NOVACO Home Gets a Face Lift – and a Heart Lift Too!

“We can’t thank HomeAid enough for all they have done to make the NOVACO home a great place to live,” said Victoria Neeley, Executive Director of NOVACO, Inc. “Because of the generosity of HomeAid Northern Virginia, Builder Captain Brookfield Homes and all the trade partners, NOVACO is able to offer a beautifully remodeled two bedroom condominium to a homeless family for 18-24 months as they focus on starting their new lives, safe and away from abuse.”  NOVACO offers safe housing and support services to families that would otherwise be homeless due to fleeing abuse.

From left, NOVACO staff and volunteers including Melissa Fairchild, Andrea Rasmussen, Joen Schultz and Victoria Neeley, joined Melanie Green-Karol with Brookfield Homes at the Springfield home.“Brookfield Homes has worked with HomeAid in the past on a very similar venue and we were really excited about the opportunity to be part of this project,” said Melanie Green-Karol, General Sales Manager for Brookfield Homes-Washington. “After touring the home we decided we wanted to rebuild it from the inside out and would call on trade partners that we have had business relationships with for many years to help us. Knowing that the shelter would provide a safe place for homeless women and children escaping from domestic violence, we agreed as a team that it was something we wanted to take on and do.”

Before the kitchen looked date, but now the renovated kitchen gleams with new cabinets, countertops and appliances.And NOVACO was very glad that they did! “We asked for new kitchen cabinets and we got a practically new condominium,” said Neeley of the work done on the Springfield, Virginia home.  “From the warm colors you painted on the walls, to the extra padding under the carpet, everything was done with the future residents in mind.”

The renovation has an estimated retail value of over $50,000 and included redesigning both the kitchen and bathroom and providing new fixtures, countertops, cabinetry, sinks, tub and appliances, including a washer and dryer. The HVAC system and water heater were replaced, along with the carpet throughout the home and new ceramic tile replaced the existing kitchen floor. The home was also freshened up with new paint. “Because your program took care of so much more than we asked for, we can use funds that we normally would have spent to maintain the unit to give direct support to the family instead,” said Neeley.

“I am always amazed at how generous and compassionate people can be,” said Green-Karol. “The building industry has been hit hard over the last few years and getting our trade partners and staff to step up to the plate and take on this task was a truly and amazing event. It’s finished and ready… A kind and compassionate act is often its own reward!”

“All of the subcontractors gave their best so that a family could feel at home,” said Neeley. “Your caring generosity is contagious – the client family feels welcome and our staff is proud to work with so many thoughtful people in our community.  Thanks for coming together and giving NOVACO transitional housing a face lift and a heart lift too!” 


Thanks to Brookfield Homes, Builder Captain for the NOVACO Shelter Care Project, and to All the Trade Partners:
AAPR Cleaning Services
Advanced Flooring
Annandale Millwork
Blue Label Customs
Bollinger Construction
Buhl Electric
Capital Mechanical
Color the World Painting Service
ConServ Industries
Darvish Construction
East Coast Insulators
Executive Floors Inc
Falco Industries, Inc
Falcon HVAC
Fireplace Solutions
Fireside Hearth & Home
GE Appliances
Greco Masonry
Hall Mechanical
Homestead Building Systems
Johnson Drywall and Construction
Masters Inc
McCormick Paint/Johnson Drywall
Mid-South Building Supply
Potomac Concrete
Select Construction
Sutton Yantis Associates
T&A Cleaning, Inc
T.A.C Ceramic Tile
The L&L Company
Titan Erosion Control
TNT Services Group
Velasquez Contractors, Inc.