Children living in homeless shelters and supportive housing have limited options for summer fun. The Fairfax County Park Authority, looking to expand these options, provides eligible children with free summer camp opportunities. Since 1997, PACT in partnership with the county's homeless shelters and generous private sector sponsors, has provided summer fun and education for more than 600 children, ages 6 to 17.
PACT successfully integrates children from local shelters into Park Authority camp programs. Partners include Family PASS, Homestretch, FCPA, Shelter House, Christian Relief Services, and Good Shepherd Housing. These organizations have come to depend on this program during the summer months for children and their parents. The benefits of this camp experience go beyond the wonderful adventures and nurturing times the children receive. This camp also provides an opportunity for parents to seek employment or learn valuable skills without having to worry about childcare.
PACT is fully funded through contributions from local businesses, foundations and individual donors.
Special appreciation is extended to Fairfax County businesses, foundations and private donors, children living in homeless shelters and supportive housing are given the opportunity to attend FCPA camp programs through Parks and Community Together (PACT). In 2017, donations from the sponsors allowed 56 children to attend 245 weeks of camp and 163 extended care sessions!
Jim and Mary Cortina
Philene Ware Dunn
Doris Kumar for Science Camps
Lydia Patrick In Memory of Edward Patrick