Carpenter's Shelter Cook-Off Day


WHEREAS, this year marks the 15th anniversary of the Carpenter’s Shelter Cook-Off; and

WHEREAS, since its inception, the Cook-Off has raised nearly $1 million to support more than 10,000 homeless individuals and families by providing shelter, guidance, education, and advocacy; and

WHEREAS, the event also aims to bring awareness to the issue of homelessness in Alexandria and to highlight the critical work that Carpenter’s Shelter does each year to help underserved people; and

WHEREAS, because of the 2016 Cook-Off, Carpenter’s Shelter was able to provide shelter and supportive services to 251 homeless individuals and families, education and employment counseling to 162 individuals, and a warm, safe place to stay during the winter months for 246 men, women, and children though their Winter Shelter;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize April 23, 2017, as CARPENTER’S SHELTER COOK-OFF DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.