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Singles Case Manager and Hypothermia Program Assistant
10565 Fairfax Blvd. Suite 10
Fairfax, Virginia 22030
FACETS was founded in 1988 to respond to the diverse and multiple needs of homeless and low-income people living in Fairfax, Virginia. It began as an outreach project by its founder, Linda D. Wimpey, and three Episcopalian churches. Today, more than 80 lo... more
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FACETS worked with other organizations to ensure that nobody was left in the cold during the bone-chilling weather last week.
"Since the program started, in Fairfax County we have not had any hypothermia related deaths, so it is obviously a very effective program," Dunner said.
FACETS runs one of four hypothermia shelters in Fairfax County, and is the only organization that lacks its own shelter.
The organization partners with local churches to host those in need.
The FACETS shelter opens at 5:30 p.m. and guests must exit by 7 a.m.
"We are using completely donated space, so we are not able to stay during the day, but we try to make other arrangements, and they may go to drop in centers and things like that so they can stay out of the cold during the day," Dunner said.
ST. ANDREW'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH in Burke hosted one of the hypothermia shelters the week of Jan. 6, when the "Polar Vortex" came to Fairfax County.
Churches hosting a hypothermia shelter are required to provide shelter and food, but most go above and beyond, Dunner said.
"They provide entertainment, they provide services like gift cards, they upload smart trip cards so guests can get around, and they provide entertainment like choirs or bands.
They really go out of their way to make this an enjoyable experience for guests," Dunner said.
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