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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Emergency Assistance, Food, Food Programs, Human Service Organizations, Human Services

Mission: SERVE, Inc., a non-profit community organization, together, with volunteers, donors, and public/private partners is dedicated to strengthening the Prince William County, Manassas and Manassas Park community through comprehensive programs and partnerships that provide basic needs and promote economic independence for homeless and underprivileged individuals and families.

Results: Family Emergency Shelter: Provides temporary emergency shelter for 60 homeless men, women and children nightly and includes a comprehensive case management and child services program.  In FY 2008, almost 20,000 nights of shelter were provided for over 543 individuals.  Approximately 7,500 of those nights were provided to children.  Community Transitional Housing: Operates 11 transitional housing units in the Prince William/Manassas area. Eligible families and individuals receive subsidized housing and intensive support services for up to 24 months. Food Distribution Center: Provides emergency food assistance that effectively prevents hunger in the local community. SERVE receives food donations from individuals, local grocery stores, area farmers and markets, and through food drives run by dozens of churches and community groups. We distributed over $1.2 million worth of donated food to over 700 households monthly.  Life Skills Training Program: Promotes independence by providing clients with basic skills for living. Training includes classes in word processing, employment development, household maintenance, budgeting, parenting, and other important skills that give individuals the ability to achieve independence.  Emergency Assistance: Provides financial counseling and assistance for rent, utilities, medical prescriptions, and transportation. Almost 400 households received an average of $225 in financial aid. More than $73,000 in cash assistance was provided for our community’s most vulnerable citizens. EA also processes vouchers for free supplemental food, school supplies and provides information and referral about resources throughout the county. In total, the Emergency Assistance office provided 8,343 individuals with a variety of aid throughout the year.  Holiday Signature Programs: Signature programs such as Operation Turkey, Adopt-a-Family, and Secret Santa Shop provided special assistance during the holidays.  In 2007, Operation Turkey provided Thanksgiving baskets to 3,894 individuals representing 1382 households.  Secret Santa Shop provided 22 shelter children with unwrapped gifts to give their family members. Because of the generosity of the community, parents were able to shop also.  Fifty families were adopted for the holidays in SERVE’s Shelter, Transitional Housing and Emergency Assistance programs.

Target demographics: Each year, the SERVE Family Care Shelter assists over 600 people.  In an average month, SERVE provides food to 750 families and financial assistance to 300 people.  We serve those in our community who are low-income or vulnerable due to a n unexpected crisis in their lives.

Direct beneficiaries per year: We provided direct services to over 8,300 people this year, helping them with shelter, food and housing.

Geographic areas served: Prince William County, Manassas, Manassas Park

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Community Stories

27 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Soy mama soltera tengo 2 hijos pero con esfuerzo los e sacado adelante gracias porque ustedes me han apollado con comida. Fue muy importante para mi. Yo fui satisfecha por todo. [I am a single mother with two sons, but with my efforts I have pushed them forward thanks to your (the organization) support with food. It was very important for me. I was satisfied with everything.] [This review was collected by the SERVE staff through an offline spanish language review form and translated/inputted by a GreatNonprofits intern.]

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Times can be hard and its a real blessing to have the extra help. [This review was collected by the SERVE staff and inputted by a GreatNonprofits intern.]

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at SERVE for almost 1 year. The staff has a "can do" attitude. They are encouraging and supportive of volunteers. I feel fully integrated into the work and mission. [This review was collected by the SERVE staff and inputted by a GreatNonprofits intern.]

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Well, I'm 15 years old and I love giving back to the community. Me and my dad have been coming to SERVE for 3 years. I love the feeling it gives me and seeing the joy in peoples faces when they receive the food. [This review was collected by the SERVE staff and inputted by a GreatNonprofits intern.]

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Client Served

Rating: 5

SERVE CARES! [This review was collected by the SERVE staff through an offline review form and inputted by a GreatNonprofits intern.]

1

Client Served

Rating: 4

I come with my friend because of short on money for the electric company. [This review was collected by the SERVE staff and inputted by a GreatNonprofits intern.]

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I work out of temp services and when the work gets slow I come here for some food and so far I have never been turned down. [This review was collected by the SERVE staff and inputted by a GreatNonprofits intern.]

1

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I am someone who has "lost everything" including job, car, home, family and friends. SERVE has givin me a first step in piecing my life back together! [This review was collected by the SERVE staff and inputted by a GreatNonprofits intern.]

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Client Served

Rating: 5

When I came here I was pregnant and working part time. I've been here for 35 days and I am still pregnant working full time. They helped me get housing (single family home), a bed, crib and made me feel like I can control myself. [This review was collected by the SERVE staff and inputted by a GreatNonprofits intern.]

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Client Served

Rating: 5

help me get my apartment when I move up here. [This review was collected by the SERVE staff and inputted by a GreatNonprofits intern.]

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Client Served

Rating: 5

[This review was collected by the SERVE Inc. staff through an offline review form and inputted by a GreatNonprofits intern.]

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have seen this shelter (server) grow and expand over the yrs w/ the uplifting of singles w-families to have higher expectations, more selfesteem, and great hope. The staff are so dedicated and whole themselves 100% accountable to providing excellent services and meeting the needs of all residents. SERVE shelter gives you-n-your families a 2nd chance in life with no prejudices. We sometimes don't realize the blessings, the meals, the beds because of our selfish ways. The love-n-understanding that server has displayed w/ singles and families has put light into residents eyes, and faith in their hearts, smiles on kids faces, and a great opportunity to become more stablen in your life. And realize you can make the difference in your life. [This review was collected by the SERVE staff and inputted by a GreatNonprofits intern.]

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Due to income lost my family was evicted from our apartment, we also lost our transportation to and from work. SERVE took us in and now we are saving money to obtain a car and houseing. [This review was collected by the SERVE staff and inputted by a GreatNonprofits intern.]

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Client Served

Rating: 5

When I arrived I was terrified. I never knew what it was to be homeless and in a shelter. But some of the residents who have been here before where friendly. The staffs were encouraging. [This review was collected by the SERVE staff and inputted by a GreatNonprofits intern.]

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Board Member

Rating: 5

SERVE is the most important service in our community, providing emergency services, food and temporary shelter to our less fortunate neighbors, and in that endeavor, preventing hundreds of people from becoming permanently homeless.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

SERVE is working wonders in our community. With so much need and so many people looking for help, SERVE is the best option for assistance. The shelter is always full, donations are always used for the maximum benefit. We are happy to volunteer and participate with SERVE.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

My experience at Serve, Inc has been very interesting and I've met a lot of friendly people during my time here.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This has been a wonderful place to volunteer for. They do so many great things to help people and to better the community as a whole! I have learned so much, while volunteering here and have felt like I'm really making a difference!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

Serve has a large group of volunteers and serves a large community with a variety of services. They work hard to use what resources exist for the best effort.

18

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have found all staff members to be welcoming, open minded about suggestions,well organized, and thankful for my volunteerism. They absolutely have their clients' best interests at heart and strive to improve both their offerings and clients' way of life.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We are The Joe 15 Team, a newly formed non-profit in Prince William County. Our organization was created in my son's (Joseph (Joe) Page) memory after he was killed in February. (www.thejoe15team.org) We are working to get teens and young adults active in their community. SERVE is one organization we have been working with from the beginning. We held a food drive in April to help replinish the summer food bank (this will be an annual event). We held a school supplies drive in August where we collected $500.00 in supplies. Our most rewarding experience has been providing children's activities while the parents are in meetings. We are at SERVE 2-3 evenings monthly playing games, blowing bubbles, playing on the playground or doing crafts with the children. We always have a handout to give them and a treat at the end. Kids we've seen there on a regular basis always greet us with big hugs and a warm smile. It's a great feeling to know we are helping them and bringing a little joy into their lives while they are in an unsettled situation. It's a great opportunity and education for the teens since most of them have never been to a homeless shelter before. We plan on being an active part of SERVE monthly. We also plan on adopting a room at the shelter in the future. It's wonderful to see the help SERVE is giving the less fortunate people in the county. Helping each other, that's what it's all about.