Local Builder Honored for Efforts to Aid Homeless

 Chantilly, Va., April 17, 2014 — Michael J. Cleary, vice president of construction at Stanley Martin Homes, is the 2014 recipient of the HAND Housing Achievement Awards – Virginia Peters Non-Profit Friend Award. The award recognizes an individual or group of individuals who provide outstanding support or service to a nonprofit housing or service organization.

 HomeAid nominated Cleary for the award, as he has been the volunteer Builder Captain on three major projects for the organization, leading a team of architects, trade partners and others to complete renovation and rehabilitation projects for organizations which serve the homeless. In 2013, Cleary coordinated a major renovation for Northern Virginia Family Service (NVFS) that brought together 46 trade partners together to provide a rehabilitated home for a previously homeless disabled Navy veteran and his two sons.

Cleary has also lead projects that renovated a home for a single mother and her four daughters, and a transitional housing facility for Christian Relief Services.

 Sal Migliore, HomeAid’s president, calls Cleary’s work and commitment exemplary. “He embodies the true spirit of helping those who are less fortunate in our community by working on each project as if it were his own home,” Migliore explains.

A graduate of George Mason University, Cleary is also an advocate for green building practices, which he incorporates into his volunteer and professional work. Cleary resides in Stafford County, Va.