Freezing cold temperatures and homelessness is heartbreaking.  Join Christ Church, Rising Hope Mission Church and Fairfax County Government to support the Hypothermia Shelter, located this year at the South County Government Building on Route 1.  The facility will house the residents 24/7 during the coldest months of the year. For your safety, we will not be serving meals or chaperoning this season.  We will, however, provide warm, homecooked meals and breakfast and lunch bags, on Sundays during December and January and on Mondays in February and March.  Share God's love for the the lost and lonely, and consider how you can help.  

The following opportunities are available to serve:

  • Preparing a portion of the dinner to feed 50 people
  • Kitchen crew - heat the meal prior to delivery to the shelter
  • Delivery team - deliver the hot meal and breakfast/lunch bags to the shelter
  • Donate travel-sized toiletries of deodorant, toothpaste and toothbrushes 
  • Donate winter clothes, i.e. socks, thermal undergarments, coats, hats, gloves, sweatpants, shirts and hand warmers.

Click here to sign-up for a volunteer opportunity.

Have questions? Please contact Gloria Gharib at 703.283.8491 or email her at .


Our sister church, Rising Hope Mission Church, serves the local, impoverished community through its food pantry, clothing closet, social service referrals and emergency housing. In addition to Christ Church's ongoing food collection, there are needs for food ministry drivers, pantry stockers, clothing closet organizers, kitchen helpers, hospitality aids, Spanish interpreters, administrative support, general maintenance and more.

The Christmas season is especially difficult for those who have experienced significant challenges in life.  Rising Hope provides meals to those who would otherwise go hungry, and relies on our support to be able to do so.  When you are at the store stocking your pantry for the holidays, please take a moment to pick up something extra for those less fortunate in our community.  

Non-perishable food items needed include: (no glass containers!)

Protein – canned chicken, tuna, corned beef
Spaghetti sauce – no glass containers
Tomatoes canned, tomato sauce, tomato paste
Canned vegetables and fruit
Cereal - hot and cold
Peanut butter and jelly
Soup and broth
Mac & Cheese, canned pasta
Pasta, rice, lentils and beans
Baking goods: flour, sugar, baking mixes, etc.
Coffee, tea, hot chocolate and juice
Fresh fruit – apples, oranges
Fresh produce – potatoes, carrots, onions

Frozen* – meat and venison, meat to make soup

*Please contact Bev Adams at  to schedule delivery of frozen meat to the church.