Northern Virginia Family Service

Northern Virginia Family Service (NVFS) addresses the challenges of systemic poverty on the community, and how these challenges affect families and prevent them from thriving. We provide on-ramps to opportunity, teach and bolster skills to foster prosperity, and believe that every family, child and individual should be given the opportunity to reach their full potential. The needs of Northern Virginia are great, and they are oftentimes hidden. 85,000 children in Northern Virginia live in poverty and 1 out of every 15 people is at risk of hunger. In 2016, NVFS served more than 9,000 families in the Greater Prince William Area through a variety of programs, including health and hunger, workforce development and housing and homelessness. The Hilda Barg Homeless Prevention Shelter is one of two shelters NVFS operates in the Greater Prince William Area. These shelters not only provide a hot meal and a warm bed for more than 1,400 individuals each year, they provide the wrap-around resources and support needed to set families back on the path of stability. At Northern Virginia Family Service, we know that if you want to break the cycle of poverty, then you must be able to afford basic needs.

Laurena McDowell
Systemic Poverty