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HomeAid in the News: Friends of Guest House

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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

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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

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Trade Partner of the Year Award: Atlas Plumbing

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

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

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

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

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

More than $450,000 Raised at Annual Gala

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

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

About HomeAid Northern Virginia

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

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

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.)