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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

12 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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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.]

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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.]

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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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Client Served

Rating: 5

SERVE is an excellent program. SERVE also has outstanding staff. It is a very clean and safe environment. This is my second time here and it is still a very helpful program.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I believe SERVE is a good program. As with any non-profit organization there is a huge demand for funds and supplies.

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