Friend, mentor, supporter, advocate and servant leader — there’s no one like Sylvia Haefer-Rose.
A true “cornerstone” in our community has moved to Georgia to be closer to her family. Sylvia Haefer-Rose has played a critical role in the mission, history and achievements of Reston Interfaith and Reston Interfaith Housing Corporation (now Cornerstones). Sylvia was honored at the September Cornerstones Board meeting held at the new Connections for Hope facility in Herndon.
Sylvia’s work on Cornerstones’ behalf includes: years of service as our real estate agent for the acquisition of Cornerstones townhomes; service on the Capitol Steps event committee for 3 years; organizing volunteer landscaping projects with colleagues from Long and Foster; financial contributions to the organization; volunteer work with the Hypothermia Prevention program since 2008; and service on the Housing Home Improvement Committee.
Sylvia’s role in identifying and acquiring the townhomes and condominiums purchased by the Housing Corporation have opened the door to stable, safe, attractive housing for over 138 families and 507 men and women, parents and children in our community.
Sylvia’s role as a member of the Capitol Steps Events Committee resulted in fresh ideas and energy that has supported the growth of an event and ensured the 30th Anniversary of the Capitol Steps fundraiser was the most successful in our history, and a “must attend” event in our community.
Sylvia has quietly contributed time, ideas, treasure and skills that were recognized by grateful community members in nominations for the “Best of Reston” Community Service Awards and the Volunteer Fairfax “Lifetime Achievement Award.”
Sylvia has been a friend, mentor, supporter, advocate and servant leader whose work with Cornerstones and in our community has touched our lives and will inspire us to keep working in her honor.