Empowering Women & Stabilizing Families
At Virginia Women & Family Support Center, we are dedicated to empowering women and their families. Our mission is to provide comprehensive long-term housing support for women who are pregnant, homeless and in crisis. Our goal is to invest in and empower vulnerable women to re-gain her independence to live with dignity, and hope to thrive.
We believe in the power of community, together, we can and will make a lasting impact to help women re-gain their independece, stabilize their families and live hope-filled lives for a brighter future.
In 2023, D.C. saw a 12.1% increase in homelessness among families - with nearly 1,732 people and their families homeless
The impact on children is significant, with 704 homeless children in D.C. families according to the 2023 PIT count.
Since 2016, we've been on a mission to end homelessness.
At VAWFSC, we're taking on the broader challenge of homelessness among women, children, and families. Our focus includes mental health, trauma, and maternal wellness with a holistic approach, ensuring comprehensive support for women & families in need.
In 2023, we achieved a significant milestone by providing housing to 18 women, offering them a safe and supportive environment. However, our commitment goes beyond merely providing four walls and a roof. We extend our support by helping these women and their families secure employment, pursue further education, attend classes, and prioritize their maternal and mental health. By addressing these essential aspects of their lives, our goal is to empower these women with the tools and opportunities needed to break free from the cycle of homelessness. Ultimately, we strive to help them build successful futures and become confident, self-sufficient mothers for themselves and their family.
Women from 7 different states have found refuge at the Virginia Women and Family Support Center. Providing a safe and supportive environment, VAWFSC has evolved into a sanctuary where women and families can rebuild their lives, nurture their pregnancies, and establish a solid foundation for a brighter future. The fact that these women are willing to travel such distances highlights the transformative impact that long-term housing at Virginia Women and Family Support Center offers. It goes beyond just providing housing; it creates a sense of belonging, stability, and renewed hope.
These 173 calls in 2023 serve as a reminder of the pressing issue of homelessness and the vital role that VAWFSC plays in addressing it. Each call represents a unique story, a person or family desperately seeking stability and a safe place to call home. Behind these numbers are individuals who have faced adversity, experienced displacement, and long for hope and a place to call home. Our dedicated team works tirelessly to assess each situation, and offer solutions. As soon as we recieve a call, we typically can admit a resident and family within three days.
The Fundamental Aspects of Our Mission:
Our Carried To Full Term program is at the forefront of our commitment to maternal health. We provide comprehensive support for pregnant women, ensuring they receive the care and resources needed for a healthy pregnancy. From prenatal education to emotional support, we empower women to navigate the journey of motherhood with confidence, fostering a nurturing environment for both mother and child.
Wellness and Trauma Care
Wellness and trauma care is integral to our mission. We understand the impact that trauma can have on pregnant women and their families. A vulnerably housed populations study by the University of Ottawa reports that 91% of homeless people have experienced at least one traumatic event, and 99% experienced childhood trauma.Through specialized programs and trauma services, we offer a holistic approach to healing, nurturing emotional well-being, and resilience. Our goal is to empower women to overcome challenges, fostering a supportive community that values mental and emotional health.
We understand that education is a key to breaking cycles, just like stable housing. Our commitment to education is with the goal to give our residents real, lasting change. By providing access to learning opportunities, we aim to give our residents the tools they need for personal and professional growth. To us, education is a pathway to resilience and a brighter future.
Ensuring long-term stable housing is a fundamental aspect of our work at the Virginia Women and Family Support Center. Access to adequate housing stands as a cornerstone of societal well-being, with statistics underscoring its profound impact. We believe that offering a stable place to call home not only breaks the cycle of homelessness, but also fulfills a basic human need, reducing the likelihood of poverty, contributing to a decrease in hospital visits, and fostering an increase in educational progress among children. This commitment creates a foundation for lasting positive change in the lives of those we support.