Community Lodgings, located in Alexandria, VA, is an organization dedicated to lifting families from homelessness and instability to independence and self-sufficiency through Transitional Housing, Affordable Housing and Youth Education Programs. In addition to housing, Community Lodgings provides children and parents with an educational foundation for success. In 1998, they opened computer literacy and ESL classes to adults, and are committed to improving outcomes for families in the community at-risk of: homelessness; gang involvement; substance abuse; sexual activity; and emotional, physical and/or sexual abuse. In 2002, the community-based Fifer Family Learning Center was opened to meet the needs of the surrounding Arlandria-Chirilagua community. Elementary, middle and high school students – all living below the poverty threshold – now attend free daily afterschool programs and summer camps, meet with tutors and mentors, learn valuable life skills, and participate in various enrichment and recreational activities.
In March, 2016, Andrew Chapel UMC helped Community Lodgings to upgrade the Fifer Family Learning Center with new networking equipment and wiring for the business office and computer training center, 14 tables, 2 printers, a small bookshelf and 2 Keurig machines with starter supplies. We have also provided funds for and internet upgrade through Comcast. Installation was graciously donated by US Resources, Inc. Thanks to Keith Montgomery and Spencer Copland for leading this effort.
Read a letter from a student that benefits from the services provided by Community Lodgings.
Learn more at www.communitylodgings.org.