eNewsletter December 2017

Save the Date!

PHILLIPS Programs 23rd Annual Gala will be held Saturday, April 28, 2018 at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner!  The gala is PHILLIPS largest annual fundraising event, which ultimately helps raise funds to benefit our youth.  In honor of our 50th Anniversary, this year's theme is Celebrating the Decades!  Visit our event website to learn more. For sponsorship opportunities contact Debi Alexander, Development Director at 703-941-8810.

Thank you to our  sponsors to date!

Paramount Mechanical

Debbie Dorgul Associates

Kohl's Cares

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PHILLIPS Growing Futures is on Instagram!

PHILLIPS Programs Growing Futures program is on Instagram!  Visit growing.futures to keep up with this exciting project! Students in both science and Career Tech Ed are producing micro greens.


2017-2018 Annual Giving Campaign

This year's Annual Campaign goal is to raise $25,000 to fund Family Partners, Food For Thought and Scholarships. Thanks to our incredible community we have raised $6,000 to date! Help make a difference at PHILLIPS by making a fully tax deductible gift to support our youth. There is still time to impact these three vital programs. Please visit our website to make your gift today.

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3D Print and Design Presentation at GMU's Future Quest conference for youth with disabilities to learn about college options!

Lindsay Harris, Director of Career Partners, Sam Son, technology instructor, Sharon Stenmark and Laura Byrne attended the December 2 conference as presenters, interpreting for  attendees with hearing impairment and volunteering!

Profiles in Success

Piper Phillips Caswell, President & CEO of PHILLIPS was featured in the recent edition of Profiles in  Success.  Click this link to read her story as "A Champion for Every Child!"

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Support PHILLIPS When Holiday Shopping through Amazon Smile!


There are two ways to support PHILLIPS this holiday season! 

When you shop online be sure to use AMAZON SMILE and please designate PHILLIPS as your charity of choice! 

You can also add PHILLIPS to your gift list and purchase a mixing bowl or set of spoons to support our Culinary Arts program! Click here to view our Wish List!

Wishing you and your family the very best as we do all we can to support youth with behavioral health needs!

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A Message from the President


 In this season of thanks I want to extend my heartfelt appreciation to our staff. They are creative, determined, consistent and empowering. I know the students and clients are grateful, and certainly the families are as well.

Frequently this fall I have also heard from many elected local and state officials, particularly as we celebrate our 50th anniversary, how much they appreciate our services.

Please watch the video below, our newest. It exemplifies the collaboration and team work that reflects what we do daily. I hope you enjoy it!

I had the pleasure of sharing Thanksgiving lunch with each campus last week, and they all have their own unique traditions. Annandale was joined by 29 Diner in its lunch preparation and featured multiple mac and cheese options. Laurel's lunch was prepared and served by the culinary arts students led by Chef Erik. Many micro greens were featured both as garnishes and toppings including thyme, chervil, micro parsley and other flavor packed micro greens. There was even a vegan option! Fairfax has chosen to offer their lunch selections as a potluck prepared by the staff. A lot of work goes into each lunch and it shows with colorful decor, piping hot food and a lot of spirit. Each one truly was a feast and exemplified the culture of each campus.

We also had our 50th anniversary recognition last week in Laurel along with an Open House for the new culinary arts/urban agriculture program, Growing Futures.

This has been a busy fall with our staff 50th anniversary parties and new parenting classes, fairs and community classes. The Tower Club hosted us when the Young Executives Society sponsored a panel discussion called “Doing Well by Doing Good.” It has been an exciting year so far, and we will keep you posted on our 50th gala, scheduled for April 28th, as well as our first ever 5K run at Burke Lake Park on May 19. Mark your calendars! As you reflect on what you are thankful for please join me in thanking our staff and honoring the work they do with an end of year gift to support our Food For Thought, Family Partners Emergency Fund and Scholarship Fund. These three areas assist our youth and families in important ways.


Piper Phillips Caswell

President & CEO



You can make a difference in the life of a child with a tax-deductible end-of-the-year gift!

Please help us  celebrate our 50th Anniversary with the gift of hope which will be used in one of the following ways:

$10,000 pays for five students to attend a community college after graduation. 

$5,000 allows us to fill the gap, guaranteeing a continuum of services. Family Partners routinely provides services to clients who are in crisis before their funding is approved. Sometimes clients receive weeks of services which can run $500 per week before approval. These hours have to be written off therefore PHILLIPS has to raise about $100,000 annually to fill the gap. Family Partners provides their services knowing they will not be reimbursed because a client in crisis must receive therapies otherwise the crisis can escalate.

$2,500 - feeds three PHILLIPS students breakfast and lunch for the entire year. The Food for Thought program helps alleviate economic hardships of students’ families and helps meet their unique, special needs.

$500 delivers groceries for five families during our two week winter break.

$100 covers utilities, prescription medications and medical bills for our families who often struggle to maintain long term housing.

$50 feeds two students breakfast and lunch for a week.

$25 provides gas cards and toiletries for our families.

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Heavy Construction Contractors Association and Superior Paving Provide Holiday Cheer!


PHILLIPS has a tradition of collecting monetary donations in order to help some of our families at holiday time.  We purchase gift cards from area food stores to help with meals.  HCCA donated $1,000 and Superior Paving donated $500 which will provide 15 families with groceries during our two week winter break.  Their generosity will be greatly appreciated by our families in need!

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Tower Club's Young Executives Society Hosts Panel Discussion

Thanks to our sponsor, Justin Fleshman, Vice President of Strategic Operations at Valiant Solutions LLC, Delegate Mark Keam, Mike Policicchio, Partner, EY and David White, VP Operations, Superior Paving participated in a panel discussion about "Doing Well By Doing Good" moderated by Leadership Fairfax Institute's CEO Karen Cleveland before an audience of young professionals. The CEO's and Executive Directors of three non- profits were on hand to talk about board service: Piper Phillips of Phillips Programs; Dr. Oliver T. Reid, Executive Director of The Barn Community Housing and Kristy Kauffman, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Code of Support Foundation.

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