During this season of social distancing and the intentional efforts to limit the spread of the coronavirus, our community partners have some very specific needs to support their ongoing work with the more vulnerable of our neighbors. If you are able to provide any of these supplies, please have them shipped directly to our community partner. It would also be helpful if you would let Pastor Thomas know the supplies have been ordered, so we can make our community partners aware that supplies are on the way.
Friends of Guest House helps women successfully reenter the community from incarceration. Since our founding in 1974, Guest House has helped more than 4,000 women break the vicious cycle of incarceration, reunite with their families, and reintegrate into their communities.
With these unexpected times, they’ve asked for some items specifically to help in these coming weeks of being sheltered-in-place. They would love to get donations of board games, playing cards, adult coloring books with colored pencils, DVD movies, women’s magazines, and books. They have four separate homes and would appreciate items to share with each of the homes.
All items can be shipped, or dropped off at:
Friends of Guest House
Attn: Shanua Creek
1 East Luray Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22301
Washington Street works with A.L.I.V.E to help provide needs for local members of the Alexandria community. ALIVE! House provides temporary housing for women and families in emergency and transitional situations. ALIVE! House provides up to 24 months of shelter and support for families experiencing homelessness.
As ACPS schools are currently closed, the ALIVE! House has some additional needs for the children, ages 5-16, who are living full-time in the house. There are also some additional cleaning supplies the house needs to ensure healthy hygiene and a clean living space. The items below are linked to Amazon, but they may be ordered from any retailer. Also, what is linked is just an example – anything of this nature would be helpful!
All supplies should be shipped to the ALIVE! House:
Attn: Danien Johnson
125 S. Payne St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
- Fruit Snacks
- Mixed Snacks
- Peanut Butter Crackers
- Juice Boxes
- Goldfish (individual packets)
- Activity Books (Elementary)
- Middle and High School (Young Adult / Coming of Age Novels)
- Dish Soap (in bulk at Home Depot)
- Dishwasher Detergent
- Cleaning Rags
- Lysol Wipes (These do not appear to be available online at this time. If you can find some and drop them off, of if you are lucky enough to find them online, they are greatly needed.
The Carpenter’s Shelter, currently located in the old Landmark Mall while their new building is completed in Old Town, supports the homeless to achieve sustainable independence through shelter, guidance, education, and advocacy.
The Shelter has a variety of needs year round. Some are seasonal, but many are needed during each season of the year. During this coronavirus concern, the greatest needs are around cleanliness and hygiene.
Donations should be mailed directly to the Carpenter’s Shelter, at:
Attn: Jamalia Smith
930 N. Henry St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
- Individual boxes of Cereal
- Juice boxes / Capri Suns
- Individual packets of condiments (ex: mayo, mustard, ketchup)
- Hot Chocolate
To learn more about the Carpenter’s Shelter and other ways you can be involved in their mission in Alexandria, visit their website at http://www.carpentersshelter.org.
Open Table provides community and breakfast each Monday morning. There are often needs of food supplies, but there are additional needs for the guests of Open Table.
Our greatest need right now is additional volunteers who can provide support to help keep the building clean as guests come and go, ensuring the well-being of guests and volunteers alike. Breakfast is offered from 6-8am every Monday, Tuesday, and Friday.
We do have ongoing needs for breakfast supplies, including food and paper supplies. The best way to currently provide for these needs is to give financially to the Open Table Breakfast Ministry fund. You can give online at wsumc.com/give. Our Open Table leaders are diligently working to adjust our breakfast procedures given the current coronavirus concern, while still providing life-necessary support for our neighbors on the street.
Click here for more information on Open Table and to see how you can be part of this vital ministry in the community. You can also contact the church office if you are interested in helping with this program.