Local Organizations that Serve our Community

Loudoun County has many amazing organizations that help children and adults with ID/DD and we have had the special opportunity to meet and speak with many of them at our monthly meeting. Here's a directory we have put together for the purpose of connecting those local organizations with those in need of their services. We have broken it down into sections for ease of use. These sections include:

  • Support Services
  • Vocational Services
  • Social and Entertainment Services
  • Educational Services

Individuals born with developmental or intellectual disabilities may benefit from services from infancy throughout life. Many families with children that have long term support needs due to a developmental or intellectual disability seek information or assistance to navigate the complex maze of social, educational, behavioral and medical support services that are required.

Habitat for Humanity

700 Fieldstone Dr., Suite 128
Leesburg, VA 20176
Phone: 703-737-6772 Fax: 703-737-6788
Contact: Kari Murphy

At Habitat for Humanity, we do more than build houses. We partner with homebuyers, volunteers, donors, businesses and community organizations to transform lives and rebuild communities. Our partner families investment in sweat equity hours and attend classes so homeowners learn the skills needed to successfully own and maintain a home for the rest of their lives. These individual homeowners become part of a larger group that works to bring change and new life to communities. Through community planning and neighborhood engagement, Loudoun Habitat encourages the growth of healthy communities throughout Loudoun County.

Backpack Buddies

45425 WINDING ROAD
STERLING, VA 20165
Phone: 703.430.2203
E-mail: backpackbuddies@galileeumc.org

Contact Linda Merkle

Our story began more than three years ago when we learned that nearly 12,000 children in Loudoun County were food insecure. As the wealthiest county in the United States we found this statistic troubling. We quickly responded to this need by launching the Backpack Buddies Program, which  provides weekend, summer, and holiday meal packs to Loudoun County students receiving free or reduced-price school meals. Each year, our volunteers pack and distribute over 12,600 meal packs to our three partner schools. Find out how you can help end hunger and join us in our efforts to ensure that every child has nutritious meals when school is not in session.   

OAR-OPPORTUNITIES-ALTERNATIVES-RESOURCES

10640 Page Ave., Suite 250,
Fairfax, VA 22030  
Phone: 703-246-3033

Contact Brandon Cosby

Mission: To rebuild lives and break the cycle of crime with opportunities, alternatives, and resources for offenders and their families to create a safer community.

OAR of Fairfax County is a local non-profit restorative justice organization providing human services since 1971. Our history has its roots in the highest principles of human rights, and the most practical applications of a community’s enlightened self-interest and citizen action. 

DOWN SYNDROME ASSOCIATION

10467 White Granite Drive, Suite 320
Oakton, VA 22124
Phone: 703.621.7129

Contact Heather Trammell

DSANV was originally founded as MOMS in 1972. In the early 80s, the name was changed to Parents of Down Syndrome (PODS). In 2004, we became the Down Syndrome Association of Northern Virginia (DSANV). Since then, we have grown to more than 900 members representing the thousands of individuals across Northern Virginia who have Down syndrome.

DSANV has become a trusted resource for individuals, families, friends, educators, employers, legislators, and the medical community. Our organization engages a strong board of directors and a broad base of volunteer and financial support in achieving our mission to ensure that all individuals with Down syndrome and their families receive the support necessary to participate in, contribute to and achieve fulfillment of life in their community. DSANV has a history of success in:
Helping families adjust to the birth of a child with Down syndrome;

  • Providing individuals with Down syndrome and their families with educational, financial, medical, legal and social support and resources;
  • Providing social and educational events for individuals with Down syndrome and their families to meet, interact and learn;
  • Increasing community awareness of the capabilities and contributions of individuals with Down syndrome;
  • Providing financial support to families in need with camp scholarships, conference scholarships and donations of durable medical equipment;
  • Partnering with local, national, and international organizations that provide services to individuals with Down syndrome

Loudoun Interfaith Relief

750 Miller Drive, Suite A-1
Leesburg, Virginia 20175
Phone: (703) 777-5911
Fax: (703) 777-5531
E-mail: jmontgomery@interfaithrelief.org

Contact Bonnie Inman

As the population of Loudoun County has increased, the number below the poverty line has also increased and, accordingly, so has the number of families and individuals we help. This past year, LIR directly served more than 17,000 individuals through 90,000 visits, half are children. Last fiscal year, LIR distributed over 1.4 million pounds of food and serve over 70 families per day.

LIR is a food pantry. We supply perishable and non-perishable food items directly to our clients. A food bank stores thousands of pounds of food, including food for USDA. Food banks supply food pantries with some free donated items and also sell food to pantries at a highly discounted price. LIR is a partner agency with the Blue Ridge Food Bank and a Feeding America partner as well.  Feeding America is the national network that includes more than 200 food banks and food rescue organizations throughout the country.

Ultimately, the goal of LIR is to provide support and assistance so that families can live in our community without a need for our services. We have had success in this goal, but new families and individuals are constantly challenged in their lives.
And, unfortunately, there are those who will always need LIR (such as the elderly and the sick.) Accordingly, we continue our efforts to address the hunger problems of a growing community with rapidly growing needs.

Loudoun Cares

P.O. Box 83
Leesburg, VA 20178

Contact Sonia Castelli, Information & Referral Manager
Sonia@LoudounCares.org

Loudoun Cares arrived on the local nonprofit scene in 2003 with a couple of board members, $600 dollars and an ambitious vision to strengthen local nonprofits and develop a nonprofit center. Since that time, Loudoun Cares established the South Street Nonprofit Center, offering several organizations affordable space in which to work and collaborate. Additionally, Loudoun Cares maintains the Information & Referral Helpline, directing thousands of people to emergency assistance each year; the Claude Moore Community Builders youth volunteerism initiative; nonprofit executive consulting; and the community Volunteer Center. Loudoun Cares is now a leading voice advocating for our local nonprofit community and the residents we serve.

In 2015, far from our humble beginnings, Loudoun Cares is working to expand our Nonprofit Center vision. We continue to build community and partner support to help us finish what we have started—the development of nonprofit infrastructure that will benefit our community for the next 50 years and beyond.

Loudoun County has an immense amount of resources for children with disabilities, however "when the bus stops coming" those resources do as well. It has been predominantly placed upon the private sector to continue providing post-secondary educational and vocational opportunities. Although there are still a few local and federally funded organizations that help, these offerings are limited. 

Legacy Farms Virginia

P.O. Box 4499
Leesburg, Va. 20177
Phone: 703-870-4117
Email: Info@legacyfarmsvirginia.org

Contact: Patrick Cox

Legacy Farms is a local nonprofit green care social venture providing support services and agrarian based vocational training for adults with Autism and other developmental challenges. They are currently located at Temple Hall Farm and offer their services for free.

Wildflour Catering

4500 Southgate Place

Chantilly, Va. 20151

Contact Charlie Martin

Our Mission: Wildflour Caterers employs and empowers people with disabilities to achieve independence and integration in the workplace and in the community.

Our chefs and culinary team have the knowledge and expertise to honor and amaze your guests with delicious, elegantly crafted menus and artful presentations while making your entertaining effortless. Our passion for food will make your unique event, meeting, or gathering, a special occasion.

Whether you are hosting a wedding for 300 or an intimate luncheon for 10, Wildflour Caterers offers the same personalized service that our customers have come to value. With over ten years of experience catering private events of every kind, our executive chefs guarantee a fresh and sophisticated dining experience in a popular price range. While our cooking style is Europe-oriented, we comfortably embrace the many ethnic tastes found in the Washington D.C. Metro area.

Spring Arbor Assisted Living

Spring Arbor

237 Fairview St., NW, Leesburg, VA 20176
Phone: (703) 574-7306

Spring Arbor of Leesburg offers the very best in assisted senior living care in Leesburg, VA. We also offer our unique "Special Care Cottages" which are highly specialized facilities and programs custom designed for residents with the unique challenges of Alzheimer's and dementia-related disabilities.

While traditional and cognitive based therapies are key to aiding in the growth and development of people with disabilities, these methods have their limitations, particularly for adults with developmental disabilities. For them warranting alternative means of communication, more creative interventions are needed—and resources for therapists who work with this challenging population are scarce.

Lucky for Loudoun, we have several organizations that have not only embraced this form of "Art Therapy", they have taken it to an entirely new level.

A Place To Be

8 North Jay Street - P.O. Box 1472
Middleburg, Virginia 20118
Phone: 540-687-6740

CONTACT TOM SWEITZER

People with Autism, Asperger's Syndrome, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy; Emotional Challenges of coping with bullying or self-esteem issues; people living with chronic illness such as Lyme disease and Cancer and those who just need A Place To Be.

Our clients come from all over Northern Virginia including, Loudoun County, Clarke County, Frederick County, Middleburg, Aldie, Leesburg, Winchester, Berryville, Ashburn, Hamilton, Purcellville, Chantilly, Lovettsville, Round Hill, Warrenton, Gainsville, Bristow, and Fauquier County.

VSA Arts in Loudoun County

Franklin Park Arts Center
36441 Blueridge View Lane
Purcellville, VA 20132
Phone: 540.338.7973
Phone: 540.338.8598
Fax: 540.338.6647

Contact Pam Schoppert

VSA arts is an international, not for profit organization founded in 1974 to create a society where all people with (and without) disabilities can come together in an inclusive environment and learn, participate in and enjoy the arts. The program was first founded by Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith. VSA arts is also an affiliate of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Best Buddies Capital Region

Capital Region Office
capitalregion@bestbuddies.org
131 East Broad Street, Suite 205
Falls Church, Virginia 22046
Phone: 703.533.9420|Fax: 703.533.9423

Contact-Alejandra Garcia Narvaez

Best Buddies International is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

Special Olympics Basketball, Loudoun

Caitlin Marcotte 20145 Ashbrook Place, Ste 170
Mailstop #78 Ashburn, VA 20147
Phone:703-777-0343 Fax:703-771-5354
Email: caitlin.marcotte@loudoun.gov
BY MAIL
Special Olympics VA Loudoun P.O. Box 2563 Leesburg, VA 20177

Contact Dan Dillon

Special Olympics-VA Loudoun County Council is made of volunteers that have stepped up to help guide and run our local program. Many are coaches, parents, or just people looking to make a difference. We encourage everyone to get involved and volunteer for open positions or to help with several committees throughout the year. The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

 

Loudoun County is filled with educational opportunities for people with disabilities. From private schools to summer camps there is something for everyone. Over the years we have had the pleasure of meeting several of these organizations and hope you will take a moment to learn more. 

Camp Virginia Jaycee

Camp Virginia Jaycee
Camp Jaycee Road, Blue Ridge, VA 24064, USA
540-947-2972
info@campvajc.org

CONTACT Tom King

Camp Virginia Jaycee offers 3 services:

  • Family Camp: Families can experience camp together and have the added support of counselors. Activities are created to provide fun for all ages and create lasting memories for the whole family.
  • Respite Weekends: We offer respite weekends in the spring and fall designed to give family members a much needed break.  Campers will experience many of the same activities during summer session with a smaller more intimate format.  These weekends are suitable for ages 5 and up.
  • Summer Camp: Our counselor ratio averages 2 to 1 specially trained and supervised on-site by a child development specialist. We have a Registered Nurse (RN) on the premises 24/7 when camp is in session.

Loudoun County Adapted Recreation

20145 Ashbrook Place
Suite 170
Ashburn, VA 20147

Contact Amy Barker
Adaptive Recreation Specialist

Adaptive Recreation (AR) Camps are available through the School’s Out and Summer programs, such as Spring Break and Summer Camp. AR Camps offer participants opportunities, within the least restrictive environment, to enjoy traditional recreation activities, as well as new experiences through leisure exploration. 

All AR Camp programs are designed to meet the individual needs of participants who generally benefit from extra support as they strive for daily success within school, leisure and community settings. 

Staff is trained by the Adaptive Recreation Program’s full-time staff and specialty professionals to ensure that all participants enjoy a safe, fun and memorable camp experience. AR Summer Camp is Virginia State Licensed and maintains the high standards set by state licensing requirements. An overview of AR Camp is included in our Children's Programs welcome video.

Phillips Program

Annandale
Building Futures ~ Fairfax
7010 Braddock Road
Annandale, VA 22003
703-941-8810
703-658-2378 fax

PHILLIPS is a private, nonprofit organization serving over 500 children and their families in the Washington metropolitan area. For more than 40 years, we have helped children where others could not — to prepare to become independent, productive young adults.
Our Mission: PHILLIPS serves the needs of individuals with emotional and behavioral problems and their families through education, family support services, community education and advocacy.
Our Philosophy: Each child we serve is unique, and so is the combination of services we provide. Depending on the child’s needs, as well as input from parents, educators, agencies or other involved parties, we offer:

  • Special Education Day Schools: Serving students with special needs from elementary grades through high school in two nationally-acclaimed facilities in Annandale, VA and Laurel, MD
  • PHILLIPS Family Partners: Helping families grow together by offering home and community-based counseling, behavior consultation, family support and advocacy services.
  • PHILLIPS Building Futures: Providing intensive career services programming and academics while students learn the building trades at our onsite facilities in Fairfax and Loudoun Counties.