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HOMEAID Northern Virginia

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Homeless & Housing

Mission: HomeAid Northern Virginia builds and maintains homeless shelters and transitional housing where homeless families and individuals can rebuild their lives.

Results: In 2012 alone, 7 Projects Completed, Thousands of Lives Changed HomeAid Northern Virginia celebrated its 11-year anniversary doing what it does best—changing lives. Thanks to 7 Builder Captains and dozens of trade partners, HANV invested nearly $620,000 into the renovation and completion of homeless shelter projects throughout Northern Virginia – 61% of the costs were donated, thereby allowing care providers to focus their own funds on programs and services that directly help the homeless. Over 2,100 people were served in 2012, a number that will grow exponentially as people transition out of the renovated facilities and new individuals and families move in.

Target demographics: area shelters provide life-changing services to the homeless and victims of domestic abuse

Geographic areas served: Northern Virginia

Programs: the Shelter Program in which we connect with builders in the community in order to provide in-kind donations to complete necessary renovations and building projects for Northern Virginia shelters. The renovations and building projects allow community shelters to provide a stable, safe environment in which the homeless and those in danger of homelessness can work to create for themselves a new beginning built out of hope and dignity. HomeAid's work raising funds and connecting trade and shelter partners enables shelters to serve more families in the area and to reserve their own funding resources for the provision of life-changing assistance, such as job skill development. HomeAid's program, Women Giving Back, provides donated clothing to women and children from area shelters free of charge, enabling them to enter the workforce or the educational system with appropriate clothing, providing a fresh start for those in need.

Community Stories

34 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

ABW Appliances has been working with HomeAid for over 5 years, and we can't say enough about the positive impact this organization has had in Northern VA. What began as a business relationship quickly grew to a true love for the compassion and assistance provided by HomeAid.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Our company has been associated with HomeAid Northern Virginia for almost 10 years. This is a great organization. They have a hard working staff that continually amazes me.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Been working with HomeAid for 15 years. Their generosity and hard work never cease to amaze me.

Board Member

Rating: 5

This organization does so much with very little overhead. Hard working staff and active board assures that the dollars raised go directly into the mission!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I've been associated with home building in Northern Virginia for twenty years and was exposed to HANV over ten years ago. Through the years I've been amazed at the consistent, professional and focused approach of the Board and staff at HomeAid. Their continuing efforts to help those in need truly demonstrate how much a caring group of people can do when they team together. Through volunteers, interns, staff and members HANV has positively impacted the lives of many thousands in our community who are down on their luck but looking for a helping hand and new start. Keep up the great work HomeAid Northern Virginia.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was the marketing intern for HomeAid and they always had all thier supporters in mind when they made every decision. They're professional and very respectful and know how to make someone feel like part of the team. They have always worked hard and focused on what they needed to do in order to get things done. HomeAid's staff is kind, patient, and extremely easy to get along with. The workplace shows the same amount of care for eachother as they do for their clients.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As an intern at HomeAid Northern Virginia, I saw that each staff member is incredibly hard-working and truly dedicated to their mission of rebuilding lives. Through shelter projects and events like the Night at the Ballpark, the HomeAid Team has made a huge impact on this community and will continue to change lives for years to come.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am the executive director of the HomeAid chapter in Houston and have always admired the amazing work done by the HomeAid Northern Virginia chapter. They are, without a doubt, one of the busiest chapters in our network and are great contributors to our national organization.

Former staff

Rating: 5

I interned at HomeAid Northern Virginia for about 4 months and based on my experience I truly believe they are a great non-profit. The staff is small but each member puts in so much time, energy, and attention to detail into every project and event they complete. It's amazing what the staff of 3 and a few seasonal interns are able to accomplish. From fundraising to shelter services and creating volunteer opportunities HomeAid Northern Virginia covers all the bases and is continuing to impact the lives of Northern Virginia's homeless in a positive way. HomeAid Northern Virginia recognizes the need for affordable housing and shelter services in the area and addresses it. As a member of the community I can attest that I am thankful to HomeAid for what they are doing for this area and its homeless individuals.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

HomeAid Northern Virginia builds and renovates homeless shelters and housing facilities via the donated expertise, labor and resources of homebuilders and trade partners. Big Thanks for their help and services.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

HomeAid is a wonderful organization that we have the pleasure to serve. Miller and Smith and our many subcontractors are thankful that there is an organization like HomeAid that serves the community and give us the opportunity to put our resources to use in such a purposeful and helpful way.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked directly with HomeAid on a shelter project that helped save lives of domestic abuse victims. What a great charity with a tremendous cause!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Shelter House has partnered with HomeAid for many years through Women Giving Back and Night at the Ballpark, and our clients have benefited wonderfully from this partnership. This past year we partnered with HomeAid to renovate a single family home serving clients at Artemis House. Working with HomeAid was such a wonderful experience- the staff at HomeAid truly care about building new lives for the homeless, and they are an asset to partners like Shelter House .

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked with directly with HomeAid over the last five (5) years on various projects. The resources that HomeAid is able to bring to nonprofit organizations like ours is truly "amazing and invaluable". Christy and her team have always put our needs as a customer first making sure that the final product would meet our expectations and the needs of those we serve. The impact of their partnership can be witnessed throughout many of our program properties and the lasting relationships built especially mine is truly exemplifies the HomeAid impact. Our community has a true champion of hope and change in HomeAid

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I work directly with HomeAid Northern Virginia, and this organization is truly dedicated to helping people rebuild their lives. Under the excellent leadership of Christy Eaton, HomeAid is constantly in the community developing partnerships that lead to new and improved housing for people who are homeless. What an impactful and inspiring organization!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I spent 25 yrs as a nonprofit exec before starting my own consulting firm. Through my company I have had the privilege of working with HomeAid as a meeting facilitator and as their strategic planning consultant. I have never before worked with a group that is more dedicated and focused and has an incredible ability stay laser focused on their mission yet execute in such a comfortable, non-stressed way. Even during the grand recession when the housing market was dead, the housing execs on the HomeAid NoVA board continued to fund the work and actively participate at all levels.
Karen Cleveland
Cleveland Group, LLC

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the honor of chairing HOMEAID Northern Virginia's Annual Gala in 2008. That year the economy was in shambles, but everyone involved worked tirelessly to support a charity that partners builders and their subs to build and renovate homeless shelters and so wonderfully supports other non profits that serve the homeless. HOMEAID Northern Virginia is still a rather unknown charity to many in the Washington, DC metro area, but the work they do is truly substantial.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Sue Butler, Vice President, Sales and Marketing
The Paxton Companies

Several years ago I got involved with HOMEAID Northern Virginia as a volunteer. I began by working on the sponsorship committee for their annual Gala and in 2008 I chaired the Gala. The work of this charity is amazing and profound. They partner builders and what they do best - build and renovate - with their subs to build and renovate homeless shelters for other nonprofits who serve the homeless in northern Virginia. People on the board and committees and sponsors ALL generously give of their time, their expertise, their talents, and their resources. The work of HOMEAID also serves to educate and support other charities who assist the homeless. I know from firsthand experience with this charity it remains one of the best kept secret in northern Virginia and helps many!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

HomeAid has assisted my organization and the clients we serve for many years. Most recently, their volunteer efforts to put on the "Night at the Ballpark" has been extremely successful. In the past, they have helped us renovate housing units for our transitional housing programs. I cannot say enough good things about HomeAids work - truly wonderful seeing what they continuously do for the community!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

While having the opportunity to volunteer at HomeAid Northern Virginia I was able to see inside the work HomeAid does and the impact it has on the community. Their efforts are truly amazing the and are helping to change people's lives everyday. The staff is extraordinary and take pleasure in their work.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

HomeAid Northern Virginia is led by an amazing executive director and team who are passionate and genuine about the services and assistance they provide to shelter residents that impact and change their lives for the better. In the summer and fall of 2013, I worked on a domestic violence awareness project with survivors in our area shelters and transitional housing, and the support I received from HomeAid Northern Virginia through interviews, references and recommendations expanded and enriched the project. The quality of the physical work of the builders and trade partners involved in the repair and renovation projects of shelters equals the quality of the hearts of all of the individuals who commit to make all of their programs and activities successful.

Donor

Rating: 5

For more than 10 years I have been donating time, money and items to HomeAid Northern Virginia for their Annual GALA. They work with many companies and non-profit organization to help homeless families and individuals rebuild their lives. I would recommend you visit their website www.homeaidnova.org to see their many projects and events. They are an extraordinary organization!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

HomeAid does a great job working with its shelter partners, builder captains, and others to really make a difference in the daily lives of people who might not have had a place to call home. The staff and board are always looking for ways to provide better services to both the shelter organizations and their clients. I have always been impressed by the quality and high number of projects completed - HomeAid is DEFINITELY making a difference in Northern Virginia!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

While volunteering with HomeAid Northern Virginia I was truly moved by how dedicated its members are. Each individual that I got the chance to work with shows passion and enthusiasm towards their cause. It is clear that the work they are doing is really bettering the lives of Northern Virginia's homeless.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

HomeAid is a well-run organization and it's easy to see what a difference it makes to those in need in the Northern Virginia community. It's a pleasure working for this organization!
Christy Eaton

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am the executive director of HomeAid Orange County, the founding chapter of HomeAid. It has been exciting to see the growth of HomeAid Norther Virginia since its founding. The passion that they have to solve critical issues related to homelessness in their community has been amazing. In addition, their ability to recruit strategic members of the building industry to implement their vision has been great. All the chapters of HomeAid have learned a lot from this chapter and we with them the best in fulfilling their mission in ending homelessness in Northern Virginia.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Tim McMahon - VP Cornerstones Housing Department

In addition to what Reston Interfaith (now Cornerstones) executive Director, Kerrie Wilson, has written below, I would like to add that through the years I have had the great pleasure to work with the HomeAid Team and their Northern Virginia Builder Industry Association (NVBIA) members and subcontractors on numerous Cornerstones Shelter Care projects. The quality of character and work and the positive spirit generated by the HomeAid Team and the NVBIA members and subcontractors has been a great encouragement to Cornerstones and has resulted in considerable savings which enables a passing along of resources saved to other avenues of client support. HomeAid and NVBIA with subcontractor support is a wonderful idea, implemented effectively, producing highly professional results in the context of true community spirit!

Reston Interfaith (now Cornerstones) has been pleased to partner with HomeAid for years. As an affordable housing provider in Fairfax County, we own townhomes and condos, and operate a community homeless shelter. HomeAid teams from the member companies have been an important part of our work, providing assistance with rehabilitation/renovation projects that ensure the highest quality of the facilities we provide to families and individuals who are homeless, and allowing us to direct more of our resources to direct client support.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Gabriel Homes Inc has been working with HomeAid since 2005. HomeAid, with tremendous partner support, has been instrumental in helping us maintain and upgrade our homes serving adults with intellectual disabilities to ensure a beautiful and safe living environment. We have experienced very efficient and respectful support of our projects through the years. We couldn't provide such nice homes without HomeAid support. Our residents take such pride in the place they call home. We look forward to continuing our partnership with HomeAid for future years to come. Thanks for all you do. Rebecca Hartner

Client Served

Rating: 5

HomeAid is an extraordinary organization. The amount of time and resources they pull together to improve not only homeless shelters, but our community needs to be recognized. Shelter House has benefited SEVERAL times from the work that HomeAid does. We are please to call them a strategic partner in ending homelessness. Non-profits could not afford the QUALITY renovations performed by HomeAid.
We Thank You!!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Reston Interfaith (now Cornerstones) has been pleased to partner with HomeAid for years. As an affordable housing provider in Fairfax County, we own townhomes and condos, and operate a community homeless shelter. HomeAid teams from the member companies have been an important part of our work, providing assistance with rehabilitation/renovation projects that ensure the highest quality of the facilities we provide to families and individuals who are homeless, and allowing us to direct more of our resources to direct client support.

Client Served

Rating: 5

HOMEAID of Northern Virginia is the best! They found amazing skilled crafts people and companies who volunteered their time and talent to rehabbing one of our group homes a couple of years ago. They took what was an adequate but aging structure and transformed it into a show home with a beautiful garden too! It was like magic! I speak for everyone at Christian Relief Services in recommending HOMEAID Northern Virginia for the service they provide the homeless and working poor in our community. They are easy to work with and really care about helping to make our community a better place for everyone!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

HomeAid has been a wonderful partner in building our Family Services Center. The willingness to address our needs and find ways to accommodate special conditions was tremendous. HomeAid builders and supporters were very willing to use their contacts and resources so that our project was very cost effective and of great quality. We could never have accomplished this without their expertise and community involvement.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

HOMEAID Northern Virginia has been a tremendous partner to the community of nonprofit organizations serving the homeless and most vulnerable in our community. For Northern Virginia Family Service specifically they have assisted us in rehabbing several transitional homes - providing a safe and beautiful home for single mom's working towards self-sufficiency. In 2012 HOMEAID Northern Virginia and partners expanded our 60 bed emergency family shelter to 92 beds! They helped us to create an environment of support and respect for children and families – their gifts to the community will impact hundreds of lives for years to come. Thank you HOMEAID Northern Virginia!!!!!!!

Andrea Zych, Director of Housing
Northern Virginia Family Service

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This organization continuously provides services above and beyond the expectation! They provide wonderful events for clients and work to re-model area shelters! This organization is truly a wonderful place!