To Receive 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 and Naomi Project mentoring, which are open to Northern Virginia residents.
- Referral: 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.
- 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 area of United Community Ministries (UCM), Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services and Lorton Community Action Center (LCAC). See Zip Code listing (PDF).
Please Note: We have made some changes to the way we deliver food support! Please read carefully to ensure that you make the appropriate referral.
Britepaths' Food Bridge Program offers short-term food assistance to qualified Fairfax County residents who have been referred to the Program and are able to receive food deliveries of non-perishable food items to their homes on two Sundays each month. This is a supplemental program that is intended to provide approximately six months of food assistance while the recipient is working with a financial mentor or receiving comparable services to recover from a financial crisis and work toward financial self-sufficiency. Britepaths also provides one-time emergency food assistance while the client is waiting to get on the program.
Britepaths' Food Support Program offers clients who are in a crisis situation an emergency food packing that consists of non-perishable food, a modest grocery store gift card, and toiletries. The packing must be picked up at Britepaths' office by appointment. If necessary, the client may pick up a second packing two weeks later. These packings are intended to provide a reprieve while they are working with their social worker to stabilize their situation.
Anyone wishing 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 wishing to make 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.
As of June 15, 2015, 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. The Referring Agent/Social Worker will provide a schedule of classes to the client, and the client will be responsible for contacting us to RSVP to attend a Britepaths class, or providing proof that he/she has attended another organization's class. Eligible Britepaths classes are Thrifty Thursday Basic Budgeting classes, which are offered each month in a different area of the County, or our monthly Financial Counseling Clinics in Alexandria and Chantilly.
Contact: Financial Programs Manager Maria Jose Cantoni at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703.273.8829 ext. 222 with any questions about the Financial Assistance Program.
Financial Literacy Services
Britepaths requires a referral from a Social Worker with Fairfax County or qualified Community Based Organizations or Faith Based Organizations for those wishing to receive Financial Mentoring services. View Flyer. Clients who are referred for mentoring services must attend a Basic Budgeting class and will then be screened for suitability to be matched with a mentor.
Basic Budgeting (Thrifty Thursdays) and other classes Britepaths advertises are open to the public. No referral is needed, but we ask that you or the client RSVP to Carole Rogers, Financial Literacy Program Assistant at email@example.com or 703.273.8829. Britepaths also partners with United Community Ministries in Alexandria and Western Fairfax Christian Ministries in Chantilly to offer free Financial Counseling Clinics. Clients may visit our Financial Literacy page to learn about all our Financial Literacy services.
Contact: Marcelle Miles, Financial Literacy Program Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org; Phone: 703.273.8829 ext. 333; Fax: 703.273.7131.
NEW! Financial Empowerment Center at South County: 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 by appointment and frequently schedules budgeting classes and financial workshops. A full list of services is available at http://FECSoCo.org and appointments may be made through the website or by calling the center. Clients may access services without a referral. Contact: info@FECSoCo.org or 703.704.6101.
Project BRIDGE Program clients work intensively over a year or more with a volunteer Financial Mentor and Britepaths staff to set and achieve financial and career development goals that will help them become financially independent. A good candidate for the Program has a positive attitude, a responsible and reliable nature, and willingness to set and achieve goals. Client must be employed 30+ hrs, be a High School graduate or earned GED, proficient in English, possess computer competency skills, and have reliable transportation. A referral from a social worker is helpful, but not absolutely required. We will also consider self-referrals. VIEW the Flyer.
In January 2017, we launched a new Project BRIDGE mentoring offering, 3 Cups of Coffee®. This is a short-term mentoring program that matches people who are job-ready with a volunteer mentor. They meet three times for one-hour conversations in a local coffee shop or café. Together, they create a customized plan that identifies career goals and job possibilities while building networking connections. To be considered for this program, clients must have: a resume; specific career goals and/or desired job sector; a high school diploma or GED; basic computer skills, internet access and a professional-looking email address; and a professional demeanor and positive attitude. Potential clients may refer themselves, or a social worker may make the referral by sending an email to Sally Meyer (info below). VIEW the Flyer.
Contact: Project BRIDGE Program Manager Sally Meyer at email@example.com; Phone: 703.273.8829 ext. 104; Fax: 703.273.7131.
The Naomi Project caters to women of all ages who are pregnant or newly parenting and whom a healthcare provider deems at risk with the pregnancy or parenting. Client needs to be resident of the Northern Virginia area and can include Alexandria, Arlington, Falls Church, Fairfax, and Manassas. The Naomi Project does not take self-referrals and must be referred by a social worker or counselor. All referrals will be screened for program suitability and mentor availability. Those accepted into the program must be willing to meet with a Naomi Project mentor and Area Coordinator at their (client's) home for the initial visit and maintain contact via phone, text, or email with mentor regularly thereafter.
Contact: To learn more about the Naomi Project, visit our page or contact 703.860.2633.
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 J.E.B. Stuart 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: Joanne Walton, Seasonal Programs Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703.273.8829 ext. 888.
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 primarily serves families by matching them with community members and organizations who "sponsor" families for meals and/or gifts. We also seek financial donations so that we can provide gift cards to families who are not sponsored. Britepaths will primarily receive referrals for Holiday assistance in the fall through the Holiday Assistance clearinghouse contracting with Fairfax County.