November 11, 2012
We will meet at the home of Whitney Petrelli
We are excited to welcome Colin Davis, executive director of
Transitional Housing BARN Inc., in Bristow, as our guest speaker. This
non-profit provides temporary housing and supportive services for women and
their children. Colin will speak with us about the work they do at BARN
as well as share information about changes in state and local funding for
organizations such as his.
Transitional Housing BARN, Inc. first began as a Ministry of the Benedictine Sisters of
Virginia who envisioned a way to assist the most vulnerable of our population –
homeless women and their children. As a small Order of Catholic Sisters,
these Benedictine women had been particularly devoted to helping single mothers
through their other ministries including two schools and an adult literacy
program. Recognizing that more diverse funding would help more women and
children, the Sisters agreed to establish BARN as a secular
non-profit. While BARN (Benedictine Aid Relief for Neighbors) is still
located on the Monastery grounds and benefits from continued financial support
from the Sisters, it is a separately incorporated, secular organization.
When BARN opened its doors in 1997 as a 501c(3) secular,
non-profit it was more than a simple shelter. Not only did it provide
clean, safe temporary residence for women and children it also provided
comprehensive support services to lift these young families out of homelessness.
Today, BARN continues to grow and develop its services to help
women identify and break the cycles that caused them to lose their homes and
their footing in society. Women who complete their program gain
self-sufficiency and increased earning power, allowing them to secure better
jobs and permanent housing. They also focus on the children, providing
support services to help these kids academically, emotionally and
developmentally catch up and keep up with their peers.
BARN is about helping families to overcome the obstacles –
emotional, technical and financial – that have derailed their lives. Once
these barriers are breached, these families can (and do) thrive.”
For more information visit BARN