Break-Ins May Be Related

Break-ins at two churches this month might be related, according to the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office.

Authorities said someone entered a window of Community Church in the 22500 block of Glenn Drive in Sterling the night of Jan. 11 or morning of Jan. 12 and stole a large television, several video game systems, a computer and an undisclosed amount of cash, altogether worth $4,360.

In a similar incident, someone entered a window of Sterling Baptist Church in the 500 block of West York Road on Jan. 5 or 6 and stole two computers worth $3,000. Anyone with information regarding either case is asked to call 703-777-0475.

Shelter for Children

Good Shepherd Alliance housed 100 children in 2002 for the first time in its 20 years of operating shelters for homeless families in Loudoun County. The alliance said it also housed 135 men and 67 women in 2002.

Of the 100 children, 71 attended local public schools. Good Shepherd's walk-in emergency homeless programs offer short-term (30-89 days) emergency family shelter to men, women and children who are temporarily homeless and need to establishing relationships with county and business community services.

Because of a contract dispute, the nonprofit group plans to move its shelter Feb. 1 from the county facility on The Woods Road near Leesburg to property it owns near Lucketts. The county facility then will be managed by Volunteers of America Chesapeake.

9/11 Resource Center

A 9/11 Airport Worker Resource Center has opened to help unemployed and underemployed airport workers whose jobs were affected by the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The center is supported by a grant from the September 11th Fund.

The center will provide centralized assistance by service organizations and government agencies in the region and help individuals find employment, education and training programs, financial assistance and other services.

The center, at 1235 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Suite 1104, Crystal City Gateway 1, is open 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. An information office is in Room 286 of Terminal A at Reagan National Airport, and more information is available at www.worconline.org/airportresourcecenter.asp.

An application and interview must be completed to determine eligibility. Applications are available at the center's office. Union members can obtain applications from peer counselors at their union.

The center is a joint project of the AFL-CIO Working for America Institute; the Community Services Agency of the Metropolitan Council, AFL-CIO; and Workforce Organizations for Regional Collaboration.