Self Sufficiency Resources


Founded in 1975, LCAC is an independent 501(c)3, nonprofit organization serving the residents of Fort Belvoir, Lorton, Newington and other portions of southeast Fairfax County with access to basic needs and the opportunity to empower themselves through LCAC’s self-sufficiency programs.

Case Management

LCAC works one-on-one with clients that require individual counseling and assistance. Staff works to empower people with basic life skills by addressing such topics as budget management, locating housing, how to retain housing, accessing transportation, problem solving, resolving medical issues, and finding and keeping employment.

For more information, please contact Ryan at or call 703-339-5161, ext. 110.

ESL Classes

LCAC partners with the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia (LCNV) to offer English classes to adult residents of southeast Fairfax County. The course content focuses on helping students improve their English speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. The classes also provide information about American culture and life skills important to the workplace, community, and family.

The course is offered three times a year with sessions ranging from 6 – 14 weeks with classes two times/week.

For additional information, please contact Camille at or call 703-339-5161, ext. 171.

Nutrition Classes

As part of our self-sufficiency program, LCAC offers a Basic Nutrition course to teach clients how to prepare healthy meals for their families while adhering to a budget. The six-week course is offered in the fall and spring. Graduates of the Basic Nutrition class are then eligible to take additional one-time classes to enhance and strengthen their skills and interests, such as container gardening, Name that Vegetable and courses which address health and wellness. Free childcare is available.

To learn more, contact Stephenie Hart at or call 703-339-5161, ext. 120.

Pro Bono Legal Services

LCAC partners with the Northern Virginia Pro Bono Law Center, a program of the Fairfax Law Foundation, to provide pro bono legal services to clients. An attorney or paralegal is available once a month to meet with clients at LCAC’s office. Clients are able to get assistance on a wide range of civil matters, including employment, immigration and housing; family matters such as child custody and support, divorce, public benefits and consumer matters.

For more information, contact Ryan at 703-339-5161, ext. 110 or

Basic Budgeting Class

LCAC offers a one session class, Money Matters, four times each year to interested households who would benefit from learning basic budgeting. This class and the more extensive financial mentoring program are designed to equip clients to better manage their resources. Successful clients will complete budgets and begin to develop goals based on this course.

For more information, please contact Ryan at or call 703-339-5161, ext. 110.

Long-term Financial Mentoring

LCAC offers a long-term financial mentoring class twice yearly using the FDIC’s Money Smart materials. Clients are screened using a Self-Sufficiency scale to target families for whom the course would have the largest impact. Families are paired with a mentor throughout the six month course to help families become more stable. Clients completing this course will have a working budget along with short- and long-term financial goals developed.

For more information, please contact Ryan Brown at or call 703-339-5161, ext. 110.

VITA and Facilitated Self-Assistance (FSA) Tax Program

LCAC offers both the VITA (volunteers prepare) and FSA Tax Program (volunteers train the taxpayer) to help with filing federal returns. Clients do not need to register in advance. The program is held on Monday evenings from 6:00-8:00 pm and each Saturday in February, March and April from 10-12pm. This program is offered at our Education Center, 9504 Richmond Highway in the Williamsburg Square Shopping Center. For more information about what items to bring, please click here.

For information, please contact Linda Patterson at or 703-339-5161, ext. 140.