Staff BBQ Ends ACTS 2016 Fiscal Year

Staff BBQ Ends ACTS 2016 Fiscal Year
June marked the close of ACTS' 2016 Fiscal Year, and the organization celebrated its financial accomplishments by holding a Staff Appreciation BBQ at Weems-Botts Museum in Dumfries. The event was catered by Shaun's Smokehouse BBQ, and ACTS' staff had the opportunity to mingle with each other as well as the board of directors while enjoying some fun in the sun. This could not have been accomplished without the support of our donors, and for that, we are truly grateful. Find Out more about Our Staff Here are some more of the highlights ACTS was able to accomplish during FY16: Restructured the entire organization - moving from many individual programs to two complimentary divisions sharing resources and ideas Opened its Women's Empowerment Center in Triangle Held a Grand Re-opening of the Thrift Store which included a new parking lot, paint job, children's corner, boutique, processing system and management, as well as simplified...
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ACTS Introduces New Board Members

ACTS would like to welcome its newest board members Our Board of Directors provides strategic vision, policy guidance, and fiduciary oversight to ensure ACTS is good stewards of the resources entrusted to us and we stay true to our mission. Charles Kapur I currently serve on the Finance and Development Committees for ACTS. My amazement at, and appreciation for, the work that this organization does grows with every interaction I have. I look forward to continuing to learn more about the role ACTS plays in our community and to help guide the organization, in its mission, towards the future. George Orr I am currently on the Strategic Planning Committee and Finance Committee. I have supported ACTS for 20+ years and have seen the smiles and joy brought to those in need or crisis. During my time on the board I would look to enhance and expand those services that bring hope...
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Local Impact of the Food Pantry

Local Impact of the Food Pantry
  My first week at ACTS ended with me throwing away over a thousand pounds of produce, most of which was still completely fresh. It had all been donated  the previous Sunday from the VA Cooperative Extension’s Master Gardeners in partnership with the Dale City Farmers market; and I was instructed to dump it all as we would be receiving thousands of pounds more that coming Sunday. I was given the same instructions the following week. Every job comes with some responsibilities one might not want to do, however throwing away an abundance of perfectly fresh produce was something I refused to continue doing.             There were many reasons I could not bring myself to dump the produce week after week. I have worked on farms and am aware of all of the hard work and resources that go into planting, growing, harvesting, and processing crops. Additionally, the farmers who donated...
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ACTS Partners with DC Diaper Bank

ACTS Partners with DC Diaper Bank
Babies go through 8-12 diapers in a single day. At a cost of $100-$120 per child each month, diapers are an expensive necessity neither covered by WIC nor food stamps. Many of the families who seek assistance from ACTS struggle to meet their most basic needs and their inability to afford diapers is an added stress. This is where DC Diaper Bank, whose mission is “to strengthen families by providing a reliable and adequate supply of free diapers to families in need living in the Washington, DC metropolitan area”, steps in to help. In May of 2016, ACTS joined a network of 40 social service organizations in DC, MD, and VA that collectively distribute more than 100,000 diapers each month. Once a month, ACTS staff and volunteers visit the DC Diapers Bank warehouse in Silver Spring, MD to pick up 5,000 diapers as well as other necessities such as wipes, formula,...
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ACTS Participates in Darkness to Light's Stewards of Children Program

ACTS Participates in Darkness to Light's Stewards of Children Program
Did you know that 1 in 10 children will be sexually abused before they turn 18? On June 1, ACTS’ staff participated in an in-service presentation titled Darkness to Light’s  Stewards of Children through its Sexual Assault Services (SAVAS) department. During the two hour training, which was hosted by director Lydia Teutsch, employees learned five steps to prevent child sexual abuse, which are: "If you're too afraid to talk about child sexual abuse before it happens, you may only get to talk about it after it happens." Learn the Facts Minimize Opportunity Talk About It Recognize the Signs React Responsibly By the end of the year, all ACTS employees will take part in this preventative and educational program. If you would like to know more about how to prevent child sexual abuse in your community, ACTS Sexual Assault Services now offers an opportunity to learn about how to keep our children safe. If you are interested in learning more about the Stewards...
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ACTS Volunteers Recognized for their Service

ACTS Volunteers Recognized for their Service
Congratulations to our wonderful volunteers who joined us at the Community-Wide Volunteer Recognition Event on May 22nd. Volunteers were recognized with a Congressional record, and enjoyed a lovely picnic in the rain!
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ACTS Success Story

ACTS Success Story
A young Hispanic woman, who was 4 months pregnant, came and filed a protective order at the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Intake office and then met with one of the Turning Points court advocates. She disclosed her husband had been physically and verbally abusive towards her. She stated that several months ago her husband had come home drunk and upset. He held a knife and threatened to kill her. He also grabbed her by the neck and began to strangle her. She managed to get away and contact the police. She stated they had been separated for a few months. However he had been threatening via text message to kill her and take the baby away. The court advocate helped her file a preliminary protective order and accompanied her to court that day. She was granted a preliminary protective order and she was provided with resources for immigration agencies that could...
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ACTS Unveils its new Logo

ACTS Unveils its new Logo
As some of you may have noticed, we are putting a fresh face on ACTS representing the vibrancy of the organization and our service to - and partnership with - the community. Words such as "service, compassion, support, hope, community, action, and comfort came to the top" of the list of things ACTS represents and does in our community. We wanted the ACTION in our community to be reflected in our new logo.
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April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Did you know that ACTS has a Sexual Assault Specialist dedicated to working with Spanish-speaking clients? This is critical, because according to the County 22% of Prince William County residents are of Hispanic origin, and 32% of students enrolled in the county’s public school system identify as Hispanic/Latino.. Of that number, many are immigrants who have come to America to find work and help their families back home. However, life in America, or their journey to America, often takes a terrible turn when sexual predators take advantage of an individual’s immigration status, assaulting adults, teenagers and children. ACTS has heard countless stories of sexual victimization, including tales of sexual assaults by “trusted authorities” who turned out to be impostors; employment-related assaults by co-workers and/or supervisors who tell victims that they will be arrested if they report an assault to police; and other traumatic sexual assaults that occur while crossing the border....
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ACTS Says “Thank You” to Oaks of Wellington

ACTS Says “Thank You” to Oaks of Wellington
The residents of the Oaks of Wellington, a + 55 community located in Manassas, are an example of those very words of John Wesley. Several of their community members had an arts and crafts fair which provided hand crafted items for the public to purchase. They raised, and generously donated, the $310 dollars, to ACTS! We can only say “Thank You” for caring and being an important part of the service ACTS provides in the Greater Prince William community. Photo Credit: Next Avenue
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Williams County Police Officers Recognized

Williams County Police Officers Recognized
On February 19, 2016 Prince William County Police officers (Criminal Investigations Division-Violent Crimes Bureau) were recognized for their tireless effort and commitment to support the ACTS Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors (LOSS) Team. Whenever there is a suicide in Prince William County, law enforcement calls ACTS to mobilize the LOSS Team. Within an hour, our staff or trained volunteers are on site at the family’s home to provide comfort and support. Briana Sewell presented Commendations from the office of Congressman Gerald E. Connolly. The following officers’ names have been entered into the Congressional Record: Dan Carton, Brian Cavanaugh, Brian Coady, Darien Cupka, Dan Downey, Mike Fernald, Ben Grantham, Ray Hyatt, Rob Kasper, Joe Medawar, Juan Pena ( deceased), Gina Pinedo, Astrid Robinson, Caillen Smith, Mike Sullivan, and Gary Van Dyke. During the luncheon, Chief Steve Hudson (Prince William County Police) and Steve Liga, CEO of ACTS, highlighted the benefits of the...
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Message From The CEO

Message From The CEO
Dear Friends, Let me begin by saying thank you for the outpouring of support I have felt since coming to ACTS one year ago. Starting a new job is always stressful. Moving states to do so is doubly so, as many of my neighbors in the military know so well. This community has made it so much easier than I ever expected. As spring arrives and the weather warms, the wind of change is upon ACTS in the best possible way. I am very fortunate to have such a committed and diverse staff that is able to share their wonderful and creative ideas to make us all grow and make a greater impact on Prince William County. Visit our thrift store or stop by the administrative offices, and you’ll see what I mean. You will be greeted with a genuine smile. ACTS as an organization is really comprised of people from...
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Lisa’s Story

Lisa’s Story
Several years ago my life was moving fast and I was a typical American. In our family we spent what we made, putting nothing aside for a rainy day. Our children had numerous activities and I had only recently made the switch from a stay at home mom to a working mom. Little did I know my life was about to undergo a series of unfortunate events worthy of a movie. You never know how quickly you can lose everything. Most Americans are one paycheck away from financial disaster. My downfall began with the untimely and unexpected death of my younger brother. Soon after my mother began to go blind. I made the decision to quit work and care for my mother. Little did I know this was the beginning of losing everything I had but my family.   Over the next couple years I experienced many other personal struggles, however the...
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ACTS Receives $20,000 Grant from Stafford Hospital Community Benefit Fund

ACTS Receives $20,000 Grant from Stafford Hospital Community Benefit Fund
PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, VA—Action in Community Through Service of PWC has received a $20,000 grant from the Stafford Hospital Community Benefit Fund located in Fredericksburg, Virginia. The grant period is January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2016. This grant supports staffing for the ACTS Helpline, which provides services directed toward crisis intervention and suicide prevention. Helpline is a 24/7/365 telephone crisis hotline, which is certified for suicide intervention by the American Association of Suicidology. ACTS Helpline also provides Senior Link, a free call reassurance program providing scheduled phone calls to senior citizens or physically disadvantaged shut-ins. As part of this grant, ACTS is required to: Increase the number of crisis and suicide calls responded to from 54,166 to 56,800.Increase the number of outbound Senior Link calls from 15,188 to 15,947.Participate in 12 outreach activities that will reach a minimum of 150 individuals in Northern Stafford and Southeast Prince William Counties.Collaborate with...
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ACTS 5th Annual IWalk a HUGE Success

ACTS 5th Annual IWalk a HUGE Success
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Drop Off Your Donations

Drop Off Your Donations
Local Friends.. Ft. Belvoir Federal Credit Union branches are collecting non- perishables for ACTS, so stop by today and drop your goods in one of these boxes.
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Cuisine de Commerce

Cuisine de Commerce
Today, the Prince William Chamber of Commerce held a Cuisine de Commerce to showcase restaurants and caterers in the chamber. All attendees were encouraged to bring food for the ACTS food pantry. Thank you so much for all the donations! The event sponsor, Burke & Herbert Bank, also announced that it will be holding a food drive now through Thanksgiving in all of its local branches to support the ... See More
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