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Madeline Walker

HomeAid in the News: Friends of Guest House

By | Announcements, In the News, News

HomeAid Northern Virginia had the honor of helping to renovate Friends of Guest House’s newly opened residential re-entry program in Alexandria, VA. Check out the local news coverage of the project below.

Fairfax County Times article published January 11, 2020

Your Past Does Not Define Your Future

By the time Helenia Bragg was 15, she had a full-blown heroin habit. “I was raised in a ‘liquor house’ in 1960s and 1970s Alexandria,” Helenia explained. “My mom was a bootlegger. My father was a drug dealer.”

She first went to prison at 17 for drug possession, then cycled in and out of prison for the next 30 years. When she was released the first time, she returned to a home that was riddled with crime and drugs. When she was released the second time, her parents had died and extended family members wanted nothing to do with her. Without a secure place to go, she returned to friends who enabled her drug habit, returned to crime to support it and returned to prison again. Then again.

Helenia was in the middle of her fourth prison sentence and about to turn 50 at Fluvanna Correctional Center in Troy, Va., when she came to the realization that changed her life:

“If I don’t use drugs, I don’t commit crimes. If I don’t commit crimes, I don’t go to prison.”

Full article.

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.)

HomeAid in the News: 2019 Builders for Babies Drive

By | Announcements, In the News, News

Spreading Holiday Cheer with Diapers:
30,000 Diapers and 30,000 Baby Wipes Provided to 18 Shelters and Supportive Housing Programs by HomeAid Northern Virginia’s “Builders for Babies” Holiday Diaper Drive

Chantilly, VA – December 17, 2019 – More than 30,000 diapers and 30,000 baby wipes were distributed to 18 homeless shelters and supportive housing facilities throughout Northern Virginia this week, as part of HomeAid Northern Virginia’s “Builders for Babies” diaper drive.

HomeAid Northern Virginia (HANV) builds and renovates homeless shelters and supportive housing facilities via the donated expertise, labor and resources of local homebuilders – enabling organizations to focus their budgets and resources on supportive programs and services rather than building expenses. Sixteen of HANV’s building partners hosted diaper drive collections to assist families in shelters and supportive housing programs.

HANV delivered diapers and wipes to:

City of Alexandria
• Bethany House
• Alive! House
• Good Shepherd Housing
• New Hope Housing

City of Falls Church
• Patrick Henry Family Shelter (Falls Church)
• Northern Virginia Family Services (Falls Church)

Fauquier County
• Fauquier Emergency Family Shelter

Fairfax County
• Second Story Youth Services and Safe Shelters (Vienna)
• Shelter House/Katherine Hanley Family Shelter (Fairfax)
• Cornerstones (Reston)
• Western Fairfax Christian Ministries (Chantilly)
• FACETS (Fairfax)

Loudoun County
• Windy Hill Foundation (Ashburn)
• Loudoun Hunger Relief (Leesburg)
• Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter/LAWS (Leesburg)
• Loudoun Homeless Service Center (Leesburg)

Prince William County
• Catholic Charities (Woodbridge)
• ACTS (Dumfries)

Thanks to the companies that collected diapers and wipes to as part of Home Aid Northern Virginia’s “Builders for Babies” diaper drive:

• Bowman Consulting
• Buhl Electric Co. Inc.
• Christopher Consultants
• Custom Builders Council (NVBIA)
• Intercoastal Mortgage
• John Marshall Bank
• K. Hovnanian Homes
• M&T Bank
• Madison Homes
• Richmond American Homes
• Thompson Greenspon
• Toll Brothers
• Van Metre Homes
• Van Metre Base
• WC Ralston Architects
• Wetland Studies & Solutions

HomeAid in the News: 18th Annual Gala & Auction

By | Announcements, In the News, News

HomeAid Northern Virginia celebrated 18 years of giving back to the community and thanking those who help to make our work possible at our 18th Annual Gala & Auction on Saturday, November 9, at Lansdowne Resort and Spa in Leesburg, VA.
Check out the local news coverage of the project below.

The Zebra Article published November 13, 2019

Christ House Wins HomeAid Northern Virginia’s Non-Profit Service Provider Project of the Year Award

It’s reassuring that good work gets noticed, and on Nov. 9, Christ House was recognized with the HomeAid Northern Virginia Non-Profit Service Provider Project of the Year Award.

Christ House, which is a project of the Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington, operates a food pantry, emergency financial assistance, a thrift store, and also provides transitional housing for 14 homeless men in Old Town. Earlier this year, Christ House completed an $83,000 renovation, which was made possible through a partnership with HomeAid Northern Virginia.

Full article.

Inside NOVA Article published on November 14, 2019

Businesses, nonprofits and individuals recognized for work to build solutions to homelessness in Northern Virginia

HomeAid 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….

Full article.

HomeAid in the News: Christ House

By | Announcements, In the News, News

HomeAid Northern Virginia had the honor of helping to renovate the Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington (CCDA) “Christ House” facilities in Old Town Alexandria, VA. Check out the local news coverage of the project below.

The Arlington Catholic Herald Article published November 20, 2019

Christ House Awarded Project of the Year

Diocesan Catholic Charities Christ House in Alexandria was awarded the non-profit service provider project of the year by HomeAid Northern Virginia at its annual gala Nov. 9. The award recognizes the completion of renovations at the transitional housing facility through its partnership with HANV, a non-profit that builds and renovates local housing and shelters.

Full article.

The Zebra Article published November 13, 2019

Christ House Wins HomeAid Northern Virginia’s Non-Profit Service Provider Project of the Year Award

Bishop Michael F. Burbidge arrived June 28 to tour the 200-year-old building, thank the local organization that spearheaded the project and bless the new renovations.

“It’s reassuring that good work gets noticed, and on Nov. 9, Christ House was recognized with the HomeAid Northern Virginia Non-Profit Service Provider Project of the Year Award.

Christ House, which is a project of the Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington, operates a food pantry, emergency financial assistance, a thrift store, and also provides transitional housing for 14 homeless men in Old Town. Earlier this year, Christ House completed an $83,000 renovation, which was made possible through a partnership with HomeAid Northern Virginia.”

Full article.

Arlington Catholic Herald: Article published Saturday, June 29, 2019

Bishop Burbidge blesses renovation, joins volunteers in serving evening meal

Bishop Michael F. Burbidge arrived June 28 to tour the 200-year-old building, thank the local organization that spearheaded the project and bless the new renovations.

“This is just fantastic,” Bishop Burbidge said as he toured the dining room, kitchen, offices and upstairs bedrooms of the 14 male residents with Christ House program Director John Croft.

As Bishop Burbidge looked over the freshly painted kitchen, where 365 days a year parish and community volunteers serve an evening meal to the homeless, Kristyn Burr, executive director of HomeAid of Northern Virginia, told him the local contractors donated the $83,000 project as a labor of love. K. Hovnanian Homes supervised the project, with 28 tradesmen joining the effort.”

Full article.

Alexandria Times Article published Thursday, June 6, 2019

Christ House undergoes $83,000 renovation

The transitional homeless shelter Catholic Charities Christ House at 131 S. West St. recently underwent an $83,000 renovation, according to a news release.

The renovation comes from a partnership with HomeAid Northern Virginia, a nonprofit organization that builds and renovates housing and shelter facilities, according to the release.

Full article.

WJLA Article published Thursday, May 30, 2019

A closer look inside this Alexandria shelter after big improvements were recently made

Every single day for 45 years the soup kitchen at Christ House in Alexandria has been open for dinner. That kind of consistent and authentic compassion means everything right now to Chuck Jones.

“Coming up from the dirt and really nowhere to go and don’t know when you are going to eat at it’s a blessing,” Jones said.

Full article.

WDVM-TV NBC Article published Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Alexandria homeless shelter undergoes $83K renovation

Residents in Old Town Alexandria are celebrating a new beginning for an old building.

“Without this place I don’t know where I would be,” said Tyrice Stanton, resident at the Christ House.

The Catholic Charities’ Christ House, a transitional homeless shelter that, since 1974, has served daily meals for those in need.

Full article.

Catholic Harold Article published Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Renovations spruce up Christ House in Alexandria

For the residents of Christ House, the 200-year-old building in Old Town Alexandria that houses Catholic Charities’ transitional home for homeless men, getting new carpeting is like a breath of fresh air.

“The main thing (the residents are) saying is, ‘I really like the smell of the new carpets,’” said Christ House Program Director John Croft.

But residents are also enjoying newly painted walls, renovated bathrooms, and new lighting, flooring, countertops and additional cabinets in the dining room and kitchen — all part of a six-week, $83,000 renovation project donated by HomeAid of Northern Virginia, K. Hovnanian Homes and its partner subcontractors this spring. The project has replaced 12-year-old, worn carpeting with hardwood flooring throughout the first floor and new gray carpeting on the stairways, offices, community room and bedrooms.

Full article.

The Zebra Article published Monday, May 20, 2019

Facelift: Christ House Finishes $83K Renovation

Alexandria, VA – Christ House, the transitional homeless shelter for men in Old Town, recently finished a massive renovation. The $83,000 project, which was made possible through a partnership with HomeAid Northern Virginia, was a top-to-bottom project for the 109-year-old building at 131 S. West St.

“The renovation of Christ House is an enormous morale lifter for our staff and especially the people we serve, particularly for the men living in our transitional housing program, as they work toward financial independence and self-sufficiency,” said John Croft, program director for Christ House. “Working with HomeAid helps us focus on our mission of care and support and direct our resources to programs that benefit so many in the community.”

Full article.

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