The Lamb Center

Fairfax, VA   |  www.thelambcenter.org

Mission

The mission of the Lamb Center is serving our poor and homeless neighbors, transforming lives, and sharing God’s love. We seek to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ in word and deed to the hurting people in our community; to know them; to love them; to discover their needs with them; to foster and encourage their relationships with our Lord; and to help them to discover and enjoy the many gifts that God has given them each.

Ruling year info

2007

Executive Director

John MacPherson

Main address

PO Box 1385

Fairfax, VA 22031 USA

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EIN

41-2222581

NTEE code info

Homeless Services/Centers (P85)

Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash) (P60)

Alcohol, Drug and Substance Abuse, Dependency Prevention and Treatment (F20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Over 60,000 people living in Fairfax County, Virginia live below the poverty level and over 90,000 of 25+ year olds living in Fairfax did not graduate high school. This creates an income and education problem that can lead to homelessness. Approx. 1,000 people experience homelessness everyday in Fairfax County. And more than 10,000 people per year in Fairfax need emergency housing payment assistance to prevent families and individuals from falling into homelessness. It’s our desire to transition people experiencing chronic homelessness to get back on their feet through serving meals, providing showers, clean laundry, counseling and employment assistance.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Lamb Center

The Lamb Center is a daytime drop in center for the poor and poor in spirit. We provide breakfast and lunch to the homeless. Additional services include phone, mail & messages, showers, laundry, counseling, resume, transportation, and job assistance. Prayer is an integral part of every day at The Lamb Center. We have twice daily Bible studies open to all. We try and meet each and every guest where they are, meeting both their physical and spiritual needs. We are entirely supported by individuals and churches.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Homeless people

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total number of clients experiencing homelessness

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Homeless people, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Lamb Center

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of individuals served per year at the daytime drop-in shelter

Number of meals served or provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Economically disadvantaged people, Homeless people

Related Program

Lamb Center

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of health/hygiene product and/or tools of care (mosquito nets, soap, etc.) administered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Economically disadvantaged people, Homeless people

Related Program

Lamb Center

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of loads of guest laundry washed per year

Number of hygiene kits distributed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Economically disadvantaged people, Homeless people

Related Program

Lamb Center

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of showers taken per year with towels, soap, shampoo, and other hygiene items provided

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Lamb Center is a daytime drop‐in shelter for individuals experiencing homelessness and poverty in Fairfax, Virginia. We provide breakfast, lunch, showers, laundry service, Bible studies, housing and job counseling, a workforce development program, AA meetings, a nurse practitioner clinic, a dental clinic and much more.

Case management is our core program and encompasses spiritual, psychological, life and employment dimensions. We help guests determine issues that are obstacles to living a life of wholeness. We provide assistance to replace or obtain identification, social security cards, and birth certificates. Case Managers are available to assist our guests in filing for disability, social security and veteran’s benefits. We help people come to grips with addictions and mental issues and seek treatment. We also assist individuals with obtaining housing and employment, including a transitional work program that seeks to empower them to reach their greatest employment potential.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Lamb Center is working diligently to utilize the opportunity to assist chronically homeless guests with obtaining permanent housing. Chronically homeless individuals often encounter significant barriers to obtaining Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH). Common barriers include the inability to obtain needed documentation for the application process and the inability to complete applications on their own due to lack of access and resources. Additional barriers include the lack of monetary resources for application and holding fees, security deposits, first month’s rent and renter’s insurance. Case managers seek to connect every unsheltered visitor to a partner in the Continuum of Care for our region. For those unable or unwilling to do so, normally due to mental illness or a negative experience, we provide permanent housing case management services.

We assist all interested guests with benefits applications, document readiness, income improvement, access to medical, behavioral health and substance abuse treatment and other services to increase client success in working with our Continuum of Care partners. We build relationships of trust while providing basic services including meals, showers, laundry and clothing. We also offer the opportunity for nurse practitioner visits and mental health outreach services. Pre-pandemic, we offered AA meetings, dental cleanings, access to peer support, etc. With adequate funding, we would subsidize the cost of rental application fees, holding fees, security deposits, renter’s insurance, and first month rent.

Case managers identify clients eligible for Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH), including VA or mainstream vouchers with intake & VI-SPIDAT. Case managers document disability, homeless history, income, assets and program-specific requirements. They refer individuals to the Coordinated Entry Prioritization Pool and advocate for the client once in the Pool. Case managers assist the client to be document ready (ID, birth certificate, SSA). If the client is selected for PSH, they accompany the client through process and transition them to a new provider. If the client is eligible for a voucher, they complete the application paperwork and documentation. Case managers assist with the housing search, applications, leasing, apply for funding for application/holding fees, renter insurance, utility connection, security deposit and 1st month rent. They coordinate the donation of household goods. Case managers perform quarterly home visits and monthly contacts for first 12 months. Clients are responsible for keeping appointments, participation in obtaining documentation and housing search, and abiding by case plan. Timing averages one month for referral; time in pool varies; and the timing is 60-90 days for voucher process.

We have a professional staff of ten full time employees and one part time employee and hundreds of volunteers, as well as an established group of individuals, churches and community groups that support us and allow us to serve the average of 90 homeless individuals we see each day. For many we are a sort of emergency room, meeting their immediate needs, and assisting them with their more long term needs such as employment, housing, recovery or mental health.

The Lamb Center’s City Jobs Program creates an employment opportunity for individuals that meets them where they are and seeks to empower them to reach their greatest employment potential. We partner with both the City of Fairfax and Fairfax County to provide approximately 20 guests with paid jobs maintaining city parks and public spaces in 4 hour shifts every Monday through Thursday. Both the city, the county, and our guests have benefitted from this transitional work program. For some workers, City Jobs serves as a stepping stone to full-time private sector employment; for all involved, it offers the dignity and sense of purpose that comes with earning a paycheck.

Guests By The Numbers:
27,489 Total Guest Visits
1,601 Unique Individuals Served
90 Guests Per Day (On Average)

Case Management By The Numbers:
518 Unique Individuals Engaged Case Management
43 Veterans Served
124 Quarantine/ Isolation Motel Program Referrals Completed

Services By The Numbers:
19,594 Breakfast Meals Served
23,515 Lunch Meals Served
13,535 Showers Taken
8,245 Loads of Guest Laundry Washed
135 Dental Services Provided to Individuals
215 Recovery Meetings
71 Individuals Employed by the City Jobs Program

Other services Provided:
Housing Placement
Employment Counseling
Bible Studies
Clothing Closet
Haircuts and more

What we haven't yet done is been able to find housing for all who come to us each day.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Case management notes,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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The Lamb Center

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Cathy Liverman

No Affiliation

Term: 2020 - 2023

Cathy Liverman

Shannon Allen

Lori McLean

Lisa Hess

Carol Dieterle

Julie Bryant

John Giles

Karen Kershenstein

Edwina Bates

Alan MacDonald

Christine Martinson

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/26/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/26/2021

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.