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Social Ministries


SOCIAL MINISTRY OFFICE HOURS: Monday, Tuesday, & Thursday, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM


Counseling: (Individual – Family – Couples) Provided through Catholic Charities to assist parishioners during periods of extreme instability including financial stress, mental health crises and incidents of domestic violence. Appointment line 703-730-1791.

Sliding fee scale.

Contact Ms. Carter for an intake Appointment : 703-224-1630 (bilingual)
Jessicaa Tappel (bilingual Clinician)
Phone: (703)670-8161 Ext 312

Emergency Assistance: Holy Family works with other charitable organizations and churches through ACTS to assist our clients with their utility bills. To qualify you must make an appointment with Social Ministries, live in one of three zip codes (22191, 22192 or 22193) and bring proof of your address and a picture ID.
Phone: 703-670-8161 ext 336

Christmas Giving Tree: The Christmas Giving tree is a project for the less fortunate during the Holidays. We gather names from our Pantry Clients for children and Seniors.   During Christmas we will hang tags with a child’s or senior’s name and what they would like for Christmas.
Contact: Christine Chang
Phone: 703-670-8161 ext 336

Food Pantry:   Holy Family provides food to the needy.   The requirements are to live in one of three zip codes (22191, 22192. or 22193), proof of your address with a picture ID and to request an appointment by calling the Food Pantry at 703-730-1791.
Phone: (703) 670-8161 ext 336

 Back Pack Program: Provides bags of healthy, prepared food each weekend for 25 students that a neighboring school has recognized as the neediest.   The program organizes food drives, packs the weekend food and distributes in private to the selected students.

Homeless Outreach: Holy Family provides food for two of this area’s shelters. During the months of Nov., Dec., Jan., and Feb volunteer cooks bring food to the shelter once per month.   We sometime cook during the summer if requested.    For the unsheltered homeless, living in tents, we provide propane and other goods throughout the year.
Contact: Judi Peacott or
Contact: Juan Matinez (Spanish)

Health Van: A Health Van comes to Holy Family once per week every Thursday from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.   Requirements are to make an appointment, bring proof of income for last two months or recent tax return, proof of Woodbridge address, 2 IDs, Proof of lease or Mortgage payment.   A fee of $20 dollars is accepted to keep these vans returning to Holy Family.


After getting financially screened and qualified for care, patients are able to have regular health maintenance appointments, sick visits, and qualify for traditional screening including lab work, pap smears, and imaging services (X-rays, Mammograms).  Sentara Family Health Connection Mobile Clinic (FHC) participates with a low cost pharmacy and is able to get 3 months’ worth of many medications for the only $5.

To be seen, patients must be screened by the Financial Services Department at the hospital.  Patients must live in Eastern Prince William County, have no health insurance, not be eligible for Medicaid, and show financial documentation confirming that they are at or below 200% of the Federal poverty level.  FHC does not ask about legal status but does ask that patients bring the required documentation to their appointment with the Financial Counselor.  Once approved, they will receive a “membership card” that is good for four months after which they will need to re-qualify with Financial Services.  In many cases (but not all), re-qualifying may be done simply over the phone.

The FHC team is more than happy to accept new patients and delight in partnering with the uninsured community in an effort to improve their lives through health and wellness.

For more information or to see if you qualify for care in the FHC program, please call the FHC Operations Coordinator, Sarita Ramos at 703-523-0998.
By Appointment Only: (703) 338-6678
Mammogram for scheduling: (703) 523-1560 or


Spread the word about these wonderful vans.   FHC wants to take care of patients.  FHC does ask its patients to make a $20 co-payment for their visit and $5 for each medication.  Since FHC is billed $5 per medication as an administrative filling fee from their non-profit organization partner and FHC is just asking to be reimbursed for those medications.  The co-payments are very reasonable for the great service patients are given and they, in turn, feel good about themselves when they feel like they have contributed to their care in a small way.

If FHC ever had a patient that had trouble paying for their medication or visit, would you be willing to help them financially?  For instance, some patients are on multiple medications, so if they have 8 meds at $5 each, that would be $40.  Could you help with all or part of this?

Parish Nurses: Holds special health-related events aimed to reduce disease and promote wellness. Events include blood pressure screenings and other health assessments.
For Appointment call: Brenda Clark at 703-523-1560
Contact: Brenda Clark
Contact: Carmen Andrada (Spanish)
Dental Care: Professional dentists provide pro bono services by appointment only.
Phone: 703-670-8161 ext 312

Best Choice (a Mobile Ultrasound & Resource Center): supports expectant mothers by providing prenatal care, sonogram screenings, printed materials and counseling. These tests are provided on-site via a mobile ultrasound and pregnancy resource center. Events include the Baby Bottle Fundraiser promoted through Holy Family.
Contact: Angela Clark Executive Director, at 703-946-3077
Contact: Lisa Gregory (Counselor)
Phone: (703) 989-4386
14627 Ely Court
Woodbridge, VA 22193

Seniors: Holy Family supports Seniors by hosting a Bingo day every Wednesday during lunch serving drinks and treats.   Holy Family also serves a luncheon on the following dates: (St. Patrick’s Day, Thanksgiving , and Christmas).
Contact: Marg Einsmann, Coordinator

Engaging Youth: Provides volunteer opportunities for our youth to put their faith into action fulfilling the gospel message, “Love thy neighbor”. Volunteering in Social Ministry will teach the youth to engage in the various ministries and assist them with creating service projects.
Contact: Mark Hieronymus
Contact: Toni Papp

Respect Life: A ministry where volunteers help pregnant women and new mothers with diocesan programs like Gabriel Project and Spiritual Adoption. We also provide post-abortive support through diocese programs like Project Rachel and Rachel’s Vineyard Retreats. We support the diocese in events such as the Respect Life Mass & Rosary, Peaceful Prayer Vigils at local abortion facilities and 40 Days for Life opportunities.

Gabriel Project: Diocese of Arlington Help Line 1-888-444-3553,
[email protected]

Project Rachel/Rachel’s Vineyard: 703-841-2504 or 888-456-HOPE,
[email protected]

Diocese of Arlington Respect Life:

 Hogar Immigrant Services: offers a combination of legal consultation & representation; English-language instruction & other adult education programs; and naturalization assistance.

Contact: Jackie Chavez

Catholic Charities, Hogar Immigrant Services
Office: 571-208-1572, x 104  Volunteer.

 Action in Community through service (ACTS): A local non-profit organization serving the residents of PWC preventing and alleviating human suffering. ACTS provides assistance to people in crisis in collaboration with Holy Family and other parishes and churches in PWC. Services include Family Assistance, Clothing & Household items,Groceries, Emergency Prescription, Shelter, Children’s Program, Adult Advocacy Program, Community Outreach,Court Advocacy Office, Behavioral Intervention.

Phone: (703) 221-3186   ACTS Help Line (24 Hr Service) Phone: (703)368-4141
Location: 3900 ACTS Lane, Dumfries, VA 22026


Catholics for Housing (CFH) : dedicated to creating affordable housing opportunities for low and moderate income individuals and families.
Contact: Keith Henderson
Contact: Karen DeVito

Catholics for Housing, Inc.
18139 Triangle Shopping Plaza, Suite 2582
Phone: 703-221-4510
Fax: 703-221-3708


 Cooperative Council of Ministries (CCoM): Holy Family is a founding member of this interfaith group of 27 churches in Eastern Prince William County. CCoM provides direct service at homeless shelters and advocates for our less fortunate neighbors in the areas of housing, homelessness and substance abuse.
Contact: Juan Martinez

 Catholic Charities Diocese of Arlington (CCDA): Offers programs and services to help restore individuals from brokenness by assisting families in crisis, caring for those in isolation, feeding the hungry, welcoming immigrants and the homeless and offering life and employment skills.

200 N. Glebe Road, Suite 506
Arlington, VA 22203
703-841-3830 (P)
703-841-3840 (F)

Stephen Carattini, President,
Phone: (703) 841-3895
Email: Stephen Carattini

Black History & Heritage: Promotes the education of Black History and Heritage through cultural presentations of Saints, Clergy, and religious life to our school students and religious education classes. Provides annually church sponsored activities such as the Martin Luther King mass and supports a food booth at the International Fun Festival. During February’s Black History Month, celebrates a Mass with a visiting Celebrant and Gospel Choir followed by a community soul food potluck dinner, as well as providing articles in the weekly bulletin..
Contact: Beverly Carroll
Contact: Patrica Brooks

 Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement (VOICE): A non-partisan coalition of almost 50 faith communities and civic organizations in Northern VA uniting people across lines of race, class, religion, political party and geography to take action on key issues in our community including but not limited to affordable housing, access to health and dental care, and immigrant rights.
Contact: Amy White
Contact: Carol Wilson
Contact: Carmen Williams Carmen Williams


 CRS Rice Bowl: Each Lent, the church calls us into a season of fasting, almsgiving (eat less that others may eat).   Let CRS Rice Bowl inspire you in

this journey. CRS Rice Bowl is the Lenten program of Catholic Relief Services, the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States.  For more information contact the Parish Office via email or by phone 703-670-8161. Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl

Holy Family Mission Outreach: Holy Family supports three countries during Lent (Ghana, Haiti and Guatemala).   25% of the CRS Rice Bowl contributions will go towards Holy Family’s mission outreach.. For more information please email the Parish Office or call the office at 703-670-8161 
Our Diocesan Mission in Banica in the Dominican Republic has 2  projects that Holy Family School has supported and others would be very welcome to support as well.  The Mini-Green House Project is the first.  Click here to view a video of The Mini-Green House Project.

The second is a dance project.  In Fr. O’Hare’s own words: “We have a new and exciting project – it’s a dance project for girls (and some boys) here in the Mission – they are amazing dancers!  Dance is a fundamental element in Dominican culture, and so this has been getting a big response from the girls here.  Recently a professional video team produced a 3-minute video that you can view by clicking here.


 Virginia Catholic Conference (VCC): A public policy advocacy organization representing the Bishops of Virginia on matters of public policy in the areas of life and poverty such as Human Trafficking, Abortion, End of Life, and the Death Penalty. We participate in the annual March for Life.

Contact: Marsha Williams
Contact: Lynn Liggan, Secratary

Congressional Voter Resources here (and in Spanish here)

 Social Action Linking Together (SALT): A parish based network of persons in the Catholic Diocese of Arlington, Virginia bringing the social and economic teachings of the church to bear on public policy and legislation, especially at the local and state levels.  You may find more information by visiting SALT's website at SALT



 Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy (VICPP): Virginia’s oldest faith-based advocacy group that works to unite faith communities to reduce poverty in Virginia by advocating for proven and effective public policies. For many years, the Center has advocated for state policies that protect consumers from the predatory practices of car title, payday and other lenders.

Contact: Marco A. Grimaldo (CEO & President)

Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy
1716 East Franklin St. Richmond, VA 23223
Phone: (804) 643-2474

Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD): is the domestic anti-poverty, social justice program of the US Catholic bishops. Its mission
is to address the root causes of poverty in America through promotion and support of community-controlled, self-help organizations and through transformative education.

Contact: Carla Walsh, Diocesan CCHD Coordinator
Email: [email protected]
200 N. Glebe Rd., Su. 506, Arlington, VA  22203.
Catholic Campaign For Human Development

Peace and Justice Commission (Diocese of Arlington): Works in collaboration with the Bishop and in conjunction with the other social outreach offices of the Diocese to support Catholic social teaching in the areas of Peace and Justice.

 US Catholic Conference of Bishops (USCCB): is a resource to Dioceses and Parishes in the area of public policy (i.e. Peace & justice, immigration reform).

Justice for Immigrants
3211 Fourth St. NE, Wash., DC 20017
Phone: 202-541-3174
Email: Justice for Immigrant

English for Students of Other Languages (ESOL) & Citizenship : Coordinated through Hogar Immigrant Services, this ministry helps immigrants and others learn English, improve their written and verbal literacy, and pro
vides instruction for those seeking American Citizenship.

Contact: Jackie Chavez

Catholic Charities, Hogar Immigrant Services
8251 Shoppers Square
Manassas, VA, 20111
Office: 571-208-1572, x 104
Fax: 571-229-9443