A Home to Be Proud Of


“We wanted to make this a transitional home that residents could be proud of, and that would foster pride and enjoyment,” he added.

It takes a village, and for Christian Relief Services, that village took the form of countless volunteers from Builder Captain Stanley Martin Homes, HomeAid Northern Virginia, Kohl’s Department Store, and 38 trade partners, 20 of whom are members of the Trade Partner Council.  

Their task was to renovate a five-bedroom, two-bath transitional shelter in Alexandria, Va (on Russell Road. Lee District side of Richmond Highway), which houses four adults and serves as an office for an on-site case manager whose goal is to help each resident develop skills to obtain permanent housing. The $110,000 project, which was completed in just 2.5 weeks, focused on improving the building’s energy efficiency as well as its livability.

“Minimizing monthly energy costs and lowering annual maintenance costs was very important to us,” said Mike Cleary, vice president of production and purchasing for Stanley Martin Homes, “and we made sure that every appliance, lighting fixture, window, and heating and air system was selected with that goal in mind. We installed only the most durable finishes, such as granite counters and ceramic tiling, as well as solid-core doors, for their long-lasting effect. We know that Christian Relief Services doesn’t have the money, time or resources for continuous maintenance, and everything about this project reflects that focus. Even the exterior landscaping utilizes native plantings that require minimal care, while the stone and stucco finish requires minimal maintenance yet has high street appeal.”

 “We wanted to make this a transitional home that residents could be proud of, and that would foster pride and enjoyment,” he added.

 Kohl’s, which has established a reputation for helping non-profit groups, donated $500 to the project and sent a team of volunteers to help out on the final day of the project, cleaning, moving furniture and putting the final touches on the home.

 Lynn Thomas, director of service enriched housing for Christian Relief Services, said that staff, residents and the Christian Relief Services (www.christianrelief.org) volunteer Board are all extremely impressed with the project and its outcome.

 “We’re all just amazed at how it looks – it’s just beautiful, and we’re so pleased. Stanley Martin Homes and the Trade Partner Council delivered everything we requested and then some. They really went above and beyond. We’ve done more than five projects with HomeAid, and they’ve all been incredible – but I have to say, this is the best one yet. It’s just fantastic.”