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Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network (ASPAN)

Provides life-sustaining services for Arlington’s homeless.  ASPAN’s mission is to secure permanent housing for one of Arlington’s most vulnerable populations through outreach and relationships built on trust and respect.  Efforts are directed toward helping the chronic homeless get access to existing services and “get off” the streets, including:

  • Serving up to 80 meals daily (50,000 annually) at two Arlington sites,
  • Visiting wooded areas, underpasses, abandoned buildings and other areas to locate and assist homeless people,
  • Providing a Drop-in Center where homeless people can take a warm shower, do their laundry, get a hot meal and see a case manager,
  • Operating the year-around Shelter at the Homeless Services Center in Arlington’s Courthouse area.  The program  hosts over 50 people, providing three meals daily, showers, laundry facilities, and access to case managers and medical services. Last year, over 500 people received shelter,  10 of whom were placed into permanent housing directly from the shelter. Walker Chapel volunteer teams have helped staff the shelter,
  • Managing the Permanent Supportive Housing Program (PSH), which provides housing for people who have experienced multiple or extended periods of homelessness and who suffer from mental illness,
  • Administering the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Rehousing Program (funded thru a Federal grant),
  • Partnering in Arlington’s 100 Homes Campaign that aims to place homeless Americans in housing.

Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC)

Provides supplemental groceries to our Arlington neighbors in need. AFAC’s mission is to obtain and distribute groceries, directly and free of charge, to people living in Arlington who cannot afford to purchase enough food to meet their basic needs, as qualified and referred by Arlington County. It distributes food free of charge weekday mornings at its main location (2708 S. Nelson Street), where Walker Chapel teams have volunteered. Most of the food distributed to AFAC is donated by individuals, supermarkets, churches, and organizations.

AFAC operates under the Choice Model, which provides clients with as much choice as possible and encourages families to eat the foods they have selected to take home. A basic variety of meats, breads, canned goods and milk are distributed. In addition, AFAC offers baked goods and, when available, 2 or 3 types of produce. Seriously committed to good nutrition, AFAC buys meats, milk, eggs and other fresh items so that families, especially mothers and babies, can get the nutrition they need.

Arlington Thrive (formerly AMEN)

Provides same-day, emergency financial assistance to County residents who experience sudden financial crisis such as temporary unemployment or illness. Most clients are the working poor, elderly and disabled people on a fixed income, and the homeless and formerly homeless who need ArlingtonThrive’s funds as a “safety net” until they are able to get back on firmer financial footing. These clients are among Arlington County’s most vulnerable residents. Families with children are given the highest priority, and one-third of the individuals served by Arlington Thrive are children. (Needy persons approaching Walker Chapel for assistance frequently are referred by the pastor to Thrive for assistance.)

Serving over 3,500 clients annually, Thrive has two main assistance programs: 1) The Daily Emergency Financial Assistance program employs trained volunteers to fulfill requests from Arlington County and from other local social service agency caseworkers on behalf of their clients. 2) The Carter-Jenkinson Housing Assistance program funds interventions to prevent the eviction of financially strapped families and individuals; recipients must be referred by County social workers.

Arlington Free Clinic (AFC)

Provides free, high-quality medical care to low-income, uninsured Arlington County adults through the generosity of private donations and volunteers. Patients have access to a full range of medical services provided on-site in a primary care setting. Specialty services, including diagnostic procedures, are provided by community partners.

AFC patients are people you see every day in our community. All live in Arlington County and have incomes at, or below, 200% of the Federal Poverty Level (for a family of 4, this is $42,000). Most are parents with children. They work, though their jobs do not include access to health insurance. The vast majority have one or more chronic diseases, such as diabetes or heart disease, and need access to a range of services including medical treatment, medications and ongoing care. They become AFC patients in one of two ways: 1) Each month AFC accepts approximately 20 new patients through a lottery process. 2) Individuals who meet eligibility requirements are directly referred by Virginia Hospital Center, the Arlington County Department of Human Resources, and shelters. These referrals include AFC’s sickest patients, such as those with cancer, uncontrolled diabetes and renal failure.

Borromeo Housing (BHI)

BHI empowers young, single, at-risk, and often homeless mothers to create a self-sustaining future through education, counseling and support, while residing in BHI’s safe home. During this two-year residential program in a safe and stable living environment, the mothers, ages 16-22, are required to attend school, develop employment skills, and learn to save for their futures. BHI closely monitors the infants of these young mothers to ensure the children are parented responsibly, receive appropriate medical care, and meet individual developmental benchmarks. In this way, BHI is determined to present two generations of at-risk youth with alternatives to the perils of neglect, poor education, and inter-generational poverty.

BHI has also developed an Infant Care Supply Center (ICSC) and grown this grassroots program into a fully funded, data-gathering endeavor providing more than 50 families with diapers, car seats, clothing, and other infant care supplies each month, free of cost.

Christ House

Provides a 24-hour residential medical facility for homeless men and women. Today, Christ House is still the only facility of its kind in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, where over 6,000 people experience homelessness every day. There are only 13 stand-alone residential medical facilities for the homeless like Christ House in all of the U.S. and Canada. Since its inception, it has had over 7,000 admissions.

Patients are admitted to Christ House from area hospitals, shelters, clinics, and medical outreach projects. They suffer from a variety of illnesses and injuries including cancer, hypertension and stroke, liver disease, kidney failure, diabetes and related amputations, HIV/AIDS, respiratory disease, major lacerations, fractures, and ulcerations of the skin. Many are malnourished, anemic, depressed, and desperately disconnected from healthy sources of support. In addition to their primary illness(es), about 80% have HIV, drug/alcohol addiction, or psychiatric illness – over 25% have three of these diagnoses. Over 60% have no income or have monthly income under $250.

An affiliated program, Kairos House, provides a permanent home for former Christ House patients who are capable of living independently but, due to chronic illness, are unable to hold full-time employment. Volunteer service is a key element of the program, and each member serves based on his gifts and abilities. The building contains apartment units for 37 residents and 3 staff members.

Capital Caring (formerly Northern Virginia Hospice)

Founded in 1977 as Hospice of Northern Virginia, Capital Caring is one of the first and largest nonprofit hospice and palliative care organizations in the United States. It has provided hospice and palliative care to more than 95,000 people living with advanced illness and their families in Northern Virginia, the District of Columbia, and Prince George’s County, Maryland, plus bereavement counseling to those families, and grief counseling to the community at large. The organization’s mission is to improve care for those facing life-limiting illness through direct support of patients and their families, public education and public advocacy. A coordinated team of doctors, nurses, nurse aides, social workers, chaplains, counselors and volunteers care for the patient, wherever he or she may live, including, when necessary, at the Halquist Memorial Inpatient Center on North 15th Street in Arlington.

Phoenix Houses of the Mid-Atlantic (PHMA) (formerly Vanguard Services)

Phoenix Houses of the Mid-Atlantic (PHMA) (formerly Vanguard Services)Provides residential, transitional, and outpatient treatment with gender-specific programs available for both adults and adolescents.  Since 1962 — when a predecessor organization was started by a group of volunteers in the Walker Chapel social hall — PHMA has served over 30,000 individuals struggling with substance abuse and now has treatment facilities in Virginia plus five other states and DC.Staff counselors, physicians, and psychiatric staff use a 12-step approach to address a wide range of substance abuse and co-occurring mental health problems – a treatment regimen that includes medication management and medication-assisted treatment as appropriate.  The assessment center provides comprehensive evaluations of substance abuse, addiction, and related mental health problems in order to identify the most appropriate treatment for each client. Arlington treatment programs include:

  • Arlington Phoenix Program – residential substance abuse & mental health treatment for adult men;
  • Phoenix House Counseling Center – individual & group treatment for adults & teens;
  • Boys Recovery Lodge – residential treatment treatment  & school programming for boys aged 13-17;
  • Girls Recovery Lodge – residential treatment treatment & school programming for girls aged 13-17;
  • Demeter House – residential treatment for women (age 18+) with a child;
  • Nuevo Dia – Bilingual residential treatment for Spanish-speaking adult men.
  • Independence House – transitional living for men & women who recently completed treatment;
  • Arlington Counseling Center – individualized, intensive group treatment for adults and teens and day treatment services for adults with dual diagnoses;
  • Fairfax Counseling Center – comprehensive assessments and intensive outpatient services for adults. 

Wesley Housing Development Corp. (WHDC)

Wesley Housing Development Corp. develops, owns, operates, preserves, and maintains affordable housing and sustains quality communities for low/moderate income families and individuals in Northern Virginia. Walker Chapel member Virginia Peters founded and then, as President/CEO, led WHDC for over two formative decades.Since 1974, Wesley Housing, a 501(c) 3 charitable nonprofit, has sponsored the development of: 

  • 28 communities in Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C.
  • 2,100+ total housing units serving over 25,000 individuals
  • Four on-site Community Resource Centers
  • Five on-site Resident Services Centers for seniors and people with disabilities
  • A comprehensive property management team for our properties

The heart and soul of Wesley Housing’s mission lies in its commitment to combine affordable housing with family programs and supporting services to foster positive development and self-sufficiency for all adults, children, and families.  A snapshot of its residents indicates: Median annual household income of $28,509, 28.3% are children, 59.7% are women, and 95.3% are minorities. 

For God so loved the world…

A giving heart is God’s gift to us. When we have much, we give to those less fortunate…when we are in need, the Chapel family reaches out and cares for us.  Like the footsteps in the sand there are times when we are able to step out boldly with Him by our side, but there are also times when we are weak and need Him to carry us.  We are not alone as we walk together through this life.