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Phone: 703 506-9191
PO Box 694
Dunn Loring
Virginia 22027
USA
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Target demographics: abused, homeless, and at-risk young people and their families.

Direct beneficiaries per year: more than 2,670 runaway, homeless, abused and at-risk young people receive services

Someone who had 3 hours of volunteer time could: Beautify one of our properties' grounds by planting a garden, prepare a meal for our young people at the Teen Center in Culmore or the Emergency Shelter for Teenagers in Vienna, assist in child care while our young mothers are at work or school, and more!

Geographic areas served: Fairfax County, VA

Programs: The Emergency Shelter for Teenagers—a 3-week crisis shelter for youth 13 to 17 years old.

24-hour crisis hotline 1-800-SAY-TEEN that is affiliated with the National Runaway Switchboard.

Assisting Young Mothers—a transitional living program for homeless young women 16 to 24 years old who are pregnant or have small children.

The Homeless Youth Initiative—provides housing, case management and counseling to homeless Fairfax County students who do not have the support of a parent or guardian.

Community Based Services—neighborhood outreach designed to bring services to at-risk youth and families, including:

The Culmore Youth Outreach Program at the Culmore Teen Center.

The Culmore and Annandale Safe Youth Projects, after-school programs for 4th, 5th, and 6th graders.

Alternative House offers a myriad of supportive services, including walk-in crisis counseling, family therapy, information and referral, community education, etc.

All programs and services come at no cost

Mission:
Abused and homeless young people deserve brighter futures. Alternative House - The Abused and Homeless Children's Refuge helps children and youth achieve this by providing shelter, food, and counseling to abused, homeless and at-risk young people. Beginning as a small runaway shelter for teenagers in 1972, Alternative House - The Abused and Homeless Children's Refuge has evolved into a system of services designed to respond to the changing needs of today's young people.
We provide food, clothing, therapy and in some cases, shelter at our Emergency Shelter for Teenagers, the Assisting Young Mothers (AYM) program for pregnant and parenting teenage mothers and their babies, neighborhood based outreach at our Family Resource Centers in Culmore and Springfield, after-school programs for at-risk children in Culmore and Annandale, a drop in Teen Center, and more.
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04/03/12
Alternative House transforms the lives of children and youth helping them stay safe, make positive decisions, achieve educational success, and overcome personal crises. They offer children and families hope for brighter futures by providing counseling, shelter and neighborhood-based support. I ... more »
11/22/10
I recently joined the board of this organization, mainly because I was so impressed with what they do for the children in our community. The organization has an outstanding exective director and staff that is dedicated to helping young people in need get back on their feet... more »
11/22/10
I have been involved with Alternative House for two years, both as a volunteer and a Board member. In my volunteer capacity, I worked with the teens being housed at the shelter and attended the facilitated groups helping to improve their coping skills. The staff is knowledgeable, compassionate ... more »
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