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Spotlight: Arlington Street People's Assistance Network

A-SPAN celebrated its 20th anniversary in Arlington on Dec. 9.

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Mission: "A-SPAN provides life-sustaining services for Arlington’s street homeless. Our mission is to secure permanent housing for one of Arlington’s most vulnerable populations through outreach and relationships built on trust and respect."

Contact Information: Phone: (703) 820-4357; Address: P.O. Box 100731 Arlington; Website: www.a-span.org

Financials: The organization's fiscal 2012 operating budget is $1.7 million.

History: According to the A-SPAN website, "Twenty years ago, two Arlington citizens responded to a Community Need by serving meals to people living on the streets. Today meals are more than sustenance - they’re one of many ways we engage a person in need and encourage them to access our continuum of care. By combining emergency services with healthcare, case management, employment counseling and housing, A-SPAN and Community Partners will End Homelessness in Arlington."

How you can help: If you are interested in donating items to A-SPAN or volunteering your time, contact Sarah Morse at smorse@a-span.org or (703) 842-0168.

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