In 2015, HomeAid and Builder Captain Stanley Martin Homes completed one of HomeAid’s largest projects to-date – a new 5,000 square foot girls’ home, located on the campus of Youth For Tomorrow (YFT). The project was valued at $750,000, 70% of which was donated by HomeAid, Stanley Martin and 90+ trade partners.
Youth for Tomorrow, an organization started in 1986 by Joe Gibbs, former Washington Redskins Head Coach, provides housing, education, and clinical services to young adults; this home will be used solely for girls.
“We started a girls program in 2003,” said Gary Jones, CEO of Youth for Tomorrow. “You think you’ve seen it all and heard it all, until our children walk on campus. And they’ll steal your heart in a moment, because they come with nothing but hope. That’s all they have. Most of them have met tragedy, and in many cases it’s been physical. The FBI will call and say, ‘We arrested a sex trafficker last night, and we have the [survivor]. We know you’re the only facility in Virginia that will take a girl like this; do you have room for one more?’ And we say, ‘Yes.'”
“This new home,” Jones added, “will ensure that we can continue to serve those children.”