Virginia Fuller Center volunteers make house a home

From InsideNova
Submitted by Project Mend-a-House

Prince William County, Va. – Jeannette Morin and her four children—Christina, Ron, Rachel, and J.T.—recently moved into their newly renovated townhome in the Southbridge subdivision near Dumfries thanks to many nonprofit friends and volunteers.

Catholics for Housing and its executive director, Karen DeVito, had recently purchased the home using funds from the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development’s Neighborhood Stabilization Program.

Teaming with several local nonprofit organizations, including Project Mend-A-House, the Northern Virginia Fuller Center for Housing, Northern Virginia Family Services and the Dale City Volunteer Fire De-partment Foundation, DeVito formed the Greater Prince William Housing Consortium last year.

The consortium received a $1.5 million grant and has committed to renovating 10 homes by September. The Morin family is the proud owner of the first of these renovated homes.

"The consortium is committed to making a difference in the lives of families in need of hope," DeVito said.

Jaccob Koch and Peter Salemme from the Fuller Center and Andrea Saccoccia and Bill Okuly from Project Mend-A-House spent a March evening assessing the magnitude of the project and dividing the responsibili-ties of required repairs and home makeovers of the townhouse.

Supplemented by volunteer teams from local congregations such as St. Francis of Assisi, Potomac Crest Baptist Church and First Mt. Zion Baptist Church, the Fuller Center then painted the entire home giving it a completely new look and feel. Continue reading >>

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