Why We are Here

Fairfax County has more residents in poverty than any other single jurisdiction in Virginia. An unexpected health crisis, job loss, expensive car repair or financial burden could cost a family a place to live or a meal to eat.

Since 1984, Britepaths has been providing help and hope to struggling residents of the Fairfax County area. We have been committed to tailoring our services to meet the ever-changing needs of the working poor or those in crisis. 

Our unique programs equip individuals and families with the tools they need to not only face any crisis situation, but also begin a journey toward lasting independence. Britepaths offers tailored services to    address the unique needs of those living in poverty or experiencing crisis. We also provide food, grocery gift cards, school supplies and financial assistance to help stabilize families.

Each year, we help more than 6,000 families and individuals through these tailored services. The success of our programs can be measured by the thousands of Fairfax County residents who achieve their financial goals, avoid housing or job loss and take the tools they received to become self-sufficient. 

I was on the verge of being evicted from my home. My children and I are truly thankful for all the help and support from Britepaths." – Joan, Britepaths Client

Our primary Programs Stabilize Families by providing short-term food and financial assistance and Build Resilience by providing mentoring, classes and longer-term guidance that help families help themselves out of their crisis and onto a path where they can plan for a stable future. Our Seasonal Supports, school supplies for students in need and holiday meals and gifts for children, relieve financial burdens and provide hope at a time when life is uncertain.

Your Generosity Helps People Thrive

Building Resilience—We provide mentoring, counseling and classes that address financial literacy, employment needs, and holistic support for new mothers. These programs served 878 people in 2017.

Stabilizing Families—Families who come to us in crisis can receive emergency food assistance and/or financial assistance to help with rent, utilities or car repairs. In 2017, generous donations helped stabilize 2,073 families.

Seasonal Supports—We provide needed school supplies and holiday support to families who are unable to provide them on their own. The community came together to meet the needs of 2,540  students and 551 families in 2017.

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