Hypothermia Prevention Season - Help Needed!

Why Help Especially in Winter?CBE Members serve dinner at hypothermia center

With all of your help again, CBE is continuing its tradition of caring for the homeless in our area by preparing and serving hot dinners during the upcoming winter months. Sadly, there are more than 1,000 homeless children, women and men in Fairfax County facing threats of severe temperatures and hunger. The majority of people without homes in our community are children and working families. Our sacred tradition teaches us to care for the poor and needy among us.

In the 2017-18 season, CBE will be providing food to three large dinner gatherings as well as a full week of breakfasts and related donations and volunteer activities:

  • November 5: Embry Rucker Community Shelter; Reston; 140 guests (more info and signup provided below)
  • December 24: We'll provide, prepare and serve Christmas Eve Dinner for 60 at Epiphany Church in Oak Hill/Herdon (more info coming soon)  
  • January 14-21CBE members will again participate in feeding and sheltering 80 homeless adults during Hypothermia Week at the St. John Neumann Catholic Community on Lawyers Road, including our signuature roast chicken dinner on Monday, January 15 (MLK Day) for 80 guests.

Each of these tzedakah opportunities is summarized briefly below, with a link to a SignUp Genius with full details and to sign up for each. If you have any questions, need help signing up or prefer not to sign up online, please contact the person named for each event. In addition, donations to the Acts of Lovingkindness Fund can be earmarked for "Hypothermia Prevention" to assist in these efforts.

November 5, 2017 (Sunday)

We’ll prepare and serve roasted chicken, vegetables and cookies for about 140 guests of the shelter. (Others will provide additional courses.)

  • Location: Embry Rucker Community Shelter, 11975 Bowman Towne Drive, Reston, VA 20190 (Next to the Reston Library)
  • Needed: 
    • 6 volunteers, roasted chickens and steamed mixed vegetables (CBE Religious School will be providing cookies). Also fruit or other items to fill centerpiece baskets.
    • Clothing and gift cards to local fast food outlets
  • Bring donated food/items: Food for dinner: approximately 3:30 PM on November 5 at the shelter (dinner is served at 5:45 PM). Clothing: to the CBE lobby during the week before. Gift cards: to the CBE office during the week before.
  • Umbrella organization: Cornerstones (formerly Reston Interfaith).
  • Details & signup
  • Contact (for questions or if you prefer not to sign up online): Ron Klayton

December 24, 2017 (Sunday)

Give our Christian volunteer friends the gift of Christmas Eve with their families – we’ll prepare and serve dinner for up to 60 people:

Week of January 14 – 21, 2018; Host Large Dinner Monday January 15

CBE members will again support a full week of caring for up to 80 homeless guests. Our commitment is to provide breakfasts, warm clothes and gift cards for meals, and also to prepare and serve dinner on Monday, January 15 (MLK Day), with entertainment from the CBE Chorale. We need a “full court press” to ensure that the homeless have all the things they need to make it through winter and that their week at St. John Neumann is filled with warm memories.

  • Location: St. John Neumann Catholic Community, 11900 Lawyers Rd, Reston, VA 20191
  • Needed:
    • For CBE Dinner January 15): volunteers (teens 13-17 with parent present & signed waiver), cooked and uncooked foods and items for centerpieces. And thanks for the CBE Chorale for providing entertainment the same evening!
    • For the week: Donate breakfast foods, clothing and gift cards.
  • Bring donated food/items: Breakfast food and clothing collection is Sunday, January 7 to Sunday, January 14 in the CBE Lobby (please leave gift cards in CBE Office). Perishable food for our dinner can be dropped off 4:30-5:00 PM on the day of the dinner at St. John Neumann Church on Lawyers Rd in Reston (or contact the event coordinator for alternate arrangements). 
  • Umbrella organization: FACETS, in partnership with Fairfax County Hypothermia Prevention Progam
  • Details & signup
  • Contact (for questions or if you prefer not to sign up online): Ted Benjamin


Thank you for helping the homeless in our area during the winter season!