Northern Virginia Family Services to receive $2.5 million from Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos – Prince William Times

Northern Virginia Family Services to receive $2.5 million from Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos – Prince William Times

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Northern Virginia Family Services,  which operates the SERVE homeless shelter and food bank in Manassas,  has been slated to receive a $2.5 million grant from a foundation launched by Amazon.com founder and CEO Jeff Bezos.  The Day One Fund,  established by Bezos and his wife MacKenzie to address homelessness across the nation,  recently announced $97.5 million in awards to 24 organizations, including two in Virginia and two in Washington, D.C. Each will receive grants of $2.5 or $5 million. NVFS, based in Oakton, Virginia, has been working to alleviate homelessness since 1924, according to its website. The nonprofit has an annual budget of about $38 million and runs 30 programs that serve about 35, 000 people,  including residents of Prince William County.   In addition to the SERVE campus in Manassas, NVFS operates two Head Start early-childhood education programs in Woodbridge. The nonprofit,  which defines its model as “people-centric” and “holistic, ” says it will use the money to continue its “best practices in ending family homeless” and to “develop new solutions that help address systemic inequities, ” President and CEO Stephanie Berkowitz said in a press release. Housing Families First, in Henrico County, will also receive a $2.5 million Bezos grant. Beth Vann-Turnbull,  its executive director,  said the money will allow the nonprofit to expand its housing offerings, “moving an additional 500 children and adults into a permanent home over the next four years.”  The organization, which has an annual budget of $1.2 million,  will also repair and improve its emergency shelter ....


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