ALEXANDRIA, VA,- On Saturday, August 29, New Hope Housing (NHH) – an Alexandria nonprofit that helps homeless families and individuals – recognized a group of volunteers at its Annual Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast. This year, the event was held virtually, marking the first time in 15 years that no in-person gathering was held.
“We miss seeing the faces of our volunteers, but we see the effects of their efforts daily,” shared Pam Michell, the executive director of New Hope Housing. “The past few months have been difficult. The next few years will likely be even harder. But ending homelessness has always been hard work. I’m grateful to know that there are neighbors like you who work side by side with us to make sure everyone has a safe and happy home in which to thrive.”
NHH has had to suspend on-site volunteerism because of the pandemic. But volunteering is still possible through online opportunities and meal preparation.
The nonprofit thanked all volunteers at the Zoom event. The following people are Alexandria residents who were recognized for special contributions:
Ollie and Ellie were named Outstanding Volunteers and have been leaders in their families’ efforts to volunteer during the pandemic. The St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School students and neighbors have helped prepare meals for shelter and outreach sites on more than 30 occasions since they began volunteering in May – a total of 1,000 meals.
Christine Sennott received the Volunteer of the Year award for her personal service and for leading service efforts on behalf of Keller Williams MetroCenter for the past two years. With her leadership, the Culture Committee of KW MetroCenter has organized projects for their RED (Renew, Energize, Donate) Day of Service, which includes renovations of apartments for formerly homeless people, employment assistance, and cleaning and makeovers of shelters.
Stephanie Johnson was named an Outstanding Volunteer for her participation in several projects. Last October, Johnson “adopted” one of the units at the Bailey’s Crossroads Shelter & Supportive Housing site. She bought everything for the unit and helped decorate before the building opened.
NHH helps homeless individuals and families in Alexandria and neighboring areas by providing shelter, transitional and permanent supportive housing, and outreach and support services. For more information, visit newhopehousing.org.