Through iFOS’ youth initiative, iFOS supports charitable organizations working to enrich the lives of children experiencing homelessness. Sasha Bruce House is a compassionate alternative to the dangers of the streets for homeless, abandoned, abused, neglected and runaway children. DC’s only short-term shelter for young people, Sasha Bruce House is open 24 hours a day, serving youth ages 11 to 17. By providing a safe place to stay and intensive counseling services, Sasha Bruce House helps most youth reunite with their families, and works to return all young people to stable and safe environments.
Starting with modest roots in 1980, Martha’s Table was originally a place for children to receive free sandwiches and food after school. They gradually grew to address the additional needs of the community by finding solutions to poverty in the short and long term. By addressing emergency needs with food and clothing programs, they break the long cycle of poverty with education and family support services.
The Maryland Food Bank is a nonprofit hunger-relief organization, leading the movement to end hunger throughout Maryland. For 35 years, the Maryland Food Bank has partnered with communities across the state to distribute food to individuals and families in need. Through carefully created programs, the food bank aims to meet the immediate needs of Marylanders while also working to find long term ways to reduce hunger statewide. Currently distributing about 79,000 meals per day—a total of about 29 million meals annually—the Maryland Food Bank will continue to expand its efforts until hunger ends.
Helping the Homeless
Christ House opened in December 1985 as the first 24-hour residential medical facility for homeless men and women in the United States. 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. Since its inception, Christ House has had over 7,000 admissions.
Shelter House is a community-based, non-profit organization serving homeless families in Fairfax County, Virginia. The organization was formed in 1981, when several groups came together to better serve Fairfax County’s low-income population. In 2007, Shelter House was awarded Fairfax County’s contract to operate the Katherine K. Hanley Family Shelter in Fairfax. In 2010, Shelter House became the first non-profit to operate Artemis House, Fairfax County’s only 24 hour Domestic Violence Shelter.