Fairfax County established a hypothermia prevention program 12 years ago to keep homeless people from freezing. Each week, a different faith community hosts homeless guests. This is the tenth year St. John Neumann has hosted the hypothermia prevention shelter and starting from January 15th for a week, guests from FACETS and Bailey's Crossroads Community Shelter are invited to have dinner, be entertained and sleep overnight with support from volunteers from several faith-based organizations that included Congregation Beth Emeth, St Mark, and St. Thomas a Becket.
The Knights of Columbus will host our monthly Charity Breakfast on Sunday, January 8 from 8:30 to 11:30am. The beneficiary of the January event is Divine Mercy Care. This local organization is committed to transforming hearts through healthcare as an umbrella healthcare organization committed to promoting life-affirming medical practice.
Ed and Claire Walsh have been selected as the Council's Family of the Month for December because of their dedicated service to various activities and programs at St. John Neumann. Ed has been a Knight since September 1999 and was the Grand Knight at his College of William & Mary’s Council as well as Grand Knight of our Council in 2010-2011. Ed and Claire have been parishioners at St. John Neumann for 10 years. Ed is a catechist for his son Sean's 1st Grade and Claire is a volunteer with the SJN Mothers’ Group.
Each year, St. John Neumann hosts homeless guests for a week. We provide our guests with food, fellowship and a warm place to sleep. This year we will be hosting up to 80 guests. Our faith partners are St. Thomas à Becket and St. Mark Catholic Churches, and Congregation Beth Emeth. Our two facilitators are FACETS and Northern Virginia Family Services.