Local nonprofit seeks winter clothing to help adults experiencing homelessness

A Recovery Program Solutions of Virginia participant (courtesy David Moss Photography)

With cooler temperatures returning after an unseasonably warm Friday (Jan. 26), a nonprofit headquartered in Reston is putting out a call for winter clothes to distribute to homeless adults throughout Northern Virginia.

An operator of wellness centers that assist people experiencing challenges with mental illness, substance use and homelessness, the Recovery Program Solutions of Virginia (RPSV) launched a winter gear clothing drive earlier this month that will continue until the end of the season.

The organization is seeking new or gently used coats, gloves, wool or thermal socks, scarves, hats, hand warmers and mylar blankets — all items that it says are “urgently” needed by its clients. The drive will also accept first aid and personal hygiene items, tarps, waterproof tents, sleeping bags, and waterproof rolling backpacks, according to a press release.

Donations can be dropped off at RPSV’s five recovery centers:

  • Arlington Peers Helping Peers in Recovery (3219 Columbia Pike, Suite 101)
  • The Consumer Wellness Center in Annandale (7611 Little River Turnpike, Suite E100)
  • Merrifield Peer Resource Center (8221 Willow Oaks Corporate Drive, Suite 1-105)
  • Reston Wellness Center (1850 Cameron Glen Drive, Suite 200)
  • The South County Recovery and Drop-In Center in Mount Vernon (8794-S Sacramento Drive)

Founded in 2011, RPSV serves Fairfax County, Falls Church, Alexandria and Arlington. Staffed by people who are in recovery, the nonprofit offers peer-run support groups, access to treatment, employment assistance, referrals to housing and financial assistance, and other services.

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