First, she is assigned a case manager who works with her and her children to develop her individual service plan and supports her through incremental steps to achieve her goals. This work takes place during home visits and out in the community where the case manager is her advocate when seeking community resources and/or support.

Once in the Safe Places program, in addition to the safe housing that she is able to afford based on her wages, and the case management support which this important Wells Fargo Foundation grant will help to pay for, she is the recipient of her own individualized financial counseling through Christian Relief Services’ Safe Places Economic Empowerment Program for up to 24 months so that when this transitional period is over she will be able to support herself and her children on her own.

“On behalf of the clients we serve I want to express our sincere gratitude to the Wells Fargo Foundation for its generosity to the Safe Places program,” said Safe Places Program Director, Amanda Moyer.

 

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In 2015, Fairfax County, Virginia police received an average of more than eight domestic violence calls for service each day. In many cases, the victim ultimately refuses to press charges or leave their abuser because they have nowhere to turn.

Because no one should have to choose between homelessness and abuse, Christian Relief Services, based in Fairfax County founded its Safe Places program to provide long-term transitional housing and support services for women and children fleeing domestic violence.

Women such as Antonia and her four children have a home today because of Safe Places after fleeing to a domestic violence shelter that only allowed them to stay for about a month. Without the Safe Places program, the family could have ended up living together in their car with no money for rent and nowhere else to go for help.

Antonia, an immigrant to the United States with no family in the country, had fallen out of love with her husband, but for the sake of her children, she stayed with him.

That is, until the day he assaulted her. She called police who charged her husband with domestic assault, received a 3-day protective order, and within two days she and her children were living in a shelter. She later sought and received a 15-day protective order and ultimately a two-year protective order.

Although she lost her job while she was living in the shelter, her 19-year-old daughter Catalina is the family breadwinner for the time being. But, with help from her Safe Places case worker, she is looking to find a new job, improve her English language skills and earn her U.S. citizenship in the next two years. Catalina hopes to earn a degree in nursing and start a career.

Antonia’s dream, when she completes the Safe Places program, is to be able to afford her own mobile home, and become a homeowner instead of paying rent all her life.

Today, despite the hardships and challenges, Antonia and Catalina are all smiles and laughter and full of joy.

“We are very happy and grateful for this opportunity and for Safe Places for helping us when we had nobody,” Antonia said. “And helping still.”

“She feels positive about the future,” adds Catalina.

 

Don Rippert, photo courtesy of WUSA 9.

UPDATE: October 23, 2015

Just a few weeks ago, Christian Relief Services reported on the program to bridge the digital divide at Bucknell Elementary School in Fairfax County, Virginia. Today, the fourth, fifth, and six graders at Bucknell E.S. will be receiving their computers–which for many, are the first ones they have ever had. Read below to learn about how the program started.

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By Peggy Fox

FAIRFAX, Va. (WUSA9) — Every day, thousands of children in the D.C. area, including in Fairfax County, experience what many would consider unimaginable in 2015. They must do their homework offline because of a lack of an internet connection.

The inability to access what has become an invaluable learning tool caught the eye of Don Rippert, a local IBM executive who wants to fix the digital divide where he grew up.

“What do you tell those kids? You should get a second class education because your folks don’t have enough money to buy you complicated electronics?” Rippert said.

Rippert is a 1978 graduate of Groveton High School, which closed and merged into West Potomac High School. He saw a story WUSA9 did highlighting the problem two years ago and decided to do something about it.

“I just would like to level the playing field a little bit for those people because it just doesn’t seem right to me. I’m amazed it’s even legal,” Rippert said.

Rippert donated $25,000, which was matched by Christian Relief Services, to pay for computers and Internet Connection for students at Bucknell Elementary School, a school that feeds into West Potomac. 80 percent of the students at Bucknell are eligible for free and reduced lunch, which is a measure of poverty.

“It’s an opportunity for us to bridge the digital divide. A lot of our students know how to use computers because we have some that are available at the school. These computers will travel home,” Tim Slayter, Bucknell Principal said.

The computers will be like a textbook and be issued to all fourth, fifth and sixth graders. And for those kids who don’t have an Internet connection at home, they’ll receive one year of free service through Cox.

Don Rippert is hoping others will follow his lead and bring computers and Internet connection to the rest of the children in Fairfax County who need it.

Cox provides low-cost Internet connection to low-income families, but many eligible families do not use it, either because they don’t know about it or cannot afford it.

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Imagine being a child with Christmas coming up with the knowledge that there will be no toys under tree come Christmas Day – in fact, there’s not even a tree to put a toy under.

Or imagine being a parent wanting to be able to share the joy of Christmas with your young son or daughter, but, being out of work it’s hard enough just to keep food on the table, a roof over their heads and the utility bills paid.

For many of our fellow Americans in hard-pressed Appalachia, this is all too often the case.

This year, Christian Relief Services will provide more than 2,700 frozen turkeys to our grassroots partners in Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee and West Virginia during the Christmas season

This year we are asking for support from our neighbors here in Northern Virginia to help ensure children will receive at least one toy from “Santa” this year.

Christian Relief Services, located at 8301 Richmond Highway, Alexandria, VA, 22309, is collecting toys now through Friday, December 4, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday (with the exception of Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 26 and Friday, Nov. 27 when the offices will be closed).

We are seeking new toys, in their original packaging, with a value of between $10 and $25, appropriate for children from toddler age to 12 years.

Please consider “Being a Santa” for a child in Appalachia this Christmas.

For information about the toy drive, please call 703-317-9086.

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Alexandria, VA – In 2015, Fairfax County, Virginia police received an average of more than eight domestic violence calls for service each day. In many cases, the victim ultimately refuses to press charges or leave their abuser because they have nowhere to turn.

Because no one should have to choose between homelessness and abuse, Christian Relief Services, based in Fairfax County founded its Safe Places program to provide long-term transitional housing and support services for women and children fleeing domestic violence.

On Friday, May 20, golfers will have the opportunity to enjoy a round on one of the most prestigious private courses in the mid-Atlantic region – The Golf Club at Lansdowne Resort in Leesburg, Virginia. The Golf Club at Lansdowne was created by world-renowned designers Robert Trent Jones Jr. and Greg Norman incorporating fields, woodlands, natural stone outcroppings and century-old rock walls.

Entrance fees for the 1st Annual Safe Places Golf Classic are $1,000 for a foursome, and $250 for an individual which include green fees, cart, range balls, contests, lunch and dinner. Sponsorship opportunities are available. All entries and payments must be received by Friday, May 13. To register, or for more information, please visit www.safe-places.org or contact Amanda Moyer at 703-317-9086, ext. 103 or email her at amandam@christianrelief.org.

In 2015, the Safe Places program served 102 individuals including 28 women and 74 children and provided a total of 23,213 bed nights and participants in the Golf Classic will be helping to raise funds to increase those numbers in 2016.

Women such as Antonia and her four children have a home today because of Safe Places after fleeing to a domestic violence shelter that only allowed them to stay for about a month. Without the Safe Places program, the family could have ended up living together in their car with no money for rent and nowhere else to go for help.

But now, she and her children have a home for up to two years, for which she pays 30 percent of her gross income, as well as case management support so that when the two years is up, she will be able to secure permanent, stable housing for herself and her children on her own.

CRS -- Scout Parents_6134By Steve Hunt

Boy Scout Barrett Banfield wanted to come up with something unique for his Eagle Scout project.

And that he did.

Barrett of Boy Scout Troop 1183 in the Alexandria section of Fairfax County, Virginia had worked with Christian Relief Services previously and he turned to them again first to see what he could do help out the Alexandria-based nonprofit.

“I checked with them to see if they had anything to do,” Barrett said.

And, boy did they.

Christian Relief Services owns and manages dozens of properties in Fairfax County for low-income working residents as well as victims of domestic violence and it is renovating a home it has purchased in the Engleside area of the county, just a short distance from the Christian Relief Services headquarters on Richmond Highway in the Mount Vernon District of the county.

Christian Relief Services needed someone to paint the interior of the two-story single family home – a big job, but Barrett was ready, willing and able to commit to the undertaking.

“I was looking for a unique project,” he said, and to his knowledge “no Scout has done one before.”

Barrett knew he was going to have to recruit a lot of help turning not only to members of his own Scout Troop, but also to members of Troop 1103. He rounded up fellow Scouts, including friends such as Isaak Phillips, and he also knew he could count on his fellow parishioners at his church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in the Franconia area of the county.

His father, church Bishop Peter Banfield and his mother Carrie, were among the more than two dozen volunteers who helped paint the interior of the house from top to bottom Saturday, Sept. 19. Others who helped out included Elder Finlayson and Elder Flowers, Doug Barclay, Spencer Parker, Mount Vernon-Lee Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Holly Dougherty and her 18-year-old son, Andrew, a recent graduate of Edison High School who in October will begin his two year mission to Brazil, and Brother Steve Echard, who just happens to have painted professionally and was doing much of the detail work.

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BucknellBucknell Elementary School is located in the Mount Vernon District of Fairfax County, Virginia, one of the wealthiest counties in the country with a median household income of more than $100,000.

However, at Bucknell Elementary, a Title I school which recently celebrated its 60th anniversary,  three-fourths of the students are eligible for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Free and Reduced Price Meals program and is 80 percent English Speakers of Other Languages.

The school has had recent successes in improving its accreditation standing, and is by all accounts a “rising star” of Title I elementary schools.

Bucknell students use computers in the classroom, but what about at home?

Christian Relief Services, headquartered in Fairfax County just a few miles from the school, selected Bucknell for a pilot program that will provide computers and home broadband Internet access to 121 students in grades 4 – 6, regardless of their economic circumstances.

Christian Relief Services is partnering with local Virginia State Delegate Scott Surovell, who has identified a donor, Don Rippert, willing to provide $25,000, who donated to Christian Relief Services to kick-start the effort.

Christian Relief Services added another $25,000 to match donations from potential community partners, to reach the budgeted $62,000 necessary for the effort.

Providing new laptop computers to students from low-income families will ensure equitable access to educational resources so these children will not be denied access to digital learning opportunities.

Christian Relief Services does not provide second-hand materials as a tenant of its charitable mission as we believe that all children, wealthy and poor alike, should be given equal access to new, high-quality materials.

To that end, in accordance with Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) specifications, eligible students will receive new Dell Latitude 3150 laptop computers, procured at a cost of $350 each, through FCPS’ existing Request For Proposal specifications.

Windows software is deeply integrated into Bucknell’s existing structure and comes pre-loaded with approved education software which works seamlessly with FCPS Web-based curricula.

Students will be able to enjoy safe computing at home or any other location with FCPS’ “Always On” content filtering.

Christian Relief Services will create promotional materials in partnership with Del. Surovell who will organize a fundraising drive to recruit support from potential partners in his network of business partners in the community.

Christian Relief Services and FCPS are prepared to create a partnership to benefit the students at Bucknell Elementary.

The partnership provides several advantages:

  • FCPS will procure and own the laptops which meet existing FCPS specifications
  • FCPS will provide IT support and training to schools, teachers, students and parents
  • Laptops will be “leased” to students and their families, similar to textbooks
  • Bucknell will host a “Technology Fair” at the beginning of the school year where they will train parents and distribute the laptops to families

The pilot program also provides home broadband Internet to students at Bucknell through an existing partnership between FCPS and Cox Communications’ “Connect2Compete” program.

Normally, only families on Temporary Assistance for Needy Families or free meal families would qualify for the Connect2Compete program, leaving out the students qualifying for the reduced meals program or in neither program.

Cox has offered to open its Connect2Compete program to all the students in the pilot program and bulk bill Christian Relief Services at a cost of $120 per student, plus taxes and a one-time hookup fee for up to 98 households.

“Christian Relief Services is eager to participate in this pilot program to close the digital divide at Bucknell Elementary School in Alexandria, Virginia,” stated Paul Krizek, Executive Director of Christian Relief Services.

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For 28 years, The Rev. C. Thomas (“Tom”) Holliday served as a dedicated member of the Christian Relief Services’ Board of Directors and later, on that of  its parent organization, the Christian Relief Services Charities board of directors.

“It was my honor in this past century, beginning in 1986, to have been asked by Gene Krizek to join with him to serve on the first Board of Directors of Christian Relief Services” said Holliday.

But at the board meeting on April 12, 2014, Rev. Holliday announced that he had decided the time has come for him to take his leave as a member of the board of this wonderful organization.

“Early on,” Holliday wrote in his letter announcing his retirement, “it was my privilege to have joined Gene and others on a visit to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and see the work being done there.” During his long tenure on the board he was also able to travel to Kenya on behalf of Christian Relief Services with his wife, Susan Goff, also an Episcopal minister and now Bishop for the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia, to visit the orphanage run by Phyllis Keino. He was pleased to bring back the report that led to the purchase and donation of the first tractor for the new Baraka Farm, to help what became the Lewa Children’s Home become more self-sufficient by providing healthy food for the children and an income by selling produce, milk, cheese, yogurt and meat to the community.

Holliday had nothing but praise for those he worked with on behalf of Christian Relief Services Charities over the years singling out for special praise, former board member, Jan Mansfield, and current board members, C.B. Richardson and Jim O’Brien.

“I simply cannot say enough about the contributions of those who have given far more of themselves to this organization than I,” he said. “Nor is that my role, except that it is important to me to make such acknowledgement.”

Holliday also credited the leadership and staff with making it what it has become today, and developing its reputation and record of laudable service.

“I am aware that organizations such as this, with the outstanding, selfless and committed staff we have, don’t just happen; such a core of people don’t come together, absent the caring direction and oversight of outstanding, selfless and committed leaders of uncommon integrity,” he said.

“I thank all of you for the honor of having been a member of this team for these 28 years,” Holliday said. “God bless you all, and may the good work of Christian Relief Services and (the parent organization) Christian Relief Services Charities continue to thrive in the years to come.”

Rev. Holliday will be missed.  He was a dedicated volunteer for 28 years.