Marines visit brisben

The Brisben Center was the recipient of some hardworking Marines this week. Members from Quantico visited the Center and completed several very important projects, most importantly, getting the facility ready for our new washers and dryers from the Washington Redskins. They also organized several areas, including a very cluttered shed and braved the cold to organize the freezer, the best we have seen it in years. Thank you to these wonderful volunteers! SEMPER FI!!!

Fall forward with the volunteers!

Volunteers of Summer

Alpha Phi Alpha Honors Brisben


Alpha Phi Alpha recently presented The Brisben Center with its prestigious Community Service Award for 2017. Brisben's Volunteer Coordinator Joe Hargrove accepted the award on behalf of Brisben. Hargrove thanked the fraternity for all they do for our community. Its mission statement is: Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. develops leaders, promotes brotherhood and academic excellence, while providing service and advocacy for our communities. The Brisben Center is honored to be recognized by this outstanding organization!

Welcome New Community Partner -- Kiwanis of Fredericksburg!

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Matt Mitchel (center) presents a check to Brisben's Joe Hargrove (left) and Chris Payton.

Matt Mitchel (center) presents a check to Brisben's Joe Hargrove (left) and Chris Payton.

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!

Brisben Center Welcomes New Executive Director


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

Holiday Volunteer Slideshow

Happy Holidays from Brisben! Thank you to all of our wonderful volunteers!

Volunteer Slideshow

Thank you to all of Brisben's recent volunteers!

New Volunteer Slideshow!

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!

It's looking like Fall thanks to Summit Academy!


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 & Troop 26 collect, deliver supplies


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.