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Press Release: Builders for Babies

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HomeAid Northern Virginia Kicks Off Diaper Drive for Nonprofits and Families in Need

Fairfax County, Va. – May 16, 2022 – HomeAid Northern Virginia, the Virginia chapter of HomeAid America and the philanthropic arm of Northern Virginia Building Industry Association (NVBIA) will collect diapers for local nonprofits now through June 19th. The diaper drive is part of the annual “Builders for Babies Drive”.

The cost of disposable diapers is nearly $1,000 a year per child which is a huge expense for families already struggling to make ends meet. It can mean the difference between parents trying to stretch supplies by leaving diapers on their babies too long or reusing diapers, leading to painful diaper rash and discomfort.

“Volunteerism and collection drives often surge around the winter holidays, and with feedback from our non-profit partners, we are shifting our annual Builders for Babies diaper and wipes drive to the weeks between Mother’s Day (May 8th) and Father’s Day (June 19th). This change will ensure that we align with a time when our partners are both in critical need of supplies and when they have the capacity to store them,” said Kristyn Burr, HomeAid Northern Virginia Executive Director & CEO.

This type of donation is critical because diapers and wipes cannot be purchased using Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Women, Infants and Children (WIC). Diapers can be bought with Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) however, the funds are typically insufficient to buy diapers and pay other expenses.

Individuals, organizations and groups are encouraged to organize and host a diaper drive in order to help keep our tiniest Virginia residents safe and dry. If you would like to host a drive and need a collection box, flyer or more information to get started please contact Georgeanne Harter at 703.953.3525 or gharter@homeaidnova.org

Participating companies and individuals can also schedule a time to drop off donations at 3684 Centerview Drive, Suite 110B Chantilly, VA 20151 or send diapers/wipes directly to the HomeAid Northern Virginia office through the Amazon wish list. All donations collected will be distributed to HomeAid Northern Virginia’s nonprofit partners that focus on alleviating poverty and ending homelessness.

About HomeAid Northern Virginia

HANV 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 those experiencing homelessness. These collaborative partnerships enable homebuilders to do what they do best (build) and service providers to do what they do best (provide housing and critical wraparound services). HANV has completed more than 160 construction projects that together have served as a safe and stable space for more than 197,000 vulnerable individuals in our community.

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Press Release: Pathforward

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HomeAid Northern Virginia Helps local Nonprofit Empower People from the Streets to Stability with a $127,108 Construction Project

Arlington, VA. – April 14, 2022 –HomeAid Northern Virginia recently completed a construction project at Sibert House, a garden style apartment building owned by PathForward giving the permanent-supportive housing property a major upgrade.

HomeAid Northern Virginia, Builder Captains Van Metre Homes and Toll Brothers, and 22 trade partners completed a long-anticipated buildout project at Sibert House. This property gives Arlington County a housing solution for its most vulnerable – those experiencing homelessness. The house, provides housing for chronically homeless individuals and veterans with significant needs and barriers to housing. The 5,184 square foot buildout included a common room where residents can gather; an office for the onsite life skills coach, where staff can offer supportive programs and services to help residents stay in housing, laundry facilities and a kitchenette. The project will complement an outdoor pergola, exterior paint, and landscaping previously done by HomeAid’s partner, Touchstone Custom Homes which has been a source of great comfort and respite to the residents at Sibert House.

With rising rates of food insecurity and the lingering impact of COVID, a stable home environment has never been so important. This project directly supports individuals who face significant barriers to government support and housing, including lack of rental history, poor credit history or lack of established credit, legal issues, criminal backgrounds, poor health or chronic medical conditions, mental illness, substance use disorder, and little to no income. The new programming space will allow consistent access to life skills classes, acquiring equitable healthcare, and applying for benefits like Medicare and Medicaid, SNAP and WIC, among others.

HomeAid’s partnership with Van Metre and Tolls Brothers saved PathForward $127,108 in labor, time and expertise all of which were generously donated. This type of donation from HomeAid’s builders and trade partners, allows nonprofits like PathForward to funnel their limited resources into programs that support clients working to get back on their feet.

About PathForward

PathForward’s mission is to transform lives by delivering housing solutions and pathways to stability. Since PathForward’s initial supportive housing program began in 2007, they have successfully helped 400 people get into an apartment of his or her own, and 96 percent remain in housing five years after placement with the ongoing support that case managers provide.

About HomeAid Northern Virginia

HANV 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 those experiencing homelessness. These collaborative partnerships enable homebuilders to do what they do best (build) and service providers to do what they do best (provide housing and critical wraparound services). HANV has completed more than 160 construction projects that together have served as a safe and stable space for more than 197,000 vulnerable individuals in our community.

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Press Release: House of Mercy

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Thanks to HomeAid Northern Virginia and Merritt Construction, House of Mercy Expanded Their Thrift Store and Pantry to Serve the Growing Number of People in Need

Manassas, Va. – February 24, 2022 –HomeAid Northern Virginia recently completed a construction project at House of Mercy, a nonprofit working to provide food and clothing to those in need in our community.

HomeAid Northern Virginia, Builder Captain Merritt Construction, and nine trade partners renovated the thrift store and expanded the pantry at House of Mercy.

The goal of the project was to give staff and volunteers a suitable space to operate programs and better serve those seeking assistance. Merritt Construction started by building out a room where donors can drop off donations in an organized manner. An indoor walkway was also created linking the Donation Center directly to the thrift store so volunteers will no longer have to walk outside to get from one space to another. The hallway will be especially important during inclement weather and extreme heat to keep volunteers safe and operations running smoothly. The Food Pantry at House of Mercy, which serves 1,850 individuals each month was expanded to shelve more food donations. New interior lighting, paint and an expansion of the breakroom/kitchen area made the project complete and ready to adequately serve more people.

The Food Pantry and Thrift Store are open to anyone who needs assistance. The programs give people the autonomy to shop and select items to provide clothing and healthy and nutritious meal options to their families. “House of Mercy is uniquely set-up to serve anyone despite where they live,” says Jessica Root, Executive Director at House of Mercy. “Ninety-three percent of our clients live in Prince William County, but we welcome anyone regardless of where they reside. We never want people to have to choose between paying rent or putting food on the table.”

HomeAid’s partnership with Merritt Construction saved House of Mercy $87,000 in labor, time and expertise. Merritt Construction and nine trade partners donated sixty percent of the project, while HomeAid contributed 20% of the expenses to help fill the cost gaps. This type of donation from homebuilders and trade partners allows nonprofits like House of Mercy to funnel their limited resources into programs that support clients working to get back on their feet. “The nonprofits we serve continue to face challenges in regards to space and structural safety,” says Kristyn Burr, Executive Director and CEO of HomeAid Northern Virginia. “Luckily, thanks to donors like Merritt Construction we are able to step up to help create solutions that have lasting effects on our community.”

On February 24th HomeAid Northern Virginia hosted an open house for volunteers, staff and construction partners to celebrate the completion of the project and tour the facility.

About House of Mercy  

House of Mercy is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that provides food, clothing, education and prayer to those in need in our community. They work with over 450 families per month through our food pantry and thrift store to help with basic needs.

About HomeAid Northern Virginia

HANV brings together local nonprofit service providers with the local homebuilder community to build/renovate homeless shelters, housing facilities and community spaces for programs serving those experiencing homelessness. These collaborative partnerships enable homebuilders to do what they do best (build) and service providers to do what they do best (provide housing and critical wraparound services). HANV has completed more than 160 construction projects that together have served as a safe and stable space for more than 197,000 vulnerable individuals in our community.

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