Join The Belt Team for “Do Good Things Sunday” to Benefit Family Pass

The Belt Team Sponsors Family Pass 2015The Belt Team is proud to be a Table Sponsor at this Sunday’s “Do Good Things” event to benefit Family Pass. Come on out to Stone’s Cove Kitbar in Herndon from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. for good food, fundraising and to learn more about Family Pass and its mission! Stone’s Cove will donate 10% of the day’s sales to Family Pass. And Stone’s Cove has a really cool concept. We think you’ll like the “kitbar” idea!) (Check out the menu and find out what a “kitbar” is).

Family Pass is a local 5013c that provides financial assistance and support services to families in Fairfax County who are homeless or are at risk of becoming homeless. Family Pass was recognized by ABC7/NewsChannel 8’s Series “Pay It Forward” (See the video).

At The Belt Team, our mission statement is “Changing Lives For The Better”. We love partnering with others who share that goal. Here’s a success story Family Pass shared with us today. Join us on Sunday and together we can change more lives for the better!

#wegivewherewelive

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In a community such as ours, we don’t often think that a life-altering crisis may be just around the corner. But, when Martha moved to McLean with their three children after being abandoned by her husband, the unthinkable actually happened.

With her Master’s degree in hand, Martha settled in with her children, found a job and was able to provide for her family as a single mom. But then her son became seriously ill, and everything changed. She was unable to maintain the schedule required by her employer while also taking care of her son, but not working was not an option. So Martha took a lower paying job that would mesh with her son’s hospital and treatment schedules and used all of her savings to get her family through this rough time.

Within two years, her son was well enough to return to school. But when Martha tried to re-enter the job market in her field, she found that the two years she spent at a low-paying unskilled job had a huge negative impact. So, she did what she had to do and took a second full-time low-paying job to make ends meet; and by the time Martha was referred to Family Preservation and Strengthening Services (Family PASS), she had a third low-paying job on weekends. But, in Fairfax County, even a modest two-bedroom apartment requires an income of $60,000.00. With all three jobs, Martha wasn’t even close; and she was ruining her own health just to keep a roof over the heads of her three children.

After being accepted into the Family PASS program, Martha’s case manager worked with her to restructure her resume and to focus on budget, debt reduction and other goals for herself and her children. Family PASS encouraged her to drop one full-time job and begin to focus on her career development. To ease the financial burden, Family Pass subsidized the bulk of the family’s housing costs, with Martha having to pay just 30 percent of her income toward rent. As a result, Martha was able to secure a position at a local company that paid her more than all three jobs combined, and the family achieved its self-sufficiency goals—all within one year.

Although crisis had been just around the corner, thanks to Martha’s stamina and guidance from Family PASS, the solution for this family was right here in our own backyard as well.
Family PASS is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to helping families that are homeless or at risk of homelessness in Fairfax County. The organization provides rent subsidies and connects families with the support services needed to become self-sufficient. More information is available at http://www.FamilyPASSFairfax.org.

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