NVFS’ SERVE Campus houses a variety of programs that help our neighbors receive the immediate assistance they need, such as food and shelter, and develop the potential for future success, including rapid re-housing, health access and services for children. SERVE has been part of the Greater Prince William community since 1975 and merged with NVFS in 2009.
Shelter & Housing
With 92 beds, SERVE Family Shelter is Northern Virginia’s largest family homeless shelter. On average, more than 40 percent of shelter guests are children. Shelter guests stay an average of 36 days, and during that time, work with a case manager who helps connect them with the right tools, knowledge and resources for lasting well-being and self-sufficiency.
NVFS’ housing and homelessness prevention programs also help families and individuals with rent and utility assistance to prevent evictions and disconnections.
The 8,000-square-foot Hunger Resource Center (HRC) serves more than 600 families per month, and nearly 9,000 unique individuals per year, with food and essentials. The HRC also provides nutrition education and strategies for buying healthy food on a budget.
Early Childhood Education
Healthy Families and Early Head Start foster learning and development in children and provide parents with the tools to continue this growth. In addition to SERVE’s Early Head Start classroom, home-based programs help families build strong parenting skills and ensure children are healthy and meet developmental milestones.
NVFS connects children and adults with free or reduced-cost medical and dental care, as well as prescription medications. This helps families and individuals maintain good health, avoid more serious and costly health issues, and focus on higher-level needs.