Ten Questions with a Community Lodgings Mother – Reina Martinez By Josue Martinez Josue Martinez, an eighth-grader in Community Lodgings’ after school program, recently completed a short course on how to conduct interviews. For his final project, Josue interviewed his mother about Community Lodgings. He introduced himself, explained the purpose of the interview, created open […]
Ambassador Reflections: What Volunteering Means to Me
What Volunteering Means to Me by Julie Cupp My name is Julie Cupp, and I am a volunteer with Community Lodgings. I was born and raised in the area and through the years have wanted to volunteer in my local community. I’d donated to national charities, mostly in honor of my brother who died in […]
Ambassador Reflections: Eight Questions with Karina Wiggs
Eight Questions with Karina Wiggs, Community Lodgings’ Director of Operations Karina Wiggs joined Community Lodgings’ staff in November of 1998 – nearly 20 years ago! Find out how Community Lodgings helped Karina find her true passion, and who she wants to be when she grows up. What attracted you to Community Lodgings? I needed a […]
Ambassador Reflections: a Nonprofit Peer Reflects on Community Lodgings
Friends Helping Friends Helping Women Everyone needs a friend. A friend is that trusted person who laughs, cries, celebrates and commiserates with you, and serves as that beautiful reminder that none of us are alone. Friends make life more fun. If you are lucky enough to work with a friend, work becomes more fun too. […]
Ambassador Reflections: My Life in Transitional Housing, by Precious R.
Entering and completing the Transitional Housing Program with Community Lodgings had a tremendous impact on my life. I entered this program not knowing what career I wanted to pursue in life, or where my job would take me. Today I stand as a teacher who is making a difference in many people’s lives. Community Lodgings […]
Ambassador Reflections: Paul Haire’s Community Lodgings Story
From Policy to People – Paul Haire’s Community Lodgings Story Paul Haire is a self-described “wonk who used to write social and public policy from 30,000 feet”. Not exactly the background you would expect for his newest career – running Your Dogs Best Friends, one of Alexandria’s best loved dog daycare and boarding facilities. In […]
We’re breaking ground…
On May 9th, we officially held a groundbreaking for our property at 607 Notabene Drive! We are so excited to begin renovations to the building which will allow us to increase our supply of affordable housing by one additional unit. Renovations are expected to be completed by September and will result in six fully renovated […]
Spring Forward was a Blast!
Many thanks to those of you who came and celebrated with us for this year’s Spring Forward Fundraiser! We hope you had as good a time as we did! Here are a couple of snapshots from an evening full of fun and giving back, courtesy of guest photographer Dan Horsey. Enjoy! [rev_slider alias=”spring-forward-2017″]
From Ziplining to Graduation: A Mentor’s Perspective on the Girls’ Mentoring Program
By Stephanie Hemmert, Girls’ Mentor A little over five years ago, I walked into an Alexandria City Volunteer Information Session knowing I wanted to help in some way and do something, but I wasn’t sure what. I had participated in some literacy tutoring a few years before that, and was looking to get back to […]
Walkway to Independence: Buy a Brick to Help our Kids Succeed!
From Susan Fitzpatrick, Community Lodgings board member: I lost my mother this year. My mother gave me my start on my own path in life. She and my father provided my foundation and provided a proverbial walkway toward my own version of success. I can think of no better way to honor her than to purchase a […]