Safe, affordable and accessible housing for individuals is a priority for St. Mary’s.
How You Can Get Involved
A portion of your stewardship pledges goes in support to each of these non-profits. Your donation does a lot. Visit our outreach partner’s Websites to learn more about how you can volunteer with these organizations.
Rebuilding Together – St. Mary’s largest outreach event is an annual event where the local Rebuilding Together non-profit identifies a local homeowner in need of critical housing repairs, accessibility modifications, energy upgrades, and landscape improvements.
- Save the date for the last Saturday in April, when our St. Mary’s parishioners led by our St. Joseph’s Ministry jump in for one day only–rain or shine–to re-build, re-pair and re-beautify the chosen home. A link to volunteer on the Sign-Up Portal will be posted at the beginning of April.
Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing (APAH) – Founded in 1989, APAH is a nonprofit developer dedicated to developing, preserving and owning quality affordable housing in Arlington; this is a goal St. Mary’s has supported for years through volunteering, advocacy, and financial aid.
- Click here to learn about St. Mary’s Reading Hour at the Columbia Hills for young children.
- Watch in late July for St. Mary’s call for backpacks and school supply drive to benefit the families connected with APAH.
Back on My Feet combats homelessness through the power of running, community support, and essential employment and housing resources. The organization recruits program participants at homeless shelters and residential facilities. They commit to run three days a week in the early morning, accompanied by volunteers. After 30 days in the program, members with 90% attendance earn the opportunity to move into the second phase of the program called Next Steps, which provides educational support, job training, employment partnership referrals, and housing resources. This unique program’s running-based model aims to demonstrate that if you first restore confidence, strength, and self-esteem, individuals are better equipped to tackle the challenges that lead to jobs, homes, and improved lives.
Culpepper Garden – A nonprofit retirement housing community, Culpeper Garden provides low and moderate-income seniors ages 62 and older with an affordable housing option.
Doorways for Women and Families – This organization provides women and families a nurturing, confidential and secure home where they can escape domestic violence and homelessness and receive holistic services that provide the best chance for long-term success.