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Our 2020 Annual Report is Available! 

We are happy to be able to take you on the journey we went along this past year, a journey of progress, hope, change, and resilience. With the difficulties faced by a global health pandemic that led to dramatic operational changes, the redevelopment of our facility, and the work that needed to be done with the most vulnerable populations affected by the pandemic, 2020 was a year of twists and turns, all leading us to where we are today. 
Annual Report 2020 1
Despite all of the changes faced in our time line, from serving out of a retrofitted DMV, to an abandoned mall -- 2020 was the culmination of years of hard work and community support that allowed us to provide our residents with a brand new purpose-built shelter. Read the 2020 Annual Report to learn more about the services offered at Carpenter's Shelter, the impact and our response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the number of individuals served in 2020, our 2020 financials, and the work that our Racial Equity committee is doing to explore the link between racial equity and homelessness.  

Click here to explore our 2020 Annual Report. Or you may contact and we'll drop one in the mail for you. 

Carpenter's Shelter Hosts First Paws to De-Stress Doggie Therapy Event

Dog Event

Thanks to our friends at People Animals Love for participating in our first ever 'Paws to De-Stress Doggie Therapy' event. People Animals Love is a D.C. nonprofit that serves "to use the human-animal bond to comfort the lonely, ease the pain of the sick and enrich the world of children." Residents, staff and family members gathered outside in our courtyard to pet, play, and have a great time outside with the therapy dogs. We believe events like this enrich our residents lives and provide much-needed stress relief. Thank you to Katie Boyle, our Rapid Re-Housing Administrative Coordinator, for organizing this event! 

Some New Heights Donor Plaques have been Installed

New Heights Installation

We are honored to feature our New Heights donors in our brand new Shelter. The New Heights Campaign was a massive project to undergo, and because of the generosity and incredible support of our donors, we were able to tackle this project and successfully build a beautiful purpose-built shelter for our residents. Now, our previously blank walls are beginning to be decorated with special plaques honoring our donors' dedication and support of Carpenter's Shelter, highlighting this Shelter that would not have been possible without their support. Thank you to everyone who made our redevelpoment a success, because of your support we are able to offer our residents an increased quality-of-life and we are incredibly proud of our new building! This is the first installation of New Heights plaques.

...And Counting! 

Thank you to these incredible foundations for their support of Carpenter's Shelter! 

Bank of America Logo

Thank you to the Bank of America for providing us with a $25,000 grant! With this grant, we will support direct services to over 625 homeless individuals through access to medical care, mental health care, our seasonal winter shelter, our emergency shelter, and our Rapid Re-Housing (RRH) services -- as Carpenter's Shelter has been designated as the sole provider of RRH for homeless individuals and families sheltered in any of the City of Alexandria's temporary shelters. 

Community Foundation Logo

Thank you to the Community Foundation of Northern Virginia for providing Carpenter's Shelter with a $10,000 grant. The Community Foundation has awarded 39 grants to local nonprofits that are aiding critical needs in the region, specifically focusing on children and youth development as well as poverty relief. Read more about the work the Community Foundation is doing here

Junior League of Washington Logo

Thank you to the Junior League of Washington for providing Carpenter's Shelter with a $5,000 grant to provide access to basic non-food items for individuals and families that have transitioned from homelessness to independent housing.

Rotary Club Alexandria

Thank you to the Rotary Club of Alexandria for providing Carpenter's Shelter with a $2,000 grant to provide funding geared toward eliminating the digital divide for homeless school-aged children residing in the Shelter. With this grant, we will be able to ensure that all children residing in the shelter and currently in school have all of the technology they need to be successful in the classroom.

Thank you to Bank of America, the Community Foundation, the Junior League or Washington, and the Rotary Club of Alexandria. Your generosity allows us to pursue services for our residents and clients that we would not be otherwise able to implement!

June 2021


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Quick Calendar:

June 14th: Flag Day

June 19th: Juneteenth

June 17th: Volunteer Orientation! Please join us for our monthly volunteer orientation. If you would like to attend, join our Community Relations Manager Jamila Smith between 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm on Zoom by clicking here.

June 20th: Father's Day!

June 20th: First Day of Summer

June 26th: Volunteer Appreciation & Award Ceremony! If you volunteer with Carpenter's Shelter, please join us for our award ceremony where we can celebrate your service!! Click here to RSVP.


Thank you to the Goodwin House for Delivering Prepared Meals

Goodwin House
Thank you to the Goodwin House and their culinary department for filling our freezer with prepared meals. It took a full-on game of Freezer Jenga to fit all the food and we are so grateful for their support!


Virtual 5K Proceeds go to Benefit Carpenter's 


Join the PTO Fitness 2021 Virtual 5K race! Taking place on June 18th - June 20th, run or walk the 5K anytime between 7:00 am June 18th through 11:59 pm June 20th. The 5K costs $5 to register, all donations will support Carpenter's Shelter! Click here to register or learn more about the virtual race.  _______________________

Executive Director, Shannon Steene, Featured on Podcast

Shannon Steene Headshot

Shannon Steene, Executive Director, was featured on the Designated Drinker Show, a podcast hosted by Louise Salas. Shannon Steene speaks about his upbringing, what brought him to the greater D.C. area, and his long career working with homelessness. He also goes through the mission and purpose of Carpenter's Shelter and how you can give back to your community. Listen to the podcast here!


Say Cheese!

Grilled Cheese
Thank you to Joyce and Alice, famous at Carpenter's Shelter for their grilled cheese sandwiches, between the two of them they have over 50 years of service! We are fortunate to have dedicated volunteers, many of our operations are successful only because of their staunch support. If you are a current volunteer, thank you! Your service is indispensable and we are so grateful for the work you do for the Shelter. If you are interested in learning about our volunteer program at Carpenter's click here

Remember to join us on June 26th as we celebrate you.


Here are a few
items that we need


We are always in need of items for our residents! Due to the pandemic, items like condiments and medicine need to be individual packets. Here are a few of those items:

- Decaf herbal teas

- Cough drops

- Snacks (chips, cookies, crackers)

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