Carpenter's Shelter Inc. (Alexandria, VA)


  • Name:Mrs. Kelly Andreae
  • Title:Director of Development

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Carpenter's Shelter Inc.
  • Address:930 North Henry Street
    Alexandria, VA 22314
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:(703) 548 - 7500

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  • Mission:
  • For over 25 years Carpenter’s Shelter has been more than just a roof to the men, women and children of the DC Metro Area. Through a holistic and comprehensive continuum of care, Carpenter’s Shelter helps individuals and families achieve lasting independence. Carpenter’s Shelter’s mission is to support the homeless achieve sustainable independence through shelter, guidance, education and advocacy. Evolving from an emergency shelter providing beds on cold nights in churches and warehouses into today’s holistic and comprehensive continuum of care, Carpenter’s vision is to be the community leader in preventing and ending homelessness.

  • Overview:
  • Carpenter’s Shelter is the largest single facility shelter in Northern Virginia and is the City of Alexandria’s primary response for meeting the needs of the chronic homeless population as well as families and individuals experiencing episodic homelessness. Carpenter’s Shelter operates the only day shelter for the chronically homeless in Alexandria; providing approximately 200 chronically homeless individuals each year access to services addressing their basic needs including: shower, laundry, mail services, and locker storage. Day shelter clients also have access to the Homeless Services Assessment Center (HSAC), which assesses their level of need and helps place them into housing or other non-street options. Carpenter’s Winter Shelter is a seasonal program that offers the homeless shelter in times of severe weather.

    The focus of Carpenter’s Continuum of Care model is its 80-bed residential shelter, which offers comprehensive and robust programs designed to help individuals achieve lasting independence. At the residential shelter, programs and services offered include: adult education; workforce development; on-site health clinic; food and nutrition; children’s services; and advocacy. A Family/Individual Asset-Strength Assessment is conducted within 7 days of intake and serves as the blueprint for the individual or family's end to its crisis. Each week, clients meet with their case manager to review goal-setting and steps needed to successfully return to stable housing.

    Carpenter’s Shelter not only wants to move individuals out of the shelter and into permanent housing, but also remain in permanent housing. For a minimum of one year following their stay in the shelter, individuals and families are provided community case management that includes: case management, monthly educational opportunities, access to a food pantry and other donated items, advocacy, and access to scholarships through our Education Fund. Those successfully living in stable housing engage in less intense program activities including Aftercare Betterment Classes, literacy classes, Guy’s/Ladies’ Night Out activities and social gatherings aimed at promoting stable living.

    Carpenter’s target population includes homeless individuals and families with children; chronically homeless adults; and individuals who have recently transitioned back into the community following an occurrence of homelessness. Residents include disabled persons, newborn to elderly persons, veterans, parolees and refugees. Ethnicity of those served is: 76% African American; 15% Caucasian; 5% Latino; and 4% other. The population served includes working poor families; the majority of whom earn little above minimum wage. Many of our Aftercare families earn wages below 50% of the average median income (AMI).

    The Board of Directors at Carpenter’s Shelter plays an active role in the governance, direction and oversight of the organization. Members selected to serve on the board have traditionally been involved as active volunteers and have served on standing committees prior to joining the board. The 17-member board meets monthly to discuss finances, development campaigns and program outcomes. Standing committees are chaired by board members and include: Strategic Planning, Development, Finance, Nominating and Education. Board and staff meet throughout the year through committee work and have an annual retreat focused on the outcomes of the Carpenter’s strategic plan.

    With 19 full-time staff members, Carpenter’s Shelter serves close to 1,000 homeless and formerly homeless children, families and adults each year through our interrelated programs that focus on ending the cycle of homelessness through education and life-skills. Volunteers are a key component of Carpenter’s success. Each year over 1,000 volunteers donate more than 14,000 hours of their time and services to the shelter. Volunteers bring and prepare over 800 meals every year, contribute to many essential operating tasks, and support various programs through child-tutoring, professional development, and assisting with child recreational activities. Engaging local community members, religious institutions, and businesses in this way has been a rewarding aspect of the shelter and serves as an additional means of promoting awareness, community engagement, as well as organizational accountability and sustainability.

  • History:
  • Since 1988, Carpenter’s Shelter has been more than just a roof to the men, women and children of the DC Metropolitan Area. For nearly 25 years the mission of Carpenter’s Shelter has been to support the homeless achieve sustainable independence through shelter, guidance, education and advocacy. From its humble beginnings to today’s current award-winning programs and facility, Carpenter’s Shelter works to permanently end homelessness one child, family and individual at a time. Carpenter’s vision is to be the community leader in preventing and ending homelessness.

    Driven by research and strategic planning, Carpenter’s Shelter substantially changed its service delivery structure in 2011– moving from disparate programs to a Continuum of Care (CCP) model with an emphasis on permanent stable housing. The CCP model ensures that clients are engaged and services are coordinated in a fluid manner. Carpenter’s Shelter addresses the full range of barriers to permanent housing through dedicated staff, robust programs and committed volunteers. Upon intake, case management staff identify each individual and family’s root cause of homelessness and develop an individualized service plan to get them started on the road towards independence. Because there are no term limits in Carpenter’s shelter, individuals may reside there until stable housing is obtained. Families stay an average of six months.

    In September 2012, Carpenter’s Shelter became a founding member of the Partnership to Prevent and End Homelessness (PPEH) in the City of Alexandria. The newly created partnership represents collaboration between the City of Alexandria and human service organizations within the City of Alexandria. In order to reduce barriers to entry into the emergency shelter system, PPEH created the Homeless Services Assessment Center for individuals (HSAC) at Carpenter’s Shelter. HSAC is the central intake facility for all homeless and at-risk individuals within the City of Alexandria. Not only does HSAC provide clients with a more accessible and streamlined method of finding shelter, but it also increases Carpenter’s capacity, revenue potential, community partnerships, and inter-agency communication.

    Carpenter’s Shelter is routinely recognized for its best practice model in programming and for its excellence in management. Carpenter’s Shelter has been selected as a finalist for the 2013 Washington Post Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management. In 2012, the EXCEL Award honored Executive Director, Lissette Bishins, as a finalist for her excellence in nonprofit management. The Top Ladies of Distinction Inc named Carpenter’s Shelter a “Shaper of Change” in 2012. In 2009, Carpenter’s Shelter was selected as a featured charity for the Catalogue for Philanthropy. And Board of Directors member, Kerry Donley, was awarded the 2012 Phyllis Campbell Newsome Public Policy Leadership Award.

    Nationally, 28% of individuals experiencing homelessness within the last year became homeless again. Carpenter’s Shelter works diligently to prevent reoccurring periods of homelessness by offering a minimum one-year Community Case Management program designed to navigate clients through their critical first year of independence. Last year, 95% of Carpenter’s clients who completed our residential program and continued their journey toward independence with Community Case Management program did not return to homelessness.

    Jasmin, one of Carpenter’s former clients described what the services of Carpenter’s Shelter meant to her: “I could have just done what I had to do to get by but I would not be where I needed to be. I realized that I needed structure. It’s taken me a long time to get here but today I have seven months of sobriety and I am changing my life for the better. I go to work every day. I sing with Voices of the Street, a group of homeless men and women who share a love for music and support each other. I work with the National Coalition for the Homelessness. I don’t want to wake up tomorrow chasing a substance. I am thankful to CS for opening this door for me.”

  • Year established:1988
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:17
  • Advisory board size:
  • Staff size:19


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
  • Tax ID:54-1571849

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:541571849
  • Organization Name:CARPENTERS SHELTER INC
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:
  • Organization Address:930 N HENRY ST
  • Organization City:ALEXANDRIA
  • Organization State:VA
  • Organization Zip:22314-1621
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1, 2
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization, Educational Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:March, 1991
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):399
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Other housing activities
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:June, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:June
  • NTEE Code:L41Z
  • Asset Amount:$5,512,005
  • Asset Code:7 ($5,000,000 - $9,999,999)
  • Income Amount:$3,256,783
  • Income Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$3,110,454
  • Last Updated:2/19/2018 7:31:53 pm

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