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Formerly Homeless Women Veterans in Fairfax County to have Renovated, Upgraded Supportive Housing with Final Salute, HomeAid Northern Virginia Collaboration

By | News

 Collaboration between service provider for women veterans and homebuilders to improve housing for up to 10 veterans and their children in Fairfax

 

Fairfax, Va. – September 15, 2015 – Formerly homeless and vulnerable female veterans and their children will soon have a newly renovated and upgraded residence, following the kick-off of a collaboration between Final Salute and HomeAid Northern Virginia to renovate Final Salute’s residence in Fairfax County. Final Salute provides safe and suitable housing to homeless women veterans and their children; HomeAid Northern Virginia builds and renovates homeless shelters and housing facilities via the donated expertise, labor and resources of local homebuilders. The renovated home will provide housing for up to 10 female veterans who are struggling with homelessness or military transition and their minor children.

 

“There are an estimated 55,000 homeless women vets in America – the fastest growing population of the homeless. Yet all too often, supportive housing programs for veterans aren’t tailored to the needs of women veterans, and in particular, single-mother veterans raising children,” said Jaspen (Jas) Boothe, founder of Final Salute. “More than 60% of programs that take in veterans don’t take in women, or don’t take in women with children, or have age limits on the children or have limits on how many kids you can take. That is not the case with Final Salute. Women have served in every major conflict since the Revolutionary War; it’s time they received the resources and support they have earned through their service and sacrifice.”

 

Jas, an Army veteran who deployed during the Operation Iraq Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom campaigns, faced homelessness herself when she lost her home to Hurricane Katrina and was simultaneously diagnosed with an aggressive cancer. She learned by direct experience that there were few veteran programs to provide assistance to both her and her son.  Since founding Final Salute in 2010 to provide support to other women veterans like her, Jas and Final Salute have served more than 2,000 women across 30 U.S. states and territories.

 

The Final Salute home in Fairfax County provides 8,700 sq. ft. of living space for up to 10 residents – all female veterans and their children.  The house currently has 7 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms. With the renovation led by HomeAid and its “builder captain” Winchester Homes, overall living space will be reconfigured for 8 bedrooms and 8 bathrooms, with kitchen and bathroom upgrades, new fixtures, expanded storage and the overall space layout optimized for residence. A previously under-utilized area of the basement will be converted into living space – with a bedroom, bathroom and kitchen – for a live-in resident manager to provide ongoing services to house residents.

 

Of the estimated $330,000 cost of the renovation, more than half will be donated by HANV, Winchester Homes and its trade partners – electricians, plumbers, etc. – participating on the project. Final Salute is receiving support from a generous donation provided by the Flatley Foundation, as well as assistance from local architect Ricardo Hendi and his team/partners from Arimse Architects in Alexandria, Va. Bank of America Charitable Foundation provided a $10,000 grant towards this project and Van Metre Companies Foundation is providing 100% of the proceeds from its upcoming annual Cornhole Challenge (Oct. 8 in Brambleton Town Center) to this renovation. HANV is seeking additional grants to cover the remaining costs, so that Final Salute is positioned to invest its budget in programs and services for women veterans and their children, rather than in construction costs.

 

“It’s inspiring to be involved with Final Salute and HomeAid on a project to give a safe sanctuary to women veterans and their families right here in our region,” said John Monacci, executive vice president of Winchester Homes, a Tri Pointe Group company, which is leading the renovation as a HomeAid builder captain. “Partnering on this project is a great way for us – and the trade partners who are collaborating with us – to serve those who have served our country.”

 

About HomeAid Northern Virginia

HomeAid Northern Virginia, a chapter of HomeAid America, engages the resources and interests of the homebuilding community and its corporate partners in order to undertake new construction and major renovations to properties owned by service providers that help homeless people gain stability and get back on the road to self-sufficiency. The organization was started in 2001 by members of the Northern Virginia Building Industry Association (NVBIA), and since then, has completed 107 projects valued at a total of more than $13.6 million and serving more than 95,000 homeless individuals.

 

About Final Salute

The mission of Final Salute Inc. is to provide homeless women Veterans with a place to call home. Final Salute Inc. is the only non-profit organization in the DC Metro Area that offers housing assistance exclusively to homeless women Veterans and their children. Since it’s founding in 2010, the organization has provided more than 10,000 days of housing serving women veterans and their children. Among many national recognitions for this important work, founder Jas Boothe has received a Standing “O”vation from Oprah Winfrey and Toyota and been recognized as a CNN Hero and People magazine Hero Among Us. Learn more and support Final Salute by visiting www.finalsaluteinc.org.

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Construction trade partners that will be contributing labor and resources to the

Final Salute project include:

Augustine Plumbing

Annandale Millwork

Buhl Electric

Colorworld Drywall

Crigger Contracting

CTI

Falcon HVAC

Hizer Home Improvement

L&H Mechanical

MJ Exterior

TA/Sundecks

Oakwood Worldwide

Summit Roofing

United Foundations

 

 

 

Media Contacts:

 Final Salute:                                                                            HomeAid Northern Virginia:

Rusty Foster                                                                            Shelley Ducker

703.646.1282                                                                          202.255.0561

rustyfoster@bowtiestrategies.com                                         sduckercommunications@gmail.com

Formerly Homeless Women Veterans in Fairfax County to have Renovated, Upgraded Supportive Housing with Final Salute, HomeAid Northern Virginia Collaboration

By | News

Collaboration between service provider for women veterans and homebuilders to improve housing for up to 10 veterans and their children in Fairfax

Fairfax, Va. – September 15, 2015 – Formerly homeless and vulnerable female veterans and their children will soon have a newly renovated and upgraded residence, following the kick-off of a collaboration between Final Salute and HomeAid Northern Virginia to renovate Final Salute’s residence in Fairfax County. Final Salute provides safe and suitable housing to homeless women veterans and their children; HomeAid Northern Virginia builds and renovates homeless shelters and housing facilities via the donated expertise, labor and resources of local homebuilders. The renovated home will provide housing for up to 10 female veterans who are struggling with homelessness or military transition and their minor children.

 

There are an estimated 55,000 homeless women vets in America – the fastest growing population of the homeless. Yet all too often, supportive housing programs for veterans aren’t tailored to the needs of women veterans, and in particular, single-mother veterans raising children,” said Jaspen (Jas) Boothe, founder of Final Salute. “More than 60% of programs that take in veterans don’t take in women, or don’t take in women with children, or have age limits on the children or have limits on how many kids you can take. That is not the case with Final Salute. Women have served in every major conflict since the Revolutionary War; it’s time they received the resources and support they have earned through their service and sacrifice.”

 

Jas, an Army veteran who deployed during the Operation Iraq Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom campaigns, faced homelessness herself when she lost her home to Hurricane Katrina and was simultaneously diagnosed with an aggressive cancer. She learned by direct experience that there were few veteran programs to provide assistance to both her and her son.  Since founding Final Salute in 2010 to provide support to other women veterans like her, Jas and Final Salute have served more than 2,000 women across 30 U.S. states and territories.

 

The Final Salute home in Fairfax County provides 8,700 sq. ft. of living space for up to 10 residents – all female veterans and their children.  The house currently has 7 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms. With the renovation led by HomeAid and its “builder captain” Winchester Homes, overall living space will be reconfigured for 8 bedrooms and 8 bathrooms, with kitchen and bathroom upgrades, new fixtures, expanded storage and the overall space layout optimized for residence. A previously under-utilized area of the basement will be converted into living space – with a bedroom, bathroom and kitchen – for a live-in resident manager to provide ongoing services to house residents.

 

Of the estimated $330,000 cost of the renovation, more than half will be donated by HANV, Winchester Homes and its trade partners – electricians, plumbers, etc. – participating on the project. Final Salute is receiving support from a generous donation provided by the Flatley Foundation, as well as assistance from local architect Ricardo Hendi and his team/partners from Arimse Architects in Alexandria, Va. Bank of America Charitable Foundation provided a $10,000 grant towards this project and Van Metre Companies Foundation is providing 100% of the proceeds from its upcoming annual Cornhole Challenge (Oct. 8 in Brambleton Town Center) to this renovation. HANV is seeking additional grants to cover the remaining costs, so that Final Salute is positioned to invest its budget in programs and services for women veterans and their children, rather than in construction costs.

 

“It’s inspiring to be involved with Final Salute and HomeAid on a project to give a safe sanctuary to women veterans and their families right here in our region,” said John Monacci, executive vice president of Winchester Homes, a Tri Pointe Group company, which is leading the renovation as a HomeAid builder captain. “Partnering on this project is a great way for us – and the trade partners who are collaborating with us – to serve those who have served our country.”

 

About HomeAid Northern Virginia

HomeAid Northern Virginia, a chapter of HomeAid America, engages the resources and interests of the homebuilding community and its corporate partners in order to undertake new construction and major renovations to properties owned by service providers that help homeless people gain stability and get back on the road to self-sufficiency. The organization was started in 2001 by members of the Northern Virginia Building Industry Association (NVBIA), and since then, has completed 107 projects valued at a total of more than $13.6 million and serving more than 95,000 homeless individuals.

 

About Final Salute

The mission of Final Salute Inc. is to provide homeless women Veterans with a place to call home. Final Salute Inc. is the only non-profit organization in the DC Metro Area that offers housing assistance exclusively to homeless women Veterans and their children. Since it’s founding in 2010, the organization has provided more than 10,000 days of housing serving women veterans and their children. Among many national recognitions for this important work, founder Jas Boothe has received a Standing “O”vation from Oprah Winfrey and Toyota and been recognized as a CNN Hero and People magazine Hero Among Us. Learn more and support Final Salute by visiting www.finalsaluteinc.org.

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Construction trade partners that will be contributing labor and resources to the

Final Salute project include:

Augustine Plumbing

Annandale Millwork

Buhl Electric

Colorworld Drywall

Crigger Contracting

CTI

Falcon HVAC

Hizer Home Improvement

L&H Mechanical

MJ Exterior

TA/Sundecks

Oakwood Worldwide

Summit Roofing

United Foundations

 

 

 

Media Contacts:

 Final Salute:                                                                            HomeAid Northern Virginia:

Rusty Foster                                                                            Shelley Ducker

703.646.1282                                                                          202.255.0561

rustyfoster@bowtiestrategies.com                                         sduckercommunications@gmail.com

Formerly Homeless Women Veterans in Fairfax County to have Renovated, Upgraded Supportive Housing with Final Salute, HomeAid Northern Virginia Collaboration

By | Announcements

Collaboration between service provider for women veterans and homebuilders to improve housing for up to 10 veterans and their children in Fairfax

Fairfax, Va. – September 15, 2015 – Formerly homeless and vulnerable female veterans and their children will soon have a newly renovated and upgraded residence, following the kick-off of a collaboration between Final Salute and HomeAid Northern Virginia to renovate Final Salute’s residence in Fairfax County. Final Salute provides safe and suitable housing to homeless women veterans and their children; HomeAid Northern Virginia builds and renovates homeless shelters and housing facilities via the donated expertise, labor and resources of local homebuilders. The renovated home will provide housing for up to 10 female veterans who are struggling with homelessness or military transition and their minor children.

“There are an estimated 55,000 homeless women vets in America – the fastest growing population of the homeless. Yet all too often, supportive housing programs for veterans aren’t tailored to the needs of women veterans, and in particular, single-mother veterans raising children,” said Jaspen (Jas) Boothe, founder of Final Salute. “More than 60% of programs that take in veterans don’t take in women, or don’t take in women with children, or have age limits on the children or have limits on how many kids you can take. That is not the case with Final Salute. Women have served in every major conflict since the Revolutionary War; it’s time they received the resources and support they have earned through their service and sacrifice.”

Jas, an Army veteran who deployed during the Operation Iraq Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom campaigns, faced homelessness herself when she lost her home to Hurricane Katrina and was simultaneously diagnosed with an aggressive cancer. She learned by direct experience that there were few veteran programs to provide assistance to both her and her son.  Since founding Final Salute in 2010 to provide support to other women veterans like her, Jas and Final Salute have served more than 2,000 women across 30 U.S. states and territories.

The Final Salute home in Fairfax County provides 8,700 sq. ft. of living space for up to 10 residents – all female veterans and their children.  The house currently has 7 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms. With the renovation led by HomeAid and its “builder captain” Winchester Homes, overall living space will be reconfigured for 8 bedrooms and 8 bathrooms, with kitchen and bathroom upgrades, new fixtures, expanded storage and the overall space layout optimized for residence. A previously under-utilized area of the basement will be converted into living space – with a bedroom, bathroom and kitchen – for a live-in resident manager to provide ongoing services to house residents.

Of the estimated $330,000 cost of the renovation, more than half will be donated by HANV, Winchester Homes and its trade partners – electricians, plumbers, etc. – participating on the project. Final Salute is receiving support from a generous donation provided by the Flatley Foundation, as well as assistance from local architect Ricardo Hendi and his team/partners from Arimse Architects in Alexandria, Va. Bank of America Charitable Foundation provided a $10,000 grant towards this project and Van Metre Companies Foundation is providing 100% of the proceeds from its upcoming annual Cornhole Challenge (Oct. 8 in Brambleton Town Center) to this renovation. HANV is seeking additional grants to cover the remaining costs, so that Final Salute is positioned to invest its budget in programs and services for women veterans and their children, rather than in construction costs.

“It’s inspiring to be involved with Final Salute and HomeAid on a project to give a safe sanctuary to women veterans and their families right here in our region,” said John Monacci, executive vice president of Winchester Homes, a Tri Pointe Group company, which is leading the renovation as a HomeAid builder captain. “Partnering on this project is a great way for us – and the trade partners who are collaborating with us – to serve those who have served our country.”

 

About HomeAid Northern Virginia

HomeAid Northern Virginia, a chapter of HomeAid America, engages the resources and interests of the homebuilding community and its corporate partners in order to undertake new construction and major renovations to properties owned by service providers that help homeless people gain stability and get back on the road to self-sufficiency. The organization was started in 2001 by members of the Northern Virginia Building Industry Association (NVBIA), and since then, has completed 107 projects valued at a total of more than $13.6 million and serving more than 95,000 homeless individuals.

 

About Final Salute

The mission of Final Salute Inc. is to provide homeless women Veterans with a place to call home. Final Salute Inc. is the only non-profit organization in the DC Metro Area that offers housing assistance exclusively to homeless women Veterans and their children. Since it’s founding in 2010, the organization has provided more than 10,000 days of housing serving women veterans and their children. Among many national recognitions for this important work, founder Jas Boothe has received a Standing “O”vation from Oprah Winfrey and Toyota and been recognized as a CNN Hero and People magazine Hero Among Us. Learn more and support Final Salute by visiting www.finalsaluteinc.org.

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Construction trade partners that will be contributing labor and resources to the

Final Salute project include:

Augustine Plumbing

Annandale Millwork

Buhl Electric

Colorworld Drywall

Crigger Contracting

CTI

Falcon HVAC

Hizer Home Improvement

L&H Mechanical

MJ Exterior

TA/Sundecks

Oakwood Worldwide

Summit Roofing

United Foundations

 

 

 

Media Contacts:

 

Final Salute:                                                                            HomeAid Northern Virginia:

Rusty Foster                                                                            Shelley Ducker

703.646.1282                                                                          202.255.0561

rustyfoster@bowtiestrategies.com                                         sduckercommunications@gmail.com

300 Homeless Children and their Families Enjoyed an Exciting Night of Baseball at HomeAid Northern Virginia’s 6th Annual Night at the Ballpark

By | News

Chantilly, VA – August 20, 2016 – More than 150 children and families from 14 local Northern Virginia homeless shelters and supportive housing programs enjoyed “America’s Pastime” this weekend (Aug. 19) – a night of baseball and family fun with the Potomac Nationals vs. the Frederick Keys at Pfitzner Stadium in Woodbridge, Va. as part of HomeAid Northern Virginia’s 6th annual Night at the Ballpark.

Each year, HomeAid Northern Virginia (HANV) sends families from local shelters in NoVa neighborhoods from Arlington to Warrenton to enjoy a night of baseball and family fun with the Potomac Nationals.  The children – some of the most vulnerable in our region – get the chance to spend quality time with their family, run the bases, take pictures with the mascot and meet the players after the game. For many, HomeAid’s Night at the Ballpark presents their first opportunity to attend a baseball game.

Each of the shelter organizations sending residents to the game is a collaborator with HomeAid Northern Virginia. HANV builds and renovates homeless shelters and housing facilities via the donated expertise, labor and resources of local homebuilders. This enables nonprofit organizations serving vulnerable communities to invest more of their budgets in supportive programs and services rather than building expenses. HANV provides tickets to the event to case managers of these partner homelessness organizations, who in turn coordinate attendance with their residents.

Shelters sending residents to the HANV Night at the Ballpark included Shelter House in Reston; New Hope Housing in Alexandria; Northern Virginia Family Services (NVFS) in Manassas; Pathway Homes in Fairfax; Windy Hill Foundation in Middleburg; Doorways for Women and Families in Arlington; and Good Shepard Housing & Family Services in Woodbridge.

As part of the annual Night at the Ballpark, all residents, parents and children attending from the local shelters received vouchers for dinner at the stadium, a souvenir t-shirt and other goodies Each child was also provided a new backpack for the upcoming school year, provided by the HANV Backpack Challenge. The Night at the Ballpark was sponsored by Augustine Homes, Buhl Electric and Select Construction Company.

 

About HomeAid Northern Virginia

HomeAid Northern Virginia, a chapter of HomeAid America, engages the resources and interests of the homebuilding community and its corporate partners in order to undertake new construction and major renovations to properties owned by shelter service providers that help homeless people gain stability and get back on the road to self-sufficiency. The organization was started in 2001 by members of the Northern Virginia Building Industry Association (NVBIA), and since then, has completed more than 107 projects valued at more than $13.6 million, serving more than 95,000 homeless individuals.

 

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300 Homeless Children and their Families Enjoyed an Exciting Night of Baseball at HomeAid Northern Virginia’s 6th Annual Night at the Ballpark

By | News

Chantilly, VA – August 20, 2016 – More than 150 children and families from 14 local Northern Virginia homeless shelters and supportive housing programs enjoyed “America’s Pastime” this weekend (Aug. 19) – a night of baseball and family fun with the Potomac Nationals vs. the Frederick Keys at Pfitzner Stadium in Woodbridge, Va. as part of HomeAid Northern Virginia’s 6th annual Night at the Ballpark.

Each year, HomeAid Northern Virginia (HANV) sends families from local shelters in NoVa neighborhoods from Arlington to Warrenton to enjoy a night of baseball and family fun with the Potomac Nationals.  The children – some of the most vulnerable in our region – get the chance to spend quality time with their family, run the bases, take pictures with the mascot and meet the players after the game. For many, HomeAid’s Night at the Ballpark presents their first opportunity to attend a baseball game.

Each of the shelter organizations sending residents to the game is a collaborator with HomeAid Northern Virginia. HANV builds and renovates homeless shelters and housing facilities via the donated expertise, labor and resources of local homebuilders. This enables nonprofit organizations serving vulnerable communities to invest more of their budgets in supportive programs and services rather than building expenses. HANV provides tickets to the event to case managers of these partner homelessness organizations, who in turn coordinate attendance with their residents.

Shelters sending residents to the HANV Night at the Ballpark included Shelter House in Reston; New Hope Housing in Alexandria; Northern Virginia Family Services (NVFS) in Manassas; Pathway Homes in Fairfax; Windy Hill Foundation in Middleburg; Doorways for Women and Families in Arlington; and Good Shepard Housing & Family Services in Woodbridge.

As part of the annual Night at the Ballpark, all residents, parents and children attending from the local shelters received vouchers for dinner at the stadium, a souvenir t-shirt and other goodies Each child was also provided a new backpack for the upcoming school year, provided by the HANV Backpack Challenge. The Night at the Ballpark was sponsored by Augustine Homes, Buhl Electric and Select Construction Company.

 

About HomeAid Northern Virginia

HomeAid Northern Virginia, a chapter of HomeAid America, engages the resources and interests of the homebuilding community and its corporate partners in order to undertake new construction and major renovations to properties owned by shelter service providers that help homeless people gain stability and get back on the road to self-sufficiency. The organization was started in 2001 by members of the Northern Virginia Building Industry Association (NVBIA), and since then, has completed more than 107 projects valued at more than $13.6 million, serving more than 95,000 homeless individuals.

 

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300 Homeless Children and their Families Enjoyed an Exciting Night of Baseball at HomeAid Northern Virginia’s 6th Annual Night at the Ballpark

By | Announcements

Chantilly, VA – August 20, 2016 – More than 150 children and families from 14 local Northern Virginia homeless shelters and supportive housing programs enjoyed “America’s Pastime” this weekend (Aug. 19) – a night of baseball and family fun with the Potomac Nationals vs. the Frederick Keys at Pfitzner Stadium in Woodbridge, Va. as part of HomeAid Northern Virginia’s 6th annual Night at the Ballpark.

Each year, HomeAid Northern Virginia (HANV) sends families from local shelters in NoVa neighborhoods from Arlington to Warrenton to enjoy a night of baseball and family fun with the Potomac Nationals.  The children – some of the most vulnerable in our region – get the chance to spend quality time with their family, run the bases, take pictures with the mascot and meet the players after the game. For many, HomeAid’s Night at the Ballpark presents their first opportunity to attend a baseball game.

Each of the shelter organizations sending residents to the game is a collaborator with HomeAid Northern Virginia. HANV builds and renovates homeless shelters and housing facilities via the donated expertise, labor and resources of local homebuilders. This enables nonprofit organizations serving vulnerable communities to invest more of their budgets in supportive programs and services rather than building expenses. HANV provides tickets to the event to case managers of these partner homelessness organizations, who in turn coordinate attendance with their residents.

Shelters sending residents to the HANV Night at the Ballpark included Shelter House in Reston; New Hope Housing in Alexandria; Northern Virginia Family Services (NVFS) in Manassas; Pathway Homes in Fairfax; Windy Hill Foundation in Middleburg; Doorways for Women and Families in Arlington; and Good Shepard Housing & Family Services in Woodbridge.

As part of the annual Night at the Ballpark, all residents, parents and children attending from the local shelters received vouchers for dinner at the stadium, a souvenir t-shirt and other goodies Each child was also provided a new backpack for the upcoming school year, provided by the HANV Backpack Challenge. The Night at the Ballpark was sponsored by Augustine Homes, Buhl Electric and Select Construction Company.

 

About HomeAid Northern Virginia

HomeAid Northern Virginia, a chapter of HomeAid America, engages the resources and interests of the homebuilding community and its corporate partners in order to undertake new construction and major renovations to properties owned by shelter service providers that help homeless people gain stability and get back on the road to self-sufficiency. The organization was started in 2001 by members of the Northern Virginia Building Industry Association (NVBIA), and since then, has completed more than 107 projects valued at more than $13.6 million, serving more than 95,000 homeless individuals.

 

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Groundbreaking at Youth for Tomorrow Previews New Residence for Runaway and At-Risk Girls in Northern Virginia

By | News

Bristow, VA – May 5, 2016 – Girls who are pregnant, homeless, runaways or survivors of sex trafficking will soon have a safe, stable place to call “home” on the Youth for Tomorrow campus in Bristow, Va. Construction of the new residence is being led by HomeAid Northern Virginia with “builder captain” Toll Brothers and its network of construction trade partners that will donate expertise, labor and/or materials to the project. The construction “groundbreaking” was celebrated today at the site with local politicians and community advocates.

“Many children at Youth for Tomorrow’s residential services program have survived abuse and other tragedies, arriving with little more than hope for a better future. This new residence will enable us to expand our services and programs, providing even more vulnerable young girls a chance to heal and rebuild,” said Dr. Gary Jones, the CEO of Youth for Tomorrow. The new facility will enable YFT to expand its residential services for nearly 36 more girls age 11 to 17 each year – girls who are often pregnant, young mothers, homeless, runaways or survivors of sex trafficking.  Founded by former Washington Redskins head coach Joe Gibbs, YFT is unique in that it not only provides a full continuum of residential and outpatient services, but also offers its own school for the at-risk youth it serves.

“HomeAid Northern Virginia and Toll Brothers should be commended for the selfless work they do for our community,” said Corey Stewart, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors for Prince William County “Projects like these are essential to helping young ladies who have had a hard path, get back on their feet.”

“Toll Brothers believes in giving back to the community and what better way to do that than through continuing our partnership with HomeAid and building a home for Youth for Tomorrow. Our goal is to provide a safe haven of hope for the young women who will be calling it home,” said Toll Brothers Regional President Bill Gilligan. Construction of the new 5,000 sq. ft. residence is expected to be completed this year.

This marks HomeAid Northern Virginia’s second project for Youth for Tomorrow, following the completion of the “Laura-Louise House” in December 2015. HomeAid Northern Virginia builds and renovates homeless shelters and housing facilities via the donated expertise, labor and resources of local homebuilders and construction trade partners – enabling nonprofit organizations serving vulnerable communities to invest more of their budgets in supportive programs and services rather than building expenses. Projects like this one increase the capacity of nonprofit service providers, allowing organizations like Youth for Tomorrow to serve more clients than otherwise would have been possible, ensuring that more individuals can receive the depth of care they need to get back on the path to stability and self-sufficiency.

About HomeAid Northern Virginia

HomeAid Northern Virginia, a chapter of HomeAid America, engages the resources and interests of the homebuilding community and its corporate partners in order to undertake new construction and major renovations to properties owned by homelessness service providers that help homeless people gain stability and get back on the road to self-sufficiency. The organization was started in 2001 by members of the Northern Virginia Building Industry Association (NVBIA), and since then, has completed more than 107 projects valued at more than $13.6 million, serving more than 95,000 homeless individuals.

About Youth for Tomorrow

Youth for Tomorrow has been helping at-risk children become responsible members of society for more than 29 years. In 2015, more than 400 teenage boys and girls were served in the residential programs, which includes a national model program for sex trafficked domestic girls. This program has become a national model for re-directing the lives of these victims. More than 6,800 children and their families were served in YFT’s six Behavioral Health Services Programs in satellite offices in Woodbridge and Manassas.  YFT is nationally accredited through the Council on Accreditation (COA), an independent not-for-profit organization headquartered in New York that accredits human service organizations like YFT throughout the nation.  For additional information about YFT or its programs visit www.youthfortomorrow.org.

About Toll Brothers:

Toll Brothers, an award-winning Fortune 1000 company founded in 1967, embraces an unwavering commitment to quality and customer service. Toll Brothers is currently building in 19 states nationwide and is a publicly owned company whose stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: TOL). In FORTUNE Magazine’s 2016 Survey of The World’s Most Admired Companies®* Toll Brothers was ranked #6 worldwide across ALL INDUSTRIES in Quality of Products/Services Offered after Apple, Walt Disney, Amazon, Alphabet, and Nordstrom, and before Netflix and Facebook. In the same 2016 survey, Toll Brothers was named the #1 Home Builder Worldwide. The Company was named America’s Most Trusted Home Builder™ 2015† by Lifestory Research, receiving the highest numerical score among the largest 133 home builders in the country. Toll Brothers was also recently honored as national Builder of the Year by BUILDER magazine, and was twice named national Builder of the Year by Professional Builder magazine.

 

* FORTUNE Magazine’s survey of the “World’s Most Admired Companies®” for 2016 began with over 1,500 companies across more than 50 industries, and asked over 4,000 executives, directors, and analysts to rate companies in their own industry on nine criteria (Go to http://fortune.com/worlds-most-admired-companies/ for the full methodology.) From FORTUNE Magazine, March 1, 2016 ©2016 Time Inc. FORTUNE and The World’s Most Admired Companies are registered trademarks of Time Inc. and are used under license. FORTUNE and Time Inc. are not affiliated with, and do not endorse products or services of, Toll Brothers, Inc. † Toll Brothers received the highest numerical score in the United States in the proprietary Lifestory Research 2015 America’s Most TrustedTM Home Builder study. Study based on 43,200 new home shoppers in 27 markets. Proprietary study results are based on experiences and perceptions of consumers surveyed between January and December 2014.

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Construction trade partners, manufacturers, suppliers, and others participating in and contributing to this project include:

ABC Supply
AJ Trim
Allied Building Supply
Armstrong
Atlas Plumbing
Audio Buys
Buhl Electric
Builders First Source
Building Fire Solutions
Burton & Robinson
Cesarios Inc.
C&C Landscaping
Carrier
Certainteed
CTI
DAL Tile
Falcon Heating & Air
Five Star Septic
GAF
GE Appliances
Glen Gery Brick
HDS Drywall and Paint
Home Team Pest Defense 
Kingpin
Kohler
Kwikset

Kwikset
Leggett & Platt 
Long Fence
Loudoun Stairs 
Masonry Masters 
McKeever Services 
My Maids 
New York Concrete 
Organized Living 
Owens Corning 
Potomac Waterproofing 
Progress Lighting 
Select Construction 
Seneca Valley Builders 
Shaw 
Sheets Sterling 
Sherwin Williams 
Silverline Windows 
Sky Marble and Granite 
Southland Insulators 
Stadler Nurseries 
State Hot Water
Timberlake Cabinetry 
Titan Erosion Control 
Toll Landscape 
Trex

Building Hope – May 2016

By | Building Hope

In the Spotlight
Housing Forum Focuses on Veteran Homelessness, Rapid Rehousing
Roundtable - with caption
HomeAid Northern Virginia’s Annual Housing Forum is one of the region’s most unique and valuable opportunities for meeting and learning from shelter partner colleagues, and last month, more than 60 representatives representing 40 organizations met to discuss veteran homelessness and the challenges and successes of the rapid re-housing model.

The morning was a study in contrasts: Attendees listened in near-total silence as Keynote Speaker Kerry Turner, a U.S. Army Captain and spokesperson for Final Salute, shared personal and often heartbreaking stories of homelessness among women veterans. Later, animated conversation reigned, as attendees broke into roundtable discussion groups to debate topics such as funding, cross-jurisdictional collaboration, and the differences between housing singles and families.

A panel discussion moderated by Karen Cleveland and featuring Blair Copeland, Carpenter’s Shelter; Oliver Reid, New Hope Housing; Minerva Labrador, Northern Virginia Family Service; and Michele Porter-Will, Volunteers of America Chesapeake, also provided sound advice for establishing critically important relationships with landlords. The honest and open format of the panel, which included strategies for finding housing for those with a criminal background, led one attendee to remark, “I liked the panel format – and I liked that people didn’t sugarcoat [the challenges].”

Overall, the Forum, themed “Creating Partnerships, Strengthening Communities that Keep the Homeless Housed,” was overwhelmingly rated by attendees as valuable to very valuable, with one attendee commenting on one of the most important take-aways of any good conference – empowerment – when she said, “This forum allowed me to open up a conversation with my supervisor on better servicing my clients.”

In a milestone moment for HomeAid, a reporter attended the Forum for the first time, writing a feature article for Centre View that explored the “war on homelessness” in a region with limited affordable housing. 

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In Your Neighborhood
HomeAid, Christopher Companies Partner with Pathway Homes for First Time

pathwaysFor three women working to embrace their ongoing recovery from mental illness, having a stable home is critical to their ability to focus on their needs and futures. And now, thanks to an $11,000 project completed for Pathway Homes last month by HomeAid Northern Virginia, Builder Captain Christopher Companies, and seven trade partners, the women have a renovated and updated home in which to recover.

“Self worth and feeling good about life is easier when you know people care about you,” said Anna Smith, director of development at Pathway Homes. “This home—with a totally updated kitchen and bathroom—is so much brighter and more modern now, and the work that’s been put into making this feel more like a home means so much to these women, all of whom also share a history of homelessness or were at risk of becoming homeless. They have a lot to focus on, as they continue to learn how to manage medications and focus on their recovery, and being surrounded by beauty means so much. They’ve faced a lot of stigma over the course of their lives, and seeing something like this done for their benefit is truly an inspiration.”

“Our company has a long history of supporting HomeAid and being involved members of NVBIA,” said Mike Sandkuhler, project manager for Christopher Companies, 2016 president for NVBIA and HomeAid board member. “It’s part of our shared mission to provide shelter for those who cannot provide it on their own, and it’s an honor to serve and to see all the good that comes out of our efforts. It’s not always easy coming to terms with how some people live, and anything we can do to provide and improve other community members’ homes is something we’re glad to do.”

This marks the first time HomeAid Northern Virginia has partnered with Pathway Homes, which provides permanent supportive housing to adults with serious mental illness and co-occurring disabilities in Northern Virginia.

Thank you, Christopher Companies, and the following trade partners for giving three
women a stable, safe home so that they can focus on their recovery!

American Building Systems of Maryland
Builders Floor Service
GE Appliances
LCS

MEP Partners
Signature Companies
Sky Marble & Granite


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Helping-Hands
HomeAid Establishes Discretionary Fund for Emergency Assistance
Fund will fill gap between limited shelter funding and client needs

When HomeAid Immediate Past President Brian Davidson and Program & Operations Manager Kristyn Burr toured a townhome owned by Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services, Inc., last month, they went with the intention of completing a site visit to assess the home for a future renovation project. What they found instead was a single mom—who had recently moved into the property—with four children ages three to 11, with virtually nothing more than the clothes on their backs.

“The shelter had provided them with the basics, but after being homeless and on the move for so long, they were truly starting from scratch,” said Burr, “and with limited funding, there’s only so much shelters can do. But as a mom myself, it broke my heart to see not a single toy, minimal furnishings, and mattresses on the floor. Staff from Good Shepherd brought over a desk for the oldest boy a desk for homework, and he lit up with excitement … but then his little sister wanted a desk too. I knew we had to do something.”

HomeAid’s Executive Director Christy Eaton and Shelter Care Chair David Cogley agreed, and they set up a discretionary fund that will now allow HomeAid to offer immediate assistance in emergency situations.

“This is what we’re here for,” Burr added. “Even if it’s not project-related, this is now an additional way that HomeAid can make an impact and go above and beyond our building and renovation projects. This family needed help, and having the ability to make such an immediate difference meant the world to them. Whether we can offer help before, during, or after a project shouldn’t matter—if we can help, we will.”

HomeAid provided the family with $1,000—split between gift cards at Value City Furniture and Target—so that the family and their caseworker can together prioritize needs and make purchases. The family was also connected with Women Giving Back (WGB), formerly a HomeAid Northern Virginia program that provides free clothing and accessories to women and children from area shelters. WGB became a 501(c)3 organization last year.

“The family had very few belongings when they moved into their home,” added Lesley Hatch, vice president and COO of Good Shepherd, “and it would have taken them more than a year to save enough money to buy the basics—things like bed frames, dressers, lamps, clothing, toys, and kitchen items. They are thrilled with the generosity of HomeAid and the opportunity to have an apartment that now feels like home.”

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Supporter Spotlight
McDonough Brings New Relationships and New Event to HomeAid

jason mcdonoughJason McDonough, one of the newer members of HomeAid Northern Virginia’s Board of Directors, is also senior vice president, real estate lending officer for Cardinal Bank, in McLean, Va. By combining his career experience with his service and volunteerism with HomeAid, he is a valued partner in advancing HomeAid’s mission. 

Q:  As a senior vice president in the banking industry, how did you first become involved with HomeAid?

A:  I’ve been with Cardinal Bank for 10 years. In 2011, I started to manage Cardinal Bank’s sponsorship contributions and participation with the Northern Virginia Building Industry Association (NVBIA). Through that process, I was introduced to HomeAid, met Executive Director Christy Eaton, and began to learn about the wonderful things HomeAid was doing in our community. Through my position at Cardinal Bank, I provide construction financing to many homebuilders in the region, and a lot of my clients were building or revitalizing older homes in Northern Virginia. When I would go out to see the properties, I would notice that there were appliances and other items that were still functioning, so my first personal initiative with HomeAid was a partnership in 2012/2013, when we came up with an idea to facilitate getting some of these items from houses that were being torn down into local shelters. That was the start of my personal involvement and relationship with HomeAid.

I also realized that while I couldn’t be out there swinging the hammer, and I’m not helping to build a house or renovate a bathroom, I could add value behind the scenes by serving on various HomeAid sub-committees in an effort to help generate funds for the organization, which we can use to facilitate new and improved housing for those in need.

As I continued to see the great things that HomeAid was doing in the community, I advocated for the bank to play a larger role and expand our sponsorship level at HomeAid’s Annual Gala. I knew from that point that HomeAid was an organization that I wanted to dedicate my time to.

Q:  You are fairly new to the HomeAid Board of Directors. How did you first become involved on the Board, and what do you enjoy about serving?

A: I managed a number of builder relationships through my position at Cardinal Bank, had experience in coordinating charitable event planning, and was truly passionate about philanthropic efforts in the community and especially the efforts of HomeAid. I was asked to join the board, and I began my term in the first quarter of 2015. It’s been a great experience to be in the room with the caliber of professionals who comprise this board and to see the inner workings of the organization. I have had the privilege of being involved in a number of ways—from board member to Gala Committee member, and helping form our annual Golf Tournament. I also serve as the HomeAid liaison on NVBIA’s board.

Q&A Graphic_cropped2 - with borderQ:  You were instrumental to the success of the First Annual HANV Golf Tournament in 2015. How did the idea first come about? 

A: Two other board members and I recognized that our board was comprised of a number of industry professionals with a passion for golf; that industry trade partners would welcome an opportunity to have some fun while supporting HomeAid’s efforts; and that there was a need for an additional fall event to help generate proceeds. For those reasons, we conceived, developed, and hosted our First Annual HomeAid Golf Tournament at Raspberry Falls Golf and Hunt Club in October 2015. It was a remarkable event; we sold out to 144 golfers, a feat acknowledged by the golf pro that he had never seen that before for a first-time tournament. We raised a considerable amount of funding for HomeAid and knew when it came together that it was something special and could grow in the future. The Second Annual Golf Tournament will be this September, and we just started rolling out sponsorship opportunities. Last year was an opportunity for me to jump in and get my feet wet, to make an impact, and to put my experience at charitable event planning to work for HomeAid.  

Q:  As a board member, what are your thoughts about HomeAid Northern Virginia’s 15th anniversary this year?

A:  There is undeniable need for an organization like HomeAid in Northern Virginia. The fact that the organization has completed more than 100 projects, invested close to $13 million, and impacted nearly 100,000 community members for the betterment of this community is truly remarkable. The leaders of this organization, some of whom have been involved since the beginning, are comprised of some of the largest homebuilders in the area, and they are taking their time to focus on making our community better. HomeAid Northern Virginia is making an impact that is felt by so many, and it’s amazing to be a part of that.

Q:  What is the most exciting part of your involvement with HomeAid?

A:  The collaboration among board members. These individuals are bankers, attorneys, CPAs, homebuilders, and other professionals, all coming together for one common goal: to do right for others in the community. They are not being compensated—they are dedicating a significant amount of their time, and many of them have been involved for years! One of the most fascinating things to me is the commitment of those who are doing right in the community.      

Q:  What are your hopes for the future of HomeAid Northern Virginia?

A: On the immediate horizon, it is going to be critical for HomeAid to establish mutually beneficial partnerships with companies and other charitable organizations, like Youth For Tomorrow, to collaborate with and align our interests in an effort to expand our outreach. We need to continue to partner with homebuilders in this region to improve aging shelters and to construct new shelters as well. Personally, I am thinking about the future of the organization; how to preserve the integrity of the organization while discovering new and creative ways to help it grow. I hope I can continue to be involved with this great organization for many years to come.

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Progress Made, Challenges Remain on Ending Homelessness

By | Announcements, In the News

From left — The panel for the HomeAid “Keeping the Homeless Housed” were Minerva Labrador, Northern Virginia Family Service; Michele Porter-Will, Volunteers of America Chesapeake; Oliver Reid, New Hope Housing; and Blair Copeland, Carpenter’s Shelter. Moderator Karen Cleveland, the Cleveland Group, leads the discussion from the podium. Photo by Andrea Worker.

In 2008, Fairfax County partnered with the City of Falls Church to adopt an ambitious strategic plan to address the issue of homelessness in the region. The following year, the Fairfax County Office to Prevent and End Homelessness was established to “manage, coordinate and monitor the day-to-day implementation” of the plan, with its ambitious target date of 10 years to achievement. In 2014, the county accepted the “Mayor’s Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness” as announced by First Lady Michelle Obama, and supported by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. This one came with an even more aggressive deadline: accomplish the mission by the end of 2015.

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Let’s talk about it – the attendees at the HomeAid Housing Forum break into groups to share their experiences and expertise and look for ways to collaboratively prevent and end homelessness in the region.

The numbers for both goals are certainly encouraging. In November, Gov. Terry McAuliffe declared that Virginia had become the first state to reach that “Challenge” milestone, with every veteran having housing, except for those who had been offered, but refused shelter. By “functionally” ending veteran homelessness, the state certifies that it has in place systems to prevent veteran homelessness wherever possible, and to see that it is otherwise a “rare, brief, and non-recurring experience.” To maintain this status, being able to secure housing for willing veterans within 90 days, and having more homes readily available than the numbers of veterans without shelter, are parts of the requirements.

Among the general population of homeless, the numbers have also decreased. According to the 2016 “Point-in-Time” census (an annual survey where county personnel and volunteers scour the streets, woods and other areas to approximate the numbers of area homeless) conducted on Jan. 28, the total number of homeless declined by 42 percent since the implementation of the 10-Year Plan. In just the last year, the numbers fell from 1204 to 1059. While the number of homeless singles remains relatively unchanged since the last survey, homelessness among families declined from 715 to 577. Even better news is that there are 33 percent less families in emergency shelters, and at the time of the survey, shelters reported vacancies.

It looks like there are battles on this front finally being won, but with over 1000 of our neighbors – that we were able to count – still unhoused, the war on homelessness is far from over, according to Karen Cleveland, president of the Cleveland Coaching Group, president and CEO of Leadership Fairfax, and the moderator of the 2016 HomeAid Northern Virginia (HANoVA) Housing Forum, held on April 7. The annual gathering brings together those who work directly with the homeless and with those who are struggling to avoid homelessness, from across all of the jurisdictions of Northern Virginia. “This is a unique opportunity to meet with, and learn from, colleagues who understand your challenges, to share best practices, and brainstorm a bit and maybe come up with some new ways of tackling the problems,” noted Cleveland.

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From left — Susan Mekenny, member of NVAR Cares, the charitable arm of the Northern Virginia Association of Realtors, speaks with U.S. Army Capt. Kerri Turner at the Forum. Turner, who is also Ms. Veteran America 2015, was the event’s Keynote Speaker and highlighted the plight of homeless female veterans, especially those with families.

HomeAid Board president Greg Carter, a senior vice president with Bank of America Merrill Lynch, opened the event with a welcome, and an invitation for all to check out his company’s free website “Better Money Habits.” “When I say free, I really mean it,” said Carter. “No passwords, no fees, so sign-ups, just access to easy-to-understand tips and instructionals on better financial planning and management…ways to save money.” Since assisting their clients with just these issues is often a part of their work, the attendees seemed interested and pleased to add the website to their resource kit.

Following a quick “stand up and introduce yourself” exercise, Cleveland introduced a panel of four – Minerva Labrador with Northern Virginia Family Service, Michele Porter-Will of Volunteers of America Chesapeake, Oliver Reid with New Hope Housing, and Blair Copeland from Carpenter’s Shelter – and the discussion on “Keeping People Housed” began.

THE PANELISTS shared success stories and some of the methods by which they overcame obstacles to success with certain clients and situations. Despite the different jurisdictions in which they operated and the different aspects of the problems they specialized in, all four agreed on some common issues and some common positive approaches.

“Affordable housing. That’s the stumbling block over and over again,” declared Porter-Will to the nods of agreement from her fellow panelists and most of the audience, as well. “Especially for families,” she added. “People with good-paying, stable employment can find it difficult to afford a decent, safe place to live in our region. Now try doing it on minimum wage or less.” Credit issues, health issues, poor job histories, and the unexpected difficulties of life like divorce, abandonment, domestic abuse, and sudden job loss also contribute to pushing people into homelessness.

Lack of affordable housing has been further highlighted by the recent focus on “Rapid Re-housing” as the first priority. Reid explained that the paradigm shift to quickly finding housing for the homeless, then “wrapping the services around them in this more stable environment,” means less time to work with the client to find suitable housing or to help them correct barriers to good housing options like poor past credit. Historically, assistance to the homeless meant accepting them into shelters where case managers and others would work with them to solve the problems and issues that had led to their situation, sometimes for months, if not even years, before placing them in independent housing. The “Rapid Re-housing” model sometimes leads to a “race against time” was Blair Copeland’s assessment. While agreeing that the model offered a stable environment from which clients could begin their journey upward and was especially favorable for homeless families, Copeland admitted that it often left them scrambling to find housing before they could address the obstacles, prepare the client, and create a partnership with a landlord willing to take on what they might view as a higher-risk tenant. Reid’s New Hope Housing in particular requires a strong relationship with landlords since his organization often deals with clients who have served prison time, and some who are registered sex offenders.

The change to “Rapid Re-housing” also meant that new roles – like Housing Locators – have had to be created in the organizations and agencies represented, and other personnel have had to learn new skills and deliver them “even more rapidly,” said Minerva Labrador. “The more traditionally specialized roles of service staff are becoming more integrated. There’s a lot less ‘you’ll have to wait until Tuesday for the case worker to address that’ than we had before. That’s a good thing,” said Porter-Will.

Working cross-jurisdictionally within the region, and even out of state, was another significant challenge discussed by the service providers. Copeland noted that sometimes to find suitable and affordable housing meant relocating clients out of the area. Some of the attendees spoke of relocations to Winchester, Front Royal, Hagerstown, Maryland, and even towns in North Carolina, but all expressed concerns about the follow-up and continued services these movers would receive – and there might be the perception that Northern Virginia is merely “moving the problem along, and that is not what we are trying to do,” insisted Copeland.

After the panel concluded, the attendees were treated to U.S. Army Captain Kerri Turner as the Keynote Speaker. Capt. Turner also happens to be Ms. Veteran America 2015 and is a spokesperson for Final Salute, a nonprofit whose mission is to find safe and affordable housing for women veterans and their families. By the looks on their faces, Turner shocked quite a few in the audience when she informed them that neither the Veterans Administration nor the Department of Housing and Urban Development had kept any records on homeless female vets before 2011. Final Salute’s founder was a female veteran and single-mother who served her country for 15 years, but when faced with serious adversity – including head, throat and neck cancer – she was advised to seek assistance through welfare programs since the military did not have programs for female veterans with families. Not long after her circumstances and health improved, Jaspen Boothe started Final Salute to assist “the forgotten soldiers.” Since 2010 the organization has assisted over 900 women veterans and children in over 30 states and territories.

A CHAPTER of HomeAid America, HomeAid NoVA is a nonprofit that was started in 2001 by members of the Northern Virginia Building Industry Association. Founded on the belief that the “best way to solve homelessness is to ensure that everyone has a safe and stable place to live,” the organization’s partners build and renovate housing and shelter facilities. To date, they have completed over 100 projects, and with so much donated labor, expertise, materials and resources, they are able to help shelter organizations save significant amounts of money that can be used to fund vital programs and services to keep their clients housed and leading better lives, and to help others avoid homelessness.

The attendees at the HomeAid Housing Forum want everyone to realize that ending homelessness really does “take a village” and that it is in everyone’s best interest to help prevent it, and to help return our homeless neighbors to safe and productive lives in the community. For information on the issue and how to help, there are numerous agencies and organizations to contact. Starting points can be HomeAid NoVA at www.homeaidnova.org or the Fairfax County Office to Prevent and End Homelessness at www.fairfaxcounty.gov.

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