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Carpenter's Shelter Reaching "New Heights"

Special Fundraising Effort 

For many years, our synagogue, and particularly Sisterhood, have had a special relationship with Carpenter’s Shelter, a community-supported Alexandria entity that supports the homeless in achieving sustainable independence through shelter, guidance, education, and advocacy. Every year, we prepare a Christmas Eve Dinner for them, and some of us prepare meals for them or provide other services throughout the year.

Finally, after years of effort, in partnership with the Alexandria Housing Development Corporation, the Shelter has managed to redevelop its property into a new space which will contain, aside from its offices, a 60-bed purpose-built homeless shelter, 87 affordable apartments, and 10 permanent supportive housing (PSH) units for chronically homeless adults.  This new space will enable them to provide more services to individuals and families to enable them to obtain and maintain permanent housing.

Institutions that donate $2,500 or more over a three-year period to the new building’s funding will have a plaque memorializing their donation in the entrance hall of the building. Sisterhood believes that it is important not only to contribute to the success of this worthwhile project, but also to demonstrate that the Jewish community is a part of this effort.

During the first year of the campaign, we raised about half of the money we need. We urge everyone in the Agudas Achim Community, whether or not they are Sisterhood members, to contribute to this effort. Please direct contributions to the “Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund”, and in the memo line indicate that it is a “Sisterhood contribution to New Heights Carpenter’s Shelter.”

And don’t forget to send support for the Carpenter’s Shelter Christmas Eve Dinner!  Send contributions, made out to “Agudas Achim Sisterhood”, and in the memo line indicate “Christmas Eve Carpenter’s Shelter Dinner” to Lisa Bregman, 5864 Lowell Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22312, by December 31, 2020; the funds will be used for the dinner and/or gift cards. 

Carpenters Shelter 

Christmas Dinner 2020
Agudas Achim Sisterhood will host the Carpenter's Shelter Christmas Eve dinner on Thursday, December 24.  Although the shelter will be in it new facility, with a brand new kitchen, due to COVID-19, we are asking for only monetary donations to allow a meal to be purchased and delivered to the shelter.  We will also use funds to purchase drinks and desserts that will be dropped off that day.  
   The shelter allows 4 people to serve food for a given meal; our Sisterhood is NOT arranging for a group to serve the Christmas Eve meal. If you are interested in serving the Christmas Eve meal or any other meal at the shelter, we ask that you make this request by directly contacting the  Volunteer Coordinator, Ms. Jamila Smith, to be assigned a serving slot.
   Sisterhood recognizes that many people look forward to donating their "special" item every year, and we are sorry this opportunity is not available this year. We are all praying "things will be back to normal" next year.
   Monetary donations for this worthy cause should be submitted no later than December 19 to be used specifically for purchase and delivery of the dinner and purchased drinks and desserts. Please do not send grocery store gift cards.   Checks made payable to "Agudas Achim Sisterhood" with "Carpenter's Shelter Dinner" on the memo line of the check should be mailed to Lisa Bregman, 5864 Lowell Ave., Alexandria, VA 22312. Unused meal funds, or checks received after the 24th will be used to purchase Target gift cards for the shelter to use during the year.  Target gift card donations, the shelter's preferred gift card, are also welcome and should also be mailed to the address above.  They will be delivered with cards purchased from excess funds (if we are lucky!) to the Carpenter's Shelter in early January.  
Thu, February 25 2021 13 Adar 5781