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Three Local Businesses, Non-Profits and Individuals Recognized for Work to Build Solutions to Homelessness in Northern Virginia

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Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington, Atlas Plumbing and Builders Floor Service’s Darren Martineau Honored with HomeAid Northern Virginia’s Presidents Circle Award.

Nov. 14, 2019 – Chantilly, VAHomeAid Northern Virginia (HANV) recognized local businesses, nonprofits and individuals for their impact son local families experiencing, or at-risk of homelessness, in the Northern Virginia region. HomeAid, a nonprofit that renovates homeless shelters and supportive housing facilities via the donated expertise, labor and resources of local homebuilders, presented its 2019 Presidents’ Circle Awards at its 18th Annual Gala & Auction on Nov. 9th at Lansdowne Resort in Leesburg:

  • Nonprofit Service Provider Project of the Year Award, presented to Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington, Christ House Project
  • Trade Partner of the Year Award, awarded to Atlas Plumbing
  • Presidents’ Award, presented to Darren J. Martineau

Nonprofit Service Provider Project of the Year Award: Catholic Charities’ Christ House

In photo: Gary Chandler (HANV Board Chair), Rick Kaplar (Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington Board President), Art Bennett (Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington President & CEO), John Crofts (Christ House Program Director), Kristyn Burr (HANV Executive Director & CEO), Cathy Hassinger (Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington Director, Community Services)

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington provides housing, counseling, job training, financial assistance and meals to vulnerable communities throughout Northern Virginia. HANV collaborated with Catholic Charites in 2019 to renovate Christ House – a 200+ year old building in Old Town Alexandria that provides transitional housing for 14 men, a food pantry and a nightly soup kitchen that has served dinner every night since 1974. The top-to-bottom, three-floor facelift included upgrades to the kitchen, dining room, lobby, residents’ rooms and bathrooms. Throughout the building, new flooring, electrical, and lighting were installed. Staff offices, meeting rooms, and a chapel were also freshened with new paint, flooring, lighting, and window treatments. The Christ House’s evening meal – which feeds men, women and families experiencing homelessness 365-days-a-year – was continued every single day throughout the renovation. The renovation was led by HANV project “Builder Captain” K. Hovnanian Homes Virginia with the collaboration of  28 construction trade partners. The Project of the Year Award recognizes the impact of this project and of the ongoing work of Catholic Charities in the local community.

Trade Partner of the Year Award: Atlas Plumbing

In Photo: Gary Chandler (HANV Board Chair) Kristyn Burr (HANV Executive Director & CEO), Brian Turner (Atlas), Tim Lear (Atlas)

HomeAid’s trade partners are those in the home building industry – suppliers, manufacturers, electricians, plumbers, etc. – who play meaningful roles in HANV’s construction projects by donating materials, time, labor and expertise. Atlas Plumbing LLC has lent it expertise and services to 14 projects since it first connected with HANV in 2009 and has donated more than $75,000 in labor and materials. Through the years, Atlas Plumbing has helped HANV make meaningful improvements to group homes and townhomes, program spaces, and multi-unit buildings including the ACTS Women’s Empowerment Center and a new residence for teens at Youth for Tomorrow. Recently, Atlas Plumbing oversaw upgrading of kitchens and bathrooms in 12 units at Catholic Charities’ St. Margaret of Cortona Transitional Residences in Woodbridge, a renovation that staff and residents affectionately termed “St. Margaret’s makeover” based on the impact it had on the building and the quality of life for its residents.

Presidents’ Award: Darren J. Martineau (awarded posthumously)

In photo: Brian Davidson (Van Metre/ HomeAid Board), Kristyn Burr (HANV Executive Director & CEO) and Darren Martineau’s wife and daughters Katie Martineau, Denise Mulholland and Michelle Martineau.

The HomeAid Northern Virginia Presidents’ Circle Awards recognize those in our community who have gone the extra mile to further HomeAid’s mission of building new lives for the homeless. Darren Martineau exemplified that role in his 20+ year career at Builders Floor Service.  As production manager. Operations manager and then vice president, Darren and Builders Floor Service stepped up as a trade partner on more than 10 shelter projects including ACTS Women’s Empowerment Center, Pathways Homes and New Hope Housing. Darren and his team provided labor, resources and materials towards enhancement and improvement of these shelter, supportive and transitional housing facilities. The world sadly lost Darren suddenly this September at the age of 52. His legacy will live on through that which he did for others and the lives he helped rebuild.

More than $450,000 Raised at Annual Gala

HomeAid Northern Virginia’s 2019 annual gala raised more than $450,000 to build and renovate homeless shelters, supportive housing and programmatic facilities. Noble Construction, Inc. served as the presenting sponsor of the event that included more than 400 people in attendance. The awards ceremony was sponsored by Buhl Electric Company.

Hundreds of diapers and baby wipes were also collected at the gala as part of HANV’s Builders for Babies Drive to assist families in shelters and supportive housing programs.

About HomeAid Northern Virginia

HomeAid Northern Virginia, a chapter of HomeAid America, convenes and mobilizes the local homebuilding business community and its corporate partners to undertake new construction and major renovations for homeless shelters and supportive housing facilities owned by nonprofit service providers that help homeless individuals and families in our community gain stability and get back on the road to self-sufficiency. HANV was started in 2001 by members of the Northern Virginia Building Industry Association (NVBIA) and since then has completed 143 construction projects valued at more than $15.7 million that together have served as a safe and stable space for more than 138,000 vulnerable individuals in our community.


Catholic Charities’ recognized with HomeAid Northern Virginia’s Non-Profit Service Provider Project of the Year Award for the successful renovation of Christ House, a 200 year old building in Old Town Alexandria that provides transitional housing and a nightly soup kitchen that has served dinner every night since 1974.