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Causes: Family Counseling, Family Services, Homeless & Housing, Homeless Shelters, Human Services, Mental Health, Mental Health & Crisis Intervention

Mission: To empower individuals and families to improve their quality of life and to promote community cooperation and support in responding to family needs.

Programs: Housing services: serve is the manassas campus of northern virginia family service, serving the greater prince william area, and impacting at-risk families throughout our region. Serve is unique for its holistic approach to helping our community's most vulnerable individuals and families address a variety of needs on their path to self-sufficiency. Serve provides: - a full continuum of housing options: 92-bed emergency family shelter, rapid rehousing, housing location services, permanent supportive housing, and permanent affordable housing coupled with comprehensive support services. Serve's approach is to rapidly house families in order to minimize their time being homeless and maximize their opportunities for stable housing. In fy14, 88% of singles exited the shelter in 30 days or less, 71% of families exited within 60 days, and 55% moved out into permanent housing. - the prince william area's largest food distribution center, which served 9,224 individuals in fy14. - emergency assistance for utility, rent, water and gas payments, which served 627 families in fy14. - an on-site early head start classroom, playground, and family library. Housing & emergency services: nvfs provides a full-range of services to help families address immediate needs and work towards long-term self-sufficiency. Meeting emergency needs, such as food, shelter and direct assistance for rent and utilities, supports families through crisis. Housing programs, such as transitional and affordable housing help them achieve long-term stable housing goals. More than 12,500 individuals received services through these core areas. 84% of clients increased their economic stability as a result of receiving these services.

early childhood service:early head start and head start provide center-based and home visitation services to children ages 6 weeks through age 5. Nvfs operates 4 ehs centers, one of which was built through nvfs fundraising efforts, and a large head start center in arlington for 204 children ages 3 to 5. In addition to providing quality care in a stimulating and safe environment, nvfs prepares children to succeed in school. Trained staff meet regularly with parents to ensure safe homes, strong parenting skills, and a plan for their economic independence. Combined, 554 children participated in these programs. 100% were linked with a health care provider and 100% were up to date on immunizations.

health services:multicultural center: learning and adjusting are the two operative words that describe most people new to the united states. Whether immigrating by choice for better opportunities, or forced to flee here from another country, the same difficulties present themselves to the newcomer: language, culture and economics. Some are more prepared than others. Many, though, are in need of services and support that enable a better transition for themselves and their families. Multicultural center offers a broad range of mental health, social, educational, health, and language services geared to the unique values and characteristics of individuals and families from diverse cultures. It is staffed by multi-ethnic, multilingual social workers, counselors, psychiatrists and graduate interns from local universities. The goal of mc is to help people from ethnically diverse backgrounds succeed by providing comprehensive, culturally sensitive mental health and related services and by conducting research and training to make such services more widely available. Access to free and reduced cost medications provided to over 3500 individuals in fy14, and leveraged $17 million worth of free medications to individuals who otherwise could not afford their prescriptions. Legal services- provides legal consultation and representation to immigrants seeking legal status, u. S. Citizenship, reunification with family members, or challenging deportation. All nvfs attorneys are experts in humanitarian immigration law, including asylum, "convention against torture protection", "violence against women act" applications for survivors of domestic violence, u visa applications for victims of violent crime, t visa applications for victims of human trafficking, and "special immigrant juvenile status" for children who were abused, abandoned, or neglected. All immigration services are offered for free or at very low cost to clients. Last year, 97% of immigration applications prepared by nvfs were approved.

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