Northern Virginia Family Service aims to house 50 families

Northern Virginia Family Service is participating in the statewide Rapid Re-housing Initiative with a goal of housing 50 homeless families from Prince William County by Jan. 24. Since the beginning of the 100-day challenge in October, NVFS has found permanent housing for 15 families.

The community is invited to join the campaign by providing families with financial assistance for rent and security deposits; welcome baskets, including sheets, towels, shower curtains and other household items; and connections with property managers or landlords of affordable housing.

For information or to assist with the initiative, call Andrea Zych, NVFS director of housing services, at 571-748-2601, or e-mail

Prince William officer honored for fighting drunken driving

Jeremy A. Schenck, a Prince William County police officer, was among 12 area law enforcement officers recognized by the Washington Regional Alcohol Program for their “outstanding commitment in the fight against drunk driving in greater Washington.” It is the fourth consecutive year that Schenck has received the award.

The officers were honored Friday during the nonprofit organization’s annual Law Enforcement Awards of Excellence for Impaired Driving Prevention ceremony in McLean.

— Compiled by Sarah Lane