Alternative House

Rating: 5 stars   13 reviews

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Location: PO Box 694 Dunn Loring VA 22027 USA

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.
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
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
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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

I began volunteering nearly 20 years ago and served on the Board. And as a former Board President, my experience was one of gratitude for the wonderful works that the Staff and other Volunteers do to help the many lives of the children Alternative House serves.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

dedicated and caring and did a great job!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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5 people found this review helpful

I have met several people, board members, the business development director(Gina), several volunteers and managers and the people they help. the people involved in this organization are incredible people with a great cause and everyone is 100% committed to helping at-risk youth. Their mission is clear from the staff that you talk to and the people they help. They do an incredible job.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

totally committed and love what they do.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Build more shelters, organize more programs for at risk youth, do more for single mothers.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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5 people found this review helpful

Alternative House is a wonderful nonprofit that supports teens in various ways related to homelessness, including a teen homeless shelter, a teen center, neighborhood outreach to at-risk youth, and a long term shelter for pregnant teens. The attitude of the staff is so supportive and the feedback from the teens is wonderful. Many of them get their GEDs, get a job, learn to budget, deal with issues better, and some even going on to college. It is a strong blend of Federal, County, Corporate, and Individual funding.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Young teens getting their lives back on track, teens learning to be good mothers and have happy children as well as the financial ability to provide.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Continue to do what is being done, support teens at risk in a variety of ways using all available resources.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Seeing the results - an unemployed high school dropout get her GED, a job, study, and obtain a college scholarship. The Board is also a wonderful group to work with, very involved and supportive.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Very engaged, helpful, and excited to be a part of something important.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Expand capacity for homeless teens, especially those 18-21 that can no longer stay in family shelters but are at risk being so young in an adult shelter. Also, demand for the young mothers is high and this gives them an alternative to abortion.

Ways to make it better...

Can't think of an improvement. The work is wonderful, good staff and well publicized results.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Constantly finding funding and trying to expand the programs to meet the needs, especially in today's economy where funds are dropping and demands are rising.

One thing I'd also say is that...

If you are opposed to abortion, the young mothers support is a wonderful way to lower abortions by providing teens with another alternative.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

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