HomeAid in the News: Christ House

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.

The Arlington Catholic Herald Article published November 20, 2019

Christ House Awarded Project of the Year

Diocesan Catholic Charities Christ House in Alexandria was awarded the non-profit service provider project of the year by HomeAid Northern Virginia at its annual gala Nov. 9. The award recognizes the completion of renovations at the transitional housing facility through its partnership with HANV, a non-profit that builds and renovates local housing and shelters.

Full article.

The Zebra Article published November 13, 2019

Christ House Wins HomeAid Northern Virginia’s Non-Profit Service Provider Project of the Year Award

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.

“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.”

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Catholic Harold Article published Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Renovations spruce up Christ House in Alexandria

For the residents of Christ House, the 200-year-old building in Old Town Alexandria that houses Catholic Charities’ transitional home for homeless men, getting new carpeting is like a breath of fresh air.

“The main thing (the residents are) saying is, ‘I really like the smell of the new carpets,’” said Christ House Program Director John Croft.

But residents are also enjoying newly painted walls, renovated bathrooms, and new lighting, flooring, countertops and additional cabinets in the dining room and kitchen — all part of a six-week, $83,000 renovation project donated by HomeAid of Northern Virginia, K. Hovnanian Homes and its partner subcontractors this spring. The project has replaced 12-year-old, worn carpeting with hardwood flooring throughout the first floor and new gray carpeting on the stairways, offices, community room and bedrooms.

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
Capital Mechanical, LLC
CC Carpentry
Construction Applicators
Darvish Interiors
Dominion Electric Supply Co.
FM Construction
General Electric
Green Landscaping, Inc.
Interior Logic Group

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