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Review for Carpenter's Shelter, Alexandria, VA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

If I could add a star or two to my rating I would! I have admired Carpenter's Shelter since I first became aware of it and that admiration has only grown as I have become more involved as a volunteer. But how the Shelter has managed its operations in the time of COVID-19 is truly exceptional. Reacting early and quickly to the pandemic, and keeping the welfare of residents, staff, and volunteers its highest priority, the Shelter used creativity and flexibility, community collaboration, unflagging optimism, and heart to adjust to new realities without compromising its mission. While volunteers could no longer be in the building, communication lines stayed open and new ways to serve were figured out. Testimony as to how well the Shelter has navigated the pandemic: no cases among residents or staff, and a volunteer corps eager to return. Five++ stars!!!

Role:  Volunteer
 

Review for Carpenter's Shelter, Alexandria, VA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I was drawn to Carpenter's Shelter by its mission to support the homeless in my community. From my first introductory tour, I have been impressed with the passion and dedication, professionalism, flexibility and creativity of Shelter leadership and staff. No two days are the same, and the ability of the Shelter to respond to changing demands and to continue to provide compassionate and constructive support under all circumstances is inspiring. And there are so many opportunities for volunteers - working the Front Desk, providing meal service, helping out with the Children's Hour, assisting in David's Place and the Winter Shelter, working special events and any number of service projects, etc. What keeps me engaged now as a volunteer is the positive atmosphere that is cultivated on a daily basis, the sense that all of us -- leadership, staff, residents and clients, volunteers, and the broader community -- are part of the success of the mission.

Role:  Volunteer