Western Fairfax Christian Ministries Announces Relocation
Western Fairfax Christian Ministries [WFCM], a homelessness prevention agency, is pleased to announce plans to relocate its Food Pantry, Client Services operation, and Thrift Store on February 4, 2013.
The Food Pantry and Client Services will be located in Sully Place Shopping Center at 13888 Metrotech Drive, near Lowe’s Home Improvement store (situated between Kumon Reading and Learning Center and Papa John’s Pizza).
The WFCM Thrift Store will be located at 13939 Metrotech Drive, also in Sully Place Shopping Center, near the Asian Lotte Market.
WFCM’s new locations are less than half a mile from its previous office on Metrotech Drive. Through a generous renegotiation with Beatty Development Corporation, WFCM is leasing two separate spaces to house our Food Pantry and Client Services operations and our Thrift Store.
In December, WFCM staff and volunteers loaded several trucks with tons of non-perishable food, shelving units, office furniture, clothing and other items from the WFCM Thrift Store. Most of the items were delivered to the new WFCM Food Pantry/Client Services location; however, the items from the Thrift Store were moved into storage to wait for the second leased space to become available.
“We are excited to remain centrally located to our clients, many of who live in Chantilly, Centreville, and parts of Fairfax. We hope this move will mean more exposure for WFCM in the business community to whom we hope to foster working partnerships to better serve our community,” said WFCM Executive Director Melissa Jansen.
“In addition to the office space for our Client Services operation and Food Pantry, Beatty Development Corporation has offered WFCM the opportunity to lease space for the Thrift Store which we believe to be a high traffic retail property. This is important to the continued success of our Thrift Store, which provides significant revenue for our ministry,” Jansen said.
In 2012, WFCM served 3,272 people with food, clothing, rent and utility assistance. While the number of homeless individuals is decreasing in Fairfax County, the number of working poor is growing. Now, more than ever, WFCM needs the support of churches, businesses, and individuals to continue to serve those neediest in the community.
Effective February 4, 2013, WFCM will be able to accept food donations at the Food Pantry and will be open for regular food pantry appointments for clients. The Food Panty operating hours have changed, and will be open 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, for clients to shop for needed groceries. The WFCM Food Pantry will remain a “client choice pantry” where clients can select the food they need and want. The hours the Food Pantry can accept donations of food, beginning February 4, are 9:00 – 11:00 a.m., Monday through Friday. Please bring donations to the rear of the Food Pantry, using the access road behind Papa John’s Pizza.
The Thrift Store is slated to open to the public on Saturday, February 16, with a Grand Re-Opening. Please join us for the Grand Re-Opening at our new Thrift Store location, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Thrift Store hours will remain the same: Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., and Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Hours to drop off donation for the Thrift Store have changed. Beginning Tuesday, February 19, WFCM will accept clothing, household goods, and furniture Tuesday through Saturday, from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
The main WFCM telephone number, individual telephone numbers, email addresses and the website will remain the same.