FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va. - Shelter House in the heart of Fairfax exists for families in need - whether they're short term or long term.
Brian and Laila - immigrants from Iran - are just such a family. They found themselves in the U.S. with two daughters - but very little money and few job prospects. They needed help.
Shelter House helped the family by providing them with a hotel room.
Without Shelter House, hundreds of needy families every year would find themselves with no options.
It's not what you think a shelter should look like.
"Not a stadium at all. This is a house - it's a gathering place. Hot meals three times a day, tutoring for the school kids, a computer lab for homework and parents to work on resumes. It's all about moving on and moving out," said a spokesperson.
More than any other time of the year, this is the season you want to be in your own house.
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