North County Hypothermia Prevention Shelter Opens Thursday

There are several ways citizens can help the homeless this winter.

Don't let the unseasonably warm temperatures fool you. Winter will soon be here, and the homeless in Northern Virginia need to be some place warm.

Thursday, Dec. 1 marks the opening of the North County Hypothermia Prevention Program.

The program, operated by is one of three hypothermia shelters in the county that operate from Dec. 1 to March 31. The program operates every night during this timeframe, regardless of inclement weather and on all holidays. During the 2010-2011 season, NCHP served over 163 guests.

NCHP is located in the North County Human Services Building, 1850 Cameron Glen Dr., just one-quarter mile from the

There are several ways citizens can help with the effort:

1. Volunteer time or resources. Click here for a list of volunteer opportunities. Volunteers are needed to serve dinner and act as activity assistants, among others.

2. Donate items to the shelter, which has an extensive wish list of food, clothing and toiletries that are needed. To see the wish list, click here.

For more information, click here.

3. If you see a person you think needs help this winter, call Fairfax County Coordinated Service Planning at 703.222.0880  or click here for more info.  


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