Bristow, VA – May 5, 2016 – Girls who are pregnant, homeless, runaways or survivors of sex trafficking will soon have a safe, stable place to call “home” on the Youth for Tomorrow campus in Bristow, Va. Construction of the new residence is being led by HomeAid Northern Virginia with “builder captain” Toll Brothers and its network of construction trade partners that will donate expertise, labor and/or materials to the project. The construction “groundbreaking” was celebrated today at the site with local politicians and community advocates.
“Many children at Youth for Tomorrow’s residential services program have survived abuse and other tragedies, arriving with little more than hope for a better future. This new residence will enable us to expand our services and programs, providing even more vulnerable young girls a chance to heal and rebuild,” said Dr. Gary Jones, the CEO of Youth for Tomorrow. The new facility will enable YFT to expand its residential services for nearly 36 more girls age 11 to 17 each year – girls who are often pregnant, young mothers, homeless, runaways or survivors of sex trafficking. Founded by former Washington Redskins head coach Joe Gibbs, YFT is unique in that it not only provides a full continuum of residential and outpatient services, but also offers its own school for the at-risk youth it serves.
“HomeAid Northern Virginia and Toll Brothers should be commended for the selfless work they do for our community,” said Corey Stewart, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors for Prince William County “Projects like these are essential to helping young ladies who have had a hard path, get back on their feet.”
“Toll Brothers believes in giving back to the community and what better way to do that than through continuing our partnership with HomeAid and building a home for Youth for Tomorrow. Our goal is to provide a safe haven of hope for the young women who will be calling it home,” said Toll Brothers Regional President Bill Gilligan. Construction of the new 5,000 sq. ft. residence is expected to be completed this year.
This marks HomeAid Northern Virginia’s second project for Youth for Tomorrow, following the completion of the “Laura-Louise House” in December 2015. HomeAid Northern Virginia builds and renovates homeless shelters and housing facilities via the donated expertise, labor and resources of local homebuilders and construction trade partners – enabling nonprofit organizations serving vulnerable communities to invest more of their budgets in supportive programs and services rather than building expenses. Projects like this one increase the capacity of nonprofit service providers, allowing organizations like Youth for Tomorrow to serve more clients than otherwise would have been possible, ensuring that more individuals can receive the depth of care they need to get back on the path to stability and self-sufficiency.
About HomeAid Northern Virginia
HomeAid Northern Virginia, a chapter of HomeAid America, engages the resources and interests of the homebuilding community and its corporate partners in order to undertake new construction and major renovations to properties owned by homelessness service providers that help homeless people gain stability and get back on the road to self-sufficiency. The organization was started in 2001 by members of the Northern Virginia Building Industry Association (NVBIA), and since then, has completed more than 107 projects valued at more than $13.6 million, serving more than 95,000 homeless individuals.
About Youth for Tomorrow
Youth for Tomorrow has been helping at-risk children become responsible members of society for more than 29 years. In 2015, more than 400 teenage boys and girls were served in the residential programs, which includes a national model program for sex trafficked domestic girls. This program has become a national model for re-directing the lives of these victims. More than 6,800 children and their families were served in YFT’s six Behavioral Health Services Programs in satellite offices in Woodbridge and Manassas. YFT is nationally accredited through the Council on Accreditation (COA), an independent not-for-profit organization headquartered in New York that accredits human service organizations like YFT throughout the nation. For additional information about YFT or its programs visit http://www.youthfortomorrow.org.
About Toll Brothers:
Toll Brothers, an award-winning Fortune 1000 company founded in 1967, embraces an unwavering commitment to quality and customer service. Toll Brothers is currently building in 19 states nationwide and is a publicly owned company whose stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: TOL). In FORTUNE Magazine’s 2016 Survey of The World’s Most Admired Companies®* Toll Brothers was ranked #6 worldwide across ALL INDUSTRIES in Quality of Products/Services Offered after Apple, Walt Disney, Amazon, Alphabet, and Nordstrom, and before Netflix and Facebook. In the same 2016 survey, Toll Brothers was named the #1 Home Builder Worldwide. The Company was named America’s Most Trusted Home Builder™ 2015† by Lifestory Research, receiving the highest numerical score among the largest 133 home builders in the country. Toll Brothers was also recently honored as national Builder of the Year by BUILDER magazine, and was twice named national Builder of the Year by Professional Builder magazine.
* FORTUNE Magazine’s survey of the “World’s Most Admired Companies®” for 2016 began with over 1,500 companies across more than 50 industries, and asked over 4,000 executives, directors, and analysts to rate companies in their own industry on nine criteria (Go to http://fortune.com/worlds-most-admired-companies/ for the full methodology.) From FORTUNE Magazine, March 1, 2016 ©2016 Time Inc. FORTUNE and The World’s Most Admired Companies are registered trademarks of Time Inc. and are used under license. FORTUNE and Time Inc. are not affiliated with, and do not endorse products or services of, Toll Brothers, Inc. † Toll Brothers received the highest numerical score in the United States in the proprietary Lifestory Research 2015 America’s Most TrustedTM Home Builder study. Study based on 43,200 new home shoppers in 27 markets. Proprietary study results are based on experiences and perceptions of consumers surveyed between January and December 2014.
Construction trade partners, manufacturers, suppliers, and others participating in and contributing to this project include:
Leggett & Platt
New York Concrete
Seneca Valley Builders
Sky Marble and Granite
State Hot Water
Titan Erosion Control