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What's NEWS This Fall:
 The Fallstead in McLean Breaks Ground
 Acquisitions and Renovations
 Promoting Workforce Development 
 Our Children are Ready to Learn
 Spotlights:
   Leadership, Volunteers, and Residents 

 
Breaking Ground: The Fallstead at Lewinsville Center 
On September 8, representatives of Wesley-Hamel and officials from Fairfax County, the state government, partners, and supporters came together to officially break ground on The Fallstead at Lewinsville Center. The existing site of the Lewinsville Senior Center will be replaced with two new buildings. Wesley-Hamel will construct the housing component of the project, which includes a total of 82 units of affordable senior independent housing. The new units will be operated by Wesley Housing. The second building owned by the County will include a senior center, adult day healthcare center, and two private childcare centers.
Fall 2018 is the projected completion date for the residences. There will be nearly four times as many rental apartments for the community's low-income seniors than were previously on the site.
If you are interested in leasing or learning more, please click here to join The Fallstead mailing list.
Pictured: Delegate Rip Sullivan, Virginia House of Delegates; Commissioner Melissa Jonas, Dranesville District, Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority; Director Chris Leonard, Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services; Supervisor John Foust, Dranesville District, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors; Chairman Robert Schwaninger, Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority; President/CEO Shelley Murphy, Wesley Housing; Director Tom Fleetwood, Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development; Chris Scales, Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services; and Child Day Care Center attendees.
Wesley's First Community in the District
Wesley is crossing the Potomac to acquire our first property in the District of Columbia!
Brookland Place, near Catholic University and two Metro stations, consists of 80 rental units. The property will be acquired in partnership with the tenant association through the District's Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act (TOPA) regulations.  We are acquiring the property using a loan from the Enterprise Community Loan Fund, Inc., under the D.C. Department of Housing and Community Development's Site Acquisition Funding Initiative (SAFI) program, as well as a secondary forgivable loan from Enterprise Community Partners, Inc. The acquisition will allow us to preserve the community's affordability and provide improved services for residents.
Arlington's Union on Queen Nears Completion
Final touches are being added to Union on Queen, and pre-leasing began in October!  The new 12-story, 181-unit high-rise building features below-grade parking, a club room with outdoor patio, fitness room, business center, bicycle storage, two outdoor terraces, and rooftop deck with outdoor kitchen (seen above). Two of Wesley’s existing garden-style buildings were also renovated, which include 12 three-bedroom apartments. The mixed-income community, developed in partnership with Bozzuto, provides 78 affordable rentals and will receive four green building certifications.

Interested in pre-leasing? Send your inquiries to Bozzuto at: CONTACT US
Construction is Underway at Wexford Manor
The 74 units at this Falls Church community are receiving interior and exterior improvements, including converting eight units to full accessibility, and a greatly expanded Community Resource Center for resident services. Improvements will include new parking lots, sidewalks, Energy Star windows, HVAC, and central water heaters. The sewer system, shingles, and entry doors will all be replaced. Kitchens and bathrooms will be renovated with energy saving features. Wexford Manor will be preserved as affordable for at least 30 years. The project will be completed next summer.
Financing is provided by Capital One, Hudson Housing, and Virginia Housing Development Authority.

Our Donors Score An A+
Wesley's Supplies for Success drive made a huge impact this fall. Because of exceptional donor support, we were able to provide 280 back-to-school kits to the children at our properties. 
A big Thank You goes out to all of our generous donors for the school supplies, backpacks, and financial contributions that helped us exceed our goal in the 2016 campaign. The extra supplies are kept at our Community Resource Centers to support students in After-School Homework Help throughout the school year.
Keep up with the students you assisted and see their writing on the KIDS COLUMN.


Back to School
Back to STEM Learning!

Youth who attended Wesley's Summer Camp loved their career day field trip to CADD Microsystems, where they learned how STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) applies to the real world. Now that the campers are back in school, they are better prepared to get back into learning mode due to our summer curriculum that included weekly STEM exercises and was designed to help combat "summer learning loss" in students.
The camp would not have been possible without our partners and donors. THANK YOU!
Washington Forrest Foundation, CADD Microsystems Foundation, Capital Area REACH, Hamel Builders, Liberty’s Promise, Carr Properties, Zen’ith Learning System, Lyle and Nancy Minter, Virginia Conference United Methodist Women, Fairfax County, Arlington County.
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Workforce Development: 
Employment Specialist Hired
Through our Housing Stability Initiative, we are making adult programs a priority as we help residents become more self-sufficient. We recently welcomed Nathan Powell as Wesley’s full-time Employment Specialist to further advance our program objectives.
With first-time jobs, better-paying jobs, promotions, and pay raises, our residents are able to maintain housing stability, move into market-rate rentals, and even purchase their first homes. Nathan will work with adults in our computer labs to create resumes and provide job search assistance and interviewing skills. He will also promote the new professional certification courses Wesley is offering through expanding partnerships with Northern Virginia Community College and other organizations.

“Maintaining a person-centered approach is key to providing quality services," Nathan said.  After two weeks on the job, Nathan built his client list to 18 adults! He will work at our four Community Resource Centers, but his services are not limited to residents of communities with Centers. Adults have reached out from our smaller communities, and Nathan is already working with three clients at our ParcView property in Alexandria.

Wesley offers a full complement of free programs at the Community Resource Centers. Workshops and one-on-one coaching prepare our residents for first time or more gainful employment. Nathan’s expertise will help us further advance positive development for our adult residents, and build household stability for their families.
Housing Stability Program Donors
Many thanks to TD Charitable Foundation, Wells Fargo, and The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region for their recent grant awards that support our Housing Stability Initiative!


Meet Our Leadership: Cassia Sookhoo
Cassia has been an essential part of the Wesley team since 2012, when she joined our Advisory Board. Moving to the Board of Directors in 2014, Cassia now helps guide Wesley in effective decision-making to further our mission. She currently works as a Project Manager at Brailsford & Dunlavey, a program management and planning firm in Washington, D.C.
When Cassia isn’t working, she likes to play flag football and give back to her community. One way is by organizing community service events for the Black Southern Experience Collective. "One of my fondest Wesley memories was volunteering at Back-to-School Night," she explained. “Seeing the kids so excited to get school supplies really humbled me. The kids at Wesley’s properties face so many obstacles. With my background in affordable housing, I realize how impactful shelter, consistency, and support are to children.”
 
Wesley truly appreciates the diligent work of our Board of Directors and Advisory Board members, and all they do to support our affordable communities. Learn more at wesleyhousing.org.
Volunteer Spotlight
Ashley is a Communications graduate from Marymount University who has volunteered in her community for 10 years. She recently volunteered at Wesley's Summer Camp where she helped youth with creative writing, reading, STEM learning, and chaperoning field trips. 
Born with a visual impairment, Ashley served as a role model for our young students with learning disabilities, proving that even with obstacles in your path anything is possible. "At the core, everyone is the same," she said. "No matter what our unique challenges and backgrounds are, we all share some common needs and interests. It's how you adapt to change that is key to success." While serving in Wesley's summer camp program, Ashley used her experience to tailor teaching methods to fit each student's needs. Her energy and enthusiasm were contagious as she encouraged our kids to reach for the stars. She advised the students that even if they face challenges, nothing is too far out of reach.

Click here to explore Wesley Housing's Volunteer Opportunities.
Resident Spotlight:
A Champion Lives at Wexford Manor
Larry Harris has lived at Wexford Manor for more than eight years, but most of his neighbors have no idea that he was once a wrestling champion.

He knows what it means to work hard to reach his goals. Almost 50 years ago, Mr. Harris was at Sherwood High School in Sandy Springs, MD. He won second place in the Montgomery County Wrestling Championship in 1969. "We were the first wrestling team to win the championship in 1969, and after many years, my team is being considered for the Hall of Fame!" he said.
Mr. Harris now has disabilities, but he does not let that keep him down. He often utilizes Wexford’s Community Resource Center to take classes such as our Money Matters workshops, or seek staff assistance in linking him to social services for which he is eligible. And his favorite perk? The Panera bread and goodies distribution each week. 

Wesley's Resident Services Coordinator appreciates his positive attitude and the advice that Mr. Harris gives to youth and young athletes: "Definitely stay off of drugs and don’t smoke.” Wrestling taught the champ many lessons that apply to all facets of life. "Practice good sportsmanship and always work together to help teammates accomplish goals."
Seniors Soak Up the Sun at Sandy Point State Park
An important part of Wesley's mission is bringing quality, affordable housing options to seniors on very limited incomes. Our outstanding resident services include wellness, socialization, and learning activities that keep our seniors active rather than isolated.

This summer, residents of our Coppermine Place took a road trip to Maryland's Sandy Point. 


Field trips provide relaxation and opportunities to learn about new places, people, and things.


To volunteer with our senior residents,
please contact ajackson@whdc.org.
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