Monday, October 4, 2010

Non-profit Spotlight: Arlington-Alexandria Coalition for the Homeless

Arlington-Alexandria Coalition for the Homeless (AACH) is a private non-profit organization that provides transitional housing and support services to homeless families and women.

AACH offers homeless people more than just a roof over their heads, we provide a foundation to help them rebuild their lives. Our mission is to move people into a permanently self-sufficient, independent life. We do this through four programs:

  • Sullivan House: A 10-unit, 50-bed homeless shelter for families and women in Arlington. Volunteers assist clients with computer training, career development, and front-desk assistance.

  • Adopt-A-Family: A scattered-site transitional housing program serving both the Alexandria and Arlington communities. In addition to providing a rental subsidy for up to 24 months, participating clients receive extensive counseling and opportunities to increase employment options and build assets.

  • Micro-business Enterprise: The purpose is to assist homeless and other at-risk families augment household incomes by capitalizing on their entrepreneurial talents. The project involves training, one-on-one mentoring, and the availability of small amounts of start-up capital provided through a participant-run lending club. Volunteers are needed to provide mentoring and to assist clients in developing their skills as they participate in the program.

  • Youth Development: Homeless children represent 60% of the clients served by AACH. To address the developmental needs of the children residing in Sullivan House shelter, this initiative provides focused opportunities and enrichment activities for our youth. Volunteers participate in evening children’s activities, after-school homework help, and weekend field trips.

  • Our volunteer program is critical to fulfilling our organization’s mission and we are committed to offering volunteers with rewarding and fun volunteer opportunities. For more information about volunteering with AACH, please contact Katie Tressel, Volunteer & Community Outreach Coordinator, at, or visit

    Arlington-Alexandria Coalition for the Homeless

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