VOACC Announces the Transition of Alexandria Community Shelter

Contact: Nicholle Granger

OCTOBER 25, 2023 | Burke, VA

Volunteers of America Chesapeake & Carolinas announces the transition of Alexandria Community Shelter to Carpenter’s Shelter, effective December 13th, 2023.  Carpenter’s Shelter will manage the facility through a contract with the City of Alexandria.

The strategic partnership between the City of Alexandria and Carpenter’s Shelter aims to streamline services, optimize resources, and enhance the support system for vulnerable populations in the area. This transition marks a significant milestone for the Alexandria Continuum of Care, further enhancing community services and ensuring the continuity of care for individuals experiencing homelessness. Volunteers of America will ensure a smooth transition, including supporting the 20 dedicated staff members at the Alexandria Community Shelter. The move aims to strengthen community support networks, building on the foundation laid by Volunteers of America.

We are truly excited about the potential and execution for Carpenter’s Shelter to build upon the foundation we have laid and continue providing high-quality services to those in need.

VOACC has enjoyed managing the ACS shelter over the past 6 years and supporting vulnerable clients in attaining safe and secure housing. I am proud of the work of the entire team and the partnerships and relationships we have developed to meet the shelter’s mission. I am committed to working with Carpenter’s Shelter on a smooth transition of shelter management for both the clients served and the dedicated staff.”

-Caprice Brown, Vice President of Virginia Programs & DC IDD Services

We are confident that Carpenter’s Shelter will continue providing high-quality services. Click the following links to learn more about homeless services within the City of Alexandria or Carpenter’s Shelter.

About Volunteers of America Chesapeake & Carolinas

Volunteers of America Chesapeake & Carolinas (“VOACC”) is a faith-based, nonprofit organization whose mission is to inspire self-reliance, dignity, and hope through housing, health and human services.

At VOACC, we have been helping to create Healthy Communities for All for over 127 years by aligning housing, health and human services. We actively pursue health equity by filling the gap in housing and care for underserved populations, including those who are experiencing homelessness, low-income, underinsured or uninsured, justice-involved and veterans. By offering integrated housing and care, we address the social determinants that impact the long-term stability for those in need.

Through a dedicated team of management, staff and volunteers who are guided by our Core Values – Visionary, One Body, Integrity, Compassion, Excellence, and Faith – we are the safety net for thousands of men, women and children each year across Maryland, the District of Columbia, Virginia and the Carolinas. We operate over 49 programs focused on 8 areas of service: homeless services, affordable housing, mental health, substance use recovery, intellectual/developmental disabilities services, community re-entry, veteran services and workforce development.

VOACC has over 900 staff members and more than 2,000 volunteers. The organization helps over 10,600 individuals and families every year from Maryland, Virginia, the District of Columbia and the Carolinas. For more information on VOACC, please visit www.voachesapeake.org.

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