The Brisben Center maintains full-time living quarters for 80 people: 20 for single women, 28 for single men, and 32 in eight family units, including children.  The average length of stay is 40-60 days.

  • The shelter stays full or nearly full, serving those from across the Greater Fredericksburg region who have been displaced from their homes.  Our service area includes Fredericksburg and the counties of Spotsylvania, Stafford, King George, and Caroline. More than 28,000 residents of this region live below the federal poverty guideline.  

  • The Center doors are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

  • In FY 2018, the Brisben Center served 590 individuals: 166 single females, 253 single males, 90 children, 47 veterans, and 58 families.

  • At no charge, the shelter provides:

    • Three nutritious meals a day.  Snacks for school children. Bag lunches for residents going to work.  Dinners for the wider community.

    • Fully equipped, handicap-accessible restrooms with showers.

    • Free Loads of Love laundry room with commercial-grade washers and dryers.

    • Computer lab.

    • Meditation room.

    • Children’s activity room.

    • Two children’s age-appropriate playgrounds.

    • Free use of bicycles.

    • Outdoor recreation and socialization area.

    • Basketball court.

    • Clothes closet.

    • Hygiene products.

    • Transportation to and from appointments, as available.

    • A FRED System bus stop.

  • Services include:

    • Required case management with a focus on housing.

    • Benefits eligibility assistance, including veterans' benefits.

    • Mental health assessments.

    • Referrals to provide for medical needs.

    • Job coaching; resume writing.

    • Life skill classes.

    • Children’s activities.

    • Exercise programs.

    • Nutritional education (for participating families).

    • Mobility Mentoring® (for a select group of participants).


The Brisben Center is blessed by the contributions of over 1,200 volunteers per year.  From driving residents to appointments to sorting clothes to writing resumes and reading to children, volunteers are integral to the Brisben Center’s mission of providing healthy shelter and effective services for resolving homelessness.  Click here to tell us how you would like to be involved.


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