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Coronavirus Response 3/24/20: Britepaths and Financial Empowerment Center at South County's Offices are Closed to the Public. FECSoCo services available by phone/internet. Britepaths Staff is Teleworking. 
Many of our Financial Literacy and Workforce Development services and workshops are available via phone or internet
 

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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, but several of our Financial Literacy offerings and our Workforce Development programs are open to self-referral. Community members may also access the Financial Empowerment Center at South County services without a referral.

 

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 info@britepaths.org.

Coronavirus Response: Click Here for updates on our operating status, and status of classes and offerings.

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: 

Britepaths' Food Support Program offers clients who are in a crisis situation an emergency food packing that consists of non-perishable food, a modest grocery store gift card, and toiletries. The packing must be picked up at Britepaths' office by appointment. If necessary, the client may pick up a second packing two weeks later. These packings are intended to provide a reprieve while they are working with their social worker to stabilize their situation. Fairfax County area residents wishing to receive assistance must be referred to Britepaths by a social worker. Call Fairfax County's Coordinated Service Planning at 703.222.0880, or request a referral through your child's school.

The Financial Empowerment Center at South County: 

Update: March 13, 2020: The FECSoCo is still offering services, but almost exclusively via phone/internet until further notice. Call 703.704.6101 or click here to register for coaching, tax help, workshops and more.

Britepaths is the lead non-profit partner at the Financial Empowerment Center at South County (FECSoCo) at Fairfax County's Gerry Hyland Government Center on Richmond Highway in Alexandria. The FEC offers free Financial Coaching, tax preparation assistance, workforce development services, small business consulting, and many free financial literacy workshops and classes. It serves as a VITA tax preparation site in January through April. Schedule a Coaching session/service or learn more at 703.704.6101 or info@FECSoCo.org, or Schedule On-Line. View the FEC Calendar

Financial Literacy Mentoring and Classes: 

Due to the COVID 19 situation, all one-on-one counseling and coaching sessions will be done virtually.  Please contact the Financial Empowerment Center, at 703-704-6101 to arrange for a telephone or Skype meeting. We are evaluating the feasibility of holding financial and other workshops virtually as well and will post instructions once we have developed them.

Families must be referred to us and meet eligibility criteria to receive one-on-one Mentoring. View Flyer. Our monthly Thrifty Thursday Basic Budgeting classes and Financial Counseling Clinics are free and open to the public. Classes and counseling do not require a referral, but we do ask that attendees RSVP.

Workforce Development: 

Britepaths’ Workforce Development Program helps job seekers navigate the job search process and find meaningful employment. The program is designed to work with under- or un-employed men and women in an individualized and coordinated way to ensure that all of their workforce development needs are met. The types of workforce development support and assistance available to clients include: Job and career identification and planning; Referrals to educational, job training, or professional certification programs; resume review; workshops; professional and social networking guidance; financial literacy and budgeting workshops or coaching, if needed; and participation in Network Up short-term mentoring program. More Information

Network Up: 

Network Up is a short-term mentoring opportunity that pairs under- or un-employed women and men with a mentor who is a professional in their mentee’s desired job sector. The mentor and mentee meet 2 – 5 times over a 2 month period at an area coffee shop or other casual environment that fosters rapport. During these meetings, the mentor and mentee engage in career conversations focused on issues commonly faced by individuals attempting to enter or re-enter the job market such as professional networking; job interviewing; and career planning. Network Up is NOT a job placement program. Rather, the goal is to increase a mentee’s professional network. Visit Page for more information and application form.

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 accepts 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.