Referring Agent Information
To Receive Services from Our Daily Bread, a Client:
- Must be a Fairfax County Resident (includes residents of City of Fairfax, City of Falls Church, Town of Herndon, Town of Vienna).
- Must have a referral by a social worker or case worker from the Fairfax County Health and Human Services or a Fairfax County Community Based Organization (CBO) or Faith Based Organization (FBO). Individuals who do not have a social worker may call (703) 222-0880. A social worker from Fairfax County Health and Human Services will complete an assessment over the phone and make a referral if warranted.
Our Daily Bread provides financial assistance, food assistance and financial mentoring to all of Fairfax County (including residents of City of Fairfax, City of Falls Church, Town of Herndon, Town of Vienna) - except the Route 1 corridor. We are a second-tier provider in the area of United Community Ministries (UCM), Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services and Lorton Community Action Center (LCAC). See Zip Code listing (PDF).
The Holiday Program seeks to help low-income individuals and families throughout the Fairfax County area with Thanksgiving and December holiday meals and gifts for children (under 18) for the December holidays. ODB seeks sponsors from the community to help families, and seeks financial donations so that we can provide gift cards to families who are not sponsored. County and school social workers and guidance counselors and representatives of other designated organizations may make referrals in the fall for Fairfax County area residents (including residents of the Cities of Alexandria, Fairfax and Falls Church and the Towns of Herndon and Vienna) to receive assistance through Our Daily Bread's Holiday Program. The Holiday Program is now accepting referrals from qualified referring agents of Fairfax County area residents who have not been referred to any other Holiday Assistance programs. CLICK HERE for Referral Instructions and Information. ODB will have one in-person self-referral date for Fairfax County residents who do not have a referring agent. CLICK HERE for information on self-referral. Holiday Program Contact: Dawn Sykes, Seasonal Programs Manager, 703-273-8829.
Our Daily Bread's Food Bridge Program offers short-term food assistance to qualified Fairfax County residents who have been referred to the Program and are able to receive food deliveries of non-perishable food items to their homes on two Sundays each month. This is a supplemental program that is intended to provide approximately four months of food assistance while the recipient recovers from a financial crisis. Our waitlist is approximately two months before regular delivery.
ODB also provides emergency food assistance to qualified Fairfax County residents who are referred to us. It may take 4-5 days before a client receives the food assistance.
Anyone wishing to be on Our Daily Bread's Food Program must be a Fairfax County resident and be referred by a social worker or other qualified referring agent.
Please Note! Change of Financial Assistance Distribution Protocol: As of June 15, 2015, ODB will only accept Financial Assistance Referrals from Fairfax County’s Coordinated Services Planning (CSP). Funds are distributed between the 15th and end of each month.
If you are a referring agent who is not affiliated with CSP, please have your client contact CSP at 703-222-0880 to complete the intake process. This does not represent a guarantee that your client will receive Financial Assistance from ODB.
Our Daily Bread’s Financial Assistance Program aims to provide qualified Fairfax County area residents with a one-time grant that is paid directly to the service provider (e.g. landlord, utility company). Financial grants are intended for an emergency payment toward housing, utilities, auto repair, or medical assistance. The funds ODB provides are most often part of a "package" of funds that the social worker requesting funds puts together by receiving pledges from two or more sources to cover an entire bill. In cases where ODB's funds are part of a package, ODB will not release funds to the vendor until receiving confirmation that the package is complete – meaning that funds have been secured from all sources to cover the client's bill.
Recipients of Financial Assistance from Our Daily Bread are required to attend a Financial Literacy class within three months of the receipt of assistance. It may be a class offered by ODB or another local organization. There is a 3-month window in which to take the class after the receipt of financial assistance through ODB. The Referring Agent/Social Worker will provide a schedule of classes to the client, and the client will be responsible for contacting ODB to RSVP to attend an ODB class, or providing proof that he/she has attended another organization's class. Eligible ODB classes are Thrifty Thursday Basic Budgeting classes, which are offered each month in a different area of the County, and our monthly Financial Counseling Clinics in Alexandria and Chantilly.
Contact Financial Programs Manager Maria Jose Cantoni at 703-273-8829 with any questions about the Financial Assistance Program.
Financial Literacy Services
ODB requires a referral from a Social Worker with Fairfax County or qualified Community Based Organizations or Faith Based Organizations for those wishing to receive Financial Mentoring services. Clients who are referred for mentoring services must attend a basic budgeting class and will then be screened for suitability to be matched with a mentor. VIEW the flyer. To make a referral, fill out the APPLICATION FOR ASSISTANCE (MS WORD, PDF) and send it to: Marcelle Miles; E-mail: FinancialLiteracy@ODBfairfax.org; Fax: 703-273-7131.
ODB's Basic Budgeting (Thrifty Thursdays) and credit education classes are open to the public. No referral is needed, but we ask that you or the client RSVP to Marcelle Miles at 703-273-8829. ODB also offers Free Financial Counseling Clinic sessions in Alexandria and Chantilly. Clients may visit our Get Financial Literacy Help page to learn about all our Financial Literacy services.
Project BRIDGE combines our Food, Financial Assistance, Financial Literacy and Holiday programs and leverages community resources to assist struggling families in the Fairfax County area. Those accepted in our program must have the willingness to improve their financial and living situation and are required to be dedicated to the program for twelve months, be able to meet with a financial mentor twice a month and Project Bridge Manager once a month. Clients need to be working and reside in a home in the Fairfax City area. VIEW the flyer. To make a referral, fill out the APPLICATION FOR ASSISTANCE ( MSWord) (PDF) . Send to Sally Meyer at ProjectBridge@ODBFairfax.org or 703-273-7131.
The Naomi Project caters to women of all ages that are pregnant or newly parenting and whom a healthcare provider deems at risk with the pregnancy or parenting. Client needs to be resident of the Northern Virginia area and can include Alexandria, Arlington, Falls Church, Fairfax, and Manassas. The Naomi Project does not take self-referrals and must be referred by a social worker or counselor. All referrals will be screened for program suitability and mentor availability. Those accepted into the program must be willing to meet with a Naomi Project mentor and Area Coordinator at their (client's) home for the initial visit and maintain contact via phone, text, or email with mentor regularly thereafter. To learn more about the Naomi Project, visit our page or contact 703-860-2633. To make a referral, fill out the Naomi Project Referral Form (MSWord)(PDF) and fax to 1-800-657-9401.
Our Daily Bread partners with Fairfax County's Collect for Kids initiative to purchase and distribute school supplies to the schools it is serving at a significant discount. In 2012 Our Daily Bread collected financial donations, backpacks and scientific calculators to assist students in the Fairfax High School and J.E.B. Stuart High School pyramids. ODB works with Fairfax County Public Schools to determine the school pyramids it will assist early in the year and contacts and provides applications to social workers in schools in those pyramids in the spring. ODB then orders supplies for those schools based on the orders that have been placed by social workers and distributes supplies to the schools in mid-August. ODB hopes to be able to expand our program in future years to assist students at other FCPS pyramids that are not being served by other community organizations. To learn more about the program, visit our Back to School page or contact Dawn Sykes at 703-273-8829.