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A Home for the Holidays

A community collaborative to house 10 families before Christmas!

Ben and his family have bounced around to four different motels over the last three months.  It’s a struggle for he and four siblings to share one small room. He misses having a bed of his own and worries his family will never live in a house again. When he was asked to draw something he would like to have for Christmas, he drew this picture of a house. 

Will you make a donation to help Ben’s Christmas wish come true and help his family get into their own home for the holidays?

Ben’s mom works full-time and every penny goes to a motel at a cost of over $400 a week – not by choice – but desperation to keep a roof over their heads. 

United Way of Northern Shenandoah Valley and Our Health are partnering with Braddock Street United Methodist Church to provide homes for 10 working families who are desperate for permanent housing.  The organizations are working together to get these families out of their vehicles and hotel rooms into an apartment that they can afford.

All have been vetted through our community’s centralized housing intake process.  Most are on the waiting list to receive housing assistance, but partner agencies are at capacity because of increased demand for services. 

Your donation will provide the security deposit, first month’s rent, utility deposits, application fees and other support services to ensure 10 families have a home for the holidays.  One hundred percent of your donation will be used to assist these families with their most pressing needs. 

Facts about the families in need: 
  • All are ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, and Employed).   They are working full-time, but struggling to afford the basics of housing, food, clothing, and childcare.
  • 4 are two-income families who are working.
  • 5 are single moms struggling to support their children.
  • 4 families are living in expensive motel rooms with multiple children.
  • 2 families are staying at a shelter.
  • One family is living in a van.
  • One family recently escaped a domestic violence situation.
  • Since they are ALICE, several families don’t qualify for programs funded by the state or federal government because they are just over income. 
  • All families are clients of the Valley Assistance Network, a new initiative led by United Way NSV, to connect community resources to move families from crisis to financial security. 
Please make checks payable to Braddock Street United Methodist Church.  In the memo line, write “Home for the Holidays” to ensure your donation goes toward this initiative.