Ambassador Reflections: A Conversation with Gezae Berhane

A Conversation with Gezae Berhane by Joy Loving Gezae Berhane is a former participant in Community Lodgings’ youth education program. He was featured in a video that shown during our fall fundraising breakfast. I recently spoke with Gezae about his experience with the youth program and his favorite Community Lodgings memories. How long were you […]

Ambassador Reflections: Paul Haire’s Community Lodgings Story

From Policy to People – Paul Haire’s Community Lodgings Story Paul Haire is a self-described “wonk who used to write social and public policy from 30,000 feet”. Not exactly the background you would expect for his newest career – running Your Dogs Best Friends, one of Alexandria’s best loved dog daycare and boarding facilities. In […]

Ambassador Reflections: A Former Mayor’s View of Community Lodgings

Bill Euille knows a thing or two about affordable housing and community service in Alexandria. The city’s longest-serving mayor to (2003 – 2016) grew up in affordable housing in Old Town with his brother, sister, and mother Doris. Despite raising three children as a single parent, Doris always found time to volunteer, and took Bill […]

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Reflections on Gratitude, Service: Words from a Community Lodgings Volunteer

As the holiday season nears, many of us prepare for the traditions we’ve grown to love. Whether it be spending the entire day cooking with your family on Thanksgiving, decorating gingerbread houses with friends, or even just sharing stories around the fire on a chilly day–the season is filled with reasons to smile. However, these holiday […]

Ambassador Reflections: 5 questions with Jesse Strauss

Five Questions with Jesse Medalia Strauss Jesse Medalia Strauss is the co-founder of Forward Frame Media, a full-service videography company that advocates for progressive social change through visual storytelling. He has produced Community Lodgings’ videos since 2015. What attracted you to Community Lodgings? I was just starting out as a freelance videographer and I saw […]

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Ambassador Reflections: The Power of Literature… and Generosity

Community Lodgings’ Love of Literature   By Jennifer Kenealy Co-Creator, InspireLit Building bridges between resources and needs to inspire and support kids   Alexandria should be proud to have a place like Community Lodgings in their neighborhood. It represents what can happen when dedicated people collaborate to solve problems. Community Lodgings not only addresses housing […]