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September E-News

Carpenter’s Cook-Off Pop-Up 2022 Award Winners! 

On Sunday, August 28, Carpenter's Cook-Off Pop-Up was the place to be! Twenty-two restaurants and caterers served their best dishes while guests and celebrity judges chose their favorites. It was an incredible outpouring of support for children, women, and men experiencing homelessness. Here is a recap of the winners:

People's Choice AwardWagon Wheel Truck

Kids' Choice Award(Tie) What The Chef and Nando's Peri-Peri

Carpenter's Cafe.JPGBest Sweet Award:
1st: Carpenter’s Café (Ahn and Nicole Ninh)
2nd: Bittersweet Catering
3rd: Nando's Peri-Peri

Best Savory Award:
1st place: Ruby's Jamaican Kitchen
2nd place: The Warehouse
3rd place: Wagon Wheel

DSC_1141.JPGCongratulations to our award winners and thank you to all the amazing restaurants who donated their time, energy, and talents to make the Cook-Off such a resounding success!

Calling All Landlords

housed people are not homelessIf you own rental property in the state of Virginia, we would love to partner with you! On behalf of our clients, we are looking for rooms to rent, apartments, sober living arrangements, and shared apartments. We provide housing stabilization services to our clients including case management while they are living in the community, a budget and savings plan, home visits, and rental subsidies according to financial need (recertified every three months). 
Our goal is to find an appropriate housing solution for everyone. Partnerships with property owners in the community help make this goal a reality.

We would love to talk to you about our housing location program and how it can benefit you. Please contact one of our experienced Housing Locators, Lisa Floryancic (703-548-7500 ext. 212) or Cathy Smyles (703-548-7500 ext. 233).

Welcome New Deputy Director!

Jamie Ergas - Headshot.jpgWe are pleased to introduce Jamie Ergas as our next Deputy Director! Jamie has worked in homeless services for 15 years and brings direct practice, policy development, grants management, data analysis, and system planning experience.

Most recently, Jamie served as the Continuum of Care Manager in Fairfax County’s Department of Housing and Community Development’s Office to Prevent and End Homelessness. She managed the homeless services system’s state and federal funding, supported the governance of the continuum of care, and streamlined processes to improve efficiency and effectiveness. Ergas holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work and is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) in Virginia.

“I am thrilled to return to the nonprofit sector to serve as the Deputy Director at Carpenter’s Shelter,” said Ergas. “I whole-heartedly believe in the agency’s mission and values and I am grateful for the opportunity to join a passionate and innovative team dedicated to ending homelessness.” Welcome Jamie!

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 Thank You to Those Who Made our Auction a Success!

Thank you to the following Cook-Off Pop-Up auction donors! Their donations allowed us to raise over $20,000 for Carpenter's Shelter through our auctions and raffles.

Auction Sponsors

September 2022


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Quick Calendar

September 20th:
6:00-7:00 pm
Volunteer Orientation
Please join Community Relations Manager Jamila Smith on Zoom for our monthly volunteer orientation. Register here.


Thank you to our Cook-Off Pop-Up 2022 Sponsors!

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Peter Lunt and Pilar Vasquez-Lunt
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The Motley Fool Foundation
The Goodhart Group
Atlantic Union Bank
Virginia Housing
Protiviti Government Svcs.
Nexus Direct
Comcast NBCUniversal
R&B Heating & AC
Invisible Hand Foundation
Old Town Crier
Logistics Planning Services
Anh and Alex Nguyen State Farm Agency
The UPS Store - Old Town
DKG Promotions
Brainseed Testing
ABCO Corporation
ECCA Payroll Services in partnership with Benefit Providers
L&M Management

Thank you to the Cook-Off Pop-Up Host Committee Members!

Alfred Street Baptist Church -  Feed the 5000 Project
Nicole Bradley
Edith Bullard
K.K. Das Family
Nancy DiPaolo
Neil & Kelly Gillespie
Rita Grazda
Tony Gross
Val & Dottie Hawkins
Meghan & Patrick Hendy
Mike & Joy Lyden
Katherine McCarron
Ann & Chris McMurray
Meg Milroy
Kisha Perkins
Tracey & Dan Pilone
Simone Putnam
Jennifer & JB Poersch
Ray & Maggy Reddy
Mary Regan
Matt & Amy Sheldon
David & Marcia Speck
Shannon Steene
Jim & Dee Taylor

Thank you to our Cook-Off Pop-Up 2022 Volunteers!

 More than 50 volunteers helped with registration, restaurants, auctions, set up, greeting, and more during the Cook-Off Pop-Up weekend!
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Celebrity Judges (from left) Jeff Buben, Randa Awaad (volunteer), Sam Kasten, and Daniel Burroughs
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