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The mission of Homestretch is to empower homeless families with children living in Virginia to attain permanent housing and self-sufficiency by giving them the skills, knowledge and hope they need to become productive participants in the community.

Since our inception in 1990, we have assisted over 2,000 families to achieve stability and self-sufficiency. The aim is to surround the homeless families with such vigorous supports that they can address the multiple barriers in their path and make as dramatic progress as possible while they are in Homestretch.

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The mission of Homestretch is to empower homeless families with children living in Virginia to attain permanent housing and self-sufficiency by giving them the skills, knowledge and hope they need to become productive participants in the community.

Since our inception in 1990, we have assisted over 2,000 families to achieve stability and self-sufficiency. The aim is to surround the homeless families with such vigorous supports that they can address the multiple barriers in their path and make as dramatic progress as possible while they are in Homestretch.

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“My son loves his school! Thankfully, Kidstretch allows working parents a full day of care and learning for children throughout the year. While it can be a long day for the kids and a long day to be without your child, Kidstretch makes sure that every day is full of the most positive and fun learning experiences I could hope for my son. When your child spends that much time away from you, one hopes they will be happy, cared for and loved and I feel like Kidstretch is an extended family.”

— Anna Smith

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“My son attended Kidstretch for two years and it was a wonderful experience. The facility, class sizes and teacher credentials are great, and the curriculum is perfect for a bright, curious child. My son was always excited to go to school and often didn’t want to leave! The very best thing about Kidstretch was the professionalism and the caring kindness of the staff toward every child and parent. They were always so kind and patient. We would definitely recommend the Kidstretch program to other families and are going to be sending our son there in a couple of years!”

— Kidstretch Parent

“Dear Homestretch: Honestly, I don’t know how to express my feelings because there are no words to match my gratitude, however much like Shakespeare I might write. Above all else, you’ve shaped my attitude, nurturing me with discipline and light. I will always remember the hard work that you did for me and my son. How you do it, we don’t know, but from the bottom of my heart, thank you for being simply the best.”

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“Over the next two years, Marion blossomed. She learned English, got her T visa, went to school to attain a medical assistant certificate, followed by a nursing assistant certificate, and finally a degree as a registered nurse. She did all of this while working full time at a variety of jobs and complying with all of the demands of our rigorous program.”

— MARION, REGISTERED NURSE, JOINED HOMESTRETCH 20XX

“By giving them a place to live, their temporary homelessness is addressed; by giving them the tools to become self-sufficient, their poverty is ended. Homestretch aims to go deeper than merely providing housing; we address the fundamental causes of poverty for each family we serve.”

— CHRISTOPHER FAY, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR EMERITUS

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“Over the next two years, Marion blossomed. She learned English, got her T visa, went to school to attain a medical assistant certificate, followed by a nursing assistant certificate, and finally a degree as a registered nurse. She did all of this while working full-time at a variety of jobs and complying with all of the demands of our rigorous program.”

— MARION, REGISTERED NURSE, JOINED HOMESTRETCH 20XX

“By giving them a place to live, their temporary homelessness is addressed; by giving them the tools to become self-sufficient, their poverty is ended. Homestretch aims to go deeper than merely providing housing; we address the fundamental causes of poverty for each family we serve.”

— CHRISTOPHER FAY, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR EMERITUS

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2000+

families helped since 1990

93%

families helped since 1990

$681,352

in debts repaid over the last six years

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the average rise in income for a graduating family

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of adult clients enrolled in college or vocational training

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Deputy Director

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Financial Consultant

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Leilani Vasquez

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MonaLisa Curry

Kidstretch Assistant Teacher

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A teenaged orphan in Kenya, Marion met an American woman who promised her a chance to attend college in the United States. Rather than being flown to a college campus, she was dropped in a brothel in Mexico where she was forced to work. After ten months, she escaped. She stayed in a Mexican shelter for a few months but while there she was raped by a shelter worker and became pregnant. She was forced to leave the shelter due to her pregnancy. She underwent an arduous trek into the United States, having her baby along the way; and was then raped again. By the time she got to Homestretch, she had become accustomed to the brutality of men.

Over the next two years, Marion blossomed. She learned English, got her T visa, went to school to attain a medical assistant certificate, followed by a nursing assistant certificate, and finally a degree as a registered nurse. She did all of this while working full time at a variety of jobs and complying with all of the demands of our rigorous program. She took advantage of a gym membership through our program and became much stronger physically, which she would need to be a nurse. With her two beautiful children, she is now a proud American citizen.

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Youth and Family Program Services Coordinator

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Manager of Employment Services

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Grants and Communications Manager

Nan Monday

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Mary Marcellin

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September 19, 2023

Meet Tucker Wright, Homestretch's Youngest Champion

What do mattresses and bowling have in common? In Fairfax, a special event aims to raise enough money for Homestretch to buy mattresses for locals in need—by bowling. Many organizations host fundraising events throughout the year like this, but Homestretch’s “Strike Out Homelessness” event at Bowl America Fairfax on October 15 is special because of how it came to be.

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August 10, 2023

Corporate Partner Creates Cookbook for Homestretch Families

Thank you to Ecosystems, our long-time partner for creating a cookbook for Homestretch Families.

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August 10, 2023

Homestretch Awarded Grant from The Starbucks Foundation

As part of The Starbucks Foundation's Neighborhood Grants program, Homestretch was selected to receive a grant. This grant award is thanks to a nomination from our local Broaddale Starbucks in Falls Church who recognize our work with families experiencing homelessness.

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August 09, 2023

The Junior League of Northern Virginia Awards Homestretch a Grant

Homestretch is excited to partner with the Junior League of Northern Virginia – this women-led organization is committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. We'll leverage the grant to further enhance employment services for Homestretch adults.

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August 01, 2023

Homestretch Announces a New Executive Director!

Homestretch Executive Director Christopher Fay will retire after seventeen years at the helm of the organization.

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June 08, 2023

Read Our Latest Impact Report

Homestretch places a high value on measuring effectiveness. We want to know if the services we provide to families experiencing homelessness have a lasting impact. To that end, we periodically conduct outcome studies with the assistance of third parties with knowledge on data acquisition and analysis.

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February 16, 2023

FOX 5 spoke to Chris Fay

FOX 5 spoke to Homestretch Executive Director Chris Fay about the National Park Service clearing the homeless encampment at McPherson Square Wednesday. Fay says many of the unhoused people will probably move to another park because they don't have other viable options.

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November 30, 2022

Homestretch Executive Director Speaks at Poverty Conference

Executive Director Christopher Fay speaks about Homestretch at Poverty Conference.

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November 02, 2022

Certified Master Movers Helps Homestretch

Take a moment to read how Certified Master Movers helps Homestretch families.

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May 07, 2021

Homestretch Benefit Breakfast

In case you missed our May 6, 2021 Benefit Breakfast, take a moment to view this video and learn about Homestretch families and their success.

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