Helping Hands Volunteer Program
The homes and shelter facilities we build and renovate are beautiful, welcoming, and comforting, but they are missing some of the most basic items that a person needs to recover from homelessness and get back on their feet. HomeAid coordinates volunteer efforts to fill refrigerators with much-needed food, stock homes with new kitchen utensils and bathroom supplies, and much more.
Last year, we distributed . . .
200 blankets and 125 hygiene kits given to individuals living in tent cities in Woodbridge, VA
75 boxes of diapers given to shelters serving young mothers and victims of domestic violence
$350 in grocery store gift cards given to new residents of HomeAid-renovated housing
$1,000 worth of home essentials—like pots, sheets, towels, and more—so families have what they need in a new home
100s of tickets to baseball games, Disney on Ice, and more to allow homeless children to just be kids for a night
450 backpacks given to children to start the school year off right
Our Last Night at the Ballpark
In 2019 HomeAid hosted it’s 9th and final Night at the Ballpark. We had over 80 families from our Shelter Partners attending a Potomac Nationals game. Families enjoyed free concessions; a visit with the Nationals mascot, Uncle Slam; and the chance to run the bases after the game. For families recovering from homelessness, a night out—without any worry about the cost—made such a difference. We look forward to a new partnership with Wolf Trap in 2020 – watch this space for more info on this exciting new event.
"This kind of outing gives kids hope that their lives are not always going to be like this. They get to experience some of the fun activities that 'normal' kids do; they can forget for one night about a life of instability. It's a beautiful thing."Charlyne BraxtonTransitional Housing Manager for Community Lodgings
Homelessness Awareness Month
HomeAid partnered with SevaTruck to provide hot meals and winter essentials to residents of tent cities in Woodbridge, VA each November for Homelessness Awareness Month for the past three years. Our hope is that these items and the kindness shown will help our fellow humans stay a little warmer in the bitter cold, as well as increase awareness of homelessness in our area.
"I came here today without socks or gloves and received those and so much more. Thank you for showing us kindness and compassion."Female Tent City Resident in her Twenties
In 2019 HomeAid Northern Virginia hosted it’s best attended Housing Forum to date. With over 200 housing and homeless service providers from dozens of non-profit and governmental organizations joining for our Forum, Leading with Racial Equity: Data and Beyond, with Keynote speakers from The Center for Social Innovation to share experiences, best practices, and challenges—across organizations, jurisdictions, and varied client demographics. We hope that all participants left energized and with new ideas for fighting homelessness.
"I’m thankful that these kind of forums are available to learn best practices. I thoroughly enjoyed all discussions around housing and listening to all of the wonderful efforts of community partners."Housing Forum Attendee