COVID-19 Response: Britepaths and Financial Empowerment Center at South County's Offices Remain Closed to the Public until further notice. Most of Britepaths' Staff is Teleworking and may be reached by emails below. 

We're offering many of our Financial Literacy, Workforce Development and related services and workshops by phone or internet.
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To Receive Food or Financial Assistance Services from Britepaths, a Client Must Meet the Following Criteria:
  • Residency: Must be a Fairfax County Resident (includes residents of City of Fairfax, City of Falls Church, Town of Herndon, Town of Vienna). Exceptions are Financial Literacy classes and counseling clinics, which are open to Northern Virginia residents.
  • Referral: For Food, Financial Assistance and Financial Mentoring, client must have a referral by a social worker or case worker from the Fairfax County Health and Human Services or a Fairfax County Community Based Organization (CBO) or Faith Based Organization (FBO). Individuals who do not have a social worker may call 703.222.0880. A social worker from Fairfax County Health and Human Services will complete an assessment over the phone and make a referral if warranted. Clients may refer themselves for these services: Financial Literacy classes and Counseling; Workforce Development services; All services at the Financial Empowerment Center at South County.
  • Zip Codes: Britepaths provides financial assistance and food assistance to all of Fairfax County (including residents of City of Fairfax, City of Falls Church, Town of Herndon, Town of Vienna) - except the Route 1 corridor.  We are a second-tier provider in the Rt. 1 corridor served by United Community, Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services and Lorton Community Action Center (LCAC). See Zip Code listing (PDF)
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Food Assistance

Britepaths' Food Support Program allows referred clients in a financial crisis to come to Britepaths to pick up an emergency food packing of non-perishable food and toiletries. The toiletries may include laundry detergent, toilet paper, shampoo, diapers, etc. They will also receive a grocery gift card. The grocery gift card and packing would provide a reprieve while working with their social worker to stabilize their situation.

Our Food Bridge Program offers short-term food assistance to Fairfax County residents who are working with a financial mentor or receiving comparable services to recover from a financial crisis and work toward financial self-sufficiency. Clients accepted into the program would receive grocery gift cards in the mail every two weeks for six months. 

Anyone who needs to be on Britepaths' Food Program must be a Fairfax County resident and be referred by a social worker or other qualified referring agent. Clients may contact 703.222.0880 if they do not have a social worker. If the representative interested in making the referral is not able to conduct the intake involved in filling out the Application for Assistance, they should ask the client to call 703.222.0880.

Contact: Programs Manager Mila Cobos at, Phone: 703.273.8829; Fax 703.273.7131.

Click Here to Make a Referral for Food Support Emergency Food Assistance
Click Here to Make a Referral for Food Bridge Short-Term Food Assistance

Financial Assistance

Britepaths only accepts Financial Assistance Referrals from Fairfax County’s Coordinated Services Planning (CSP). Funds are distributed between the 15th and end of each month. If you are a referring agent who is not affiliated with CSP, please ask your client to contact CSP at 703.222.0880 to complete the intake process. This does not represent a guarantee that your client will receive Financial Assistance from Britepaths.

Britepaths' Financial Assistance Program aims to provide qualified Fairfax County area residents with a one-time grant that is paid directly to the service provider (e.g. landlord, utility company). Financial grants are intended for an emergency payment toward housing, utilities, auto repair, or medical assistance. The funds we provide are most often part of a "package" of funds that the social worker requesting funds puts together by receiving pledges from two or more sources to cover an entire bill. In cases where our funds are part of a package, Britepaths will not release funds to the vendor until receiving confirmation that the package is complete – meaning that funds have been pledged by all sources to cover the client's bill.

Recipients of Financial Assistance from Britepaths are required to attend a Financial Literacy class within three months of the receipt of assistance. It may be a class offered by Britepaths or another local organization. There is a 3-month window in which to take the class after the receipt of financial assistance through Britepaths. Click Here for information on receiving virtual financial coaching or taking a virtual budgeting class.

Contact: Financial Programs Manager Diana Ortega at or 703.273.8829 with any questions about the Financial Assistance Program.

Financial Literacy Services

Individuals/couples may self-refer to our one-on-one Financial Mentoring program as long as they complete the prerequisite steps. View Flyer. Clients who are interested in receiving mentoring services must attend a free virtual Financial Coaching session. Clients may schedule a session through the Financial Empowerment Center at South County online Click Here, by email at or by calling 703.704.6101.

Due to COVID-19, we are offering free Financial Coaching, Counseling and Financial Literacy classes and workshops virtually until further notice. 

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NOVA Housing Expo: Get free and confidential virtual Financial Counseling from Britepaths volunteers via the Northern Virginia Housing Expo. Click Here to Register. Click Here for more Expo Resources, available throughout 2021.

Contact: Marcelle Miles, Financial Literacy Program Director,; Phone: 703.273.8829 ext. 333.

Financial Empowerment Center at South County

Due to COVID-19, FECSoCo is Closed to the Publice. We are offering Services and Workshops virtually until further notice. Click Here to see Virtual Services and Resources.

Britepaths manages the Financial Empowerment Center (FEC) at South County through a grant from the United Way of the National Capital Area and Fairfax County. Financial Empowerment Centers through the United Way are family-friendly places where hard-working, low-income people can access a range of financially empowering services to move themselves out of poverty and achieve long-term financial stability. The FEC at South County offers Financial Coaching and Workforce Development Coaching by appointment and frequently schedules budgeting classes and personal finance, career development and small business workshops. Other services include tax assistance, small business assistance and the Avenues to Career Training healthcare pre-apprenticeship training program. A full list of services is available at and appointments may be made through the website or by calling the center. Clients may access services without a referral.

Contact: or 703.704.6101.

Workforce Development Program and Network Up

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

Requirements: Must live in Fairfax County; Must be motivated to focus on workforce development, open to financial literacy education, and willing to establish job and life skills that will lead to self-sufficiency; Must have a high school diploma or GED; Must have basic computer skills, and regular access to email; and Must be able to communicate in English.

Due to COVID-19, our Workforce Development services are available virtually. 

No referral is needed.  Client should call 703.704.6101 for appointment or Schedule On-Line.

Contact: Sally Meyer, Workforce Development Director,; Phone: 703.704.6101

School Supplies

Britepaths' Collect for Kids Back to School Program partners with Fairfax County's Collect for Kids initiative to purchase and distribute school supplies to the schools it serves at a significant discount. During July and August, Britepaths collects financial donations, backpacks and scientific calculators to assist students in the Fairfax High School and Justice High School pyramids, and other Fairfax County Public Schools where a need is identified and a partnership is made. Britepaths works with FCPS to determine the school pyramids it will assist early in the year and contacts and provides applications to social workers or counselors in schools in those pyramids in the spring. Britepaths then orders supplies for those schools based on the orders that have been placed by social workers and distributes supplies to the schools in mid-August. The partner schools distribute the supplies to students that they identify as having need. Britepaths does not distribute supplies directly to families. 

Contact: Mila Cobos or 703.273.8829.

Holiday Assistance

Britepaths' Holiday Program seeks to assist low-income individuals and families throughout the Fairfax County area with Thanksgiving and December holiday meals and gifts for children (under 18) for the December holidays. In 2021, Britepaths is working primarily with social workers and counselors at select Fairfax County Public Schools to distribute gift cards to students and their families with identified need. 

Contact: Mila Cobos at or 703.273.8829 ext 888.