Embry Rucker Community Shelter - Reston , VA

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11975 Bowman Towne Drive
Reston , VA 20190
: Phone: 571-323-1396
: Fax: (703) 707-0339
: https://www.cornerstonesva.org
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The Embry Rucker Community Shelter is a 70-bed residential shelter that provides healthy, safe, emergency housing for families and single men and women. We are dedicated to helping our clients overcome the circumstances that led to their homelessness, and facilitate their transition to stable housing.

We are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and employ 20 full-time staff members. We also have several part-time staff and more than 400 volunteers dedicated to helping our clients get back on their feet.


    Our comprehensive services include child care, medical assistance, nutritious meals, a nurse on staff and financial counseling.
    In addition, our in-house employment specialist helps unemployed or underemployed residents expand their skills as they prepare to look for work.
    For children, we offer tutoring and mentoring assessments to help achieve developmental and academic milestones.
    We also employ a full-time licensed housing broker who specializes in finding both traditional and non-traditional affordable housing and helps our residents settle into stable housing as quickly as possible.
    In addition to our residential programs, we offer drop-in access to hot meals, laundry machines, and shower facilities for unsheltered homeless people. These are clients who, either by choice or because our beds are full, live outdoors in cars or other places unsafe for human habitation.
    During the winter months of December through March, Cornerstones partners with Fairfax County to operate the North County Hypothermia Prevention Program (NCHP), one of three hypothermia prevention sites in Fairfax County.
    We operate a cooling center for the homeless as well as emergency shelter during severe storms and summer weather.

Volunteers Requests by Embry Rucker Community Shelter: Meal Servers: Every day of the year, the Embry Rucker Community Shelter serves 200 meals to shelter clients. Help prepare and serve a meal while bringing a smile to our client’s faces. Hypothermia Prevention Program Assistants:Meet the immediate needs of one of the most vulnerable populations in our community during the winter season. Volunteers are needed to prevent weather-induced illness and loss of life among unsheltered homeless adult men and women: cater prepared meals; coordinate wish list donation drives; and provide evening assistance.November – MarchCoat Closet Coordinators: Keep our community warm in the winter! Sort and display donated coats and assist customers in choosing coats.November – March

Donation Requests by Embry Rucker Community Shelter: Shelter Current Priority Needs: Men’s coats, bottled water, men’s and women’s underwear (Sizes S, M, L), socks, deodorant, blankets, new pillows, Smart Trip cards, gift cards from Target, Safeway, or gas cards from Sunoco, Exxon.

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