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Alexandria Rehabilitation Project
Much needed rehabilitation work is complete on the first two buildings at Lynhaven Apartments located in Arlandria. Eight families are living in the newly renovated units.

When construction is finished next spring, all buildings will feature fresh facades. Major work is being done on the interiors of all 28 units, including: upgraded kitchens and baths, new flooring, new windows, new mechanical and plumbing for improved energy efficiency and water conservation, and the use of sustainable materials. The project was awarded 4% tax credits from the Virginia Housing Development Authority (VHDA) and low-interest permanent loans from the City of Alexandria's HOME program and VHDA's REACH program. 
Development Partners for Fairfax County Projects

Wexford Manor Apartments' rehabilitation project in Falls Church, VA:  Hudson Housing Capital and Capital One are the tax credit investors. Virginia Housing Development Authority is the lender.
Lewinsville Senior Residences development project in McLean, VA: Enterprise Community Investment and TD Bank are the tax credit investors.  Wells Fargo and FHA are lenders.
Wesley Housing teamed up with Walgreens to bring free flu shots to our residents. In November, a Free Flu Shot & Health Resource Event Day is taking place at each of our four Community Resource Centers. Event participants will receive the free shot regardless of their health insurance coverage status and will also gain valuable information on available health benefits.
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You will see how we are changing the lives of our residents and changing our community.

Holiday Help Needed!

You can adopt a family, a teen, or senior resident. Volunteer wrappers are needed!
Sara Meadows Shawe has joined us as a Senior Project Manager. She previously worked for the Gulf Coast Housing Partnership in Louisiana. Ms. Shawe will complete the renovations at Lynhaven and William Watters and take the lead on Culpepper Garden. 

Chris Cherry has recently joined Wesley as CFO. He has served in a variety of capacities in the affordable housing industry for the past 13 years. This follows 17 years in public accounting. We are thrilled to have him on the team!
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Thanks to the efforts of the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC), Wesley families in Arlington will be able to break bread and celebrate their many blessings. Before Thanksgiving, AFAC will distribute whole turkeys at Wesley communities in Arlington. Throughout the year, Wesley's Whitefield Commons serves as a County food assistance distribution center in partnership with AFAC. 
Why Buying a House is Bittersweet
youthTwenty years ago, Mr. and Mrs. Kelley rented their two-bedroom apartment at Wexford Manor where they raised their family of four. Now a dream is coming true as they prepare to move into their first purchased house in Prince William County. "It feels good to know that everyone in my family will have their own bedroom," Mrs. Kelley said. Yet the move is bittersweet as her family will no longer enjoy Wexford Manor's community spirit. 

"The community resources offered to residents are really valuable," Mrs. Kelley said of the adult and children's programs. "The Community Resource Center staff was always helpful whenever we had a question." The Kelley children participated in the after-school program each year, where they received homework assistance and tutoring in reading, writing, science, and math. "The attention my children received in the after-school program was very helpful to us as parents," she added, noting her busy work schedule. "I had peace of mind knowing that my children's homework assignments were completed and checked for spelling."

"We will miss the convenient location of Wexford Manor, too," Mrs. Kelley concluded, referring to its easy access to Route 50 and I-495, and its proximity to public playgrounds, shopping centers, and a variety of independent restaurants in Falls Church. 
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Children Write. Hear Their Voices.
A youth literacy initiative at Wesley's Community Resource Centers has kids reading and writing on their own blog. Read their posts at our neKIDS COLUMN!

Three R's:
Reading, Writing and Research
See how budding authors have been honing their skills. 
Read where their imaginations have taken them:

Butterfly25"I didn't realize where I was until I could finally breathe. A board said that the year was 1980. I remembered that when I was at home, it was 2015. I just time traveled to the past to an island. Great, now I will not return home ever..."

What did Butterfly25 do?      Read the full story!
Supportive services are provided at five of Wesley's properties that serve low-income seniors and persons with disabilities. These properties are staffed with Resident Services Coordinators who take an individualized approach to care for residents' specific needs. They offer counseling, develop educational and/or recreational programs, and coordinate volunteers to assist residents.
Supportive Services Help Seniors 
Finding a New Companion 

Marcy, a senior resident at Coppermine Place, lost her golden retriever to a heat stroke on an extremely hot July day. The dog had been Marcy's companion for nine years, and this event was devastating for the senior living alone. Missing the companionship of a loyal pet, Marcy mentioned adopting a cat. Due to her mobility limitations, she thought a cat would be easier to care for than an energetic dog.

Coppermine Place’s Resident Services Coordinator reached out to Barbara Hutcherson, Acting Director of the Fairfax County Animal Shelter, and requested that a cat's adoption fees be waived so that Marcy, who lives on a fixed income, could afford to adopt a new companion. Ms. Hutcherson agreed to waive all fees and had a volunteer assist Marcy with selecting a cat with the right personality. Marcy selected Ringlea, a two-year-old cat who had been at the shelter for many months. Both cat and “mom” are well adjusted and Ringlea loves her new bed!
Wesley Helps Teens Find Jobs, Gain Experience
Wesley Housing's career counselor, Alice Brown, helps adults and youth find first-time and better employment opportunities. This summer, she placed 10 teens in their first jobs and instructed 19 teens in valuable job readiness skills. 
youthBusy Strawbridge Square student, Aaron, obtained a job as a Wesley summer camp counselor and another job at a frozen yogurt shop with the help of Ms. Brown. “The shop manager treated me like a team member," Aaron said.
Read more about teen employment!
Click to read how this resident helped children learn during Summer Camp.
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