Katherine Hanley Family Shelter Mini-Walk September 12

Whether by yourself or with your family, come enjoy a fun day, a lovely walk and that incredible feeling when you’ve done something for a good reason — come out to the Katherine K. Hanley Family Shelter Mini-Walk Open House Saturday, September 12. 

The walk is truly mini — approximately 1.4 miles of stroller- and wheelchair-friendly terrain.  But the registration fees go to Shelter House, the organization that runs the Katherine Hanley Family Shelter (KHFS) and your presence helps count towards the tally for the Fannie Mae Walk to End Homelessness — Shelter House will receive a donation from Fannie Mae based on the number of walkers they get from the combined tally of walkers at each of their mini-walks.  So you help twice just by registering.

In addition to the walk, the shelter will open its doors so you can view Fairfax County’s newest shelter, and the first homeless shelter in the country to win a Green Globes rating for its sound energy and environmental design practices.  This shelter looks nothing like how most people imagine shelters — nestled in a residential neighborhood, most people driving on Lee Highway aren’t even aware of its presence.  The Open House gives members of the community a chance to come learn more about the shelter via a scavenger hunt through the shelter, as well as just hanging out for some old-fashioned fun with a moon bounce, a magician, and more!


  • Saturday, September 12, 2009
    • 8:30 – Registration
    • 9:00 – Walk Begins
    • 9:30 – 12:00 – Open House!
  • Registration information:
    • Register by Thursday, September 3rd to receive your Help-the-Homeless Walkathon t-shirt!
    • On-site registration is available, but t-shirt will not be available day of registration
    • Registration is $15 for youth (25 and under) and $25 for adults!  All of registration fee goes to Shelter House and is tax-deductible.
    • Registration form is available at the Shelter House web site.
  • Katherine Hanley Family Shelter is located at: 13000 Lee Highway, Fairfax, Virginia
  • For more information, contact Kristen Lenz, Development Coordinator at 703.536.5383 or

    kristen.lenz @    shelterhouse.org  (remove spaces)

The Katherine Hanley Family Shelter is one of three housing programs run by Shelter House.  There will be additional mini-walks hosted by partners, including:

– Falls Church Presbyterian Sunday, October 25

– John Calvin Presbyterian, Sunday, November 1

More will be posted on the Shelter House web site as dates are finalized.

Note, I am affiliated with the Katherine K. Hanley Family Shelter as I am on their Community Advisory Board.

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