• Empowering homeless families to

    rebuild lives.

  • Homestretch serves over

    130 children annually.

  • Thank you to our supporters and volunteers.

    How would you like to get involved?

Homestretch has been transforming the lives of homeless families in Virginia since 1990.

Why We Do What We Do:

Our program is designed to work with each family, individually, to help the family develop a measurable and achievable service plan which addresses the root causes of homelessness.

60% of the families we serve are homeless due to domestic violence, while others are homeless due to medical crises, human trafficking, loss of loved ones or some other economic downturn.

Homestretch graduates break the cycle, which means their lives, and their children’s lives, are uplifted.

Homestretch serves homeless families with children. In fact, the average age of someone in Homestretch is only nine years old.

member of a homeless family is much LESS able to:

  • Find full-time employment
  • Graduate from high school
  • Go to college
  • Become a homeowner
  • Pay taxes or pay off debt
omestretch families, on the other hand, are much MORE able to:

  • Find a full-time job and stay employed
  • Own a home
  • Graduate from high school
  • Complete college or vocational school
  • Focus on building self-sufficiency
  • Pay taxes, pay off debt

Learn more about our program.

How You Can Help


By checking out our volunteer opportunities, you are becoming a tutor, a mentor, or helping to prepare a home for one of our families.

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More About Our Mission

The mission of Homestretch is to empower homeless families with children living in Virginia to attain permanent housing and self-sufficiency by giving them the skills, knowledge and hope they need to become productive participants in the community.

Since our inception in 1990, we have assisted over 1,000 families to achieve stability and self-sufficiency. The aim is to surround the homeless families with such vigorous supports that they can address the multiple barriers in their path and make as dramatic progress as possible while they are in Homestretch. (Read more about our program services.)

"By giving them a place to live, their temporary homelessness is addressed; by giving them the tools to become self-sufficient, their poverty is ended. Homestretch aims to go deeper than merely providing housing; we address the fundamental causes of poverty for each family we serve." – Christopher Fay, Homestretch Executive Director

Homestretch has an impressive record of success.

Historically, over 85% of the families coming into Homestretch have completed the program; and follow up with graduates of Homestretch shows that 95% have been able to maintain stable housing and employment.

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