Britepaths provides our Fairfax County area neighbors in need with short-term safety-net services and empower them to work toward long-term self-sufficiency. Since 1984, Britepaths has been a dedicated leader in developing sustainable solutions meeting the challenges faced by low-income working families in Fairfax County, through emergency assistance, financial literacy, workforce development and one-on-one mentoring. We strive to provide equity for 7,000 families and individuals annually, who live from paycheck-to-paycheck, where unexpected expenses can send them spiraling from self-sufficiency to the brink of homelessness.
What We Do
We draw approximately 800 volunteers working 8,000 hours from local faith-based groups, community organizations, businesses, schools and universities. With the commitment of skilled volunteers and the expertise of our professional staff, Britepaths has continued to refine and expand its program offerings to respond to urgent community needs. We provide Stability services, emergency and short-term food assistance and financial assistance grants, while also offering Resilience programs that help our clients move forward. Britepaths offers financial education classes, workshops, one-one financial coaching and financial mentoring that we bring to various locations in the community and also offer at the Financial Empowerment Center at South County (FEC). The FEC run by Britepaths in partnership with Fairfax County and the United Way of the National Capital Area is a one-stop shop open daily with some weekend and evening hours that offers financial coaching, workshops, tax assistance, small business and workforce development services. Our workforce development services include Network Up, a short-term mentoring program to help ready-to-work clients develop a professional network; ACT (Avenues to Career Training) program that offers disadvantaged County residents the necessary foundation to pursue better-paying jobs in fields where there is demand for skilled workers, and one-on-one workforce development counseling. Lastly, we also offer Seasonal Supports, Back to School and Holiday assistance, to provide additional help and hope to offset stressful expenses.