ALEXANDRIA, Va (WUSA) -- HomeAid Northern Virginia is restoring hope in the community. They provide the necessary resources to help homeless people get back on their feet. Today at Carpenter's Shelter in Alexandria, major improvements have been made to the facility.
Lisette Bishins, Executive Director of Carpenter's Shelter, says, "We've added a lot of storage so [we] can take donations for pantries, store the mats, [and] office supplies. It has made a huge difference in all our services as well as the environment for our clients."
When HomeAid steps in, some renovations are small, some are major, but they all impact people's lives and assist them in rebuilding the future.
Antoine Timmons, a client, says, "People say you're going to a homeless shelter, and you have one idea in your mind. The place was clean and surprisingly they made us feel very comfortable even though we're in a hard situation."
HomeAid is a beacon of light for local shelters who provide transitional housing, food banks, and other services. These organizations often find maintaining their properties can be a daunting task. That's where HomeAid comes to the rescue.
Christy Eaton, Executive Director of HomeAid says, "Our goal is to save these shelters much needed funds so that they can support the programs for the people and they don't have to worry about the renovations or the upkeep for facilities that can be a drain on resources."
HomeAid has relationships with builders, sub-contractors and suppliers who want to give back to the community. Their generosity helps keep families together, glued by love and attention."
"For me, it's a great win-win-win collaborative partnership between Carpenter's Shelter, the builders and HomeAid," Eaton said.
Over the past decade, HomeAid has completed more than 45 projects valued at over $10 million.