We are thrilled that our out-of-school-time program (known around the community as simply “Program”) has safely started in-person sessions. We had a chance to catch up with the site coordinators of our three learning centers to see what changes have been made and to get to know these everyday heroes a little better. CLI: […]
Watch Chief Brown of the Alexandria Police Department read Say Something by Peter. H. Reynolds to our students!
Have Hope and Never Give Up: The Keys to Candi’s Resilience
After her husband left, Candi and her kids had to move in with her Mom and sleep on the floor. “That was so hard,” she says. “I had to eat my pride.” Fast forward 6 years: Candi entered CLI’s Transitional Housing Program, so she and her kids have a clean and safe apartment with comfortable […]
Discovering New Worlds: Kaylene Goes to Camp Read-Away
If you visit CLI’s Fifer Family Learning Center these days, you just might find 20 kids sitting in the shade, each one engrossed in a different book. Welcome to Camp Read-Away! For 20 minutes each day, the kids in our Summer Camp enter another world. As we near the end of the Camp’s 6th and […]
Keeping Food on the Table: Julio steps up to the plate
When Covid-19 struck, neighbors came together to help each other in Chirilagua—especially Julio. Julio has always involved himself in the community and in CLI by attending all CLI meetings, all parent-teacher conferences and working hard to keep the neighborhood safe. So when Covid-19 hit Chirilagua harder than any other area of Alexandria, Julio stepped up […]
The Importance of Education: A Mother-Daughter Journey
Like many of her neighbors, Oralia works hard to give her children a good life and a solid education in her adopted neighborhood of Chirilagua. Born in Belize, she later moved to Guatemala to live with her father and grandmother. “Over there,” says Oralia, “people are poor, need food, and I would see kids who […]
Wine Down Wednesday!
We’ve got a special treat for you! Wine Down Wednesday. Grab a glass and enjoy this live stream performance by our special guest, Manuel Medina Music, with a Facebook live virtual piano concert.
ACT Now Tuesday Talk with Executive Director, Lynn Thomas
Lynn Thomas of Community Lodgings and Shannon Steene of Carpenter’s Shelter discuss homelessness and housing with in the second of five ACT Now Tuesday Talks produced by ACT for Alexandria. At 12:00 p.m. ET on May 19, June 2, June 16 and June 30, we’re talking to beneficiaries of the ACT Now COVID-19 Response Fund and […]
5th Annual Open Doors Breakfast!
Mark your calendars and register now! Community Lodgings 5th Annual Open Doors Breakfast is Thursday, September 26, 2019 from 8:00 – 9:00 am. Join us at Beth El Hebrew Congregation in Alexandria to start your day by learning more about Community Lodgings and with a great breakfast. Doors open at 7:30 am. Click here to […]
Be the Change!
Have you seen the new butterfly wall in Old Town Alexandria? Now through September 8, you can be the change as part of Tasha Wahl’s Butterfly Effect, a global public art and philanthropy project. Vice Mayor Elizabeth Bennett-Parker learned of the movement on Instagram, applied for the opportunity to bring a mural to Alexandria and […]