The Need

In the affluent Fairfax County area, a surprising number of people walk a thin line between self-sufficiency and poverty. More than 181,000 (16%) of Fairfax County residents live in or just above poverty. Nearly 55,000 children (more than 25%) who attend Fairfax County Public Schools qualify to receive free or reduced-price meals.

The families we serve are working several jobs to make ends meet, but an illness, car repair or other crisis, coupled with the high cost of living in our area, can quickly put them on the brink of hunger and homelessness. Many who turn to Britepaths tell us that they never expected to have to ask for a handout.

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

Britepaths works to help individuals and families stay in their homes while they work toward financial self-sufficiency. Over our 32 years, we have grown and evolved our programs to meet the needs that we have found to be greatest.

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 volunteer and/or financial support for Britepaths’ programs provides help and hope for someone who lives surprisingly close to you. They could be your child’s preschool teacher or bus driver, your local mechanic, grocer, hair stylist or someone down the street who has fallen on hard times.

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