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ACTS is an independent, private, nonprofit organization serving the residents of the Greater Prince William Area, including the Cities of Manassas and Manassas Park.

About Us

Fifty years ago, ACTS’ founders began by addressing the most basic human needs of food and shelter. They established Prince William County’s first food bank, set up a used furniture distribution system, and developed a homeless shelter in local churches. From these beginnings grew the Hunger Prevention Center, Thrift Store, utility assistance program, two homeless shelters, and a permanent housing program. Services now also include comprehensive prevention and intervention programs to address domestic violence, sexual abuse and assault, and suicide, as well as a 24-hour anonymous crisis telephone service. We also provide education for the community on various topics associated with our services – for children, parents, care-givers, business and service industry professionals, government employees, and more. We serve over 70,000 individuals in our region (not including training) every year, of which 12,000 are children.

Mission Statement:

ACTS fosters hope, provides relief, and promotes self-sufficiency for our Prince William area neighbors in crisis.

Vision Statement:

ACTS is creating a community where no one goes without or suffers alone

Values Statement

ACTS is an integral part of our COMMUNITY, delivering SERVICE with COMPASSION and RESPECT; EMPOWERING our neighbors in crisis.

Services in 2019 with the Numbers

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Emergency Assistance Services

We provide financial assistance for households located on the eastern end of the county, City of Manassas, and Manassas Park with disconnection and shutoff notices on their utilities.

Total Households:                       1,023

Total Utility Bills Paid:              $282,000

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Food Assistance Services

We provide over 60,000 pounds of food to over 700 families every month through our Hunger Prevention Center.  We are also able to provide other essential needs for the entire family.

Total Households:                       7,292

Pounds of Food:                      683,705

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Housing Services

We assist those who are in need of various forms of  housing: emergency shelter (Beverly Warren House), rapid re-housing, Safe House, and our new Women’s Empowerment Center.

Households - Sheltered:                      247

Households - Permanent Housing:     171

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Crisis Helpline Services

Our trained staff and volunteers answer crisis calls 24/7, responding to anything from information about services in the area to suicide-in-progress or domestic violence help.

Total Crisis Calls:                       37,062

Suicide Calls Answered:            4,978

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Domestic Violence Services

DV staff and volunteers provide services from the moment police arrive on-scene to court advocacy to individual and group support sessions for primary or secondary victims.

DV Clients Served:                           3,565

Support Session Participants:      2,810

Court Advocacy Clients:                   756

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Sexual Assault Services

SA staff and volunteers provide services from hospital accompaniment to court advocacy to individual and group support sessions for primary or secondary victims.

SA Clients Served:                            507

Support Sessions Participants:     226

Court Advocacy Clients:                   38

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Community Education/Training

We educate the community about various forms of crisis and  provide trainings for kids and adults, equipping them with crisis prevention tools and resources to help themselves and others.

Education/Training Attendees:     18,259

Annual Events

IWALK for ACTS

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The Annual IWALK for ACTS 5k and Family Festival was started in 2010 by Image Church as way to raise funding and awareness through a fun-filled day of activities.  The event continued to grow every year, raising over $150,000 by 2018!  Because of how large the IWALK event became, Potomac Valley Church stepped in to run the event in 2019.  Held at Stonebridge and Potomac Town Center, it occurs the first Saturday of October.  More information can be found at www.iwalkforacts.com.

Annual Food Drives

ACTS Food Pantry hosts three major food drives throughout the year.

  • April: Prince William County Schools on the eastern side of the county make donations throughout the month of April.
  • May: The Mail Carriers Food Drive Stamp out Hunger is the second Saturday in May.
  • October and November: Operation Turkey is ACTS’ largest food drive, hosted specifically for providing the items necessary to prepare a Thanksgiving meal.

For information about participating in these food drives, call the ACTS Food Pantry at 703-221-3186 x 240

Operation Give Thanks

November is that special time of the year where ACTS partners with our community to help food insecure families to enjoy a meal during the Thanksgiving holiday. Operation Give Thanks runs from November 1st . For those families that we serve, ACTS will be distributing a Thanksgiving Bag along with their regular allocation of food.