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August 17, 2020

Family Shelter Services adds three board members

New Family Shelter Services board members Lucia Coffey, Nathan Gilbert and Lisa Mallam.
Warrenton-based Family Shelter Services, a nonprofit that works to end homelessness in three counties, recently added three members to its board:

Lucia Coffey, an account executive with technology solutions company (ISC) 2 in Alexandria.

Nathan Gilbert, a partner with Meridian Financial Partners in Warrenton.

Lisa Mallam, operations vice president with insurance company FM Global in Washington, D.C.

Founded in 1987, FSS operates a 52-bed emergency shelter in Warrenton and transitional housing complex at Vint Hill. It serves about 400 people a year, 60 percent of them school-aged children. The nonprofit works with families to get stable employment, establish household budgets and secure permanent housing “to end the cycle of homelessness in our region and a vision to create a culture of humanity and compassion where all people are valued.”

A 10-member volunteer board oversees the nonprofit, which has four staff members and an annual budget of about $700,000

“It is with great excitement that we add three visionary and compassionate leaders to our board,” President Stephanie Paladeau said. “They each bring distinct passions and experience in sales, operations, financial management and leadership that, along with our supporters, staff and participants, will enable us to further our mission to break the cycle of homelessness.

“It is because of the steadfast dedication of our humble and well-tuned volunteer Board members, in coordination with our executive leadership that FSS has met and exceeded our goals this year,” Ms. Paladeau added. “We work together to serve the Fauquier, Culpeper, Rappahannock and surrounding communities. With our supporters, staff, participants and board, we protect and nurture our neediest residents, guiding them to a new chapter of personal and financial stability.” 
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BestKeptSecrets · August 19, 2020 at 11:05 am
Does the board realize teachers are amongst those struggling for affordable housing? Most families are one pay check from being homeless. Push for affordable housing. A major rental agency in this community negates many, many applicants because their income falls short. Is this on purpose? Intentional? Does it keep the low income families out of the area. How about the teachers who reside in neighboring counties? Do the tax payers understand they are paying for these teachers children to attend our public schools for free? They reside in other counties and their children are permitted to attend the county schools. This is a costly benefit that goes on the tax payers back. If Fauquier county had affordable, fair, ethical housing, it would help prevent homelessness. Teachers, nurses, social workers could live in the area they are employed. If you do not qualify for subsidized housing, and are forced to live in an apartment and pay for laundering, this can add on $100 a month or more. Laundering is not cheap folks.
Succor Executive · August 17, 2020 at 5:18 pm
I have a question, are their any board members who have actually been homeless before and/or lived in the FSS shelters? If so i would love to hear their story, if not then I believe the board is missing a vital component to providing and understanding the needs of those who are homeless!
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