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Carpenter’s Shelter Receives $15,000 Donation From Alexandria Water Company

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ALEXANDRIA, VA – Carpenter’s Shelter has not stopped serving the homeless during the pandemic. Recently, the organization received a $15,000 donation from the nonprofit American Water Charitable Foundation and Virginia American Water.

Virginia American Water on Duke Street provides services to 325,000 people in the state. It is the largest water utility owned by investors throughout the commonwealth.

The sizable donation is meant to help fund Carpenter’s Shelter services to Alexandria individuals and families during this challenging time. It will specifically help with acquiring supplies, staffing needs, and when people have longer stays due to emergency.

“Alexandria’s homeless are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19 and we are proud to support organizations like Carpenter’s Shelter that provide invaluable services to Alexandria residents in need,” said Barry Suits, president of Virginia American Water.

Carpenter’s Shelter serves over 700 homeless and formerly homeless people every year. Began in 1982 by Rev. Tom Casey, then with Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, the Carpenter’s Shelter grew from a small army of volunteers to an organization that seeks to prevent homelessness. Currently, the site – close to Virginia American Water – has 200 beds and is open year-round.

Carpenter’s Shelter thrives on the help of volunteers. And it is now allowing their return. If you want to find out more about volunteering, click HERE. If you would like to contribute your own donation, click HERE.

Carpenter’s Shelter is located at 5701 Duke Street, Suite D.

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Kevin Dauray

Kevin is Publisher's Assistant with The Zebra Press. He has been working for Alexandria's "Good News" newspaper since 2019. A graduate of George Mason University, he earned a bachelor's in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. He also studied at the Columbia School of Broadcasting and holds a master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Marymount University. He is an alumnus of T.C. Williams High School. Go Titans!

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