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Last week on August 10th Bethany House of Northern Virginia hosted its annual Volunteer Appreciation event. The occasion celebrated our volunteers who have left a fingerprint on the lives of many woman and children connected to the Bethany House.

We are grateful for their dedication to help eliminate domestic violence one family at a time.

In conjunction, we would like to take this time to thank the many organizations who made this event possible, for without your benevolence this event would not have been possible. Thank you for your service to our community, and for your partnership with the BHNV.

The organizations who donated their time, resources, and services to whom we are grateful:

  • American Café
  • Annandale Florist
  • Bertucci’s Restaurant
  • Cheesecake Factory
  • Clyde’s Restaurant Group
  • Coyote Grille
  • IHOP Restaurants
  • Let’s Dish
  • Noodles & Company
  • Olive Garden
  • Panera Bread
  • Real Mex Restaurants
  • Total Wine & More
  • Giant
  • Marshall’s Corporation
  • The Town’s Inn
  • First Baptist Church of Alexandria
  • International Spy Museum
  • National Museum of Crime and Punishment
  • “O’ Be Joyful” Historical Tours & Entertainment
  • Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum
  • Kristen Merten Photography

You are greatly appreciated! Thank you for blessing the women and children!

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Pampering women

This past weekend, current and aftercare clients received a day of pampering. Women had the opportunity to receive manicures, pedicures, massages, facials, make-up, relaxation, spiritual counseling, and food. The children participated in separate activities in order to give the women a day to relax and be pampered.

“I haven’t had someone take care of me in a really long time,” said a Bethany House client.

Indeed, all of the women who attended the event were pleased for the chance to relax and have someone pamper them.

“I feel lovely!” said a former Bethany House client after receiving some of the services.

A huge thank you to Duffy House, Burke United Methodist Church, the organizations who donated their time, resources, and services, as well as all the volunteers who made this special event possible!

Thank you for blessing the women and children!

This week is National Volunteer Appreciation Week. BHNV is thankful for the time and energy volunteers pour into the lives of the women and children who come through our shelter doors.

This week BHNV celebrates our volunteers and is grateful for their dedication to help eliminate domestic violence one family at a time. Our volunteers often go the extra mile to provide care and support to the families in our shelters. Our volunteers are a valuable asset to our organization, to the families in our programs, and to the community.

Without our volunteers we would be unable to provide the quality of care, service, and support families in crisis need.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR PARTNERSHIP BHNV VOLUNTEERS!

As Easter approaches, evidences of spring is on its way. As we take a walk, we can see little flowers spourting up from the ground, some flowers starting to blossom, grass turning green, and little bunnies chasing each other through the trees. Winter is fading and spring is rising.

Our office has filled up with baskets of Easter bunny candy, toys, candy eggs, lotion, and anything else you can fit into a basket. The baskets serve a two-fold purpose. First, they remind the families people do care for and think of them. Despite the chaos they left behind and the uncertainty about the future, they are reminded someone cares. Second, the baskets remind the families to reflect upon why Christians celebrate Easter.

Christians celebrate Easter because Christ rose from the dead – He conquered sin and death! He provided a way for those who confess Him as their Lord and Savior, a way to  have new life. Indeed we have much to celebrate all year around, but spring is a great example of this truth.

Bethany House would like to thank the following groups and churches for providing Easter baskets and goods to the families we are serving and have served over the last couple years:

– Saint Mary of Sorrows

– Columbia Baptist Church

– Elks Auxiliary

– Clarendon United Methodist Women

Have a blessed Easter!

Last November, Bethany House of Northern Virginia (BHNV) participated in the Fannie Mae Help the Homeless Walk.

BHNV was able to raise almost $4,000!

Thank you for your support! Without you, we couldn’t have raised funds! We hope to have your support again as we gear up for the 2010 Help the Homeless Walk!

BETHANY HOUSE OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA will be participating in the 3rd Annual Spring for Alexandria Community Day of Service on Friday, April 30, 2010. The event is presented by ACT for Alexandria, the City of Alexandria, and Volunteer Alexandria.  For more information, go to www.springforalexandria.kintera.org.

Instead of spending money on favors for her wedding, one Bethany House volunteer opted to host a Valentine’s Day Party for the families in our shelters.

Back in November 2009, the volunteer approached Bethany House about the chance to provide a meal and gifts to the women and children. It was decided Valentine’s Day would be a great time to bless the families.

During the holiday season, the community pours out support to families in our shelters. Once Valentine’s Day rolls around, things are quiet and it is an ideal time to remind the women and children the community still cares.

The families enjoyed a tasty meal and received gifts. After eating lunch, the children participated in crafts while the mothers were given one hour to themselves. Both the women and children thoroughly appreciated the party.

Our volunteers continue to go above and beyond to reach out to the families in our shelters. Thank you!