Serving our Neighbors
Emmanuel partners closely with several local non-profits to provide funding, volunteer support, and in-kind donations to individuals and families whose living situation is “on the edge”. We focus on three areas for local support:
- Struggling Singles and Families
The Lamb Center
The Lamb Center is a daytime drop-in shelter for poor and individuals experiencing homelessness in Fairfax County.
Emmanuel volunteers help with services such as laundry, meals, bible studies and job counseling at no cost to the guests.
FACETS supports parents, their children and individuals who suffer the effects of poverty – so often unnoticed – in Fairfax County.
Emmanuel volunteers prepare and deliver approximately 130 meals twice a month to homeless singles and struggling families, manage food drives throughout the year, collect school supplies in the summer and Christmas gifts in late fall. We also support the Hypothermia Prevention Program one week each year and have a Client Assistance Fund that is used to meet specific client needs.
CommitTee for Helping Others
CHO (Committee for Helping Others) is an all-volunteer organization that serves the Vienna, Oakton, Dunn Loring and Merrifield areas.
CHO helps those in need by providing emergency financial assistance and food aid, clothing, furniture and Meals on Wheels. Emmanuel volunteers help with furniture pickups and deliveries when announced throughout the year.
Shepherd's Center of Oakton has been dedicated to improving the quality of life as we age, through supportive programs and services, personal enrichment and volunteer engagement that enable our senior neighbors to live full and productive lives while aging in place.
Family preservation and strengthening services (Family Pass)
Family Preservation and Strengthening Services (Family PASS) works to help families stay together, avoid eviction, and continue working to end the cycle of chronic financial stress and housing instability. They provide emergency rental assistance to stop evictions and work with the family as a partner in change. As they work together with their clients, they provide case management services that include transportation, childcare, and education/job skills opportunities. They work with families who cannot make ends meet consistently, even while working two or more low-wage jobs. In Fairfax County, over half of the homeless adults are working. They are struggling against low pay and high housing costs. County officials estimate a person earning the minimum wage would have to work more than 122 hours a week to afford adequate housing in Fairfax County.
Global & National Missions
There is so much suffering in the world but the Global & National Missions team focuses on providing light in the darkness.
Globally, you can support:
- The school and medical center at the Village of Hope in Haiti
- Global disaster relief organizations such as Lutheran Disaster Response
- Fair Trade farmers by ordering items online here
- all of ministries through in-kind donations
Nationally and locally, the ELC Renovation Team provides labor support to Habitat for Humanity, Fuller Center Disaster Rebuilders, FACETS and Caroline Furnace Lutheran Camp with a focus on providing better living conditions families and youth.
You can help bring about God’s kingdom here on earth.