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“A new name and a new look.” -Judith Dittman, CEO
"Last week, I announced for the first time that I was CEO of Second Story. Alternative House is writing our next story... Through this name change, our services to young people, their families, and their communities have continued without interruption," says Judith Dittman CEO of Second Story.Read
Ensuring Families Know Their Rights
We have been helping families understand the paperwork they need to ensure that, should the need arise, children can live with other trusted adults if Mom or Dad do not come home.Read
Young People Give Us Good Advice
We currently have nine council members, ages 14-18, who help us understand the issues facing young people, and how to talk to them about the things they care about.Read
A Bid for Racial and Social Equity in Fairfax County
“This is a wonderful initiative, and we hope that it brings more access and opportunities for success for the young people in our programs,” said Judith Dittman, CEO of Second Story.Read
Our Toy and Holiday Gift Drive for Children
“We do this to help the people who are in need. You do it because you have a heart for it,” said Christine Bartell, Resource Manager at Alternative House, who is coordinating the drive.Read