Our Programming & Services

Our Core Program: Six Steps to Self Sufficiency

When an individual or family comes to Good Shepherd of Northern Virginia seeking shelter, they are required to enter our Six Stages of Self-Sufficiency Program. The Six Steps of Self Sufficiency Program is a dynamic program designed to help individuals and families achieve specific goals and ultimately return to housing stability in the community. Residents work directly with a care coordinator to address specific and unique challenges in each of the six stages. We believe it is essential to provide them opportunity for a long-term solution; not just shelter for a time.


All programs offer a safe place for all to learn, share and ask questions in an environment of mentorship and personal guidance.



Our Support Programming Goes Beyond Just the Parent and Integrates the Entire Family Unit

The Life Skills Program

The Life Skills Program focuses on coaching and encouraging participants towards financial, practical, emotional and relational health, providing useful tools and instruction to empower residents.


The Youth Program

The Youth Program empowers our younger residents by mentoring them in areas of money management, nutritional education, social skills and personal health using an established curriculum and proven relationship building methods.


The Mentoring Program is designed to provide a source of encouragement by coming alongside and navigating day-to-day life challenges, offering and modeling authentic relationship and friendship, and communicating value and worth in order to help individuals reach their full potential.

Our Services Go Beyond Just Housing


  • Emergency Services
  • Personal Development and Education
  • Job Training and Placement
  • Secure Housing Assistance
  • Mentorship 

Our Shelters

  • HebronIBethel (Emergency): Hebron is an 89-day Emergency Shelter for women and children located in Purcellville, VA. Hebron has six rooms and can house up to twenty-five residents with a house monitor overseeing the communal living. Hebron provides basic needs such as housing, food, showers and laundry machines for all residents.
  • Peace House (Transitional – Single Women): Residents may apply for a room at Peace House after residing at the Hebron Emergency Shelter for 30 days.
  • Mary’s House of Hope (Transitional – Single Mothers): Designated for pregnant mothers and or single mothers with young children. Mary’s House has three rooms and can sleep up to eight residents. A resident may apply for a room at Mary’s House of Hope after residing at the Hebron Emergency Shelter for 30 days.
  • Family Transitional Housing: Each of the three homes in Leesburg, VA provide housing to individual families. Families who have resided at Hebron for at least 30 days are eligible to apply to the Program. Community referral applicants are also accepted.

“When they explained their Six Steps to Self-Sufficiency Program, I knew this was the right route for us. I had a sense of purpose – something I could work toward and accomplish given the tight deadline of 89 days to secure employment, manage finances and secure our next place to live. It was beyond challenging living in a house with other families also struggling in their own ways.”

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