Founded in 1969 by people from several Alexandria, Virginia congregations inspired by the 1968 Poor People’s March on Washington to put “faith and love into action”, ALIVE! is the largest private safety net for the poor in the City of Alexandria, addressing short-term to long-term needs for those less fortunate. ALIVE’s mission is: With faith and love, to help people faced with emergency situations or long-term needs become capable of assuming self-reliant roles in the community. ALIVE! serves thousands of Alexandrians annually with shelter; low-cost early childhood education and childcare; financial help for rent, utilities, medical care and other critical needs; emergency food; and deliveries of donated furniture and housewares. In 1972, the Child Development Center (CDC) was established by a group of Alexandria mothers who lacked affordable, quality childcare. The ALIVE! House transitional housing program for women and children, also founded in 1972, is Virginia’s oldest continually operating homeless shelter. With minimal public financial support, ALIVE! relies on foundations, faith communities, businesses, community groups, and individuals for financial, in-kind, organizational, and volunteer support.