Embry Rucker Community Shelter

In 1986, when Restonians realized there were those who were homeless in their neighborhood they petitioned the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors to build a homeless shelter stating “Yes, in my backyard!” The Embry Rucker Community Shelter built and named for one of Reston’s well-known and community activist. The Shelter opened in 1987 and was operated by Reston Interfaith, now known as Cornerstones.  

Embry Rucker Community Shelter
Embry Rucker Community Shelter

Priscilla Ames, Martha Penino, and Embry Rucker outside the Embry Rucker Community Center.

2018.07 Embry Rucker
2018.07 Embry Rucker

Photo By Arvil Daniels. Rucker was a minister of St. Anne’s Episcopal Church and founded Common Ground.Common Ground was a coffee house, sitter service and employment agency. Operated a bus service until 1977.

Embry Rucker Community Shelter
Embry Rucker Community Shelter

Priscilla Ames, Martha Penino, and Embry Rucker outside the Embry Rucker Community Center.

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