$360,000 in Renovations Save Shelter Providers Money
HomeAid Northern Virginia, which builds and renovates homeless shelters, transitional houses, food banks, medical clinics, counseling centers, and other facilities that help homeless people, announced the completion of three renovations that will enable previously-homeless families to have new, safe and comfortable places to live. The $360,000 in renovations enables shelter care providers to channel their funds into what matters most—ending homelessness.
“By getting involved in a HomeAid project, whether it’s remodeling an entire home for a family who would otherwise be homeless or simply making space more usable for residents of a multi-family shelter, you have a front row seat on what it feels like to help someone get their life back together and regain their self confidence,” said John Monacci, board president, HomeAid Northern Virginia and senior vice president, Winchester Homes. “We don’t remodel houses; we remodel lives.”
Recent projects included:
Playground installation and building renovation for Transitional Housing BARN. HomeAid Northern Virginia arranged for Miller & Smith, along with 17 trade partners, to install a new playground and renovate the organization’s 15-year-old building. The $220,000 project included new landscaping, redesigning the kitchen so that multiple families could comfortably share it, a new playground and much more.
“Miller & Smith jumped on board to renovate the building, Cunningham Associates and Game Time agreed to bring in new play equipment, and things just snowballed from there,” said Colin Davis, executive director at BARN. “The whole thing turned into this massive, amazing, quarter-million dollar project that completely exceeded our expectations. We couldn’t have done it without HomeAid.”
Transitional shelter renovation for Christian Relief Services. HomeAid Northern Virginia arranged for Stanley Martin Homes to fully renovate a five-bedroom, two-bath transitional shelter which houses four adults and serves as an office for an on-site case manager. The $110,000 project focused on improving the building’s energy efficiency as well as its livability.
“We’re all just amazed at how it looks – it’s beautiful, and we’re so pleased,” said Lynn Thomas, director of service enriched housing for Christian Relief Services. “We’ve done more than five projects with HomeAid, and they’ve all been incredible – but I have to say, this is the best one yet.”
Townhouse renovation for Reston Interfaith. HomeAid Northern Virginia arranged for Winchester Homes and 12 trade partners to renovate a townhouse that will be occupied by a low-income family. The $30,000 renovation included a new kitchen, upgraded bathrooms, new flooring and fresh paint throughout.
“We are just thrilled that HomeAid and Winchester Homes took on this project,” said Nicole DeLima, property and asset manager at Reston Interfaith. “It’s expensive to turn over a new unit, and they’ve helped make it a great home for a family who can now move right in. We’ve done several projects with HomeAid, and Winchester has also been great to work with. Their hearts are in the right place, and we’re so grateful.”
For more information about these projects and to find out how to get involved in future renovations, contact Christy Eaton, executive director, firstname.lastname@example.org.