Read more about what's new with our programs, issues our work addresses like trafficking, homelessness, and poverty, and updates on our work and your support.
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Our COVID-19 Response & Immediate Needs
We are updating this page with our immediate needs as we respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on our programs.
Four Ways You Can Help Combat Trafficking in Northern Virginia
Human trafficking is a massive, heartbreaking problem both around the world and in the United States. In fact, over 100,000 Americans under 18 are victims of trafficking every year. Hear how you can help through Second Story.
Announcing Our Virtual Open Doors
Our Virtual Open Door Information Sessions will be held monthly via Zoom at 10 am and 1 pm. We hope you'll join us! Learn more about how to attend.
Second Story’s Holiday Letter
Each year Second Story sends a holiday letter from our Board President to our community to review the past year and let you know how you can support us over the holiday season. You can read the letter here.
An Update on Our Programs
You’re an important part of this community, so it’s important to us that as things change you remain updated on our work. Before we begin this holiday season we wanted to provide a comprehensive update on where things stand in each of our programs.
Our Beacon of Hope Virtual Fundraiser
Thank you to everyone who took part in our Beacon of Hope Virtual Fundraiser! We are so grateful to each of our sponsors, donors, ambassadors, and participants. You can watch the replay of the presentation at any time.
Virtual Learning at Second Story
We spoke with Meghan Huebner, Vice President of Residential Programs, to learn more about how virtual schooling is going for youth in our programs and the unique challenges presented this year.
Our CEO Judith Dittman’s 25th Anniversary
Our CEO, Judith Dittman, has been with Second Story for 25 years as of this past July! We are so thankful for her leadership and the ways she has helped the organization grow, change, and develop to best support youth. To celebrate her anniversary Judith shared with us some reflections on the past 25 years.
A Day in the Life at our Food Distribution Sites
We spoke with Edwin Alfaro, Community Organizer of Opportunity Neighborhoods for Second Story in the Community, about what a typical day looks like at the food distribution center in Culmore.
Help us send young people back to school!
We're looking for at least 500 backpacks filled with school supplies to be donated by August 10th. Your donations will help provide youth a sense of normalcy as they look to an uncertain academic year and help ensure their education isn't disrupted.
100% of Second Story’s Eligible Seniors Graduated from High School
All nineteen eligible seniors from Second Story for Homeless Youth and the Culmore Teen Center graduated from high school in 2020!
Connecting with Second Story
Many of you have messaged us asking for ways to help and responded in overwhelming ways--thank you! Here is another way to get involved: become an ambassador!
Where We Stand on the Black Lives Matter Movement
We’re deeply grieved by injustices, such as systemic violence, that impact people of color. Diversity and equality are values that have been at the heart of our mission since the beginning – we have a diverse staff and serve a diverse group of young people and families. We know that injustice persists, that it affects our staff, the youth we serve, and our community as a whole, and that it requires action from each of us.
COVID-19 & Our Programs: Updates from the Frontlines
We're updating this page as new stories and information come in. Our program staff are working on the front lines with youth and families experiencing homelessness and crises, especially as COVID-19 forces them into a new and more challenging way of life.
Our COVID-19 Task Force
Dear Friends, I hope you and your families are doing as well as possible under these challenging circumstances. I wanted to provide you another brief update on our programs, but mostly tell you about something new we’re starting in this season to help us support youth and families in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak.