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Britepaths is only able to provide food and financial assistance to Fairfax County residents who are referred to us by a County or other social worker. Most of our services require a referral from a qualified referring agent.

To Speak to a Social Worker, Contact:

Fairfax County Coordinated Services Planning: 703.222.0880 or 2-1-1 Virginia (dial 211 on your telephone to speak with a representative)

Britepaths does not conduct in-person intake or provide assistance on a walk-in basis.

If you have questions, please call us at 703.273.8829 or email us at

  • Financial Assistance: Our Financial Assistance Program provides small grants to help with rent, utilities and some other basic emergency needs. Funds are paid directly to the landlord, utility or vendor, often as part of a "package" of funds that is pledged by several organizations. Fairfax County area residents wishing to receive assistance must be referred to Britepaths by Fairfax County's Coordinated Service Planning (703.222.0880). Funds are available from the 15th through the end of each month, and recipients of Financial Assistance are asked to attend a Basic Budgeting Class.
  • Food Assistance: We offer a temporary Food Program, which consists of a delivery of non-perishable food items to our clients’ home two Sundays a month for approximately four months. Sometimes, there is a waiting list of several months to get on our Food Program. This service requires a referral from a qualified social worker.
  • Financial Literacy Mentoring and Classes: Families must be referred to us and meet eligibility criteria to receive one-on-one mentoring. View Flyer. Our Thrifty Thursday Basic Budgeting classes and Financial Counseling Clinics are free and open to the public. In most cases, classes do not require a referral, but we do ask that attendees RSVP. NEW Resource: Britepaths is the lead non-profit partner at the new Financial Empowerment Center at South County (FEC) in Alexandria. The FEC offers free Financial Coaching and many free financial literacy workshops and classes. View the FEC Calendar. 10/20/18: Free Financial Counseling & Resources at Metro Washington Financial Planning Day, 9a-2p in Falls Church View Info
  • Project BRIDGE: Project BRIDGE expands on our Financial Mentoring program and leverages community resources to help working families improve their financial outlook and career prospects as they work toward financial self-sufficiency. Those accepted in our program must have the willingness to improve their financial and living situation and are required to be dedicated to the program for twelve months, be able to meet with a financial mentor twice a month and Project Bridge Manager once a month. Clients need to be working and reside in a home in the Fairfax County area. View Flyer
  • Naomi Project: The Naomi Project assists women of all ages who are pregnant or newly parenting and whom a healthcare provider deems at risk with the pregnancy or parenting. Client needs to be a resident of the Northern Virginia area, including Alexandria, Arlington, Falls Church, Fairfax, and Manassas. The Naomi Project does not take self-referrals and must receive a referral from a social worker or counselor. All referrals will be screened for program suitability and mentor availability. Those accepted into the program must be willing to meet with a Naomi Project mentor and Area Coordinator at their (client's) home for the initial visit and maintain contact via phone, text, or email with mentor regularly thereafter.
  • 3 Cups of Coffee®: 3 Cups of Coffee®, is a short-term mentoring program that matches people who are job-ready with a volunteer mentor. They meet three times for one-hour conversations in a local coffee shop or café. Together, they create a customized plan that identifies career goals and job possibilities while building networking connections. To be considered for this program, clients must have: a resume; specific career goals and/or desired job sector; a high school diploma or GED; basic computer skills, internet access and a professional-looking email address; and a professional demeanor and positive attitude. VIEW FLYER 
  • School Supply Assistance: Britepaths' Collect for Kids Back to School Program partners with Fairfax County, Kids R First and many other local nonprofits to provide school supplies directly to select Fairfax County Public Schools for distribution to students at their schools who are identified as having a demonstrated need. Families in need of school supply assistance should contact the social worker or counselor at their children's school. 
  • Holiday Assistance: Britepaths' Holiday Program seeks to match community members with Fairfax County area families with demonstrated need to serve as "sponsors" to provide holiday meals and gifts for children under 18 for Thanksgiving and the December holidays. Social workers and counselors for Fairfax County and Fairfax County Public Schools are able to make referrals to Fairfax County's Holiday Assistance program in September and October. Please Note: Britepaths is no longer the contractor with Fairfax County to serve as the clearinghouse for Holiday Assistance in the County. Britepaths will accept a limited number of referrals from the new clearinghouse provider, but we will no longer have an in-person intake process. If you're a Fairfax County resident and are in need of Holiday assistance, we strongly advise you to notify your social worker or child's school counselor or social worker.
Community Resources

These are links to some on-line resource guides from community partners that Britepaths' staff finds to be helpful. We are not able to vouch for the accuracy of all the content, but they are from trusted sources.