Tysons Interfaith is pleased to present a series of blog posts highlighting local non-profit organizations who are doing so much to help our neighbors. Please consider helping these groups with your time and resources. For a list of nonprofit organizations working in the Tysons area please visit: tysonsinterfaith.org/resources/
If you’ve ever driven past the bright purple door on Gallows Road with the welcoming sign out front, you’ve driven by Second Story for Teens in Crisis, an emergency home that provided 699 bed nights to youth in crisis last year. It’s the only emergency home or safe haven in Northern Virginia for teens ages 13 to 17. It’s also just one of the programs Second Story offers to youth and families in the region.
Learn more about Second Story by attending the annual Beacon of Hope Breakfast on October 25th, 2023, from 8:00 to 9:00 AM ET at Westwood Country Club in Vienna, Virginia. All are invited and registration is required. Learn more here: second-story.org/2023-beacon-of-hope-fundraiser/.
For more than 50 years, Second Story has been transforming the lives of children, youth, and their families by providing safe havens and opportunities to grow and thrive at critical turning points. Second Story’s vision is of a community where all young people are safe, live in a nurturing environment, and have the opportunity to reach their full potential. They’ve assisted more than 50,000 young people through their four programs.
- Second Story for Teens in Crisis provides a short-term place to stay for youth in crisis ages 13 to 17, plus food, clothing, and individual and family counseling. The staff also runs a 24-hour crisis-counseling hotline.
- Second Story for Homeless Youth helps high school students and youth experiencing homelessness with housing, case management, and life skills training.
- Second Story for Young Mothers offers long-term housing as well as life skills support, counseling, and assistance with basic needs for young mothers experiencing homelessness so they can learn to support themselves and their children.
- Second Story in the Community serves the communities of Culmore, Annandale, and Springfield through Family Resources Centers, Safe Youth Projects, and a Teen Center. They offer language, computer, health literacy, parenting, and financial planning classes, as well as tutoring, after-school support, and food distribution.
The true testament to Second Story’s work lies in the countless young individuals who have been given the opportunity to rewrite their life narratives, or their Second Stories. Last fiscal year, 120 youth had a safe place to stay, and some stayed for up to 18 months. Second Story also distributed 973 backpacks, provided 3,750 individual tutoring sessions, fielded over drop-in 26,000 consultations, and provided 12,309 food distributions.
There are many ways you can support Second Story’s mission.
- Give monetarily: second-story.org/givenow/
- Attend a virtual Open Door Session to learn more: second-story.org/get-involved/open-door/
- Follow Second Story on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube, and Twitter @SecondStoryorg
- Visit Second Story’s website and sign up for the newsletter at second-story.org
- Listen to the podcast: second-story.org/podcast/
- Donate items: second-story.org/immediate-needs/
This blog post is the expressed opinion of its writer and does not necessarily reflect the views of Tysons Interfaith or its members.