Fairfax County has more residents in poverty than any other single jurisdiction in Virginia. An unexpected health crisis, job loss, expensive car repair or financial burden could cost a family a place to live or a meal to eat.
Since 1984, Britepaths has been providing help and hope to struggling residents of the Fairfax County area. We have been committed to tailoring our services to meet the ever-changing needs of the working poor or those in crisis.
Our unique programs equip individuals and families with the tools they need to not only face any crisis situation, but also begin a journey toward lasting independence. Britepaths offers tailored services to address the unique needs of those living in poverty or experiencing crisis. We also provide food, grocery gift cards, school supplies and financial assistance to help stabilize families.
Each year, we help approximately 7,000 families and individuals through these tailored services. The success of our programs can be measured by the thousands of Fairfax County residents who achieve their financial goals, avoid housing or job loss and take the tools they received to become self-sufficient.
I was on the verge of being evicted from my home. My children and I are truly thankful for all the help and support from Britepaths." – Joan, Britepaths Client
Our primary Services Stabilize Families by providing short-term food and financial assistance and Build Resilience by providing mentoring, classes and longer-term guidance that help families help themselves out of their crisis and onto a path where they can plan for a stable future. Our Supports for Children provide, school supplies and weekend food packs for students in need, holiday meals and gifts for children and their families and youth financial literacy, relieving financial burdens and providing hope at a time when families are struggling.
Your Generosity Helps People Thrive
Building Resilience — Through our Fairfax office and the Financial Empowerment Center at South County, we provide mentoring, counseling and classes that address financial literacy and employment needs to help individuals and families work toward financial self-sufficiency. These programs served 2,523 people in 2020.
Stabilizing Families — Families who come to us in crisis can receive emergency food assistance and/or financial assistance to help with rent, utilities or car repairs. In 2020, generous donations and grants helped stabilize 1,542 families.
Supports for Children — While our focus is on families, more than half the total clients we serve are children. Our supporters help us provide school supplies and holiday support to children and their families, weekend food packs to students in need at our partner schools, and financial education to local youth. The community came together in 2020 to assist 5,239 children.
Volunteer Power — The success of our programs relies heavily on volunteer support. In 2020, 362 volunteers served 6,227 hours to assist our staff and provide mentoring, training and other supports to our families. Their time is valued at $266,992.