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New “Friends of Guest House” Property in Alexandria Will Assist 20 Women to Re-Enter Community, Job Train and Restart Their Lives After Incarceration

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200-year old former office building now provides secure housing & helps prevent the “revolving door” of prison and homelessness, following renovation by HomeAid Northern Virginia.

Following renovation by HomeAid Northern Virginia, the 200-year old former office building now provides secure housing and helps prevent the “revolving door” of prison and homelessness.

Oct. 10, 2019 – Alexandria, Va. – Twenty formerly incarcerated women moved into a renovated home in Old Town Alexandria this week to re-enter the community and re-start their lives at Friends of Guest House’s newly opened residential re-entry program. Guest House helps women to avoid the “revolving door” of prison and homelessness by providing secure housing, job training and other support services to women recently released from incarceration as part of its six month residential program.

Formerly incarcerated people are almost 10 times more likely to be homeless than the general public.

Women face unique challenges when leaving prison, as many do not have a safe place to return to. “The vast majority of our residents experienced domestic violence, parental abuse, or sexual assault before they ever went to prison,” said Friends of Guest House executive director Kari Galloway. “When they get released, they don’t want to return to those situations. They want to avoid that. But if they don’t have a home to return to, they can end up on the streets, and then back into the prison system. We offer a second chance and new beginning.”

Your past does not define your future: For people and for buildings

When Guest House sought to expand its program by converting a historic (circa 1811) Old Town Alexandria office building into a transitional housing residence, it approached HomeAid Northern Virginia for assistance. HomeAid Northern Virginia builds and renovates homeless shelters and supportive housing facilities via the donated expertise, labor and resources of local homebuilders – enabling organizations such as Friends of Guest House to focus their budgets and resources on supportive programs and services rather than building expenses.

The new Friends of Guest House property includes case manager offices and work spaces for residents to learn new skills and apply new skills as they job train and job search.

Friends of Guest House’s mantra is “We believe your past does not define your future.” This same mantra was adopted by HANV and its project “builder captain” Craftmark Homes to reimagine and reinvent the property as a residential hub, while staying true to its historic nature. The HomeAid/Craftmark Homes teams converted office space into bedrooms, created a communal kitchen and dining room, retrofitted bathrooms, added laundry space and incorporated offices and workspaces for on-site staff and case managers. Between in-kind and financial donations from HomeAid, Craftmark, and trade partners, Friends of Guest House saved over 70% off the $480K retail value of the project. FOGH received a zero interest loan from the City of Alexandria Housing Trust Fund for the remaining costs.

Residents happily settle into their new bedrooms at the historic building in Alexandria that was renovated for Friends of Guest House to be a home supporting women re-entering community life after incarceration.

Move In Day

Residents moved in to the now-10 bedroom, 6 bathroom property in early October, launching a whole new future for themselves, and for the historic building.

“It is so special for the women in our program to move into a beautiful and newly upgraded residence like this. It helps them to feel, sometimes for the first time, that they themselves deserve to live in a beautiful space. It really reinforces to them that they are in the next chapter of their story. It reinforces to them their responsibilities to themselves and to the program. When you live in a space that is beautiful, you have to maintain it. You have to put in the work – both in this house and in their lives, inside and out. HomeAid and Craftmark truly created a beautiful space to serve as a launch pad for new beginnings,” said Guest House’s Kari Galloway.

Residents work together to keep their new home clean. Renovated and beautiful spaces like this new kitchen reinforces to the residents that they deserve to live in a beautiful space. “It really reinforces to them that they are in the next chapter of their story,” says Friends of Guest House.

Friends of Guest House has been helping women re-enter life after prison for 45 years and considers the Alexandria community to be incredibly encouraging and supportive of its mission. The original FOGH home still houses 10 women in Alexandria’s Del Ray neighborhood. Prior to the opening of the new residence in Old Town, FOGH also housed 16 women in four apartments. These women are moving into the new home, and with the expanded space, four new slots in the residential program have been added – a 15% growth in the number of women it can serve – a meaningful difference, and yet still not enough. With the rotation of women in and out of the 6 month residential program, FOGH serves approximately 60 women per year. For those 60 slots, the organization receives more than 400 applications.

“Homelessness among recently released individuals is a preventable problem – and a fixable problem – thanks to organizations like Friends of Guest House that provide both housing and wrap-around support in their local communities,” said Kristyn Burr, Executive Director of HomeAid Northern Virginia. “Individuals released from incarceration have a higher likelihood of becoming homeless and those who are homeless are more likely to be incarcerated – contributing to recidivism. Being proactive and supportive of women and men coming out of adult detention centers and/or prison is an important part of solutions to prevent homelessness, a shared goal of HANV and Guest House.”

HomeAid Northern Virginia brings together local non-profit service providers with the local homebuilder community to build/renovate homeless shelters, housing facilities and community spaces for programs serving the homeless. These collaborative partnerships enable homebuilders to do what they do best (build) and service providers to do what they do best (provide housing and wraparound services). HANV has completed 143 construction projects that together have served as a safe and stable space for more than 138,000 vulnerable individuals in our community.

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Contact:
Shelley Ducker, HomeAid Northern Virginia, 202.255.0561
Marisa Tordella, Friends of Guest House, 703.674.6921

Thanks to Craftmark Homes and to the trade partners who contributed labor and resources to the project:

Action Sheet Metal Co., Inc.
ABW Appliances
Area Walls Incorporated
Beltway Steel Supply Co., Inc.
B & K Distributors, Inc.
B F Behan, Inc.
Builders Fire Solutions, LLC
Burgess Lighting
Capital Mechanical, LLC
Carter Lumber of Virginia, Inc.
Consulting Engineers Corporation
Darvish Interiors
Delta Faucet Company
Dimond Adams Design Architecture
Doug Construction, LLC

FireAlarmService.Net
F M Rolloff and Construction Services, LLC
General Electric
G J World Carpentry, Inc.
HDS Drywall Service, Inc.
JHK Carpentry, Inc.
Kichler Lighting, LLC
M R Stone, LLC
New York Concrete Corporation
Southern Maryland Heating & Air, Inc.
Southland Insulators, Inc.
Stone Works, Inc.
Suburban Kitchens
TNT Services Group II, Inc.
UBH Construction (Umeres Better Homes, Inc.)

Homeless shelter in Old Town Alexandria undergoes massive renovation

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Built in 1810, Christ House challenged the renovation team to stay true to the property’s historic nature while upgrading it for today’s needs and uses.

The new lobby of Christ House in Alexandria, Va.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington’s (CCDA) “Christ House” in Old Town has undergone a massive renovation and upgrade, thanks to a partnership with HomeAid Northern Virginia (HANV), a non-profit that builds and renovates local housing and shelter facilities. Christ House provides transitional housing for 14 men, a food pantry, emergency assistance, and a nightly soup kitchen that has served dinner every night since 1974. The building dates to 1810.

Christ House challenged the renovation team to stay true to the property’s historic nature while upgrading it for today’s needs and uses.  The top-to-bottom, three-floor facelift included upgrades to the kitchen, dining room, lobby, apartments and bathrooms. Additionally, throughout the building, there’s now new flooring, vents, thermostats, electrical, and lighting. Staff offices, meeting rooms a chapel were also freshened with new paint, flooring, lighting, and window treatments. Not only were key historic elements of the building preserved, but the soup kitchen was able to serve its nightly dinner throughout the renovation process, uninterrupted.

“The renovation of Christ House is an enormous morale lifter for our staff and for the people we serve, as well as particularly for the 14 men living in our transitional housing program today – and those in the future –  as they work toward financial independence and self-sufficiency,” said John Croft, program director for Christ House. “Working with HomeAid helps us forward our mission of care and support and direct our resources to programs that are benefitting so many here in Arlington.”

HomeAid Northern Virginia builds and renovates homeless shelters and supportive housing facilities via the donated expertise, labor and resources of local homebuilders – enabling organizations such as Catholic Charities to focus their budgets and resources on supportive programs and services rather than building expenses. Under this partnership, HomeAid and covered 100% of the costs of the $83,000 renovation of Christ House, led by project “Builder Captain” K. Hovnanian Homes Virginia and 28 construction trade partners.

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About Catholic Charities, Catholic Diocese of Arlington

Catholic Charities is the charitable arm of the Catholic Church in the 21 counties and seven cities of the Diocese of Arlington under the leadership of Bishop Michael F. Burbidge. Catholic Charities serves the poor and vulnerable who live in the Diocese, whether they are Catholic or not. Catholic Charities services include food for the hungry, a free medical clinic, transformational housing for men and families, individual and family counseling, emergency financial aid, immigration and refugee services, job training and workforce development, prison ministry and former prisoner re-entry program.

About HANV

HomeAid Northern Virginia brings together local non-profit service providers with the local homebuilder community to build/renovate homeless shelters, housing facilities and community spaces for programs serving the homeless. These collaborative partnerships enable homebuilders to do what they do best (build) and service providers to do what they do best (provide housing and wraparound services). HANV has completed 134 construction projects that together have served as a safe and stable space for more than 138,000 vulnerable individuals in our community.

Thanks to K. Hovnanian Homes Virginia and to the trade partners who contributed labor and resources to the project:

Annandale Millwork & Allied Systems
B&K Distributors, Inc.
Builders FirstSource
Bruce
Capital Mechanical, LLC
CC Carpentry
Construction Applicators
Daltile
Darvish Interiors
Dominion Electric Supply Co.
FM Construction
General Electric
Green Landscaping, Inc.
Interior Logic Group

Kohler/Sterling
LMO, Inc. Professional Carpentry
MasterBrand Cabinets, Inc.
McCormick Paints
McCrea Heating & AC
Moen, Inc.
My Maids, Inc.
Progress Lighting
Sight & Sound Systems, Inc.
Shaw Floors
Southern Electrical Service Company
Virginia Marble & Granite
Virginia Cleaning & Punchout
Washington Lanehart Electric Company

Leadership Fairfax Honors Community Leaders at 2018 Annual Northern Virginia Leadership Awards – Congressman Gerry Connolly Recognizes Honorees

By | In the News, News, Uncategorized

Fairfax, VA – Leadership Fairfax honored six community leaders for their visionary and innovative contributions to Fairfax County and the region at the Northern Virginia Leadership Awards (NVLAs) on Friday, December 7, 2018 at a luncheon attended by representatives from government, business and nonprofits at Waterford Receptions. Virginia Congressman Gerry Connolly addressed the crowd, stating “You’ve got to have passion. You’ve got to really mean it and you’ve got to exude it.”

The annual event highlights leaders who have made a significant impact in the area through a passionate commitment to community partnerships and volunteer service, furthering Leadership Fairfax’s mission to convene meaningful discussions and strategic thinkers to address community issues. The organization bestows awards in six categories. The 2018 winners are as follows. 

Educational Leadership Award: Dr. Mary Ann Panarelli, Director – Intervention and Prevention Services; Fairfax County Public Schools

Nonprofit Leadership Award for An Organization: HomeAid Northern Virginia

Nonprofit Leadership Award for An Individual: Kerrie Wilson, CEO; Cornerstones

Corporate Leadership Award: Custom Ink

Regional Leadership Award: Maggie Parker, Vice President – Communications; Comstock Companies

Trustee Leadership Award: Major Tyler Corey; Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office

The award winners were also recognized by United States Senator Mark Warner’s Outreach Representative in a letter written by the senator, acknowledging the honorees for their commitment to community and volunteer service. This message was continued by Karen Cleveland, CEO and President of Leadership Fairfax who stated, “Our honorees bring our community together and inspire others to be the change they want to see in the world.”

Leadership Fairfax is a nonprofit 501(c)3 that inspires, develops, engages and connects leaders across sectors and experience to impact issues facing Fairfax County and the Northern Virginia region. Through its three programs – Leadership Fairfax Institute. (LFI), Emerging Leaders Institute. (ELI), and Lifetime Leaders Program (LLP) – Leadership Fairfax has graduated over 1,800 community leaders who have logged over 300,000 community service hours serving nonprofits, county commissions and providing direct resource development and services. Leadership Fairfax is located at 8230 Old Courthouse Road, Suite 100, Vienna, VA 22182. For more information, visit leadershipfairfax.org or call (703) 752-7555.

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2018 Annual Northern VirginiaLeadership Award winners (from L-R): Kristyn Burr, HomeAid Northern Virginia(Nonprofit Leadership – Organization); Major Tyler Corey, Fairfax CountySheriff’s Office (Trustee Leadership Award); Maggie Parker, Comstock Companies(Regional Leadership Award); Grace Spalding, Custom Ink (Corporate Leadership);Dr. Mary Ann Panarelli, Fairfax County Public Schools (Educational Leadership);and Kerrie Wilson, Cornerstones (Nonprofit Leadership – Individual).

Newly Renovated Loudoun Hunger Relief Center Distributes Food with Dignity, Compassion

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The newly remodeled collection and distribution center, completed by HomeAid Northern Virginia, upgrades food pick-up area into a welcoming grocery store-like atmosphere

April 5, 2018 – Leesburg, VA: Loudoun Hunger Relief (LHR) unveiled its newly renovated lobby and “client choice” food selection room at an April 4 celebration attended by LHR supporters, community leaders and local officials. The upgrades include a separate lobby for customers and a wide hallway that can better house food items for choice selection, giving families more autonomy over their selections, more privacy while they shop, and – as a result – more dignity while receiving food from Loudoun Hunger Relief’s distribution site.

“At Loudoun Hunger Relief, compassion and dignity have long been core values of our service to our neighbors in need,” said Executive Director, Jennifer Montgomery. “Now, we have a space that better reflects the underlying purpose of the work we do here. We want to make sure that no one in Loudoun is hungry, and we also want to make sure that all feel the welcome, compassion and respect that every human being deserves.” Explained Montgomery: “We love putting items out for choice—everything from bread to sweets, vegetables to deli items—but the way we were set up, it meant that people waiting in line could see those in front of them shopping and perhaps taking some of the things they really hoped for. It caused much anxiety and unhappiness, and it ultimately stole dignity from people who are working so hard to provide for their families. This renovated space now separates the lobby and waiting area from the food selection/client choice area – solving these issues, preserving dignity and giving our clients a space that serves them so much better. We are grateful to HomeAid Northern Virginia for the opportunity to make these improvements to better serve our communities.”

The renovated space was designed, constructed, outfitted and finished completely through efforts of HomeAid Northern Virginia, which builds and renovates homeless shelters and supportive housing facilities via the donated expertise, labor and resources of local homebuilders – enabling nonprofit organizations such as Loudoun Hunger Relief to invest more of their budgets in supportive programs and services rather than building expenses. Knutson Companies led the project as builder captain. Four of its trade partners and subcontractors – Eastern Applicators, ISI Flooring, NEKA Granite Marble Quartz, and Southern Electric Services Company – donated materials and labor to complete the project.

The remodel transformed a “dreary” and non-functional space into a cheerful, welcoming place with a private check-in desk and upgraded the food pick-up area into a more grocery store-like atmosphere. The remodel also added a room for shelving bakery goods and produce, allowing clients to select what they know their families will eat.

Thanks to Builder Captain Knutson Companies and its construction trade partners that contributed labor and resources to the Loudoun Hunger Relief project!

Eastern Applicators
ISI Flooring

NEKA Granite Marble Quartz
Southern Electric Services Company

About Loudoun Hunger Relief

Loudoun Hunger Relief (formerly Loudoun Interfaith Relief) is the largest food pantry in Loudoun County and has served the community for 27 years. Last year LHR provided 1.2 million pounds of food to more than 8,000 individuals. 40% of those served are children. LHR distributes food to families six days a week, year round. Loudoun Hunger Relief was voted Loudoun Chamber of Commerce 2014 Nonprofit of The Year, Leesburg Today 2015 Reader’s Choice Nonprofit of The Year, the Loudoun Times Mirror 2015 and 2017 Nonprofit of the Year, Loudoun Now 2016 Favorite Non-Profit. For more information on LHR, please visit www.loudounhunger.org.      

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 individuals and families 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 119 projects valued at more than $14.7 million, serving more than 98,500 homeless individuals.

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Marketing Internship

By | Job Posting

Exciting marketing internship offering real-world experience in creating and articulating organization mission and impact on the community. Position allows great flexibility and creativity to expand our reach and delivery of consistent messaging through many channels. Position is responsible for assisting with all communications, including print, web, email, and social networking initiatives to market HomeAid’s shelter program, events, and fundraising campaigns. Gain valuable communication experience in this dynamic, fast-moving environment.

Job description
  • Research and implement communications effort on social media websites (i.e. FaceBook, YouTube)
  • Evaluate current marketing efforts and make adjustments or recommendations as needed;
  • Write copy for print ads, marketing campaigns and website;
  • Compile relevant data on homelessness to use in various communications efforts;
  • Research and suggest new ways to reach target audiences;
  • Maintain list of contact information for target audiences;
  • Develop and help execute marketing plan for HomeAid events.
Requirements
  • Computer proficient, especially in Microsoft Word, and Excel
  • Energetic, self-starter, with flexible and positive attitude
  • Strong team player and ability to work cooperatively with others
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent organizational, problem-solving and customer service skills

Compensation: School credit; letter of recommendation

Availability: Spring, Summer, or Fall

How to apply: Submit cover letter and resume to info@homeaidnova.org; type “Shelter Program Internship” in the subject line. Call 571-283-6320 with questions.

Fundraising Internship

By | Job Posting

Exciting fundraising internship offering real-world experience in creating, managing, and tracking successful fundraising campaigns and initiatives. Position allows for great creativity and flexibility in developing successful campaigns, and making adjustments to existing programs. Position is responsible for generating new campaign ideas, tracking results of current and new campaigns, and completing all donor fulfillment obligations. Gain valuable fundraising experience in this dynamic fast-paced working environment.

Job description
  • Help to refine and execute current Fundraising Plan
  • Research potential funding prospects
  • Submit grants and contribution applications to potential funders
  • Track communications with all potential funders
  • Maintain contact information for all potential funders
  • Send weekly thank you letters to donors
  • Execute all sponsor benefits
Requirements
  • Computer proficient, especially in Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Energetic, self-starter, with flexible and positive attitude
  • Strong team player and ability to work cooperatively with others
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent organizational, problem-solving and customer service skills

Compensation: School credit; letter of recommendation

Availability: Spring, Summer, or Fall

How to apply: Submit cover letter and resume to info@homeaidnova.org; type “Shelter Program Internship” in the subject line. Call 571-283-6320 with questions.

Shelter Program Internship

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Exciting project management internship offering real-world experience in managing and scheduling project functions with external partners. Position requires great flexibility and organizational skills to ensure deadlines are met and superior customer service is delivered. Coordinator is responsible for assisting with all program-related events, marketing efforts and public relations. Gain valuable project management experience in this dynamic, fast-moving environment.

Job Responsibilities
  • Assist with all project events such as Appreciation Luncheons, Groundbreakings, Kick-offs, and Dedication/Ribbon-cuttings
  • Attend all site visits to projects
    • take pictures and/or video of Before/During/After photos
    • Upload project pics to Flickr; organize into project folders
    • Send link to pics as requested
    • Create videos for projects as requested; upload videos to website and YouTube
  • Update project information in donor database
    • Run reports as needed
  • Update report for shelter care application information
  • Create, refine, distribute survey to shelter organizations as requested
  • Update Historical Report
  • Send Thank You letters to all project participants (builder captain, trade partners)
  • Update project binders as needed
  • Update information on website for projects, builder captains and trade partners
  • Assist with all HomeAid events; and community outreach events as needed
Requirements
  • Computer proficient, especially in Microsoft Word, and Excel.
  • Energetic, self-starter, with flexible and positive attitude
  • Strong team player and ability to work cooperatively with others.
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational, problem-solving and customer service skills.

Compensation: School credit; letter of recommendation

Availability: Spring, Summer, or Fall

How to apply: Submit cover letter and resume to info@homeaidnova.org; type “Shelter Program Internship” in the subject line. Call 571-283-6320 with questions.

Presidents Circle Award Winners Recognized at 16th Annual Gala & Auction

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HomeAid’s Annual Gala Raises More Than $250,000 to Fund Renovations to Homeless Shelters and Supportive Housing Properties in Northern Virginia

Nov. 8, 2015 – Chantilly, VAHomeAid Northern Virginia (HANV) recognized local businesses, nonprofits and individuals for positive community impact and serving vulnerable families in the Northern Virginia region with its 2017 Presidents’ Circle Awards. HomeAid, a nonprofit that renovates homeless shelters and housing facilities via the donated expertise, labor and resources of local homebuilders, presented the following awards at its 16th Annual Gala & Auction on Nov. 4th at the Lansdowne Resort in Leesburg.

Nonprofit Service Provider Project of the Year Award: Community Lodging

Community Lodgings Executive Director Lynn Thomas accepts the Non-Profit Service Provider of the Year award from Jerry Berman, HomeAid Board President, and John Buhl, President of Buhl Electric

Community Lodgings lifts families from homelessness and instability to independence and self-sufficiency through its affordable housing and transitional housing options, as well as community outreach and youth education programs throughout the Northern Virginia region. Community Lodgings partnered with HANV this year on a renovation of its multi-unit supportive housing property in Alexandria’s Arlandria-Chirilagua neighborhood. The HANV-led renovation included a complete upgrade of the property’s six existing affordable housing units, as well as the reconfiguration of space to create a seventh two-bedroom unit – enabling more families to call the property “home.” The renovation was completed by a consortium of four local homebuilders convened by HomeAid: Brookfield ResidentialEvergreene CompaniesM/I Homes, and Richmond American Homes. Importantly, the property’s onsite learning center was also upgraded, enabling families to take advantage of afterschool and youth mentoring programs, daily nutritious meals, and computer and English as a Second Language classes for families—setting up the children who live there and in the surrounding community for brighter futures. The award recognizes Community Lodgings’ impact on its community and on the lives of the clients it serves.

Trade Partner of the Year Award: Buhl Electric

John Buhl, President of Buhl Electric, accepts the Trade Partner of the Year Award from HomeAid Board President Jerry Berman

HomeAid’s trade partners are those in the home building industry – suppliers, manufacturers, electricians, plumbers, etc. – who play meaningful roles in shelter construction projects by donating materials, time, labor and expertise. A family-founded and family-run company based in Sterling, Buhl Electric Company, Inc. has been wiring new homes in Virginia for more than 50 years.  The company has supported through donation and in-kind services/expertise to 11 different HANV projects, including Youth for Tomorrow,  Shelter House and ACTS Turning Points Domestic Violence Program. Buhl Electric has also been a sponsor of numerous HANV events, including the Gala, the annual Night at the Ballpark, and the Builder & Friends BBQ. The Trade Partner of the Year award recognizes Buhl Electric’s willingness to regularly be “first in line to help” and provide meaningful assistance with HomeAid’s projects to serve our region’s communities. The award was accepted by John Buhl, Jr., president of Buhl Electric and an active member of HomeAid’s Board of Directors.

Presidents’ Award: Brian Davidson of Van Metre Homes

Brian Davidson, Group President of Van Metre Homes, accepts the HomeAid Presidents’ Award—HomeAid’s highest honor given to an individual who has worked to further our mission of ending homelessness.

Brian Davidson, Group President of Van Metre Homes, was awarded the 2017 Presidents Award, HomeAid’s most prestigious award for individuals. Davidson has a long tenure of involvement and leadership with HomeAid Northern Virginia: he served as the 2015 board president, and 2014 board secretary. Under his leadership, Van Metre has served as a builder captain for projects including Shelter House’s Ives House and Artemis House and ACTS Women’s Empowerment Center, as well as helped fund enhancements to the Alexandria Women’s Shelter and Women Giving Back. Van Metre Homes and the Van Metre Foundation have been long-time supporters of HANV, and many of their own fundraising initiatives – such as their annual fall Cornhole Challenge – have raised funds for HANV. Davidson’s receipt of the HANV President’s Award is a natural extension of his personal interest in making a positive impact on the community and of Van Metre’s long-held commitment to philanthropy.

More than $250,000 Raised at Annual Gala

HomeAid Northern Virginia’s 2017 annual gala raised more than $250,000 to build and renovate homeless shelters and supportive housing facilities. Intercoastal Mortgage Company served as the presenting sponsor of the event that included more than 500 people in attendance. The awards ceremony was sponsored by Buhl Electric Company.

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 supporting 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. Celebrating its 15th anniversary this year, the organization was started in 2001 by members of the Northern Virginia Building Industry Association (NVBIA) and, since then, has completed more than 118 projects valued at more than $14.7 million, serving more than 98,500 homeless individuals.

Collaboration of Nonprofits and Homebuilders Improves and Expands Supportive Housing in Alexandria for Formerly Homeless Families

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Community Lodgings and HomeAid Northern Virginia partner with 4 local homebuilders who put competition aside to renovate 7 housing units that transition families out of homelessness

Alexandria, Va. – Sept. 19, 2017 – Formerly homeless families now have newly upgraded residences in the City of Alexandria, following the completion of renovations to a Community Lodgings multi-unit supportive housing property led by HomeAid Northern Virginia (HANV). An onsite “learning center” was also upgraded, enabling families to take advantage of after school and youth mentoring programs, daily nutritious meals, and computer and English as a Second Language classes for families—setting up the children who live here for brighter futures. The ribbon cutting was held today with local officials, community advocates, homebuilders and construction partners that provided labor, resources and expertise to the project.

The renovation of the 10,446 sq. ft. Community Lodgings building in the Del Ray neighborhood was completed by a consortium of four local homebuilders convened by HomeAid: Brookfield ResidentialEvergreene HomesM/I Homes, and Richmond American Homes. The $650,000+ renovation included a complete upgrade of the property’s six existing affordable housing, as well as the reconfiguration of space to create a seventh two-bedroom unit – enabling more families to call the property “home.” Via a special partnership with local home staging company, the units will already be “home-y” when new residents move in: Staged Interior fully furnished each unit and have committed to furnishing one HomeAid project each year.

“On behalf of our entire community, I am thankful to Community Lodgings, HomeAid Northern Virginia and the many partners involved in this project,” said Alexandria Mayor Allison Silberberg. “It is a great example of how a community working together can help solve the affordable housing issue.”

“The impact this renovation has on our families is incredible,” said Lynn Thomas, executive director of Community Lodgings. “I grew up in affordable housing in southeast DC, and know how important it is for a low-income family to live in a nice, safe house. We are all so grateful to HomeAid Northern Virginia, the builders, and the many other supporters who made this happen.”

“The renovated property will provide housing stability for individuals and families who are transitioning out of homelessness and working toward self-sufficiency. Through collaboration with Community Lodgings, with our multiple builder partners, HANV was able to take on this large, high-impact project. This is a great example of the spirit of cooperation: local homebuilders putting aside natural business competitiveness to work together, and work with HANV, Community Lodgings and with the City of Alexandria to benefit local families and improve the local community,” said Kristyn Burr, executive director of HomeAid Northern Virginia.

HomeAid Northern Virginia builds and renovates homeless shelters and supportive housing facilities via the donated expertise, labor and resources of local homebuilders, enabling nonprofit partners like Community Lodgings to invest budget in programs and services rather than construction expenses. This project is HANV’s fourth project with Community Lodgings and is the first time HANV has organized a formal consortium of multiple builders to co-lead as joint project “Builder Captains.” The City of Alexandria, BB&T and the Virginia Housing Development Authority also contributed funds for the project.

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 individuals and families 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 118 projects valued at more than $14.7 million, serving more than 98,500 homeless individuals.

About Community Lodgings

Celebrating 30 years of impact in the local community, Community Lodgings lifts families from homelessness and instability to independence and self-sufficiency through its affordable housing and transitional housing options, as well as community outreach and youth education programs.

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Media contact: Shelley Ducker, 202.255.0561

Thanks to the construction trade partners that contributed labor and resources to the Community Lodgings project:

Trade Partners

A&M Drywall Construction

Ace Trim Carpentry

Airtron Heating & Air Conditioning

AJS Consulting Engineers

Annandale Millwork & Allied Systems

ARC Firestop Solutions, LLC

B&K Distributors

Best Painting Services LLC

Better Termite

Builders FirstSource

Bryant Plumbing

Capital Construction of America, Inc.

Central Wholesalers

Christopher Consultants

Countryside Electric, Inc.

Custom Services & Flooring

John Darvish Construction Co.

General Electric Appliances

Homestead Building System

K&M Masonry

Madison Homes

Metro Stoneworks

Metro Tile

Mid Atlantic Contracting

Mid South Building Supply

Nicholas Trucking

Potomac Concrete

Proper Tree Care, LLC

R&F Metals

Rust Orling Architecture

Southland Insulators

TAC Ceramic Tile

TNT Services Group

Tysons Service Corporation

Vintage Security

Virginia Cleaning and Punchout Inc.

 

Furnishings provided by

Staged Interior

 

Major Contributors

BB&T

City of Alexandria

Virginia Housing Development Authority