Building Hope – August 2015

In the Spotlight
HomeAid Partners with Alexandria City, Alexandria Women’s Shelter for First Time
United Way and Van Metre Foundation help fund the project
For women and children fleeing domestic violence, the safe haven found at Alexandria Women’s Shelter is a needed respite, but HomeAid Northern Virginia, long-time Builder Captain Brookfield Homes, and shelter staff are soon embarking on a large renovation project that will help make the five-bedroom, two-bath shelter even more welcoming. BR_NoTag_Stacked_Color_Medium
The project has support from a wide range of stakeholders, with the United Way and the Van Metre Foundation each providing $10,000. This also marks the first time HomeAid has ever partnered with the City of Alexandria, as well as with the Women’s Shelter.
“Our residents are in crisis,” said Debra Evans, division chief of Alexandria City’s Sexual Assault Center & Domestic Violence Program, “and the changes that Brookfield and HomeAid are planning will go a long way in helping our residents feel in command of their surroundings through improved organization and storage systems, and will make the shelter feel more welcoming and ‘homey’ through a variety of cosmetic improvements and structural updates. The last thing we want is for our facility to feel institutional for people who have left such bad situations, and we’re so grateful for this project – it will be enormously important to those we serve.”
Due to the complexities of the project – including the fact that the property was originally going to be occupied throughout the renovation – the work of Brookfield and its trade partners is especially appreciated.
“This project will be a lot of work, and although we’ve since learned that the property will be vacant, we were prepared to do what it took to ensure everyone’s anonymity and safety,” said Skip Daugherty, director of customer service for Brookfield. “We work in the Northern Virginia area all the time, people support us, and we want to give back. It’s a privilege – not a duty – to help. We feel privileged to do this.”
Other major modifications to the shelter include safety upgrades, including new door locks and a closed circuit television system for the front and back entrances. The project is expected to be completed by summer’s end.


In Your Neighborhood
HomeAid, CarrHomes Near Completion on Cornerstones Project
HomeAid and its partners love to over-deliver, and Cornerstones and Builder Captain CarrHomes got an unexpected surprise this week when one of Trade Partner Reico’s distributors donated a granite countertop for the kitchen instead of the planned-for Corian, and GE offered to replace the range hood with a new microwave. CarrHomes
“We didn’t ask for either the granite or the microwave, but we love these kinds of surprises,” said Tim Schiesl, Carr’s customer service manager. “We’re now coordinating the cabinets and flooring with these new, upgraded design elements. Working with HomeAid is always a pleasure—we do a project a year—and this year, everyone donated 100 percent so that Cornerstones’ cost will be zero. It’s a great feeling to give back in such a big way.”
Cornerstones purchased the three bedroom, 1.5 bath townhome in 2013, and this project, Cornerstones’ Senior Asset Manager Nicole Morris said, will allow the organization to redirect the full value of the project toward supportive services—such as employment placement, childcare, and trust accounts—for the family who will be moving in directly from their shelter.
In addition to the completely renovated kitchen, Carr and its trade partners will also make cosmetic and electrical improvements and upgrades throughout the rest of the home. The project is expected to be finished by the end of August.


In Your Community
Treat a Family, Make Priceless Memories
Just one more week until HomeAid’s 5th Annual “Night at the Ballpark” on Friday, August 14, when we’ll send more than 300 (and counting!) parents and kids from local shelters to watch the Potomac Nationals take on the Wilmington Blue Rocks at Pfitzner Stadium. But we can’t do this without your support: We’ve had an overwhelming response from shelter partners requesting tickets this year, so please help us meet the demand and treat even more families to an unforgettable night out with your tax-deductible $100 donation!
Just $100 is all it takes to send a family of four to the game and give them the rare opportunity to enjoy a night out together, as well as free concession vouchers, goody bags for the adults, and backpacks for kids in anticipation of the start of school. Kids will even have a chance to run the bases and have their picture taken with Mascot Uncle Slam. One lucky attendee will throw out the first pitch! Make a dream a reality for a child who might not otherwise get the chance to enjoy one of summer’s most enjoyable rituals—a night at the ballpark—by donating today!
Thank you, Augustine Homes, for your critically important sponsorship and support of this event!


Call for Bath-Themed Welcome Home Baskets
If you love to dress up a home, now is your chance! Drees Homes will soon be renovating 12 bathrooms for Transitional Housing BARN in Prince William County, and HomeAid is collecting “Welcome Home Baskets” of bathroom accessories in anticipation of the project’s completion later this summer. Needed items for each of the bathrooms include: shower curtain, liner, hooks and rod; bath towels, washcloths and hand towels; bath mats; hanging shower caddy; wastebasket; and vanity-top accessories such as a soap dispenser, toothbrush caddy, and tissue holder.  set of twisted colored terry towels isolated on white background 
All bathrooms are completely separate, so coordinating colors between all 12 is not necessary, and toiletries are not needed.
HomeAid hopes to collect 12 baskets by September. For more information or to arrange a basket donation, please contact Christy Eaton.


Thank You
…to our recent donors. Names in orange donated $5,000 or more.


Howard Katz
Christopher and Anne Spahr
Jack Sullivan


A Bane Solutions
ADCO Innovations, Inc.
ADT Security
Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc.
Advantage Environmental Consultants, LLC
American Residential Services
An Exterior Inc.
APA – The Engineered Wood Association
Apex Companies, LLC
Apex Technology
Appliance Distributors Unlimited, Inc.
Archer Exteriors, Inc.
Area Access, Inc.
Artisan Builders, LLC
ArtKraft Homes LLC
Atlantic Building Supply
Augustine Homes LLC
AV Architects + Builders
Axiom Development Group
Azor Construction LLC
B&K Distributors
Bank of America
Bankers Insurance LLC
BBSG-Builder/Buyer Services Group
Bee & H Electric Company
The Berry Companies
Bollinger Construction, Inc.
Bonded Builders Warranty Group
Borcz & Dixon Inc.
Bryant Group
Bryton Homes
Buhl Electric Co., Inc.
Builders Design
Builders First Source
Builders Floor Service, Inc.
Burgess Lighting
Caliber Home Loans
Capital Components & Millwork, Inc.
Capital Tristate – Residential Projects Division
Capitol Closet Design
Capretti Land, Inc.
The Care of Trees
Carlyn and Company Interiors + Design
CarrHomes, Inc.
Cavalier Land Development Corp
Century Tile, Inc.
Classic Concept Builders, Inc.
Clear View Homes LLC
Compton & Duling LLC
Comstock Companies
Construction Inspection Services, Inc.
Construction Systems of Virginia, Inc.
Corus Construction LLC
Cosmetic Solutions
Creaser/O’Brien Architects PC
Creating Results LLC
Creighton Enterprises, Inc.
Cumberland Custom Homes of the Mid-Atlantic
Curran & Whittington, PLLC
Dad’s Tree Service, Inc.
Daniels Design & Remodeling
Davis Utility Consulting, LLC
Dean Designs, LLC
Design Works Interiors, Inc.
Drees Homes
ECS Mid-Atlantic, LLC
The Engineering Groupe, Inc.
Exceptional Choices, Inc.
Falcon Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc.
Fidelity Bank
Fisher Custom Homes
Foley Development Group, LLC
GE Appliances
Geotechnical Consulting & Testing, Inc.
GKA Advertising
Gorove Slade Associates, Inc.
Govan Builders
Graphic Services
Gruver-Cooley Corporation
H2 Land Company
Heritage Landscape Services
Home Savings & Trust Mortgage
Homestead Building Systems, Inc.
Homestead Communications
Interior Concepts, Inc.

J2 Engineers, Inc.
JK Development Company, Inc.
JLR Construction Management, LLC
John Marshall Bank
Keegan, DeVol & Clarke, PLC
     Hometown Title & Escrow, LLC
The Kilner Group
Kositzka, Wicks & Company, CPAs
Kulinski Group Architects, PC
Laurita, Inc.
Law Offices of Norman D. Rivera, LLC
LCS Site Services LLC
Lennar Corporation
Linx Multimedia
Luxury Living llc.
Masonry Design, Inc.
McLean Insurance Agency, Inc.
Merrick Towle Communications
Metaphor, Incorporated
Metro Tile, Inc.
Michael Harris Development
Mid-Atlantic Millwork Sales, Inc.
Mid-Atlantic Utility Locating
MK Development & Investment LLC
Morris & Ritchie Associates, Inc.
MVB Mortgage
National Capital Land & Development, Inc.
Nicholas Trucking, Inc.
Noel’s Fire Protection LLC
NVblu Pool Design-Build
Odin Feldman & Pittleman PC
O’Hara Law Firm PLC
O’Neil Interactive, Inc.
Pennoni Associates
Pighini Builders
Potomac Concrete Co., Inc.
Potomac Valley Builders LLC
Potts & Chapa Construction
Prime Building Advantage
Prime Lending, A Plains Capitol Company
Princeton Forest Products
Professional Warranty Service Corporation
Project Support Services
Proper Tree Care, LLC
Pro-Tech Service Company, Inc.
Quaker Custom Homes LLC
Quality Window & Door, Inc.
R & F Metals Inc.
R P Reynolds Construction Co., Inc.
R. Archie Burgess LLC
R.M. Banning Roofing Co., Inc.
Red Thinking
RG Technical Solutions LLC
Rodas Home Improvements, Inc.
Ryland Group, Inc.
Schulz Homes Corporation
The SES Companies
Shea Homes
Shulman, Rogers, Gandal, Pordy & Ecker
Sight and Sound Systems, Inc.
Smith & Schnider
Soils, Inc.
Staged Interior
Stewart Title and Escrow, Inc.
Stock Building Supply
Stonewall Concrete, Inc.
Structural Technologies, LLC
Stuart Kitchens, Inc.
SugarOak Corporation
Sun Design Remodeling Specialists, Inc.
T W Perry, Inc.
TERRA Engineering Services, PLC
Timmons Group
Titan Erosion Control
Total Development Solutions LLC
Touchstone Custom Homes, LLC
Tradition Homes LLC
UFP New Windsor, LLC
Universal Stones, Inc.
Value Blind & Heirloom Draperies
Velasquez Contractor, Inc.
Vintage Security
Walsh, Colucci, Lubeley & Walsh, P.C.
Walter L Phillips, Inc.
Washington Lanehart Electric Co., Inc.
Weber Rector Commercial Real Estate Services
West Winds Nursery, LLC
WhiteHOT Design, Inc.
Winthrop Mgmt Svcs/Custom Builders
The Wormald Companies, LLC
Your Home Warranty Manager
Zicht & Associates, PLC

 *Monetary contributions June 15 – July 14, 2015. Also included are donors that were inadvertently omitted from the July issue of Building Hope. We regret the error.

READ: HomeAid Partners with City of Alexandria, Cornerstones Project Nears Completion, Treat a Family to a Night at the Ballpark, Welcome Baskets Needed, Thank You to Our Recent Donors