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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. 

Mon, May 10 2021 28 Iyyar 5781