United Way Member Agency
United Way/ CFC #8001
JULY, 2001 NEWSLETTER
Next edition due Middle of August
Contract Signed for Western Domestic Violence Shelter County, Cities and United Way Provide Support
On April 4 ACTS signed a contract to purchase a site for a western
domestic violence shelter, contingent on obtaining a state grant for
purchase money and a county special use permit. Located in Prince William
County very close to Manassas and Manassas Park, the new facility will
shelter up to twelve women and children when it opens next spring. Soon
after that we hope to increase the capacity to twenty people.
Our community desperately needs another domestic violence shelter. Our
current Safe House is nearly always full, and a United Way grant for
temporary hotel stays was expended in less than six months. In 2000, all
seven homicides in Prince William County were domestic violence related, and
the tragic loss of life has continued unabated in 2001.
The Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development is expected
to fund the purchase of the building. Prince William County, Manassas and Manassas Park have provided development funding and operational support. Prince William United Way has awarded Community
Services Fund grants for operating support, and for hotel stays until the shelter is open. Prince William County Employees Advisory Committee contributed $5,000 for shelter construction. Many thanks to our partners
for helping make the dream of a new shelter a reality!
Jim Gillespie, Executive Director
In Memory of Mary Moyers
On March 29th , ACTS employee Mary Moyers passed away after a brief
illness. In her eleven years with ACTS Emergency Assistance and eight years
with Holy Family Catholic Church, Mary helped thousands of families in
crisis. She provided emergency food, heating assistance, help with rent and
utilities, and referrals to community resources. Beyond that, Mary’s warm
smile and listening ear helped nurture hope in the midst of seemingly
hopeless situations. Mary will be very much missed by those whom she served,
as well as by all of us who are associated with ACTS. We extend our
condolences to her family. In memory of Mary’s inspirational service, we
will be dedicating the ACTS Emergency Food Pantry in her honor.
Jim Gillespie, Executive Director
Ervina Miller, President of the ACTS Board
TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
Each $10 Registration of a youth walker (age 5-25)
will bring a gift of $50 to the service programs of ACTS!
HELP THE HOMELESS
Fannie Mae WALKATHON
Local ACTS Walk 11/4/01
1:00 p.m. Walk Start Time
At the P.W.C. Sport Arena
(Behind McCoart Complex
@ Cannons Baseball Field)
A 5K Walk around the
November 18, 2001
Call JOANN BARRON @ (703) 441 - 8606 for information
ACTS Benefits from United Way/CFC 2000 Campaign!
ACTS has been awarded five Community Services Fund grants totaling
$138,500 to help support Day Care, Emergency Assistance, Helpline and
Turning Points in the coming fiscal year. In addition hundreds of donors
pledged nearly $180,000 to ACTS in the 2000 United Way/CFC campaign. Many
thanks to Lee Stoffregen and the Campaign Committee, Lucy Beauchamp and the
United Way staff, and Bob Boardman and the CSF Committee for their Herculean
efforts these past few months. Look for more information on how United Way
funds contribute to meeting the ACTS mission in our fall “United Way”
The United Way is Working Here!
To all United Way/CFC contributors, from the ACTS staff, Board of
Directors, and those we serve, Thank you
Cars Are Needed!!!
ACTS accepts vehicle donations of all kinds,
provided that they are in safe running condition with current state
Please consider donating your good, used vehicle so that those in need
can get to work, daycare and doctor appointments. Your donation is
Tax-Deductible. Please contact Joann Barron at (703) 441-8606 or
Suicide Is A Cry For Help. ARE We Listening?
Suicide takes the lives of more than 30,000 Americans each year - or one
person every 17 minutes. Additionally, more than 500,000 Americans attempt
suicide annually. How many of us are able and/or willing to intervene? Not
every person who is contemplating suicide has a therapist, will call a
hotline, or tell a family member. That person may just come to you.
Helpline, in collaboration with PWC Community Services Board, conducted a
suicide intervention training for the community. The free training was
geared for those persons in the general public; clergy, church secretaries,
nurses, teachers, law enforcement, homemakers, etc. If you are interested in
participating in future training's please call ACTS/HELPLINE at (703)
368-4141. Vicki Graham, Helpline Director
The Nurturing Program has started its new class for the spring
session, serving six new families. We would like to extend our thanks to all
the volunteers that continue to make these groups possible.
Our parenting program is still in need of crayons, glue sticks, scissors,
big/small paper bags, fruits and vegetables, fruit juices and toddler
educational toys. If your can help us or would like to volunteer to work
with our children and families, please call Caroline Smith for more
information or see our Wish List.
The Transitional Living Program wishes to express our appreciation to
Mary Piazzi and the employees of RSIS Corporation for their generous
donation of clothing to our families. Thanks so much!!!
Marjorie Kennedy-Pantaleo, Transitional Living Director
Special Thanks to Everyone That Attended or
Participated in the Spring Fundraisers and Special Events.
New Dominion Choraliers Serenade 2001
Letter Carriers’ Food Drive
Alley Action Bowl-A-Thon
The Annual ACTS Membership Meeting
was as held on April 17 , 2001 at Lake Ridge Baptist Church. Volunteer
service awards were presented to: Thelma Clatterbuck for
Development, Jane Mestrovich for
Family Assistance, Joe Kasales for the
Food Program, Nancy Delzingaro for the
Thrift Store, Al Knehans for
Transitional Living, Laura Hiatt for the
Program. Clark Cheney for Turning Points, and Greg Brady for
Helpline. The Howard Horner Award - ACTS Volunteer of the Year was
presented to Anton Stecher from the Dumfries
Congratulations and thank you for your wonderful, selfless
acts of kindness. Each one of our volunteers are very special people to the
family of ACTS.
What about the batterer’s who abuse
their significant others?
A casual observer of the Turning Points Program rarely considers the
important work we do with these offenders. It can be difficult to understand
how a program dedicated to serving victims of domestic violence can also be
dedicated to serving their abusive partners. Batterer Intervention
Programs (BIPs) are imperative to victim safety and abuser accountability.
It isn’t unusual now for a domestic violence program to integrate this
service into their program, but it was 25 years ago when
began theirs. Our founding mothers recognized that many women didn’t want
their relationships to end; they simply wanted the abusive behaviors to end.
The criminal justice system began arresting batterers when there was
probable cause but too often batterers were fined or released with little or
no consequence for their threatening and violent behaviors. Time,
experience, and research confirm that families are safer when court-ordered
abusers are attending a Batterer’s Intervention Program and it sends
a powerful message that the community and the criminal justice system will
hold them responsible for their acts of violence.
Kay Mathews, Turning Points Director
New Home Ownership for Shelter Family,
A Measure of Success and Hard Work . . .
Tom and Alice “Smith” and their 14 year old son, came to the ACTS
Shelter after a short time in another shelter.
Alice worked part time and received money for a medical condition. Tom
had medical issues and had a pending SSDI. During the families time at the
shelter, Tom was and avid, cheerful volunteer. The family worked hard and
saved as much of their small income as possible during their stay.
With the help of the Angels in heaven and the
ACTS Shelter Staff, the
Smith’s were able to qualify for a loan - and moved into their own three
We Want to congratulate the Smith’s on becoming new home owners and want
to encourage those who may find themselves in a similar situation.
Aletha Martin, ACTS Shelter Director
An ACTS Thrift Store Volunteer
Wins The Prestigious
Volunteer Of The Year Award,
Neighbor To Neighbor Award
Mr. Anton Stecher, a ninety-one year old volunteer for ACTS has won the
Howard Horner Award for volunteer excellence at the ACTS Annual
Meeting and the United Way
“Neighbor to Neighbor Award.” Mr. Stecher
has, for the past six years, contributed an average of 24 hours a week to
all phases of the operation of the ACTS Thrift Store in Dumfries. Anton is
one of the longest - continuous - service volunteer with ACTS and has
amassed, by far, the largest number of volunteer hours, now in excess of
The success of any Thrift Store that supports a non-profit agency is
measured in two ways: (1) the number of dollars that it contributes to the
client service program of the parent agency; and (2) the volume and quality
of items that it provides directly to its client population at low or no
cost. ACTS has consistently set the mark of excellence in this community by
providing as much as $140,000 per year for client services, proving for-sale
items to clients at values under ten cents on the dollar and annually
providing inventory valued at well over $25,000 at no-cost to clients
referred by the parent agency.
Mr. Stecher greets the public as members of the community bring in
donations, provides them thanks and answers questions regarding
tax-deductibility of contributions. He sorts donations as to serviceability,
pricing items and moves them to the display floor. Three days a week, he is
involved with opening the store, ensuring the proper display of items for
sale and maintaining the stock of no-cost items. His work ethic matches the
highest standards; he simply sets his sights on outperforming everyone and
then goes to work! Thank you Anton.
Joann Barron, ACTS Deputy Director
With the school year coming to an end, the centers are preparing for the summer Program . . .
Child Care has many field trips planned for the children this year summer. Many of the families we serve are not in a
financial position to take their children on summer vacations. We try to
make up for this by taking them to Waterworks Park for swimming and
picnicking several times during the season. In addition many dates are set
up for professional entertainers such as magicians, puppeteers and gymnastic
instructors to come to the center. We hope to make the summer fun for
Recently we hired three new employees. We’d like to welcome Jamie Tesher
and Sheba Givens who are now working with the infants and toddlers, and Mary
Oldham who is working with the four year olds.
Currently we have several openings for teachers assistants at both
centers. You must be 18 years old and have at least 6 months of experience
in a day care setting to be a teacher - no experience is necessary to be a
teacher’s assistant but you must be 16 years old. Please call 703-670-8808
if you are interested.
We currently have preschool and school age openings. Tuition assistance
is available for qualifying families.
Michelle Farley, Child Care Director