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Long Fence donates fence to Alternative House Teen Shelter
Long Fence and HomeAid recently teamed up to erect a new fence between the Alternative House’s Teen Shelter and neighboring offices. The fence, 100% of which was paid for by Long Fence, replaced an old, dilapidated fence that had become a health and safety hazard. “HomeAid was able to coordinate and support the construction of a new fence on our property, which has made our yard a safe and attractive place for teens to play basketball and soccer,” said Meghan Huebner, director of residential services. “We are so thankful for their support and look forward to the new fence lasting for a long time!”

HomeAid makes a splash at contact-building events
HomeAid Northern Virginia made quite a splash at several contact-building events in May, with display tables at the Washington Business Journal Philanthropic Awards program on May 12, and then again at the Housing Association for Nonprofit Developers (HAND) 30th Anniversary Luncheon on May 26.

HomeAid wins Community Partner Award
HomeAid received the Community Partner Award from Shelter House, Inc., at its 30th Anniversary Gala on May 21. In addition to serving as a fundraiser, the Gala served to salute the donors, volunteers and staff dedicated to breaking the cycle of homelessness for families and victims of domestic violence.

HomeAid & K. Hovnanian manage expansion at NVFS
HomeAid Northern Virginia, along with Builder Captain K. Hovnanian Homes, will manage the expansion of Northern Virginia Family Service’s (NVFS) Family Care Shelter, located at the SERVE campus in Manassas. The 4,000 square foot expansion will cost an estimated $1.2 million, much of that being donated by participating trade partners. The Freddie Mac Foundation has also committed $400,000 to NVFS for the project along with individual donations and funding through Community Development Block Grants. The project will increase shelter capacity from 60 to 92 beds, allowing NVFS to reach an additional 250 individuals a year. A Trade Partner Kick-Off Picnic took place on June 15, and groundbreaking is scheduled for late summer.

HomeAid receives donations from Parade of Homes
HomeAid Northern Virginia received $3,500 in donations from the Parade of Homes event this spring, a two-day, self-guided tour of homes of all different designs, styles and price ranges. Parade of Homes is hosted by the Northern Virginia Building Industry Association (NVBIA) and was sponsored by Wells Fargo Dulles Builder Branch.

HomeAid selected for inclusion in Catalogue of Philanthropy
HomeAid has been selected for inclusion in the exclusive 2011-2012 Catalogue for Philanthropy, a compilation of high impact, carefully evaluated, community-based nonprofits with budgets below $3 million. Inclusion in the catalog means that HomeAid was reviewed for distinction, merit, and impact, and has been “site visited” by at least one reviewer. Auditors scrutinize all finalists: cost-effectiveness and financial transparency are critical.