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M/I Homes’ Jerry Berman Appointed Board President of HomeAid Northern Virginia

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Chantilly, VA, January 17, 2017— HomeAid Northern Virginia (HANV) announced today that Jerry Berman, area president of M/I Homes, has been elected and appointed president of its board of directors.

A former president of the Northern Virginia Building Association (2015), Berman has been involved in homebuilding and real estate for more than 36 years including leadership positions at Lennar, U.S. Home Corp, Arthur Rutenberg Homes, Summit Homes and Associa.

Berman has represented M/I Homes on the HANV board for eight years. As board president, Berman aims to move HomeAid’s newly updated strategic plan forward and focus on opportunities to grow. “Our industry is uniquely positioned to help vulnerable individuals and families in our community who are in need of housing gain stability and get back on the road to self-sufficiency. We need to stick to our core mission but we also must focus on how to expand and help even more people and partner with more organizations serving the homeless in our region. I look forward to working with the HANV staff and board to identify further opportunities for us to have impact,”” said Berman.

M/I Homes has been actively involved in HomeAid projects, including serving as a “builder captain” for the upgrade and renovation of:

Joining Berman on the HomeAid Northern Virginia 2017 executive committee are Greg Carter (Bank of America Merrill Lynch), immediate past president; Mike Sandkuhler (The Christopher Companies), vice president/president-elect; Rick Cole (The Long Companies), treasurer; and David Gill (McGuire Woods, LLP), secretary. In addition, four new members were elected to HANV’s 2017 Board of Directors: Jack Gallagher (Richmond American Homes), Gary Chandler (K. Hovnanian Homes), Warren Ralston (WC Ralston Architects) and Jarod Blaney (Pulte Homes).

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 114 projects valued at more than $14.7 million, serving more than 98,000 homeless individuals.

Local organizations help hundreds of families in Prince William County hidden tent communities

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from DCW50 News
PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, Va. — After seeing DCW50’s reports concerning the homeless tent communities in Prince William County, HomeAid Northern Virginia and Seva Truck teamed up to make a difference for those in need.

Help arrived Monday for hundreds of people in Prince William County who live in the hidden tent communities and are preparing for the coldest months of the year.

Local organizations donated everything from hot meals, to backpacks full of snacks and cold weather gear.

“Seva means commitment to life-long service, serving your community, and fellow man and woman,” explained Sonny Karkar, Executive Director of Seva Truck.

Karkar launched the non-profit food truck in April, he says the need is tremendous.

“We are in some of the richest counties in the country. Fairfax County, Montgomery County, Loudon County, yet there’s so much hunger, so much food insecurity amongst kids, veterans, and families,” explained Karkar.

As for the backpacks, they were not just for homeless kids.

“When you live out in the woods you don’t have a place to store stuff, put your medicines, your valuables, important documents, like drivers licenses or birth certificates, and these are things you need to be able to get a job,” explained Christy Zeitz, Executive Director for HomeAid Northern Virginia.

DCW50 went into the woods with volunteers, Monday, to deliver the backpacks. There were only a couple people home. One tent community resident said almost everyone else was at work.

Working during the day, sleeping on the ground at night.

A reality for almost 60 percent of the homeless population in Prince William County, according to data released in 2013 by the Council of Governments.

HomeAid Northern Virginia Receives $84,000 from The Home Depot Foundation for its Work to Help Homeless Female Veterans

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Chantilly, VA, November 9, 2016  — HomeAid Northern Virginia announced that it was awarded an $84,000 grant from The Home Depot Foundation to repair and upgrade the Fairfax home of Final Salute, a veteran founded and run nonprofit that provides transitional housing and support services to homeless women veterans and their children. HomeAid Northern Virginia (HANV) builds and renovates homeless shelters and supportive housing facilities via the donated expertise, labor and resources of local homebuilders – enabling nonprofit organizations serving vulnerable individuals and families to invest more of their budgets in supportive programs and services rather than building expenses.

“The funding provided by The Home Depot Foundation will allow us to provide critical repairs and upgrades to the Final Salute property that serves as a home to women veterans and their children who have fallen on hard times and who are in the process of regaining stability and rebuilding their lives. There are an estimated 55,000 homeless women vets in America – the fastest growing population of the homeless. Final Salute is an important program in that it serves the unique needs of female veterans, and in particular, single-mother veterans raising children,” said Christy Zeitz, executive director of HomeAid Northern Virginia. “We are incredibly grateful to The Home Depot Foundation for their generous gift. It is reassuring that prominent organizations like The Home Depot recognize the unique plight of female veterans who struggle with homelessness or housing insecurity and are willing to allocate funds to help the cause.”

“All too often, supportive housing programs for veterans aren’t tailored to the needs of women veterans, and more than 60 percent of government-funded 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,” said Jaspen (Jas) Boothe, founder of Final Salute and a Major currently serving in the Army Reserves. “A donation of this size from The Home Depot Foundation is absolutely amazing. There are not enough words to describe my gratitude for their support of women and children who are often a forgotten population.” Jas, who was 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 residents. 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.

“The Home Depot Foundation is committed to improving the homes and lives of our U.S. military veterans,” said Erica Headlee, veteran housing grants manager, The Home Depot Foundation.  “Final Salute provides unique support and services specifically for female veterans and their children. We are honored to help them serve those who have served us all.”

The Home Depot Foundation’s Veteran Housing Grants Program was created to provide grants to nonprofits like HomeAid Northern Virginia to fund the development and repair of housing for veterans. The Home Depot Foundation has invested more than $160 million in veteran-related causes since 2011 and is committed to investing a quarter of a billion dollars by 2020.

HomeAid Northern Virginia plans to host a ribbon-cutting and dedication event with Final Salute when the renovation is completed later this year; a more detailed event announcement will be forthcoming.

About HomeAid Northern Virginia

HomeAid Northern Virginia, a chapter of HomeAid America, convenes and mobilizes the local homebuilding business community and its trade partners to undertake new construction and major renovations for homeless shelters and supportive housing facilities owned by nonprofit service providers. Renovated and upgraded housing coupled with the support services provided by our partner organizations ultimately 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 112 projects valued at more than $14.6 million, serving more than 97,000 homeless individuals.

About Giving Back at The Home Depot 

Since the first The Home Depot store opened in 1979, giving back has been a core value for the Company and a passion for its associates. Today, The Home Depot, in partnership with The Home Depot Foundation, focuses its philanthropic efforts on improving the homes and lives of U.S. military veterans and their families and aiding communities affected by natural disasters. Through Team Depot, the Company’s associate-led volunteer force, thousands of associates dedicate their time and talents to these efforts in the communities where they live and work.

Since 2011, The Home Depot Foundation has invested more than $160 million to improve the homes and lives of veterans and is committed to investing a quarter of a billion dollars in veteran-related causes by 2020. Along with the help of Team Depot volunteers, it has improved more than 26,700 homes for veterans. To learn more and see Team Depot in action, visit www.homedepot.com/teamdepot.

ACTS, Signature Companies and Winchester Homes’ Russell Rosenberger Recognized with HomeAid Northern Virginia Presidents’ Circle Awards

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Nov. 7, 2016 – Chantilly, VA — HomeAid Northern Virginia (HANV), which builds and renovates homeless shelters and housing facilities via the donated expertise, labor and resources of the local homebuilder business community, recognized two local businesses and a nonprofit for making a positive community impact and serving vulnerable families in the Northern Virginia region. HomeAid presented the following awards at its annual gala on Nov. 5th at the Westfields Marriott Washington Dulles:

  • Nonprofit Service Provider Project of the Year Award, presented to ACTS Domestic Violence Services
  • Trade Partner of the Year Award, awarded to Signature Companies
  • Presidents’ Award, presented to Russ Rosenberger of Madison Homes

Nonprofit Service Provider Project of the Year Award: ACTS Turning Points Domestic Violence Services

Action in Community Through Services (ACTS) provides support services for Prince William County and surrounding areas focused on housing and homelessness, domestic abuse, sexual assault, suicide prevention, crisis helplines and food pantries. ACTS’ “Turning Points” Domestic Violence Services provide the only comprehensive domestic violence intervention program serving Prince William County and the cities of Manassas and Manassas Park. The ACTS safe house is available anytime day or night, providing shelter for adults and children fleeing domestic abuse. ACTS also provides comprehensive case management including counseling, support groups, job placement, housing assistance, advocacy on court proceedings and assistance applying for a protective order to stop the abuse. In FY2016, the ACTS home served as a safe haven for 67 adult victims of domestic violence and 98 children. HomeAid Northern Virginia – together with “Builder Captain” Winchester Homes and its team of 14 local homebuilder trade partners – partnered with ACTS to renovate their domestic violence safe house’s small and outdated kitchen. The kitchen was original to the house from when it was constructed years ago as a two-bedroom property. After many additions, the home today serves as a safe haven for up to 18 individuals. The kitchen simply could no longer accommodate the number of people it served. HANV transformed the kitchen into an expanded gathering space with modern appliances for residents and families to prepare and share meals and congregate for family time. The kitchen renovation also addressed the need of children in the shelter with the inclusion of study tables and bright lights along the perimeter, creating homework spaces much like study spaces provided in libraries. The award recognizes ACTS’ impact on its community and on the lives of the clients it serves.

Trade Partner of the Year Award: Signature Companies

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. Family-owned Signature Companies is a Haymarket, Va.-based supplier of kitchen/bath cabinetry and manufacturer of stairways, railings, built-in cabinetry and countertops. Signature Companies has participated on 10 HomeAid Northern Virginia projects, providing labor, resources and materials worth more than $70,000 towards the improvements of shelters and supportive housing facilities. This year, Signature Companies assisted with the kitchen renovation of a Pathway Homes townhouse property in Reston that serves adults with serious mental illness, and the renovation of a New Hope Housing property in Alexandria providing housing to families that have at least one parent facing a disability. Other projects Signature Companies supported with HomeAid include the renovation of an eight-unit facility for the Loudoun Transitional Housing Program/Volunteers of America in (2013), and renovation of an Alternative House property for young mothers trying to finish their education and gain employment (2013). The Trade Partner of the Year award recognizes Signature Companies’ willingness to regularly step up, pitch in, and provide tremendous assistance with HomeAid’s projects to serve our region’s communities. The Trade Partner of the Year Award was sponsored by Builders FirstSource.

Presidents’ Award: Russell Rosenberger of Madison Homes

Russell (“Russ”) S. Rosenberger, Jr., president of Tysons Corner-based Madison Homes, was awarded the 2016 Presidents’ Award, HomeAid’s most prestigious award for individuals. Russ has a long tenure of involvement with HomeAid Northern Virginia:  a member of its board of directors since 2004, Russ has served as board president twice, first in 2006 and again in 2013. Under Russ’ leadership, Madison Homes has completed four shelter projects with HomeAid Northern Virginia, leaving lasting impact on the Northern Virginia region and ensuring that vulnerable families have access to safe and stable housing options. Madison Homes led renovations to the Doorways for Women and Families shelter (Arlington) and Shelter House/NOVACO (Fairfax) shelters, both transitional housing programs that provide a secure place for women and children fleeing domestic violence. Most recently, Madison Homes served as the “builder captain” for a renovation of a Community Residences group home in Arlington providing housing and services to individuals with mental health and intellectual disabilities.

More than $365,000 Raised at Annual Gala

HomeAid Northern Virginia’s 2016 annual gala raised more than $365,000 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 400 people in attendance.

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 112 projects valued at more than $14.6 million, serving more than 97,000 homeless individuals.

Bank of America Grant To HomeAid Northern Virginia Provides Funds To Renovate and Upgrade Homeless Shelters, Transitional Housing Programs

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Chantilly, VA, October 27, 2016  — HomeAid Northern Virginia announced that it was awarded a $25,000 grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation for its work renovating and upgrading Northern Virginia homeless shelters and transitional housing programs, helping to rebuild lives and end the cycle of homelessness. HomeAid Northern Virginia (HANV) builds and renovates homeless shelters and supportive housing facilities via the donated expertise, labor and resources of local homebuilders – enabling nonprofit organizations serving vulnerable individuals and families to invest more of their budgets in supportive programs and services rather than building expenses.

“If people can’t find an affordable place to live, they can’t begin to think about their overall financial security and future,” said Jeff Wood, Greater Washington market president, Bank of America. “Our philanthropic investments are one way that we’re working to connect individuals in our community to the resources they need to lead financially stable lives.”

Bank of America and the Bank of America Charitable Foundation have a long history of involvement with HomeAid. Since 2004, Bank of America has contributed more than $2 million to support HomeAid America and its 17 chapters. The bank has staff members serving on multiple HomeAid boards nationwide, and more locally, has been continuously represented on HomeAid Northern Virginia’s Board of Directors since HANV was founded 15 years ago.

“HomeAid Northern Virginia appreciates the partnership we have with Bank of America and the funding that we have received from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation. This grant helps HANV continue to move forward our mission to help rebuild lives for homeless men, women and children in our region through housing and support services. Bank of America’s commitment and generous contribution strengthens our ability to collaborate on more projects and bring positive change to thousands of lives,” said Christy Zeitz, Executive Director of HomeAid Northern Virginia.

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. 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 112 projects valued at more than $14.6 million, serving more than 97,000 homeless individuals.

HomeAid Northern Virginia, Vint Hill Transitional Housing Renovation Helps End Cycle of Homelessness for Families

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Unique supportive housing and educational program for families in Fauquier County gets $35,000 building upgrade from HomeAid, homebuilders and construction trade partners

Warrenton, VA – Oct. 11, 2016 – Vulnerable homeless families in Northern Virginia’s Fauquier County now have upgraded supportive housing with the recently completed renovation of Fauquier Family Shelter Services’ Vint Hill Transitional Housing Program residence. The renovation was recently completed through a collaboration with HomeAid Northern Virginia, which builds and renovates homeless shelters and housing facilities via the donated expertise, labor and resources of local homebuilders – enabling nonprofit organizations serving vulnerable communities to invest more of their budgets in supportive programs and services rather than building expenses.

Based in Warrenton, the Vint Hill Transitional Housing Program offers an intensive one year program assisting families in the transition from being homeless to acquiring skills necessary to maintain stable and independent living. Residents pay 30% of their gross income per month for housing, and must maintain full time employment and participate in educational programs. The supportive housing facility provides a structured, safe environment for families and children. Since it’s founding in 2000, the program has served more than 150 families in Northern Virginia.

“Our families in the transitional housing program have fallen on difficult times and are working to turn their lives around. HomeAid’s renovation of one of our units means that the family currently there – and those that follow over the years ahead – will benefit from not just the affordable stable housing that we can provide, but housing that truly feels like a ‘home,’” said Jim Mitchell, President of Fauquier Family Shelter’s Vint Hill Transitional Housing program. “HomeAid Northern Virginia and our builder captain M/I Homes have been an incredible partner to us and our families.”

The $35,000 upgrade from HomeAid, led by “builder captain” M/I Homes, included renovation of the kitchen, bathrooms and flooring of one of the Vint Hill residential units.  Nearly 90 percent of the total construction costs were covered by M/I Homes and its 13 trade partners that donated labor and resources to the project – enabling Vint Hill Transitional Housing Program to invest its budget in programs to serve its clients and end homelessness in our local area. (See list below.)

“We are proud to partner with HomeAid Northern Virginia and with the Vint Hill Transitional Housing Program on projects to prevent homelessness and to help families in our community rebuild their lives,” said Eric Ferreira, vice president of construction, M/I Homes of D.C., LLC.

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 111 projects valued at more than $13.8 million, serving more than 95,000 homeless individuals.

About Vint Hill Transitional Housing Program
Fauquier Family Shelter Services operates the only emergency shelter with an associated transitional housing program in the county. FFSS’s Vint Hill Transitional Housing Program is an intensive, one year program assisting families in the transition from being homeless to acquiring the skills necessary to maintain stable and independent living. The community provides a structured, safe environment for the nurturing of families, the growth and well-being of children, and a fostering community.

Construction trade partners that contributed labor and resources to the Vint Hill Transitional Housing project: 

Century Tile
Signature Companies
BFS
Masterbrand
Horizon
Metro Stoneworks
Augustine Plumbing
NorthStar Electric
Exceptional Choices
Cosmetic Solutions
Nicholas Trucking
Best Painting
Virginia Punchout and Cleaning

Youth for Tomorrow Debuts New Safe Haven Home for Runaway Girls and Sex Trafficking Victims in Northern Virginia at its Annual “Country Fair”

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Ribbon cutting held for new campus house that will enable YFT to provide residential services to 36 additional girls each year who are pregnant, young mothers, homeless, runaways or survivors of sex trafficking; Residence is second group home donated and built for YFT by HomeAid Northern Virginia

Bristow, VA – Oct. 1, 2016 – Girls who are pregnant, homeless, runaways or survivors of sex trafficking will now have a safe, stable place to call “home” on the 215 acre Youth For Tomorrow (YFT) campus in Bristow, Va. The new residence, the second built by HomeAid Northern Virginia for YFT in the past year, was debuted in an Oct. 1st ribbon cutting ceremony at YFT’s annual “Country Fair” community event and attended by local politicians, community advocates, and sports personality Joe Gibbs, the former Washington Redskins NFL Hall of Fame head coach and Founder of Youth For Tomorrow.

“Many of the girls at Youth For Tomorrow arrive only with the hope that they can find a safe space to rebuild their lives. Many have lived through physical or sexual abuse. All have faced challenges no child should face. With the dedicated girls’ homes on campus, our comprehensive support services and our school, we can enable these girls to heal and rebuild,” said Youth for Tomorrow Founder, Coach Joe Gibbs, who started the organization 31 years ago. YFT is unique in that it not only provides a full continuum of residential and outpatient services, but also offers its own nationally accredited secondary school for the at-risk youth it serves.

HomeAid Northern Virginia builds and renovates homeless shelters and housing facilities via the donated expertise, labor and resources of local homebuilders – enabling nonprofit organizations like Youth for Tomorrow to invest more of their budgets in supportive programs and services rather than building expenses. The construction of the new 5,000 sq. ft. girls residence, named the Brenda House, was led by HANV project builder captain Toll Brothers and 64 trade partners (suppliers, manufacturers, subcontractors) that donated expertise, labor and/or materials to the project.

Homeless and runaway youth are at a higher risk for physical abuse, sexual exploitation, substance abuse, and death.  Many have dropped out or will drop out of school. Approximately 75 percent of runaways in the U.S. are female, and the new home was specifically constructed to serve as a girls’ residence. The new facility will enable YFT to expand its residential services to up to 36 more girls age 11 to 17 each year – girls who are often pregnant, young mothers, homeless, runaways or survivors of sex trafficking.

“HomeAid, Toll Brothers and its network of trade partners have provided an amazing gift to the children and students in our care. This was not just a construction project, it was a home building project in the truest sense of the word – providing a safe, stable and secure place for girls coming out of hardship to grow and rebuild. This home will help nurture the spirits of hundreds and hundreds of girls here at Youth for Tomorrow over the years ahead,” said Dr. Gary Jones, the CEO of Youth For Tomorrow.

“At Toll Brothers, we know that a community is made up of more than houses, and that it is only as strong as the people in it. We believe in giving back to the community and our collaboration with HomeAid to lead the construction of the new residence for Youth For Tomorrow is a meaningful opportunity for us to make a difference. We’re proud to play this role in providing a safe haven of hope for the young women who will be calling it home,” said Toll Brothers Regional President Bill Gilligan.

The new home construction is a $630,000 investment in Youth For Tomorrow, the local community it serves, and to the Northern Virginia community at large, who may not ever use YFT programs but who benefit indirectly from having comprehensive services for youth and families in the local area. HomeAid, Toll Brothers and trade partners donated 61% of the total cost. YFT philanthropist, Mr. Bob Wiser, generously donated the remaining funds for this, the 6th girl’s home in YFT’s “Wiser Village” campus. The Brenda House is named after Mr. Wiser’s deceased niece whom he dearly loved and admired. Chantilly, Va.-based Staged Interior donated more than $85,000 worth of furniture and furnishings to make the house a home for the young residents soon to move in.

Following the ribbon cutting of the Brenda House, Youth for Tomorrow celebrated the groundbreaking of a new chapel on its campus. The Chapel will be constructed with major donations from The Peterson Family Foundation, the Wm. A. Hazel Family, Bob Wiser and Joe Gibbs.

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 111 projects valued at more than $13.8 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 31 years. In 2015, more than 400 teenage boys and girls were served in the residential programs, which includes a program for sex trafficked domestic girls. This program has become a national model for re-directing the lives of these child victims of adult criminals. In addition to its residential programs, more than 6,800 children and their families were served in YFT’s six Behavioral Health Services Programs in satellite offices in Woodbridge, Manassas and Gainesville.  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 http://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.

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

84 Lumber
ABC Supply
AJ Trim
Allied Building Supply
American Disposal Services
Armstrong
Atlas Plumbing
Audio Buys
B&K Distributors
Beltway Marble
Buhl Electric
Builders First Source
Building Fire Solutions
Burton & Robinson
Carrier
Certainteed
Cesarios Inc.
CTI
DAL Tile
Duron/Sherwin Williams
Eastern States Engineering
Falcon HVAC
Five Star Septic
GAF
GE Appliances
Glen Gery Brick
HDS Drywall and Paint
Home Team Pest Defense
J&J Ironworks
JC Roman Construction
Kingspan
Kohler
Kwikset
Leggett & Platt
Long Fence
Loudoun Stairs
Masonry Masters
McKeever Services Corporation
New York Concrete
Next Day Blinds
Owens Corning
Potomac Waterproofing
Price Construction
Progress Lighting
R&F Metals
The Roof Center
Select Construction
Seneca Valley Builders
Shaw, Inc.
Sheets Sterling, Inc
Silverline Windows
Sky Marble and Granite
Southland Insulators
Stadler Nurseries
Staged Interior
State Hot Water
TAC Ceramic Tile Company
Timberlake Cabinetry
Titan Erosion Control
Toll Integrated Systems
Toll Landscape
Trex
Weyerhauser
William A. Hazel

Madison Homes’ Russell Rosenberger Named Recipient of HomeAid Northern Virginia’s Presidents’ Award

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Chantilly, VA, September 29, 2016
HomeAid Northern Virginia announced today that Russell S. Rosenberger, Jr., president of Madison Homes has won its annual Presidents’ Award. HomeAid Northern Virginia builds and renovates homeless shelters and supportive housing facilities via the donated expertise, labor and resources of local homebuilders – enabling nonprofit organizations serving vulnerable communities to invest more of their budgets in supportive programs and services rather than building expenses. The Presidents’ Award, presented to an individual, a company or an organization that has shown exceptional dedication to the goal of ending homelessness with service to HomeAid Northern Virginia, is the organization’s highest honor.

Russ has a long tenure of involvement with HomeAid Northern Virginia. An active and engaged member of its board of directors since 2004, Russ has served as board president twice, first in 2006 and again in 2013. Under Russ’ leadership, Madison Homes completed four shelter projects with HomeAid Northern Virginia, leaving lasting impact on the Northern Virginia region and ensuring that vulnerable families have access to safe and stable housing options. Madison Home’s collaborations with HomeAid include renovations to the Doorways for Women and Families shelter (Arlington) and Shelter House/NOVACO (Fairfax) shelters, both transitional housing programs that provide a secure place for women and children fleeing domestic violence. Most recently, Madison Homes served as the “builder captain” for a renovation of a Community Residences group home in Arlington providing individuals with mental health and intellectual disabilities supportive housing and the physical, mental and emotional services needed to facilitate independent living.

“Russ’ long time leadership, collaborative approach and tireless commitment to ending local homelessness made him an ideal candidate for the Presidents’ Award. He understands the strength and power of uniting the builder community with organizations that provide shelter and transitional housing. Together, we aid in the creation and upgrading of  stable living spaces for individuals and families in the process of rebuilding their lives,” said Greg Carter, senior vice president of commercial real estate banking at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and president of HomeAid Northern Virginia. “Russ appreciates what it means to rebuild: a home, a shelter and a life. His leadership and active involvement in our strategic planning has helped drive HANV success and expansion from 2-3 local projects per year a decade ago to now more than 10 projects per year serving our local community.”

In addition to his involvement with HomeAid, Russ is an active member of the Northern Virginia Building Industry Association (NVBIA). He has also held past positions as president of the NVBIA Fairfax Chapter and as president of NVBIA and has served on the boards of directors of the Home Builders Association of Virginia and the National Association of Home Builders.

Russ will receive his award at HomeAid Northern Virginia’s 15th Anniversary Gala and Auction, November 5, 2016, 6:30 pm, at the Westfields Marriott Washington Dulles.

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 111 projects valued at more than $13.8 million, serving more than 95,000 homeless individuals.

Signature Companies Named HomeAid Northern Virginia’s 2016 Trade Partner of the Year

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Chantilly, VA, June 24, 2016
signature-company-logoHomeAid Northern Virginia, a local nonprofit that builds and renovates homeless shelters and other supportive housing facilities that help local homeless families and individuals get back on the road to self-sufficiency, announced today that Signature Companies has won its 2016 Trade Partner of the Year Award.

HomeAid’s trade partners are those in the home building industry – suppliers, manufacturers, sub-contractors, electricians, plumbers, etc. – who play meaningful roles in shelter construction projects by donating materials, time, and expertise. The Trade Partner of the Year Award is presented to a partner who has gone above and beyond in their service to HomeAid.

Headquartered in Haymarket, VA., Signature Companies is a supplier of kitchen/bath cabinetry and manufacturer of stairways, railings, built-in cabinetry and countertops.  Signature Companies is a family-owned business with 200 employees who are exclusively focused on supply and installation of its products to residential home builders throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.

Most recently, Signature Companies assisted HomeAid with the kitchen renovation of a Pathway Homes townhouse property in Reston providing housing and supportive services to adults with serious mental illness, and the renovation of a New Hope Housing property in Alexandria providing housing to families that have at least one parent facing a disability. Other projects Signature Companies supported with HomeAid include the renovation of an eight-unit facility for the Loudoun Transitional Housing Program/Volunteers of America in (2013), renovation of an Alternative House property for young mothers looking to finish their education and gain employment (2013) and enhancements to the Alive House project (2009). In total, Signature Companies has participated on 10 HomeAid Northern Virginia projects and has provided labor, resources and materials worth more than $70,000 towards the enhancements and improvements of shelters and supportive housing facilities. 

“This award recognizes Signature Companies’ willingness to step up and pitch in, regularly – over the long term, and provide tremendous assistance with HomeAid’s projects to serve our region’s homeless communities,” said Greg Carter, president of HANV’s board of directors and senior vice president of commercial real estate banking at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. “Signature Companies and its team exemplify what it means to be dedicated, driven and committed to helping our local community by using its expertise in Kitchen, Bathroom and Stairway design and manufacturing to improve housing facilities for the most vulnerable among us.” 

“We enjoy partnering with HomeAid and the builder partners that coordinate and manage the projects.  We want HomeAid and our customers to know that we are fully invested when it comes to serving the HomeAid mission.  We believe that lending our expertise and resources to these projects is good for the community, our company and our employees. Our employees frequently donate their talents and labor to support these types of projects,” said John Lombardozzi, president and owner of Signature Companies.  “We are honored to be chosen as the 2016 HomeAid Trade Partner of the Year, and we appreciate the opportunity HomeAid Northern Virginia provides us to collaborate with local nonprofit housing and homeless organizations to help make a positive and lasting impact on our community and on people’s lives. There is no greater responsibility to assist and serve those that are in need. Our company has been blessed and we are committed to the philosophy, “from those to whom much is given, much is expected.”

Signature also lends its resources to support Habitat for Humanity and to supporting the men and woman of our armed forces who volunteer to protect our freedom. Recently, Signature renovated two kitchens and stairways for the Willing Warriors Retreat at Bull Run in Haymarket, Va. and is starting a new project to build “Smart Homes” for disabled veterans with the Gary Sinise Foundation near Walter Reed Hospital in Bethesda, Md.

The Trade Partner of the Year Award is sponsored by Builders FirstSource.