Referrals

Note: Due to the pandemic, all services are being offered virtually until further notice.

Britepaths does not require a referral for Financial Empowerment, Workforce Development offerings, and all services offered through the Financial Empowerment Center at South County. Open to all Northern Virginia residents. More information listed below.

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).
  • Referral: For Food and Financial Assistance, a client must have a referral by a social worker or caseworker from 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 Fairfax County social worker will complete an assessment over the phone and make a referral if warranted.
  • 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).

Click Here for a Printable Fact Sheet about our services.

Britepaths' Food Bridge Program offers short-term food assistance to Fairfax County residents who are in stable housing and are working with a financial mentor, workforce development, 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. 

Britepaths' Food Support Program accepts referrals for clients in stable housing who are in a financial crisis. Once the referral is approved, clients are invited to Britepaths' office to pick up a one-time 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 store gift card. The grocery gift card and packing would provide a reprieve while working with their social worker to stabilize their situation.

Clients must be Fairfax County residents 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 703.273.8829 or contact us online

Click Here to Make a Referral for Food Bridge (short-term food assistance)
Click Here to Make a Referral for Food Support (emergency food 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 or Financial Coaching session within three months of the receipt of assistance. It may be a class offered by Britepaths, the Financial Empowerment Center at South County 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 703.273.8829 or contact us online with any questions about the Financial Assistance Program.

Britepaths' Financial Empowerment Program offers free Financial Mentoring, Financial Coaching and personal finance classes to help individuals/couples who live in Northern Virginia or the Washington, DC metropolitan area get a handle on their finances. Clients may self-refer to our one-on-one Financial Mentoring program as long as they complete the prerequisite steps. Those 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 info@FECSoCo.org or by calling 703.704.6101. Click Here to learn more about our Financial Empowerment services.

During the pandemic, we are offering free Financial Coaching and Financial Empowerment classes and workshops virtually until further notice.

Contact: María José Cantoni, Financial Empowerment Center Director, at 703.273.8829 or contact us online

FECSoCo's office is Closed to the Public. We are offering Services and Workshops virtually until further notice.

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. Clients may access services without a referral.

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 consulting, small business consulting and food entrepreneur consulting. Click Here for more information.

Appointments may be made through the website or by calling or emailing the center. 

Click Here to Schedule a Coaching/Consulting Session
Click Here to Register for a Workshop or Class

Contact: info@FECSoCo.org or 703.704.6101

Britepaths’ Workforce Development Program helps job seekers in Northern Virginia navigate the job search process and find meaningful employment. Clients may self-refer to our Workforce Development offerings. Services are being provided virtually until further notice.

The program is designed to work with under- or unemployed 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; and financial literacy and budgeting workshops or coaching, if needed.

Additional offerings include Avenues to Career Training courses: certification in AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner and GoogleIT/CompTIA A+; and Network Up short-term career mentoring program.

Workforce Development Coaching By Appointment Only; No Referral Form Needed. Available in English or Spanish. Client should call 703.704.6101, email info@FECSoCo.org or Schedule On-Line for appointment.

Contact: Sally Meyer, Workforce Development Director, at 703.704.6101 or contact us online

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 to assist students in the Fairfax High School and Justice High School pyramids, and other partner Fairfax County Public Schools. 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, and advises families needing this support to contact their child’s school.

Contact: Mila Cobos, Programs Manager, at 703.273.8829 or contact us online

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. 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. 

Contact: Mila Cobos, Programs Manager, at 703.273.8829 or contact us online