Alternative House Overview
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
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.