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!
The children and parents of the Brisben Center received a huge treat from a group of women on Wednesday, Aug. 23. These special Brisben friends transported parents and children to the mall and assisted with purchasing back-to-school clothes. Redeema and a group of her friends, sisters, and other family members provided each child with a gift card to shop at a store of their choice at the mall. Thank you so much for the special gift!
Members of the Stafford Eagles football team conducted a donation drive for the Brisben Center and delivered several cases of bottled water on Saturday, Aug. 19. The bottled water is a great donation for Brisben's residents to battle the heat and humidity while they are away from the facility at work or seeking permanent housing. Led by Coach Dexter, his son, DJ, and the rest of the coaching staff and parents, the team took a tour of the facility and learned about homelessness in the area and the role the Brisben Center plays. We thank the Eagles, who participate in the VAYFA league, and wish them the best this season!
Several families from Crossroads Church, attired in their orange work shirts, came to the Brisben Center on Saturday, Aug. 19. Many of the members already contribute in our Meal Program, but they took it a step further, tackling three outside projects for Brisben. Coordinated by Ashley, the group cleaned out and painted the shed, cleared the vines off of the backyard fence, and did lots of weeding that beautified the gardens and play area. Thank you Crossroads Church!
Salem Fields Community Church, supported by co-lead pastors Buddy and Gaye Marston, conducted a Leadership Camp for middle and high school students this summer and part of their training was a tour of the Brisben Center. Many of the attendees had never been here before and knew little about homelessness in our area. Led by Youth Pastor Trent and his wife, Dee, the group had a lot of great questions and agreed that they want to reach out and volunteer at the Center in the near future. Brisben loved hosting this fine group of young adults!
Cheer Fusion All Stars, with their leader Catana, conducted a donation drive for Brisben's children. The group delivered a variety of outdoor toys, including two brand-new bikes (!), on Aug. 5. While they were here, the group also hosted an ice cream social for Brisben's residents. Everyone enjoyed the special event!
Lifepoint Church chose The Brisben Center for its Anchor Project during the 2017 Paint the Town Red community outreach program.
On July 28 & 29, more than 200 church members helped to totally refurbish Brisben's eight family rooms. They stripped the floors; and cleaned and painted each room.
The volunteers also supplied beautiful new dressers, window treatments and spruced up the bathrooms. It was all accomplished in two days -- while the family rooms were in use! The faces of the families radiated pride in the new rooms; and thankfulness for the care and love shown by Lifepoint volunteers.
Over the two-day period Lifepoint volunteers also prepared meals, provided continuous children’s activities, and donated new items including outdoor toys, bath towels & linens, and school snacks.
Thank you Lifepoint for being God’s hands and feet in caring for Brisben’s homeless! We at Brisben are grateful for your love and generosity.
Heartwood Youth Mission Camp members and their chaperones came to work hard at the Brisben Center on two separate days in July. Led by their leader Gayle, these young men and women scrubbed and cleaned staff offices and beautified one of Brisben's garden beds. They did a wonderful job!
Norfleet Quality (on Central Road) donated top-of-the-line mulch for Brisben's garden beds. Thank you Norfleet for helping to beautify the facility. Your generous donation is greatly appreciated!
Children from the vacation Bible School at First Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Dumfries collected and assembled more than 150 personal hygiene intake bags for Brisben residents. Carmia, Carmia's son, Victor, and Rev. Holley, delivered the bags on July 3, at the conclusion of the VBS. The church is led by Pastor Luke Torian. Brisben's residents are grateful to the children of First Mt. Zion!