With the help of Builder Captain Madison Homes and seven trade partners, HomeAid completed a $44,000 renovation project for Community Residences, which offers individuals with disabilities—many of whom would otherwise be homeless—supportive housing and the physical, mental and emotional services needed to facilitate independent and dignified living within the community.
“The improvements made—entirely new flooring on the first level and better accessibility in the bathrooms—have made an enormous difference already for our residents,” said Jeff Scannell, facility manager at Community Residences. “Many of the floors were worn and sloping, which posed mobility issues, and the addition of step-in showers and grab bars have made our bathrooms safer and more accessible. Many of the individuals have disabilities, and we strive to give them a more fulfilled life through living in the community, being amongst peers, and having more freedom and opportunities through a safe home environment. This project has helped us better meet all of those goals. When you walk into this home, it doesn’t feel like a hospital or a ‘facility’ … it feels like a warm, welcoming home.”
Madison Homes has led many HomeAid projects, and with Madison Homes President Russ Rosenberger also serving on HomeAid Northern Virginia’s Board and as HomeAid’s 2006 and 2013 president, giving back to the community is an integral part of the company’s culture. For Charles Battle, project manager for Madison Homes, however, the project with HomeAid was his first.
“It was a great experience,” he said, “and allowed me to also invest in this aspect of our company’s philanthropic efforts. It was great to see the original proposal revised so that we could replace 100 percent of the flooring on the first level, and it’s testament to our trade partners to see the entire project completed on-time and on-budget, even with the home being occupied the entire time we were there. It was a complicated schedule to get residents and furniture moved as we worked, but we did it. I was honored to be involved.”