Formerly homeless and vulnerable female veterans and their children now have a newly renovated upgraded residence, following the ribbon-cutting on July 17, 2018.  Since 2015 – and many, many challenges along the way – Final Salute , HomeAid Northern Virginia and Builder Captain, Winchester Homes, finally put the finishing touches on the Fairfax County residence that will provide housing to up to 10 female veterans and their minor children who are struggling with homelessness or military transition. Final Salute provides safe and suitable housing to homeless women veterans and their children

“There are an estimated 55,000 homeless women vets in America – the fastest growing population of the homeless. Yet all too often, supportive housing programs for veterans aren’t tailored to the needs of women veterans, and in particular, single-mother veterans raising children,” said Jaspen (Jas) Boothe, founder of Final Salute. “More than 60% of programs that take in veterans don’t take in women, or don’t take in women with children, or have age limits on the children or have limits on how many kids you can take. That is not the case with Final Salute. Women have served in every major conflict since the Revolutionary War, it’s time they received the resources and support they have earned through their service and sacrifice.”

The Final Salute home, “Karen’s Home,” originally provided 8,700 sq. ft. of living space for up to 10 residents, including 7 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms. Following the renovation led by HomeAid and its Builder Captain Winchester Homes, overall living space has been upgraded to 8 bedrooms and 8 bathrooms, with kitchen and bathroom upgrades, new fixtures, expanded storage and an overall space layout optimized for residence. Additionally, a previously under-utilized area of the basement has been converted into living space – with a bedroom, bathroom and kitchen – for a live-in resident manager to provide ongoing services to house residents.

Of the over $650,000 cost of the renovation, an incredible 85% of the total value was graciously donated by HANV, Winchester Homes and its trade partners – electricians, plumbers, etc. – participating on the project. Final Salute received support from a generous donation provided by the Flatley Foundation, as well as assistance from local architect Ricardo Hendi and his team/partners from Arimse Architects in Alexandria, Va. The Home Depot Foundation provided a $67,200 grant and Bank of America provided a $10,000 grant toward this project. Van Metre Companies Foundation provided 100% of the proceeds from its 2016 Annual Cornhole Challenge to this renovation as well, a total of $85,500.

“It’s inspiring to be involved with Final Salute and HomeAid on a project to give a safe sanctuary to women veterans and their families right here in our region,” said John Monacci, executive vice president of Winchester Homes, a Tri Pointe Group company, which is leading the renovation as a HomeAid builder captain. “Partnering on this project is a great way for us – and the trade partners who are collaborating with us – to serve those who have served our country.”

Thank you, Winchester Homes and the following Trade Partners, for your unfailing dedication and valued contributions to this 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

Special Thanks to Builder Captain

BIG shout-out to our donors! This project would not have been possible without your generous financial support.