Chantilly, VA – A young mother and her children who are survivors of domestic violence have a newly renovated condominium to live in, thanks to HomeAid Northern Virginia, Builder Captain M/I Homes and 18 trade partners.
The condo, owned by Homestretch, will give the mother the level of security and stability she needs in order to bring a second child to the U.S. from China, the family’s home country. The mother and her second child were separated at birth four years ago.
“Having stability is so critical to this family,” said Rachel Helferd, housing coordinator at Homestretch. “The mom is skilled and practiced in the field of accounting, but she hasn’t been able to focus on her career. By being part of Homestretch’s program, and in our secure home, she’ll now be able to work with our employment counselor to secure full-time employment, increase her income, and get on the path to self-sufficiency.”
The $37,000 project included a kitchen renovation; new carpet throughout; an updated laundry room; a bathroom renovation; new paint throughout; and updated electrical.
“This project was an especially gratifying one for us,” said Eric Ferreira, vice president of construction for M/I Homes. “Our whole team got involved; instead of having our monthly production staff meeting at our office, we went to the condo instead and did all the demo ourselves. It was a great way for our team to take part in something so gratifying.”