Matt Mitchel, representing the Board of Directors for Kiwanis of Fredericksburg, presented a check to the Brisben Center in recognition of the work the Center does with children. The Kiwanis is “dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time” and recognizes the many children and their families Brisben has assisted in their journey in returning to permanent housing. The Brisben Center is proud to announce the Kiwanis as its newest Community Partner!
The Thurman Brisben Center Executive Board of Directors welcomes N. David Cooper as the new executive director of the Center. The Center is the greater community’s 80-bed residential emergency homeless shelter operating 24-hours a day/365 days a year. Cooper assumed his duties on Monday, January 2.
Cooper brings an extensive array of experience and training in organizational leadership, community development, and construction project management. He has informed, inspired, equipped, led, coached and consulted with non-profit agencies, businesses, congregations, universities, community groups and individuals to coalesce partners for discovering, mapping and linking resources that achieve community-inspired, community-developed and community-resourced results. He focuses on ending homelessness, resolving poverty, developing community-affordable housing, and improving food security.
Building on a successful career in heavy construction project management, Cooper earned multidisciplinary graduate degrees that include Master of Social Work in human services administration, policy and programs, Master of Divinity in pastoral leadership, and graduate Certificate in Public (non-profit) Management.
Cooper has served on the Richmond Continuum of Care for coordination of homeless services, Virginia Prisoner Reentry Policy Academy housing workgroups, and he has advocated in the White House, the U.S. Congress and Virginia General Assembly.
Cooper enjoys family, fishing, hiking and reading; and, he is very excited to participate with our community in Together—Building a Better Brisben toward ending homelessness in Planning District 16.
Kim Lally will continue her outstanding service to Brisben as deputy director/chief operating officer.
Past executive director and resource officer, Roger Trott, and his wife, Terry, intend to stay active in donating, fundraising and volunteering on behalf of Brisben.
You may reach David Cooper at 540-899-9853 or email@example.com.
Happy Holidays from Brisben! Thank you to all of our wonderful volunteers!
The Brisben Center welcomes the Funnel Cake Café as a new Community Partner and a donor of matching funds for the holiday fund drive!
This mobile café is based in Locust Grove and serves an array of funnel cakes for every taste! Made from scratch from start to finish ... the end result is simply delicious!
Thank you to all of Brisben's recent volunteers!
The Brisben Center's newest Community Partner is Wegmans! The grocery store chain helps families live healthier, better lives through food. Wegmans' commitment to its customers is simple: Every Day You Get Our Best. In addition to being a Community Partner, Wegmans also is one of Brisben’s holiday matching funders, AND matched the Sedona Taphouse donation to Brisben from Sedona’s November Steak Out for Charity event!
Thank you to all at Wegmans for your outstanding support of the homeless men, women, children, and veterans we serve together.
We are thankful for all of our volunteers at Brisben and we want to show them off! Beginning today, we regularly will post a slideshow of MANY of the wonderful volunteers who come to Brisben to work, or serve food, or drop off supplies, or entertain Brisben residents. Please join us in acknowledging these generous and big-hearted people!
Ishaan, pictured here with his father Bhauin, decided to celebrate his 12th birthday by bringing much needed donations to the Brisben Center. We are very grateful for the birthday presents Ishaan gave our residents!
Members of the upper class from Summit Academy visited the Brisben Center recently and decorated all of the tables in the common area for the fall. Led by dean of academics, Mr. Looby, the group made festive centerpieces for the residents to enjoy while eating their meals. They also decorated some of Brisben's windows and walls for the fall. The group followed this activity with a tour of the facility and learned information about Brisben's mission. We all had a great day with Summit Academy!
Noah and Boy Scout Troop 26 conducted a successful donation drive to benefit the Brisben Center! Supported by his parents and Scout leader Joe, Noah and his fellow Scouts set up outside the new Wal-Mart on 610 in Stafford and collected items all day long on a recent Saturday. Noah coordinated and executed the entire project to help him become an Eagle Scout. Thank you to Noah and all that participated with the Boy Scouts.
The Information Systems Department of Mary Washington Healthcare spent an afternoon at the Brisben Center and made a delicious Mexican-themed lunch for all the residents and staff -- beef and chicken tacos with all the sides you could imagine. MWH also brought extra employees who worked hard organizing Brisben's pantry, which had eight large boxes of donations that needed to be put away. Brisben's young preschoolers got a treat as other volunteers had story time while lunch was being made. To top things off, the volunteers even brought in a large donation of much needed items for the Center. What a great day for the Brisben Center thanks to this fine organization and its generous employees!
The Brisben Center is excited to welcome the Paragon Parents Association as a new Community Partner. This association has contributed to Brisben's residents and supported the Center in many different ways, including sponsoring drives for supplies and items like pillows.
The group also decorated Brisben's entire facility indoors for spring, treated the children to special craft projects and, most recently, picked up fresh produce at the Spotsylvania Farmers Market.
We are very grateful for the partnership with this generous association!
Emily House, pictured here with her parents, made four beautiful fleece blankets for some of our children who were recently housed. What a great housewarming gift for their new bedrooms! Emily has volunteered at Brisben before and decided to make the Brisben Center the recipient of her Personal Program requirement for her LDS church. We know our children and parents are very grateful. Thanks, Emily!
A hard working group of students from UMW Catholic Ministries spent a recent Saturday volunteering at the Brisben Center -- where they played sports and games outside with the children and organized several of Brisben's supply spaces. Because they brought so many volunteers, the large organization and cleaning tasks only took a few hours. We are grateful to these fine students!
Gymnasts from Paragon Gym for Kids picked up and delivered fresh produce from Spotsylvania Farmers Market on a recent Saturday. Brisben's residents have really enjoyed the fresh fruit and produce provided by the generous vendors since June. Thank you to all of the volunteers who pick the products up and deliver them to the Center. Thank you, Paragon!
Employees from the Free-Lance Star volunteered at the Brisben Center on September 22 to participate in United Way's Day of Action. They prepared and served a wonderful Italian-style lunch for residents and staff consisting of spaghetti with meat sauce, green beans, garlic bread, pears, and topped off with refreshing ice tea. They also took a tour of the facility and learned about our mission here. It was a great day with the Free-Lance Star and United Way!
Tashanna, from Vision Community Church, delivered a large donation of book bags full of school supplies that the congregation collected for Brisben's children. Supported by Bishop Ron Willis, VCC really helped Brisben's parents in providing school supplies so the children could shine the first day of school. Thank you Tashanna and Vision Community Church!
Members of Salem Fields Community Church's youth group volunteered their time and energy on September 2 to put together more than 300 snack bags for Brisben's K-5 students to enjoy at school. Led by Melanie and supported by Pastor Trent and his wife Dee, the students also decorated every bag with special drawings and messages..This was a great effort by two churches as Lifepoint Church provided the snacks. Our elementary students are very grateful!
Mary Washington Health Alliance conducted a large back-to-school drive recently to assist Brisben's school-age residents. With ever-increasing school supply lists, this donation helped parents tremendously. Led by Elizabeth, the employees were generous with both goods and time spent on this project. Thank you MWHA!