About Us

Transitional Housing BARN, Inc. first began as a Ministry of the Benedictine Sisters of Virginia who envisioned a way to assist the most vulnerable of our population – homeless women and their children.  As a small Order of Catholic Sisters, these Benedictine women had been particularly devoted to helping single mothers through their other ministries including two schools and an adult literacy program.  Recognizing that more diverse funding would help more women and children, the Sisters agreed to establish BARN as a secular non-profit. While BARN (Benedictine Aid Relief for Neighbors) is still located on the Monastery grounds and benefits from continued financial support from the Sisters, it is a separately incorporated, secular organization.

When BARN opened its doors in 1997 as a 501c(3) secular, non-profit it was more than a simple shelter. Not only did it provide clean, safe temporary residence for women and children it also provided comprehensive support services to lift these young families out of homelessness.   Today, BARN continues to grow and develop its services to help women identify and break the cycles that caused them to lose their homes and their footing in society. Women who complete our program gain self-sufficiency and increased earning power, allowing them to secure better jobs and permanent housing. We also focus on the children, providing support services to help these kids academically, emotionally and developmentally catch up and keep up with their peers.

BARN is about helping families to overcome the obstacles – emotional, technical and financial – that have derailed their lives. Once these barriers are breached, these families can (and do) thrive.


Guided by a strong belief in the integrity and dignity of homeless women and their children, Transitional Housing BARN, Inc.  is committed to providing families with transitional housing and access to supportive services to promote healing, growth and self-sufficiency.

Board Members

  • William (Bill) Daffan, President
  • Sister Cecilia Dwyer, OSB, Vice President
  • Ed Spall, Finance Committee Chair
  • Diane Bennett, Fundraising Chair
  • Rita Ten Broeck
  • Vicki Latimer
  • Sid Hamid
  • Melissa Hamid
  • Jane Smith
  • Sister Henry Marie Zimmermann, OSB, Secretary
  • Sister Patricia Anne Driscoll, OSB
  • Sister Andrea Verchuck, OSB, Board Member Emeritus
  • Jay Eidson, Board Member Emeritus
  • Randal Murch, Board Member Emeritus


  • M. Colin Davis, MSW - Executive Director
  • Susan Izenour - Office Manager
  • Fadumo Ahmed, MSW - Program Manager/Sr. Case Manager
  • Dina Nay - Case Manager
  • Tammy L. Perkins - Community Resources Manager
  • Krista Meeks - Program Administrator
  • Marianne Racca - Grants Manager
  • Bob Cohen - Educational Liaison