Meet Our New Executive Director!
We are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Kerry Searle Grannis as the shelter's new executive director. Dr. Grannis comes to the Shelter with a strong background in nonprofit administration, including expertise in strategic management, funding, and outreach.
The Friends of Falls Church Homeless Shelter is a 501(C)3 organization which began operations in January 1996. The organization was created to address the critical need for emergency housing in the community, especially during the winter months. In partnership with New Hope Housing, the “Friends” manage and operate the Shelter providing warm beds, meals, and counseling to the homeless in Falls Church from November through April, and offer year round case management for Shelter residents. We take pride in being a grassroots organization. Over 200 volunteers each year lend their support and the Board of Directors, composed of volunteers, is responsible for management of operations, recruiting volunteers, fundraising, and contracting. Approximately 80% of the funds required to run the Shelter has come from private sources, including individuals, faith communities, businesses, schools, and foundations.
The mission of the Friends of the Falls Church Homeless Shelter, Inc. is to better the lives of single adults who are experiencing homelessness in the Falls Church area by providing temporary shelter and other services and assisting these individuals to access permanent affordable housing and/or services needed to maintain a stable housing environment.