More Room for Women Giving Back

Filed in Membership, NAHB Cares by on June 20, 2016 0 Comments

Women Giving Back, which runs a clothing donation center and store to provide women and children living in Northern Virginia shelters with free clothing and accessories, recently doubled its capacity with the completion of an addition led by HomeAid Northern Virginia and Knutson Companies.

The recently unveiled $36,000 expansion doubled the warehouse and retail space, which enables the local nonprofit to provide many more shoppers—vulnerable and at-risk women and children—with clothing and accessories for work and school. Since 2007, the center has donated more than 300,000 clothing items to more than 23,000 women and 15,300 children in crisis.

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Women Giving Back Ribbon Cutting Event

“This addition is really a game-changer,” said Terri Stagi, Women Giving Back co-founder. “Not only will we double our store hours every month, but we’ll be able to serve 50% more shoppers—3,000 women and 6,000 children—every year.

“The project also allowed to improve egress, add an accessories department and create a new children’s space where kids can play while their mothers shop for clothes,” she added.

Women and children in local shelters and supportive housing programs shop for free at the center using vouchers given to them by their case managers. More than 100 local nonprofit organizations send qualifying clients and residents to Women Giving Back.

The charitable arm of the Northern Virginia BIA, HomeAid Northern Virginia builds and renovates homeless shelters and housing facilities using the donated expertise, labor and resources of member home builders, enabling nonprofit organizations serving vulnerable communities to invest more in programs and services rather than building expenses.

Together, HomeAid,  Knutson Companies and its network of trade partners covered 76% of the total cost of the Women Giving Back project.

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