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Press Release: Communities of Trust

HomeAid National Capital Region Completes First Construction of the Year for the Communities of Trust with $102,199 Donated in Construction, Materials, and Labor Costs

 

Fairfax, VA. – February 8, 2023 – Join HomeAid National Capital Region on February 23, 2023, from 1 PM – 3 PM to celebrate the opening and ribbon cutting of the Communities of Trust (COT) Center located in the Franconia District of Fairfax County, VA.

HomeAid National Capital Region’s Builder Captain, K.Hovnanian Homes and 18 Trade Partners renovated the two-story building within the Creekside Apartment complex, to create a safe gathering area for the kids living in the community.

The property, vacant for 10 years, is now a vibrant space for the COT to host after-school programs, provide mentoring and homework assistance, while helping to enhance the positive engagement of the community with law enforcement. The 1582-square-foot renovation includes two offices for one-on-one meetings, and installation of luxury vinyl plank flooring throughout the building. The large open-spaced area will be used for guest speakers, homework stations, workforce development opportunities, movie nights, and other community activities. The construction team also added a kitchenette, renovated three bathrooms, painted, installed two water fountains, new lighting, blinds and windows.

HomeAid’s core mission – building and constructing – is critical to all of their projects, just as it was for the COT. But look a little deeper, and you’ll see HomeAid transformed a space for young people to gather, find community, and engage positively with law enforcement. This partnership with COT will offer kids the skills needed to make good choices that affect their future, increase graduation rates, and create an outlet to strengthen relationships with family and friends. “The project focuses on preventative solutions for youth to put them on the path to success, mobilizing an entire neighborhood and creating strategies that ignite change within a community,” said Kristyn Burr, Executive Director and CEO of HomeAid National Capital Region. “We are thrilled to step up and do our part to build a beautiful space where kids can come together to find mentors, discover a hobby, pursue a passion, and build ties with community members.”

HomeAid’s partnership with K.Hovnanian Homes saved the Communities of Trust $102,199 in labor, time, and expertise, all of which was 100% donated. This type of donation from K. Hovnanian and trade partners allow nonprofits, like COT, to funnel their limited resources into programs and services for the kids they serve.

The public is invited to attend the ribbon cutting at 7932 Janna Lee Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22306, on February 23, 2023, from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM but must RSVP to Julianna Blaylock at JBlaylock@homeaidncr.org.

About Communities of Trust

Communities of Trust (AKA Public Safety Outreach Foundation) is a non-profit organization established in 2016 to support the activities of the Fairfax County Communities of Trust Committee (COTC). COTC was established in December 2014, by former Board of Supervisors Chair Sharon Bulova, to help build and enhance trust, advance collaboration, partnerships, and outreach between public safety agencies and the communities they serve. COTC consists of over 60 diverse citizen and religious groups, including the Fairfax County Police and Fire Departments, Sheriff’s Office, Fairfax County Public Schools, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Department of Justice and community leaders.

About HomeAid National Capital Region

HomeAid National Capital Region builds and maintains housing and programmatic facilities for nonprofit organizations serving those experiencing or at risk of experiencing homelessness by leveraging their relationships within the building industry to garner in-kind donations of labor and materials.

HomeAid has completed more than 170 construction projects that together have served as a safe and stable space for more than 197,000 vulnerable individuals in our community.

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Find more before and after photos of the project here!

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