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Formerly Homeless Give Back in Woodbridge

Here's the latest from DHN, the Department of Hopeful News:

At the Hilda M. Barg Homeless Prevention Center in Woodbridge, those who have been helped often return as volunteers in the AfterShare program. The 30-bed shelter, where half the occupants are children, is operated by Volunteers of America, Chesapeake. Former residents help distribute donated food, clothing and toiletries. They also do outreach to unsheltered homeless, some of whom live in makeshift camps in the woods of Prince William County.

Those visits to homeless camps raise a need for a donation I never would have anticipated: bug-repellent spray. Gayle Sanders, director of the center, said she can barely stand visiting some of the camps because of swarming mosquitoes. Among the other non-cash donations they can use are sunscreen, child-friendly bug repellent, over-the-counter medicines, hair-care supplies (particularly those designed for African-American hair), feminine-care products, baby food, diapers and children's underwear.

Cash donations can go to their AfterShare Fund, which the center uses to help residents with the transition to a home and job. For example, she said the center may use the money to help with first month's rent (paying directly to the landlord), or to cover childcare costs between the first day of work and payday. Anyone who wishes to contribute to the fund should note that on the check. Donations can be dropped off daily at the center, 14945 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Woodbridge, VA 22191. Phone 703-680-5403.

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By Elizabeth Razzi  |  April 2, 2009; 6:00 AM ET
 | Tags: good housing news, good news, good real estate news, hopeful news  
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Nice to read something positive in these troubled times. I hope this article runs in the print paper.

Posted by: Sgoldberg | April 2, 2009 6:24 PM | Report abuse

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