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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

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