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HomeAid in the News: Operation Renewed Hope Project

By | Announcements, In the News, News

HomeAid Northern Virginia celebrated the completion of our project in Alexandria for Operation Renewed Hope Foundation in March 2021. Check out the local news coverage of the project below.

Fairfax County Gov article published March 22, 20201

Ribbon Cutting on Willowood, Operation Renewed Hope Foundation’s Newly Renovated Home for Veteran

On March 9, HomeAid Northern Virginia and Operation Renewed Hope Foundation, conducted a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Willowood Lane, in Alexandria, VA, celebrating the recent completion of a renovation and expansion project which provides new life to group housing for veterans experiencing homelessness. The project was made possible thanks to a large collaboration of contributors which included the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA).

Full article.

WDVM Article posted March 22, 2021

Alexandria organizations renovate home for homeless veterans

One Alexandria non-profit is hoping to give homeless veterans a new start in a brand new home.

The organization was created to combat veteran homelessness. Operation Renewed Hope purchased the home on Willowood Ln. for renovation. Snyder says the project resembled a house-flipping show, turning the dated home into a larger, updated space.

The organization enlisted the help of HomeAid Northern Virginia for renovations. From there, HomeAid contracted home builder Christopher Companies to construct the space. HomeAid Northern Virginia covered the cost — an estimated $150,000.

Full article.

Alexandria Times Article published March 18, 2021

Struggling veterans find new home in Alexandria

Operation Renewed Hope Foundation opened a new home in Alexandria for Northern Virginia veterans struggling with homelessness on March 9, according to a news release. The house was renovated by HomeAid Northern Virginia from a three bedroom, one-and-a-half bath property to a four-bedroom, three full bath and can accommodate up to four veterans or a family. The project also received support from Fairfax County Housing and Community Development, according to the release.

Full article.

The Zebra Article published March 16, 2021

Renovated Alexandria Home Opens for Military Veterans

ALEXANDRIA, VA-According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, nearly 11 percent of this country’s homeless population are veterans. Recently an Alexandria nonprofit, Operation Renewed Hope Foundation (ORHF), purchased a home in the area to give veterans a new start. Opened on March 9, Fairfax County Housing Community Development helped make the purchase possible.

Since its founding in 2011 ORHF has assisted more than 1,000 veterans in finding homes.

Full article.

Christopher Companies Article published March, 2021

HOME RENOVATION PROJECT FOR HOMELESS VETERANS COMPLETED

This past fall, Christopher Companies served as the builder captain for a charity housing project led by Operation Renewed Hope Foundation that was completed and unveiled this past week! Partnering with HomeAid Northern Virginia, KTGY Architecture + Planning, and over two dozen trade partners, the home located in Alexandria, VA will provide housing for veterans coming out of homelessness.

Full article.

Alexandria Patch Article published March 16, 2021

Veterans Experiencing Homelessness Have New Home in Alexandria

Veterans coming out of homelessness in the Northern Virginia area now have a place to call home in Alexandria. The property, recently purchased by Operation Renewed Hope Foundation (ORHF) with support from Fairfax County Housing and Community Development, officially opened this month with a (socially distanced) dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony.

Full article.

VIDEO Coverage by Peggy Fox with Dominion Energy on March 11, 2021

Ending Veteran Homelessness: Operation Renewed Hope Foundation Provides Renovated Home

Operation Renewed Hope Foundation worked with HomeAid Northern Virginia and many partners to buy and renovate a home in the Alexandria area of Fairfax County, Virginia.

Full video.

Thank you to Christopher Companies, KTGY Architecture, Staged Interior, and the following trade partners for your hard work and dedication on this project!
Alside Supply Center
Annandale Millwork & Allied Systems
Archer Exteriors
Best Painting
Builders First Source, Inc.
Burgess Lighting
Capitol Building Supply
Colonial Sash & Doors, Inc.

Coretrade Electric
Eastern Applicators, Inc.
Exceptional Choices, Inc.
FCO Carpentry, Inc.
GAF
Heritage Contracting, LLC
Masonry Design, Inc.
McCormick Paints
Renewal by Andersen

Signature Companies
Southland Insulators
Stadler Nurseries
MEP Home Services
Stonewall Concrete, Inc.
T.A.C. Ceramic Tile Co.
Universal Stones, Inc.
Vintage Security

HomeAid in the News: HomeAid’s 150th Project, Winchester Rescue Mission

By | Announcements, In the News, News

HomeAid Northern Virginia celebrated the completion of our 150th project at Winchester Rescue Mission in Winchester, VA. Check out the local news coverage of the project below.

Inside NOVA Article published September 14, 2020

HomeAid reaches 150th project, most being in Fairfax

HomeAid Northern Virginia recently completed its 150th project building and upgrading emergency shelters and supportive-housing facilities for those experiencing homelessness.

Together, the projects have enabled more than 167,000 of Northern Virginia’s most vulnerable residents – from families experiencing homelessness to victims of domestic abuse to runaway teens – to have a stable place to live.

“The 150 projects we’ve completed since that time bring hope and dignity to individuals and families struggling to obtain stable housing,” said Kristyn Burr, executive director of HomeAid Northern Virginia, the charitable arm of the Northern Virginia Building Industry Association.

Full article.

The Zebra Article published September 3, 2020

Alexandria Nonprofits Renovated by HomeAid Northern Virginia to Help Homeless

ALEXANDRIA, VA – HomeAid Northern Virginia (HANV) is a nonprofit organization that believes all people deserve a home. They recently completed their 150th remodeling project in the Northern Virginia area. That number includes 16 sites in Alexandria.

The organization seeks to end homelessness by giving families a safe and stable place to live during transition. HANV accomplishes this through the act of building and renovating other nonprofits that serve the homeless population.

Full article.

Prince William Living Article published September 4, 2020

HomeAid Northern Virginia Completes 150th Project Building Local Solutions for Homelessness

This week, HomeAid Northern Virginia (HANV) completed its 150th project building and upgrading emergency shelters and supportive housing facilities for those experiencing homelessness. Together these 150 projects have enabled 167,000 of Northern Virginia’s most vulnerable residents, from families experiencing homelessness to victims of domestic abuse to runaway teens, to have a stable place to live. HANV has invested more than $18 million into housing options across Northern Virginia communities ($6.2 million in Prince William County) ranging from construction of a brand new residence for pregnant teens, to updating the kitchens and bathrooms of supportive housing properties, to expanding local food pantries to installing upgraded security at domestic violence shelters.

Full article.

Thanks to first time Builder Captain Dan Ryan Homes and to the trade partners who contributed labor and resources to the project:

Exceptional Choices
Emser Tile
Armstrong Flooring, Inc.
JJ Haines & Company, Inc.
Century Tile
Sherwin-Williams Company
East Coast Insulators
Chesapeake Applicators
Van Metre B.A.S.E.
Fine Line Kitchens, LLC
Sight & Sound Systems, Inc.

With the Upgrade of Winchester Rescue Mission, HomeAid Northern Virginia Completes 150th Project Renovating Homeless Shelters & Supportive Housing Properties

By | Announcements, In the News, News

Along the way to 150th project milestone, HANV partnered with 40+ housing nonprofits and invested $18+ mil. in building local solutions for homelessness

Winchester Rescue Mission received a significant upgrade with the help of HomeAid Northern Virginia, which connects local homebuilders with local nonprofits working to transition people out of homelessness. The renovation of the Mission was HomeAid’s 150th project renovating homeless shelters and supportive housing properties in Northern Virginia, and it’s first project in Frederick County.

Chantilly, VA – August 27, 2020 – This month, HomeAid Northern Virginia (HANV) completed its 150th project building and upgrading emergency shelters and supportive housing facilities for those experiencing homelessness. Together these 150 projects have enabled more than 167,000 of Northern Virginia’s most vulnerable residents – from families experiencing homelessness to victims of domestic abuse to runaway teens – to have a stable place to live, eat a healthy meal and get a safe, restful night of sleep. HANV has invested more than $18 million into improved housing options across Northern Virginian communities, ranging from construction of a brand new residence for runaway teens to updating the kitchens and bathrooms of supportive housing properties, to expanding local food pantries and installing upgraded security at domestic violence shelters.

Winchester Rescue Mission provides transitional housing for 33 individuals, serves 50 – 80 people with its nightly dinner, and supports the community through its food pantry. The interior renovation by HomeAid Northern Virginia included new flooring throughout the 1930s building. “The cafeteria is probably the most incredible example, with luxury plank replacing a worn concrete floor that had layers of peeling paint. All of the improvements allow us to service people more fully and more efficiently,” says Winchester Rescue Mission Executive Director Brandan Thomas.

150th project: Winchester Rescue Mission
HANV’s milestone 150th project was the recently completed renovation of the Winchester Rescue Mission in Frederick County, where HANV’s “builder captain” Dan Ryan Homes and three construction trade partners replaced flooring, repainted, and expanded storage of the 1930’s building – and donated nearly 100% of the $70,000 renovation cost. Winchester Rescue Mission provides safe and secure housing for 33 individuals, serves 50 – 80 people with its nightly dinner, and provides additional support to vulnerable members of its community through its food pantry. This project also marks HANV’s first project in Frederick County.

“Our facility is critical to carrying out our mission of supporting individuals who are experiencing homelessness. Programs such as providing meals and offering laundry and shower facilities for resident and community use are components that we feel can keep others from becoming homeless. There are so many in our community who are on the verge, so losing our ability to serve because of issues with our building would be truly devastating. This renovation is a gamechanger. The cafeteria is probably the most incredible example, with luxury plank replacing a worn concrete floor that had layers of peeling paint. We have a beautiful facility now, and all of the improvements allow us to service people more fully and more efficiently. This building is a source of pride for our whole community now, and we are so grateful.”
– Winchester Rescue Mission Executive Director Brandan Thomas

Since its founding in 2001, HomeAid Northern Virginia’s 150 projects have included upgrades and renovations to shelters and housing programs across Northern Virginia, including:

• Alexandria: Catholic Charities, Friends of Guest House, Alexandria Women’s Shelter, New Hope Housing
• Arlington County: Aspire! After School Learning, Community Residences, Doorways for Women & Families
• Fairfax County: The Brain Foundation, Community Lodgings, Final Salute, Pathway Homes
• Fauquier County: Fauquier Family Services Shelter, Fauquier Free Clinic
• Loudoun County: Loudoun Hunger Relief, Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter
• Prince William County: ACTS Women’s Empowerment Center, Youth for Tomorrow, BARN Community Housing

“We are thrilled to reach this milestone of 150 projects, but most importantly, we are proud of the impact that we’ve had and of the housing and supportive programs that our partners are able to provide across so many communities. HANV was created in 2001 as the local homebuilding industry’s effort to give back to the community by addressing the issue of homelessness. The 150 projects we’ve completed since that time bring hope and dignity to individuals and families struggling to obtain stable housing. Completed by some of the region’s best home builders and construction partners, these projects not only enhance facilities, surrounding neighborhoods and communities, but also enable resources otherwise earmarked for construction to be deployed for support services to help people get back on their feet and rebuild their lives. We accomplish this work with the support of the hundreds of home builders and construction trade partners who step up to the plate again and again to share their skills and resources.”
– Kristyn Burr, Executive Director and CEO of HomeAid Northern Virginia

The charitable arm of the Northern Virginia Building Industry Association, HomeAid Northern Virginia builds and renovates programmatic spaces of nonprofits directly serving those affected by homelessness. Thanks in large part to the donated expertise, labor and resources of homebuilders and trade partners (suppliers, manufacturers, electricians, plumbers, landscapers, etc.), HANV projects enable significant savings on construction costs. This allows these nonprofits to allocate their scarce resources on programming and supportive interventions such as job skills training and mental health services that improve lives and help transition people out of homelessness, rather than on construction/renovation costs.

For a complete listing of HomeAid projects in Northern Virginia, visit https://homeaidnova.org/impact/shelter-projects/

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Celebrate this 150th project milestone and support HomeAid’s mission to build solutions to end homelessness by donating $150. Together, we can continue to make a difference in the lives of those experiencing homelessness. To make every dollar go that much further, HomeAid Northern Virginia’s Board of Directors has joined together to offer a dollar-for-dollar matching gift, up to $25,000.

Contact:
Shelley Ducker, HomeAid Northern Virginia, 202.255.0561

Thanks to first time Builder Captain Dan Ryan Builders and to the trade partners who contributed labor and resources to the project:

Exceptional Choices
Emser Tile
Armstrong Flooring, Inc.
JJ Haines & Company, Inc.

Century Tile
Sherwin-Williams Company
East Coast Insulators

Chesapeake Applicators
Van Metre B.A.S.E.
Fine Line Kitchens, LLC
Sight & Sound Systems, Inc.

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.)