It is estimated that over 100 million people in the world are homeless. There are hundreds of millions more who live in homes that are unsafe, which they can not afford to provide the needed minor and major repairs. Through the many housing ministries available at CUMC, you can participate in sharing God’s love by providing a house for the homeless and by helping better someone’s housing situation.

Appalachia Service Project (ASP) is a Christian Ministry, open to all people, that inspires hope through volunteer home repair in Central Appalachia. ASP’s vision is that substandard housing in Central Appalachia will be eradicated and that everyone who comes into contact with this ministry will be transformed. Teams of youth and adults from CUMC participate in these summer mission programs, reaching out with God’s love to provide a promising future to families in these remote communities.

The 2017 ASP construction mission trip is planned for a week in July. Anyone interested in participating in this wonderful opportunity to help families in Appalachia have warmer and drier homes through your hands-on effort should contact Carl Josefson (cjosefson@cox.net). CUMC is hoping to send three teams (10-15 youth and 6-7 adults) to an ASP center in the Appalachia.

Click Here for the 2017 Registration Form: ASP Registration Form

Contact: Carl Josefson
Email: cjosefson@cox.net

The Brain Foundation provides affordable housing for those suffering from serious and persistent brain diseases such as schizophrenia and bi-polar disorders and who are homeless or vulnerable to becoming homeless.

CUMC member, Trudy Harsh, founded the Brain Foundation in 2003. Trudy was driven to establish the Brain Foundation based on her experience with her daughter, Laura who suffered a brain tumor when she was 8 years old and the resulting surgery left her stunted emotionally and physically. While Laura struggled with her challenges for 30 years until her death in January 2006, she brought great joy to her family and friends through her keen wit, jokes, poetry, and upbeat attitude.

Trudy recognized an opportunity to fill the housing gap caused by the closure of many mental health facilities over the past several decades and undertook the ambitious task of seeking out and organizing the legal, financial, technical, and political talent necessary to secure support for acquiring a stock of housing that in 10 – 15 years will be self sustaining and expanding.

In October 2006, the Virginia Housing Development Authority awarded the Brain Foundation a loan to purchase its first home in Fairfax City, Virginia. The home was named “Laura’s House” and beautifully furnished with donations. Since then, the Brain Foundation has bought 8 more Laura’s Houses located in Fairfax County and Fairfax City, VA for a total of 9 houses.

For more information, please visit their website at www.brain-foundation.org.

Contact: Trudy Harsh, (703) 830-8852

Fairfax Area Christian Emergency and Transitional Services

Hypothermia Shelter: The Hypothermia Prevention Response Program provides a warm place to stay on cold winter nights during the winter months. Churches open their doors to host the shelter and provide all the food, supplies and people to run the shelter each night.

Centreville UMC partners with St. Stephen’s UMC in Burke, VA to host the shelter one week each winter. This January 4 and 5, nearly 40 guests will be hosted by CUMC servants at St. Stephen’s UMC during two of the coldest days of the year. St. Stephen’s opened their doors all day due to the snowy conditions. If you would like to participate in Hypothermia Shelter opportunities, contact Barb Shaiko.

Contact: Barb Shaiko
Email: barbshaiko@gmail.com

Supportive Housing Program: The Supportive Housing Program of FACETS provides comprehensive support for individuals and families that are homeless. Services include both permanent and transitional supportive housing. Supportive Housing is based on the “Housing First” model, which argues that the first step to ending homelessness must begin with a home. CUMC offers support to FACETS and the Supportive Housing Program through the Mission Council budget.

Related Website: www.facetscares.org

The Katherine K. Hanley Family Shelter helps assist families experiencing homelessness move into permanent housing as quickly as possible while continuing to provide services to families once they are housed. The model is based on the premise that families respond better to services when they are in their own homes, as compared to in shelters. Once the family is housed, community case management services are then specifically tailored to each family’s needs to help them maintain stable housing.

To support the families in the shelter, you may donate the following items Centreville UMC (in the Donation Center) or directly to the Kate Hanley Shelter:

Baby Items

(All items must be new and unopened)

  • Disposable diapers (various sizes)
  • Baby wipes
  • Baby lotion
  • Baby shampoo

Clothing (Items must be new)

  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Hosiery (for kids & adults)

Gift Cards – Our biggest need!

  • Wal‐mart, Target, Giant, Costco
  • Gas cards (Exxon, Shell, Etc.)
  • American Express, Visa
  • Fun certificates (movie passes, bowling passes, etc.)
  • Beauty/salon certificates (Bath and Body Works, massages, manicures, Hair Cuttery, etc.)

Household Items

  • Moving boxes
  • Antibacterial wipes
  • Lysol
  • Powdered laundry detergent
  • New pillows
  • Paper towels
  • Ziploc bags (sandwich & freezer)
  • Scrub brushes
  • Large heavy duty trash bags

Personal Hygiene Items

  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Body wash
  • Deodorant
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrushes
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Shaving cream & disposable razors
  • Hand & body lotion

Tutoring & Office Supplies

  • White copier paper

Website: www.shelterhouse.org

Address: 12970 Katherine Hanley Ct
Fairfax, VA 22030

Phone: 571-522-6800

Arlington, Fairfax, & Falls Church

Every year in April, CUMC sponsors a “Rebuilding Together” Project in partnership with the Fairfax, Arlington and Falls Church (RT/AFF) affiliate of the National Rebuilding Together organization. CUMC sponsors the project by contributing funding for materials and hardware purchases, and also by sending a team of volunteers to implement improvements and fixes for a needy household. Low income families are selected by RT/AFF that are in need and unable to perform the repairs themselves. There is often an elderly or disabled member of the family, and the home usually needs special repairs or enhancements to make their environment safer, healthier, and to give them more independence and accessibility in their daily lives.

In past years CUMC has helped build wheel chair access ramps, install grab bars in bathrooms, widen doorways for wheel chair access, replace faulty hand rails, repair damaged kitchen cabinets or appliances, clean out gutters, make minor plumbing and electrical repairs, and much more. Its a wonderfully rewarding experience that you will always remember.

Tools and technical guidance are provided by the CUMC “House Captain” and a core group of CUMC handy men and women. They guide you along every step of the project day.

Look for more information each year in March and April, as the Rebuilding Team seeks volunteers and announces the specific household/family that CUMC will assist that year. The big day occurs on the last Saturday of April, with a few opportunities to help out in preparation and clean up activities. A free lunch, T-shirt and lots of fun is there for all participants. Frequently CUMC groups (like Ruth’s Circle) will provide the lunch for us. Volunteers will have an opportunity to sign up by e-mail or at the CUMC Welcome Center. Please join CUMC each year in this memorable event of serving others in the community. You will have fun, learn skills and make memories that will stay with you forever.

Learn More: www.rebuildingtogether-aff.org

Each summer, a mission team of youth and adults travel to Sneedville, TN, a small town in Hancock County, to serve throughout the community. Hancock County is one of the poorest counties in the U.S. Throughout the week the mission team centers on God, seeking to be in partnership in God’s mission. Devotion, praise and worship are an important element of each day. The team serves in the community in four areas of ministry – construction; a Vacation Bible School program; a nursing home ministry; and a women’s program. The team works closely with Jubilee Project, a UM ministry.

At Christmas, gifts are collected for needy children and adults in the community and transported for personal delivery by some of those who want to remain connected with the community throughout the year. This is a very special opportunity to bring the spirit of Christ to many children and adult nursing home residents who normally go without many of the things taken for granted in our society. The gift requests are for basic necessities such as cloths and shoes but many participants contribute with extravagant generosity.

Sign-up TODAY! This year’s Sneedville Mission Trip will be June 24 – July 1. Applications are now available!  Anyone interested in attending or learning more about the Sneedville Trip, please plan to attend the interest meeting on Sunday, March 12 at 12:15 PM in ROOM 210. For more information, please contact Johannah Evans at johannahevans@yahoo.com.

To sign up, click here: Sneedville 2017 Application

Sneedville Yard Sale:  The yard sale, which benefits the work and ministry of Centreville UMC in Hancock County, TN, will be held on Saturday, June 3 from 8:00 AM -12:00 Noon in the ROC. Donations will be accepted beginning Tuesday, May 30 from 1:00 – 4:00 PM and 7:00 – 9:00 PM at the ROC entrance. Clothing, upholstered furniture, beds (mattress and springs), and old TV’s will not be accepted. Contact Johannah Evans for more information at 703.266.0369 or johannahevans@yahoo.com.  Please consider donating any clothing items to Grace Ministries).