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Amanda Andere
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Amanda Andere currently serves as the President and CEO of Wider Opportunities for Women. A national organization focused on advocacy, research, and policy to build pathways to economic security and equality of opportunity for women, families and elders.

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Year of the Woman?

(1) Comments | Posted September 18, 2014 | 4:04 PM

I was 12 years old during the historic Year of the Woman in 1992. I remember the sense of hopefulness my Mom and her feminist friends had as they talked about the possibilities for discussion, action and policy around women's equality. They had fought tirelessly for gender equity in their...

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The Ultimate Stocking Stuffer: A Room

(0) Comments | Posted November 21, 2013 | 12:05 PM

With the holidays around the corner, I start getting questions from many volunteers about how they can help those in our community who are struggling. There are so many thoughtful ways through donations of cash or gift cards or food or clothes. But now I have added another one to...

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Remembering: Heroes Without Homes

(0) Comments | Posted May 22, 2013 | 6:36 PM

Memorial Day barbecues are being planned as we prepare to remember the millions of veterans who have served our nation, protecting and defending those less fortunate as well as our way of life. For some of these veterans, the idea of a backyard barbecue is far from their reality.

Back...

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Welcomed Into Their 'Homes'

(1) Comments | Posted March 6, 2013 | 8:59 AM

It was cold and dark. The only sounds were the rustling of leaves and cracking of branches as we walked deep into the woods on three early mornings during late February. Our quest was to find men and women who are chronically homeless around Fairfax County. But what seemed like...

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Working... But Not Enough

(0) Comments | Posted January 17, 2013 | 12:18 PM

Tasha is a loving mother who works hard but has no insurance through her employer. Although her children's needs are met through Medicaid, she is struggling with diabetes and depression, and cannot cover the costs associated with seeing a doctor or buying medication. She would like nothing more than to...

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Holiday Hunger: A Recipe for Change

(0) Comments | Posted November 13, 2012 | 3:36 PM


Pass the turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy. The holiday season is here; and after several helpings, it's hard to imagine ever feeling hungry again.

But for many in our nation, that isn't so. As we mark National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, we remember...

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Hot and Cold on Homelessness

(1) Comments | Posted August 21, 2012 | 1:42 PM

Summer's scorching days keep families throughout the D.C. metro area planning ways to avoid the heat, such as swimming, vacations and evening cookouts. At FACETS, these dog days mean it's time to plan for the cold.

In fact, we recently held a planning meeting for our...

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