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New “Friends of Guest House” Property in Alexandria Will Assist 20 Women to Re-Enter Community, Job Train and Restart Their Lives After Incarceration

By | Announcements, In the News, News

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.)

HomeAid in the News: Christ House

By | Announcements, In the News, News

HomeAid Northern Virginia had the honor of helping to renovate the Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington (CCDA) “Christ House” facilities in Old Town Alexandria, VA. Check out the local news coverage of the project below.

Arlington Catholic Herald: Article published Saturday, June 29, 2019

Bishop Burbidge blesses renovation, joins volunteers in serving evening meal

Bishop Michael F. Burbidge arrived June 28 to tour the 200-year-old building, thank the local organization that spearheaded the project and bless the new renovations.

“This is just fantastic,” Bishop Burbidge said as he toured the dining room, kitchen, offices and upstairs bedrooms of the 14 male residents with Christ House program Director John Croft.

As Bishop Burbidge looked over the freshly painted kitchen, where 365 days a year parish and community volunteers serve an evening meal to the homeless, Kristyn Burr, executive director of HomeAid of Northern Virginia, told him the local contractors donated the $83,000 project as a labor of love. K. Hovnanian Homes supervised the project, with 28 tradesmen joining the effort.

Full article.

Alexandria Times Article published Thursday, June 6, 2019

Christ House undergoes $83,000 renovation

The transitional homeless shelter Catholic Charities Christ House at 131 S. West St. recently underwent an $83,000 renovation, according to a news release.

The renovation comes from a partnership with HomeAid Northern Virginia, a nonprofit organization that builds and renovates housing and shelter facilities, according to the release.

Full article.

WJLA Article published Thursday, May 30, 2019

A closer look inside this Alexandria shelter after big improvements were recently made

Every single day for 45 years the soup kitchen at Christ House in Alexandria has been open for dinner. That kind of consistent and authentic compassion means everything right now to Chuck Jones.

“Coming up from the dirt and really nowhere to go and don’t know when you are going to eat at it’s a blessing,” Jones said.

Full article.

WDVM-TV NBC Article published Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Alexandria homeless shelter undergoes $83K renovation

Residents in Old Town Alexandria are celebrating a new beginning for an old building.

“Without this place I don’t know where I would be,” said Tyrice Stanton, resident at the Christ House.

The Catholic Charities’ Christ House, a transitional homeless shelter that, since 1974, has served daily meals for those in need.

Full article.

The Zebra Article published Monday, May 20, 2019

Facelift: Christ House Finishes $83K Renovation

Alexandria, VA – Christ House, the transitional homeless shelter for men in Old Town, recently finished a massive renovation. The $83,000 project, which was made possible through a partnership with HomeAid Northern Virginia, was a top-to-bottom project for the 109-year-old building at 131 S. West St.

“The renovation of Christ House is an enormous morale lifter for our staff and especially the people we serve, particularly for the men living in our transitional housing program, as they work toward financial independence and self-sufficiency,” said John Croft, program director for Christ House. “Working with HomeAid helps us focus on our mission of care and support and direct our resources to programs that benefit so many in the community.”

Full article.

Thanks to K. Hovnanian Homes Virginia and to the trade partners who contributed labor and resources to the project:

Annandale Millwork & Allied Systems
B&K Distributors, Inc.
Builders FirstSource
Bruce
Capital Mechanical, LLC
CC Carpentry
Construction Applicators
Daltile
Darvish Interiors
Dominion Electric Supply Co.
FM Construction
General Electric
Green Landscaping, Inc.
Interior Logic Group

Kohler/Sterling
LMO, Inc. Professional Carpentry
MasterBrand Cabinets, Inc.
McCormick Paints
McCrea Heating & AC
Moen, Inc.
My Maids, Inc.
Progress Lighting
Sight & Sound Systems, Inc.
Shaw Floors
Southern Electrical Service Company
Virginia Marble & Granite
Virginia Cleaning & Punchout
Washington Lanehart Electric Company

HomeAid in the News: 2019 Housing Forum

By | Announcements, In the News, News


HomeAid Northern Virginia’s 2019 Housing Forum was one of the most powerful Housing Forums since we first started delivering this networking and educational program to housing and homeless service providers nine years ago. Check out the local media coverage on the event below.

Fairfax Times: Article published Friday, June 7, 2019

Annual housing forum looks at impact of racism on homelessness

A familiar mantra among shelters, nonprofits, and other organizations dedicated to addressing homelessness is that anyone can become homeless.

While it is true that homelessness affects all kinds of people, the belief that it is a universal issue often leads policymakers, community leaders, and workers in the field to overlook the reality that some people are more likely to become homeless than others, Center for Social Innovation chief equity and impact officer Regina Cannon says.

Dispelling the myth that homelessness is colorblind was the central focus of the 2019 HomeAid Northern Virginia Housing Forum, which took place on May 9 at the Reston Community Center and brought together more than 130 individuals representing 49 organizations from across the region.

Held annually by HomeAid NOVA, a nonprofit housing provider, the housing forum gives organizations that provide services or programs related to homelessness the opportunity to share ideas and interact across different jurisdictions.

The forum typically features speeches from local experts, but for this year, the HomeAid team decided to try a new approach and bring in an organization with national reach to discuss race and homelessness, titling the event “Leading with Racial Equity: Data and Beyond.”

Full article.

Thanks to all of our attendees and all of those who made this illuminating event possible!

HomeAid in the News: Aspire! Afterschool

By | Announcements, In the News, News


HomeAid Northern Virginia had the pleasure of completing a 7,300 square-foot Aspire! Afterschool facility in Arlington, VA. Check out the local news coverage on the project below.

Inside NoVa Article Published May 30, 2019

Aspire educational program celebrates completion of capital campaign

Aspire! Afterschool is celebrating completion of a $1 million capital campaign, designed to outfit a 7,300-square-foot expansion to meet increasing demand for after-school and summer-school academic and enrichment programs for at-risk students.

The new facility is located in the Arlington Mill Community Center.  Summer camps for 120 children will open in early July, and the flagship “Learning Rocks!” after-school program will resume in the fall.

“Words can’t express how thrilled and grateful we are to achieve this amazing feat, thanks to the incredible generosity of our partners, donors and supporters,” said Aspire! board chair Steve Manlove, managing principal at HDR Architecture – also a major campaign sponsor. “This truly has been the most amazing public-private partnership.”

Full article.


Thank you, HITT Construction and the following trade partners, for providing and funding for this project:

Capitol Building Supply

Darvish Companies

GHT Limited

The Justin Company

MidSouth Building Supply

McCormick Paints

Perkins + Will

RCD, inc.

Homeless shelter in Old Town Alexandria undergoes massive renovation

By | Announcements, In the News, News

Built in 1810, Christ House challenged the renovation team to stay true to the property’s historic nature while upgrading it for today’s needs and uses.

The new lobby of Christ House in Alexandria, Va.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington’s (CCDA) “Christ House” in Old Town has undergone a massive renovation and upgrade, thanks to a partnership with HomeAid Northern Virginia (HANV), a non-profit that builds and renovates local housing and shelter facilities. Christ House provides transitional housing for 14 men, a food pantry, emergency assistance, and a nightly soup kitchen that has served dinner every night since 1974. The building dates to 1810.

Christ House challenged the renovation team to stay true to the property’s historic nature while upgrading it for today’s needs and uses.  The top-to-bottom, three-floor facelift included upgrades to the kitchen, dining room, lobby, apartments and bathrooms. Additionally, throughout the building, there’s now new flooring, vents, thermostats, electrical, and lighting. Staff offices, meeting rooms a chapel were also freshened with new paint, flooring, lighting, and window treatments. Not only were key historic elements of the building preserved, but the soup kitchen was able to serve its nightly dinner throughout the renovation process, uninterrupted.

“The renovation of Christ House is an enormous morale lifter for our staff and for the people we serve, as well as particularly for the 14 men living in our transitional housing program today – and those in the future –  as they work toward financial independence and self-sufficiency,” said John Croft, program director for Christ House. “Working with HomeAid helps us forward our mission of care and support and direct our resources to programs that are benefitting so many here in Arlington.”

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 Catholic Charities to focus their budgets and resources on supportive programs and services rather than building expenses. Under this partnership, HomeAid and covered 100% of the costs of the $83,000 renovation of Christ House, led by project “Builder Captain” K. Hovnanian Homes Virginia and 28 construction trade partners.

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About Catholic Charities, Catholic Diocese of Arlington

Catholic Charities is the charitable arm of the Catholic Church in the 21 counties and seven cities of the Diocese of Arlington under the leadership of Bishop Michael F. Burbidge. Catholic Charities serves the poor and vulnerable who live in the Diocese, whether they are Catholic or not. Catholic Charities services include food for the hungry, a free medical clinic, transformational housing for men and families, individual and family counseling, emergency financial aid, immigration and refugee services, job training and workforce development, prison ministry and former prisoner re-entry program.

About HANV

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 134 construction projects that together have served as a safe and stable space for more than 138,000 vulnerable individuals in our community.

Thanks to K. Hovnanian Homes Virginia and to the trade partners who contributed labor and resources to the project:

Annandale Millwork & Allied Systems
B&K Distributors, Inc.
Builders FirstSource
Bruce
Capital Mechanical, LLC
CC Carpentry
Construction Applicators
Daltile
Darvish Interiors
Dominion Electric Supply Co.
FM Construction
General Electric
Green Landscaping, Inc.
Interior Logic Group

Kohler/Sterling
LMO, Inc. Professional Carpentry
MasterBrand Cabinets, Inc.
McCormick Paints
McCrea Heating & AC
Moen, Inc.
My Maids, Inc.
Progress Lighting
Sight & Sound Systems, Inc.
Shaw Floors
Southern Electrical Service Company
Virginia Marble & Granite
Virginia Cleaning & Punchout
Washington Lanehart Electric Company

Leadership Fairfax Honors Community Leaders at 2018 Annual Northern Virginia Leadership Awards – Congressman Gerry Connolly Recognizes Honorees

By | In the News, News, Uncategorized

Fairfax, VA – Leadership Fairfax honored six community leaders for their visionary and innovative contributions to Fairfax County and the region at the Northern Virginia Leadership Awards (NVLAs) on Friday, December 7, 2018 at a luncheon attended by representatives from government, business and nonprofits at Waterford Receptions. Virginia Congressman Gerry Connolly addressed the crowd, stating “You’ve got to have passion. You’ve got to really mean it and you’ve got to exude it.”

The annual event highlights leaders who have made a significant impact in the area through a passionate commitment to community partnerships and volunteer service, furthering Leadership Fairfax’s mission to convene meaningful discussions and strategic thinkers to address community issues. The organization bestows awards in six categories. The 2018 winners are as follows. 

Educational Leadership Award: Dr. Mary Ann Panarelli, Director – Intervention and Prevention Services; Fairfax County Public Schools

Nonprofit Leadership Award for An Organization: HomeAid Northern Virginia

Nonprofit Leadership Award for An Individual: Kerrie Wilson, CEO; Cornerstones

Corporate Leadership Award: Custom Ink

Regional Leadership Award: Maggie Parker, Vice President – Communications; Comstock Companies

Trustee Leadership Award: Major Tyler Corey; Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office

The award winners were also recognized by United States Senator Mark Warner’s Outreach Representative in a letter written by the senator, acknowledging the honorees for their commitment to community and volunteer service. This message was continued by Karen Cleveland, CEO and President of Leadership Fairfax who stated, “Our honorees bring our community together and inspire others to be the change they want to see in the world.”

Leadership Fairfax is a nonprofit 501(c)3 that inspires, develops, engages and connects leaders across sectors and experience to impact issues facing Fairfax County and the Northern Virginia region. Through its three programs – Leadership Fairfax Institute. (LFI), Emerging Leaders Institute. (ELI), and Lifetime Leaders Program (LLP) – Leadership Fairfax has graduated over 1,800 community leaders who have logged over 300,000 community service hours serving nonprofits, county commissions and providing direct resource development and services. Leadership Fairfax is located at 8230 Old Courthouse Road, Suite 100, Vienna, VA 22182. For more information, visit leadershipfairfax.org or call (703) 752-7555.

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2018 Annual Northern VirginiaLeadership Award winners (from L-R): Kristyn Burr, HomeAid Northern Virginia(Nonprofit Leadership – Organization); Major Tyler Corey, Fairfax CountySheriff’s Office (Trustee Leadership Award); Maggie Parker, Comstock Companies(Regional Leadership Award); Grace Spalding, Custom Ink (Corporate Leadership);Dr. Mary Ann Panarelli, Fairfax County Public Schools (Educational Leadership);and Kerrie Wilson, Cornerstones (Nonprofit Leadership – Individual).

HomeAid in the News: 17th Annual Gala and Auction

By | Announcements, In the News, News

Each year, HomeAid Northern Virginia holds a Gala & Auction in order to fundraise for future projects and celebrate our wonderful builder captains, trade partners, and all that we have accomplished with their dedication and hard work. Check out the local news coverage on the 17th Annual Gala & Auction below.

Loudoun Now article published Saturday, November 24, 2018

HomeAid Northern Virginia Celebrates Community Contributions

HomeAid Northern Virginia presented awards to a local nonprofit, business and business leader at its 17th annual Gala & Auction on Nov. 10 at Lansdowne Resort.

The organization mobilizes the local homebuilding business community and its corporate partners to undertake new construction and major renovations for homeless shelters, supporting housing facilities and nonprofits that help homeless individuals and families in the community gain stability.

At its gala earlier this month, HANV presented the Nonprofit Service Provider Project of the Year Award to Loudoun Hunger Relief; the Trade Partner of the Year Award to Staged Interior in Chantilly; and the Presidents’ Award to John Buhl Jr. of Buhl Electric Company, based in Sterling.

Full article.

Huge thanks to the 40+ sponsors and 400+ supporters who attended our 17th Annual Gala & Auction on Saturday, November 10, 2018!

HomeAid in the News: Final Salute

By | Announcements, In the News, News

In collaboration with Final Salute Inc., HomeAid Northern Virginia had the honor of helping to renovate and expand an eight-bedroom home serving homeless women veterans in Alexandria, VA. Check out the local news coverage of the project below.

Fairfax Times Article published November 15, 2018

Teetering on the brink of homelessness, this veteran found new beginnings in Alexandria

In November 2015, then-Governor of Virginia Terry McAuliffe announced that Virginia was the first state to meet the federal definition of effectively ending homelessness among military veterans. Yet, that information seemed irrelevant to 37-year-old Quianna, a pregnant mother who had served in the United States Air Force for four years (2000-2004) with a rank of Senior Airman.

Quianna grew up in Annandale, VA. After serving in the military, she had settled in Charlotte, NC. In 2017, she decided to “step up” on her faith and build her own coaching and training business – Happy Work Week, LLC. She decided to take that risk in the area where she was raised and returned to Northern Virginia.

Full article.

DCW-TV channel50 Article published August 6, 2018

Retired army veteran helps homeless female veterans

Alexandria, VA – Retired army veteran Jas Boothe is on a mission. She has launched a mission to alleviate homelessness amongst female veterans through her organization Final Salute. Boothe got the inspiration to start Final Salute when she found herself in a precarious position. She left the Army when she got diagnosed with cancer and moved to New Orleans. She survived Hurricane Katrina but became homeless in the aftermath. During her homelessness, Booth realized the tremendous need affecting homeless veteran women and their children.

In Alexandria, Final Salute celebrated the ribbon cutting of a homeless shelter, designed to accommodate ten families. Quianna Rodriguez, the first veteran cleared to move in with her three children says, she is moved to see so many people pooling their resources to make this new shelter possible. She says she is inspired to pay it forward saying, “…being able to give back as well, to participate in the different events they have and volunteer.”

Full article.

LocalDVM.com Article published July 17, 2018

Female Veterans and Children Given Housing

“I am just so blessed, to have this opportunity to have a place to stay,” said Quianna Rodriguez, a new resident.

Ten formerly homeless female veterans and their children now have a newly renovated and expanded residence to call home, thanks to a collaboration between Final Salute Inc. and HomeAid Northern Virginia.

“This has a little bit of a special spot for me because I was a military spouse for six years and on top of that, females experiencing homelessness with their children, as a mother I cannot imagine. After you have served our country, it is a basic human need, a basic human right, to have a place to call home,” said Kristyn Burr, executive director HomeAid Northern Virginia.

Full article.

WinchesterHomes.com Article Published July, 2018

Welcoming Formerly Homeless Veterans and their children to Alexandria

Ten formerly homeless female veterans and their children now have a newly renovated and expanded residence to call home following the completion of a collaboration between Final Salute and HomeAid Northern Virginia.

We worked alongside HomeAid to transform Final Salute’s residence in Alexandria, VA, to create a shelter for these families. As Builder Captain, our team was responsible for providing resources for the 8,700-square-foot renovation.

Full article.

HomeAid America Article published July, 2018

Formerly Homeless Female Veterans and Their Children Move Into Newly Renovated Home in Fairfax

Dedication ceremony hosted by Final Salute and HomeAid Northern Virginia put focus on an overlooked and uniquely challenged population of veterans: single female veterans raising children

Ten formerly homeless female veterans and their children now have a newly renovated and expanded residence to call home, following the completion of a collaboration between Final Salute and HomeAid Northern Virginia to transform Final Salute’s residence in Fairfax County. Final Salute provides safe and suitable housing to homeless women veterans and their children; HomeAid Northern Virginia builds and renovates homeless shelters and housing facilities via the donated expertise, labor and resources of local homebuilders. The renovated home will provide housing for up to 10 female veterans and their children who are struggling with homelessness.

Full article.

Thanks to Winchester Homes and to the trade partners who contributed labor and resources to the project:

ACM Services
Annandale Millwork & Allied Systems
Applied Environmental
Augustine Plumbing
Barrons Enterprises
Buhl Electric
Chick Landscaping
Colorworld Paint & Drywall
Crigger Contracting
East Coast Insulators
Falcon HVAC

IDS Industrial Disposal Services/Broad Run Recycling
ISI Flooring
MJ Exterior
Model Home Interiors
Noel’s Fire Protection
Hizer Home Improvement
Summit Management Permitting Service
Summit Roofing
Sundecks by T&A Contractors
United Foundations, Inc.
United Site Servies
W.C. Ralston Architecture

Loudoun Hunger Relief, Staged Interior and Buhl Electric Company Recognized with HomeAid Northern Virginia Presidents’ Circle Awards

By | Announcements, In the News, News

Nov. 10, 2018 – Chantilly, VAHomeAid Northern Virginia (HANV) recognized local businesses, nonprofits and individuals for positive community impact and serving vulnerable families in the Northern Virginia region with its 2018 Presidents’ Circle Awards. HomeAid, a nonprofit that renovates homeless shelters and supportive housing facilities via the donated expertise, labor and resources of local homebuilders, presented the following awards at its 17th Annual Gala & Auction on Nov. 10th at Lansdowne Resort in Leesburg.

  • Nonprofit Service Provider Project of the Year Award, presented to Loudoun Hunger Relief
  • Trade Partner of the Year Award, awarded to Staged Interior
  • Presidents’ Award, presented to John Buhl, Jr. of Buhl Electric Company

Nonprofit Service Provider Project of the Year Award

Loudoun Hunger Relief (LHR, formerly Loudoun Interfaith Relief) is the largest food pantry in Loudoun County and has served the community for 27 years. Leesburg-based LHR distributes food to families six days a week, year-round. LHR collaborated with HANV this year on a full renovation of its food distribution space, which provides 1.2 million pounds of food to more than 8,000 individuals each year. The upgrade includes a separate lobby and waiting room for customers plus a new food selection “client choice” room that better displays the wide range of food items available. The new space gives families more autonomy over their choices, more privacy while they shop, and – as a result – more dignity while receiving food at Loudoun Hunger Relief’s distribution site. The renovation was led by Knutson Companies, which led the project as builder captain. The award recognizes the impact on the community through this project.

Trade Partner of the Year Award: Staged Interior

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. A family-run, Chantilly-based company led by Young and Trish Kim, Staged Interior has enhanced HomeAid projects by providing furniture, accessories and labor in order to transform HANV renovation and new-build projects into warm, welcoming, family-friendly homes. The Trade Partner of the Year award recognizes Staged Interior’s customized, personalized focus to ensure that each completed project meets the needs of incoming residents. Staged Interior has donated more than $200,000 of furniture and accessories to HANV projects including: furnishings for a group home HANV built for Youth for Tomorrow for teen girls who are pregnant, homeless, runaways or survivors of sex trafficking; furnishings for the 7 HANV-renovated affordable housing units operated by Community Lodgings in Alexandria; and furnishings for the 12 supportive housing units in Woodbridge that HANV upgraded for Catholic Charities for families coming out of regional emergency shelters and domestic violence programs.

Presidents’ Award: John Buhl, Jr. of Buhl Electric

John Buhl, Jr. serves as president of Sterling, VA-based Buhl Electric Company, Inc., his family-founded and family-run company that has been wiring new homes in Virginia for more than 50 years.  Under John’s leadership, the company has supported HANV through donation and in-kind services/expertise to 15 different HANV projects, including Youth for TomorrowShelter House and ACTS Turning Points Domestic Violence Program. John has also generously supported HANV through sponsorship of numerous events, including the Gala, the annual Night at the Ballpark, and the Builder & Friends BBQ. The Presidents’ Award recognizes Buhl Electric’s willingness to regularly be “first in line to help” and provide meaningful assistance with HomeAid’s projects to serve our region’s communities. John has been an active member of HomeAid’s Board of Directors since 2016.

More than $400,000 Raised at Annual Gala

HomeAid Northern Virginia’s 2018 annual gala raised more than $400,000 to build and renovate homeless shelters, supportive housing and programmatic facilities. Falcon Heating and Air Conditioning served as the presenting sponsor of the event that included more than 450 people in attendance. The awards ceremony was sponsored by Builders Floor Service.

See more photos of the event here.

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. The organization was started in 2001 by members of the Northern Virginia Building Industry Association (NVBIA) and, since then, has completed more than 127 projects valued at more than $15.7 million, serving more than 112,000 homeless individuals.