State Sen. Scott Surovell presented a commending resolution to Anne Andrews at a recent meeting of the South County Task Force. Andrews started the Task Force in 1975 and retired last year. Del. Paul Krizek and Del. Vivian Watts joined Surovell to present the resolution.
South County Task Force founder Anne Andrews was commended for her service to the community over 40 years with a resolution from state Sen. Scott Surovell and Delegates Paul Krizek and Vivian Watts at the Task Force meeting Sept. 13. The Senate Joint Resolution was also sponsored by Sen. Adam Ebbin and Del. Mark Sickles. Andrews stepped down as Task Force chair in 2016.
Andrews was presented with a framed certificate listing her accomplishments since her arrival in Mt. Vernon in 1960 from New York including founding the Route One Task Force (now the South County Task Force) in 1975. It noted that the Task Force “thrived and formed a subcommittee on housing, which eventually became one of the Route 1 Corridor’s most vibrant charities, New Hope Housing” and that she “was instrumental in the founding of the Community Healthcare Network of Fairfax County, which manages numerous health clinics for lower income residents of Fairfax County and minimizes the need for services at area emergency rooms.”
It continued that “South County Task Force has facilitated cooperation on addressing homelessness, affordable housing, substance abuse, domestic violence, mental health, hunger, and poverty in the area; with Anne Andrews’ leadership and assistance, the task force restored a county nutritional program and helped consolidate county services in the South County Center, and Anne Andrews, as a past chair and member of the Southeast Health Planning Task Force, was instrumental in preventing the closure and relocation of INOVA Mount Vernon Hospital from its location on Parkers Lane.”