|HomeAid Makes an Impact, Locally and Nationally|
John Monacci elected to HomeAid America Board
Congratulations to HomeAid Northern Virginia (HANV) Board Member John Monacci of Winchester Homes, for his election to the executive committee of HomeAid America‘s Board of Directors!
John, who was honored with HANV’s 2014 President’s Award for his exceptional dedication to ending homelessness in Northern Virginia, has served on HANV’s board for seven years and was its 2011 president. He is a four-year member of HomeAid America’s board. HomeAid Northern Virginia is one of HomeAid America’s 15 chapters, which together make HomeAid a leading national non-profit provider of housing for the homeless.
HomeAid America CEO Peter Simons said of Monacci’s election, “In addition to being a great leader for HomeAid Northern Virginia, John graced us by joining HomeAid America’s board of directors a few years ago. Since then, his leadership and insight have been a great benefit to the organization nationally, and we are thrilled to take this to a new level by adding him to our executive committee. We look forward to him contributing to HomeAid, both locally and nationally, for years to come.”
|HomeAid America hosts national conference|
|Attendees of the HomeAid America Annual Conference enjoy a
tour of HomeAid Southern Nevada shelter projects.
|In March, HANV President Brian Davidson and Executive Director Christy Eaton attended HomeAid America’s Annual Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, where they had the opportunity to meet staff and board members from the organization’s other chapters.|
|In addition to comparing notes and sharing best practices, the group went on a shelter tour of HomeAid Southern Nevada projects and took part in several education sessions that covered topics including homeless trends in demographics; project trends; and community outreach strategies, such as planning for November’s Hunger and Homeless Awareness Month. As part of the community outreach discussion, Christy gave a brief presentation on how HANV has planned several successful Housing Forums.|
HomeAid Builds Partnerships at NVBIA’s Meet the Builder
Strong partnerships are key to HomeAid Northern Virginia’s mission of building and renovating facilities for the homeless, and the organization strengthened its ties—and created new ones—with past and potential partners at NVBIA‘s Annual Meet the Builder event last week.
The NVBIA members-only event brought in more than 500 registrants, who gained coveted one-on-one time with 60 builders seated at booths set up around the perimeter of the room. The “speed dating” style event ensured equal time for all, and attendees also had ample time for informal networking and relationship-building over a catered buffet of appetizers, sandwiches, and refreshments. The event was held at the Waterford in Fair Oaks.
|HANV counts NVBIA’s Meet the Builder as a not-to-be-missed event.|
|“Meet the Builder is an important event each year, as we can meet with potential builder captains and thank those builders who step up year after year,” HomeAid Northern Virginia Executive Director Christy Eaton said. “In our effort to continue promoting the strong partnership between NVBIA and HomeAid, this is an event we never want to miss.”|
|Builders in attendance ranged from small, custom builders who complete one to five homes per year to national homebuilders with regional annual completions in the thousands.|
|To ensure that no one missed out on the chance to keep tabs on their March Madness basketball brackets, Sight & Sound Systems, Inc., brought in enormous television screens so that attendees could watch the games live. The event was sponsored by more than 40 companies, with Moment Engineering + Design serving as the lead sponsor.|
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|WGB Forges New Partnership with Inova Loudoun|
|Women Giving Back (WGB) and Inova Loudoun have developed a new partnership aimed at providing health education and services to women from local shelters. The hospital will send staff to WGB’s Store every month during shopping hours, so that clients can gain valuable health information after they finish shopping for free clothing and accessories. To keep children occupied while their moms are working with Inova staff, the hospital will organize activities and occasionally send its popular “Fun Bus,” which offers fitness activities and entertainment for kids.||Thanks to a new partnership, the Inova Fun Bus, staffed by Loudoun High School ROTC students, kept kids entertained while parents learned about health insurance.|
|In March, Inova staff met with WGB clients to speak to them about insurance and help them to understand Medicare benefits.|
|Inova will offer a variety of services in the coming months and plans to canvass area service providers to find out what they feel are the strongest health and vaccination-related needs for women and children in local shelters.|
|“We were incredibly excited when Inova Loudoun contacted us about this opportunity,” said WGB Founder Terri Stagi. “Inova Loudoun is looking to expand its outreach in the community, and our Store offers a perfect opportunity for clients to learn from such a respected health institution. We’re looking forward to seeing this program grow and help hundreds of women and children every month.”|
|The Store is next open on Saturday, April 11, from 9:00 a.m. until noon, and Inova plans to continue insurance education and provide answers to the women’s health questions, while kids are entertained with bowling and parachute play.|
Call for Spring Clothing!
With winter finally leaving us, WGB’s warehouse—and Store—is transitioning to spring and summer clothing and shoes. If cleaning out your closets is part of your spring-cleaning ritual, please don’t forget to donate all seasonally appropriate attire to WGB. Thank you!
|Enjoying the Show with HomeAid & Feld Entertainment|
|Nearly 120 homeless kids and their parents were treated to recent Disney on Ice and Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus shows, after Feld Entertainment donated free vouchers to HomeAid Northern Virginia for distribution to local shelters. This month, 100 more kids and families will enjoy the circus, thanks to Feld’s most recent donation of 100 additional tickets.|
|“The women and children residents of the ACTS Turning Points Safe House were absolutely delighted with the Disney ice show [in February],” said Dotty Larson, ACTS’ program director. “When they returned to the Safe House after the show, they were full of excitement and expressed many thanks to HomeAid for the free tickets to this wonderful event. Thanks so much for your generosity!”|
|Alacia Earley, volunteer & drives manager for Cornerstones, added, “One of our residents told me that her daughter was amazed by the Disney on Ice show, and everyone commented on what great seats they had. Thanks again for sharing the tickets with Cornerstones!”|
|…to our recent donors.|
Christopher and Kathie Brigham
2-10 Home Buyers Warranty
*Monetary contributions (January 1 – March 14, 2015)