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Britepaths and Financial Empowerment Center at South County are still mostly providing our services virtually. Click Here for Virtual Services & Resources

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.

Britepaths’ Financial Empowerment and Workforce Development offerings, and all services offered through the Financial Empowerment Center at South County, are free and available to Northern Virginia residents without a referral. More information listed below.

To Speak to a Social Worker, Contact:

Fairfax County Coordinated Services Planning (CSP): 703.222.0880
Outside Fairfax County, contact 2-1-1 Virginia for assistance (dial 211 on your phone to speak with a representative). Virginia’s CommonHelp is also a helpful resource.

Britepaths does not conduct in-person intake or provide assistance on a walk-in basis. Contacting CSP or a social worker does not guarantee a referral to Britepaths' services.

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

Community Resources

These are links to some on-line resource guides that we've compiled, or from government and community partners, that Britepaths' staff finds to be helpful.

Our Financial Assistance Program provides small grants to eligible Fairfax County residents to help with rent, utilities, vital car repairs, 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 Services Planning (CSP) at 703.222.0880. Contacting CSP does not guarantee the receipt of financial assistance or that Britepaths will be one of the agencies providing assistance.

Funds are available from the 15th through the end of each month, and recipients of Financial Assistance are asked to attend a free Financial Coaching session.

Fairfax County area residents seeking food 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 for food assistance through your child's school. The social worker will make a referral to the most appropriate local food program; it may not be Britepaths’ program.

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.

Get Started:

  • For a free Financial Coaching session, sign up online, call 703.704.6101 or email
  • To join a a workshop, visit the FEC calendar and choose the classes you are interested in. Sign up online or call 703.704.6101.
  • To enroll in the Financial Mentoring Program, the first step is to have at least one Financial Coaching session. Afterward, a staff member will interview you for the program. The requirements include working 30+ hours a week, and a strong desire to improve your financial situation.

Additionally, Britepaths and FECSoCo offer many other free services, including job readiness coaching and classes, tax preparation, small business consulting, consumer legal advice and much more. Visit the Google calendar on the FEC services page and join FECSoCo's email list.

Britepaths’ Workforce Development Program provides coaching and training opportunities to Northern Virginia residents who need some extra supports to optimize their job search, build networks and train or prepare for a better paying job or launch a new career. 

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Britepaths' Back to School Program partners with select Fairfax County Public Schools each summer to provide school supplies to their staff for distribution to students at their schools who have a demonstrated need. Families in need of school supply assistance should contact the social worker, family liaison or counselor at their child's school.


Britepaths has partner organizations in the community that we have reached out to for referrals of families with identified need. Families seeking assistance are encouraged to contact their child’s school.