A story on Christine Herbstreith
Christine lived in Lorton, for over 60 years. A member of Cranford United Methodist Church and a Chairperson of the Democratic Women of Northern Virginia, Christine was passionate about giving back to her community.
In 1975, after noticing a major need for food and clothing assistance in the community, Christine co-founded Lorton Community Action Center (Lorton Community Information Center at the time). This began by the purchase and construction of the small shed outside of Gunston Elementary school - a storage facility still in use today. Later this foundational support manifested in the purchase of the Herbstreith house (behind the Lorton Library) that had served as the LCAC headquarters for many decades. (This May it is moving across the block to their even newer facilities)
As awareness spread and more community members got involved, LCAC began to flourish. Christine eventually stepped into the role of Director, where she continued to serve for over 20 years.
Today, her legacy lives on in all the staff, volunteers and community members who continue to make achieving our mission possible. Most notably, her grandaughter, Pam Chase, serves on the LCAC Board of Directors.
LCAC has expressed their gratitude for Christine and her contribution, which enabled LCAC to be here, still serving families, almost 50 years later. And we as her church family are working to continue her legacy with the numerous donations, food drives and volunteer hours - including, as of late, the Kathleen Getzewich Memorial Oatmeal box. (But that is a Cranford story for another time)