HomeAid Northern Virginia recently completed a construction project at Mercy House, a nonprofit working to provide food, clothing and educational assistance to those in need in our community. HomeAid Northern Virginia, Builder Captain Merritt Construction, and nine trade partners renovated the thrift store and expanded the pantry at Mercy House. The goal of the project was to give staff and volunteers a suitable space to operate programs and better serve those seeking assistance. Merritt Construction started by building out a room where volunteers could have a dedicated space to sort and organize thrift store donations. An indoor walkway was also created linking the sorting area directly to the thrift store so volunteers will no longer have to walk outside to get from one space to another. This will be especially important during inclement weather and extreme heat in order to keep volunteers safe and operations running smoothly. The Food Pantry at House of Mercy which serves 1,850 individuals and families each month was expanded to shelve more food donations and add a commercial freezer donated by Knights of Columbus Our Lady of the Rosary Council #12982. New interior lighting, paint and an expansion of the breakroom/kitchen area made the project complete and ready to adequately serve more people. The Food Pantry and Thrift Store are open to anyone who needs assistance. The programs give people the autonomy to shop and select items in order to provide clothing as well as healthy and nutritious meal options to their families. “House of Mercy is uniquely set-up to serve anyone despite where they live,” says Jessica Root Executive Director at House of Mercy. “Ninety three percent of our clients live in Prince William County but we welcome anyone regardless of where they reside. We never want people to have to choose between paying rent or putting food on the table.” HomeAid’s partnership with Merritt Construction saved Mercy House $60,790 in labor, time and expertise all of which were generously donated. This type of donation from homebuilders and trade partners, allows nonprofits like House of Mercy to funnel their limited resources into programs that support clients working to get back on their feet. “The nonprofits we serve continue to face challenges in regards to space and structural safety,” says Kristyn Burr Executive Director and CEO of HomeAid Northern Virginia. “Luckily, thanks to donors like Merritt Construction we are able to step up to help create solutions that have lasting effects on our community.”
Thank you to the following trade partners
Buhl Electric Co., Inc.
EFC Glass Systems, Inc.
Fidelity Mechanical Services
Higham Painting Co., Inc.
Laszlo Flooring Inc.
NorthStar Fire Protection
Unlimited Plumbing & Piping, LLC
Special thanks to the Builder Captain