Building Hope – May 2015

In the Spotlight
HomeAid’s Biggest Project of the Year Begins Next Week
On Friday, May 15 at 2:00 p.m., HomeAid and Stanley Martin Homes will break ground on the biggest project of the year—a new, 5,000 square foot residential facility for Youth For Tomorrow (YFT) at 11835 Hazel Circle Drive in Bristow, Va. The new home will allow YFT to expand on-campus residential services for up to 36 more girls every year, providing a safe and secure housing environment for pregnant teens or young mothers, homeless and runaway youth, and survivors of sex trafficking. YFT - GH-Front-Elev.._blue
The project, with a retail value of $750,000, has drawn commitments from 87 trade partners, who will save YFT 69 percent of the total project cost through donated labor and materials. The savings will allow YFT to invest more money in the programs and services that will make a lasting difference in the lives of the young people in its care. 
“It means a great deal to Stanley Martin Homes to support HomeAid as a Builder Captain for the YFT project,” said Mike Cleary, corporate vice president of purchasing and quality. “Giving back to the communities in which we build is part of our company’s social fabric. This project is unique due to the amount of involvement by Stanley Martin Home’s YFT Project Team, and the support of our trade partners (manufacturers, distributors and subcontractors). The collaboration, support, and commitment of all involved have provided the momentum to exceed our expectations in obtaining material and labor donations. It is an honor to work with so many who volunteer, team together, share resources, and provide financial support to this worthy community cause.”
More than 650 linear feet of sewer/water lines will also be installed to serve this home and an additional four homes that YFT hopes to build in the future. The home will be built as a high-performance home, similar to those already being built by Stanley Martin Homes. The building team will use sustainable materials that are environmentally friendly/durable, as well as products that improve energy performance and require low maintenance. These building practices and applications will reduce energy consumption and maintenance costs, allowing the savings to support YFT’s valuable programs. 
Construction of the home is expected to be completed in September and in time for YFT’s 30th Annual Country Fair and Auction on October 3, 2015.
Thanks to Builder Captain Stanley Martin Homes and to all of the following trade partners for your generosity and support of the Youth for Tomorrow project!

84 Lumber Components
84 Lumber Supply
Aggregate Industries
American Excavating
Annandale Millwork & Allied Systems
Aritsokraft Cabinets
Armstrong Flooring
Atlas Plumbing
Bohler Engineering
Boise Cascade EWP
Builders Choice Concrete
Burton & Robinson, Inc.
Capital Mechanical
Century Tile
Choice Stairways
Commonwealth Lighting of VA
Construction Inspection Services
Country Termite & Pest Control
CP&P Concrete Pipe and Precast
Dae Won Construction
Dal Tile
DFC Architects
Electrolux Appliances
Engineering Groupe
Exceptional Choices
F&K Cleaning
Franklin Electric
General Shale
Granite Source
Green Village Concrete
Heritage Contracting
J.J. Haines
Jackie’s Cleaning
James Hardie
Jeldwen Interior Doors
John Darvish Construction
Kettle Wind Farm

Kichler Lighting
Kohler Plumbing & Bath Fixtures
Leggett & Platt
Long Fence
Luck Stone
Masonry Design
McCormick Paint
Mid South Building Supply
Mosaic Tile
Nations Capital Energy Solutions
NV Waterproofing
Owens Corning
Pinnacle Design & Consulting
PlyGem Windows
Potomac Disposal Service
Precision Drywall
PRK Drilling and Blasting
R&F Metals
RC Enterprises
Sani John
Shaw Flooring
Simoes Concrete
Simpson Strong-Tie
Stadler Nurseries
State Water Heaters
ThermaTru Doors
Titan Erosion Control
Titan Rails
Total Development Solutions
Velasquez Contractors
Virginia Contractor Supply
Virginia Erosion Control
Vulcan Material Company
Water Works Supply, Inc.



In Your Neighborhood
HomeAid and M/I Homes Offer Hope for Reunited Family
HomeAid, M/I Homes, and 18 trade partners completed work on the renovation of a condominium in Northern Virginia this week, giving new hope and a safe environment to a young mother and child who are survivors of domestic violence. The condo, owned by Homestretch, will also give the mother the level of security and stability she needs in order to bring a second child from China, the family’s home country. The mother and her second child were separated at birth four years ago. HSkitchen78_x300A sparkling new kitchen awaits a new family at a Homestretch property in Northern Virginia.
“Having stability is so critical to this family,” said Rachel Helferd, housing coordinator at Homestretch. “The mom is skilled and practiced in the field of accounting, but she hasn’t been able to focus on her career.”
“By being part of Homestretch’s program, and in our secure home,” Helferd added, “she’ll now be able to work with our employment counselor to secure full-time employment, increase her income, and get on the path to self-sufficiency. We’ll also be able to help her with any further educational goals and give her children access to our developmental and socialization programs for kids, including summer camp.”

staff demoMembers of M/I Homes’ Construction Department pitched in to demo a condo owned by Homestretch.

The $37,000 project included a kitchen renovation with new flooring, cabinets, appliances, granite countertop, sink, and lighting; new interior carpet throughout; an updated laundry room; a bathroom renovation featuring a new tub/shower, toilet, vanity, mirror, flooring, and plumbing and lighting fixtures; interior paint throughout; and updated electrical throughout the home.

“This project was an especially gratifying one for us,” said Eric Ferreira, vice president of construction for M/I Homes, “because we knew we would be helping a family so immediately. Our whole team got involved; instead of having our monthly production staff meeting at our office, we went to the condo instead and did all the demo ourselves. It was a great way for our team to take part in something so gratifying.”

Thanks to Builder Captain M/I Homes and to all of the following trade partners for giving a family a home and a second chance!

Augustine Plumbing
Azor Construction
B&K Distributors
BK Electric 
Blaine Window Hardware Inc.
Delta Concrete
Eastern Applicators

Exceptional Choices
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Metro Stone Works
Metro Tile
Sherwin Williams
Virginia Cleaning and Punchout


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Metro Tile and Metro Stone Works, both owned and operated by members of the same family, have partnered closely with M/I Homes for years and have worked on HomeAid projects several times. So when Eric Ferreira, vice president of construction for M/I Homes, asked for help in renovating a Northern Virginia condo owned by Homestretch, it was an easy decision.

“We told Eric that whatever he needed us to do, we’d do it,” said Nicholas Powers, president of Metro Stone Works. “We were in 100 percent, because we’re always ready to help M/I Homes help the cause.”

The companies supplied all of the granite countertops, for both the kitchen and the bathroom; sinks; and tile for the kitchen backsplash, shower surround and bathroom floor.

Metro Tile and Metro Stone Works, founded in 1986 and 2003, respectively, specialize in the installation of ceramic, porcelain, marble, and other hard-surface tiles, as well as the fabrication and installation of granite, marble, engineered quartz, and other solid-surface countertops.

To reach Metro Tile, please call 703.393.0491; to reach Metro Stone Works, call 703.396.8667.


At the Store
Women Giving Back Sees Increase in Teen Volunteers
Women Giving Back (WGB) is used to changing lives, but it’s typically been the result of a stylish new suit for a woman about to go on a job interview, a backpack for a nervous new student, or hip new clothing for a child who isn’t used to going shopping in a retail setting. Over the past year, however, WGB volunteers have noticed a major uptick in the number of teens who are putting in service hours at The Store, as well as an increase in mother-son teams who are volunteering together at clothing drives and sorts.
“There’s been a big change in awareness,” WGB Founder Terri Stagi said, “and these kids are being groomed to make social responsibility part of who they are and what they’re committed to. And with our new partnership with Inova, we’re seeing teens coming out to help entertain kids while their moms are working with Inova staff. It’s been so inspiring to witness.”
Marjie Blassey, volunteer coordinator for WGB, added that she has also noticed more calls for service hours, particularly from teens.
“I recently was referred to a young man who needed to complete a lot of service hours,” she said, “and it was a challenge, particularly since he was already working. But he was genuine, and he made it clear that he wanted to work with us. His mother is a survivor of domestic violence, and he wanted to give back. He made clothing drive flyers, drove around picking up donations, conducted his own clothing drive, trained new volunteers who came in to work, and made a personal donation to help us shop for new clothing for our clients.”
“He earned his hours,” she added, “but even more importantly, he continues to come back. We have a better chance of stopping this cycle of violence if we can continue to work with boys like him.”

Connect a Teen; Change a Life

Do you know a teen who needs service hours, or who would like to help WGB? We have plenty of opportunities:

• Coordinate a clothing drive, especially for clothes for teen boys and girls.
• Sort clothing.
• Volunteer at The Store on a shopping day.

For more information, contact Marjie Blassey.


In Your Community
New Location for Builders & Friends BBQ
Don’t miss out on one of the best opportunities for meeting some of Northern Virginia’s top homebuilders, talking one-on-one with the industry’s movers and shakers, and enjoying great BBQ—register today for HomeAid’s 6th Annual Builders & Friends BBQ! This popular event will be held on Thursday, June 25, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., at a NEW location this year: The Barn at One Loudoun, 20405 Savin Hill Drive, Ashburn, Va. This beautiful venue will offer plenty of space for networking and parking, with adjacent and nearby parking spaces available along North Park Drive and in the Loudoun One shopping center. OneLoudoun2014_0114The Barn at One Loudoun, the new location for HomeAid’s Builders & Friends BBQ, offers a beautiful setting and plenty of parking!
The BBQ has always been a great way for us to say, “Thank you!” to everyone who supports HomeAid and our mission. This year, we’re taking our thanks a step further—any trade partner, sub-contractor, manufacturer, or supplier who has participated in a project this year will receive two complimentary admissions; contact HomeAid to register complimentary guests. HomeAid will also announce the 2015 Trade Partner of the Year at the BBQ and recognize all of the people who make our work possible.
Representatives from companies including Van Metre Homes, Stanley Martin Homes, and K. Hovnanian Homes will be in attendance, and elected officials from area counties and cities are typically in attendance, as well.
BBQ House Grill Registration is $35, and each registrant will receive one free raffle ticket for a chance to win one of many donated items, including golf foursomes, restaurant gift certificates, and much more!
Many thanks to BBQ Master sponsor, George Mason Mortgage LLC; BBQ Chef Sponsors, Century Tile and Legacy Contractors Group; Wine Sponsor, Potomac Point Winery; Photography Sponsor, Bob Narod; and Venue Sponsor, One Loudoun.

Thank You
…to our recent donors. Names in red indicate donations of $2,500 or more.


Renate Austin
Ira Frank
John Monacci
David and Carmen Ryan


Alexandria Granite & Marble
American Engineered Solutions
Angler Environmental
Annandale Millwork & Allied Systems
ATG Title
Atlantic Coast Mortgage
Atlas Plumbing
B&F Ceramics Design Showroom
Bank of America Charitable

Barger and Associates
BASF – Center for Building Excellence
Best Tile of Virginia
Black Rock Holdings
Champion Title & Settlements
Charter One Mortgage
Community Management Corporation
D.J.S. Excavating Co.
Dae Won Construction Co.
DCF Contracting
Devereaux & Associates
Dominion Associates
Donna Moore Interiors
DR Horton Homes
Emser Tile
Facchina Construction
Fine Line Trim LLC
First Heritage Mortgage
Genuario Companies
Germane Systems
Glen Gery Corporation
Goodman Distribution
Green Village Concrete

Guardian Home Technologies
Hadley Photography
Hammond Agency Inc.
HD Supply Interior Solutions
Heritage Contracting
Home Group, Active Interest Media
HomeAid America
IDI Group Companies
iHome Integration
Integrated Insurance Solutions
J Construction
J.D.A. Custom Homes
Jacobs & Co. Real Estate
Jansen Land Consulting
JK Enterprise Landscape Supply
Junior League of NOVA
Katchmark Construction
K-One Corp.
KT Enterprises
KTGY Group
L & L Company
Laurie Matthews Marketing
Lessard Design
Lux Floors
Maser Consulting
Masonite International
Mid-Atlantic Products
Mike Garcia Construction
Mill Creek Residential Trust
NEKA Granite Marble Quartz
Paradigm Building Group
Pulte Homes Inc.
RK Realty
S W Rodgers Company
Sekas Homes
SettleLand & Realty
Stony Creek Homes
Tailored Living featuring
Van Metre Companies

Wetland Studies & Solutions

*Monetary contributions, March 15-April 14, 2015

READ: HomeAid’s Biggest Project of the Year, HomeAid Project to Reunite Family, Trade Partner Spotlight: Metro Stone Works & Metro Tile, WGB Sees Increase in Teen Volunteers, New Location for BBQ, Thank You to Our Recent Donors