Well, it’s done! The apartment building at 612 Notabene Drive has been turned into a building that any of us would be proud to call home. Through the thorough plans of architect John Savage and the magic of Pulte Homes and their amazing vendors and sub contractors, our old building is new again. The transformation began on September 12th and the building is now completely beautiful, inside and out. The furnishings are brand new thanks to Fran and Gant Redmon, who hosted a fundraiser that helped to cover that cost.
On Tuesday September 4th, the transformation of one of Community Lodgings’ five apartment buildings will begin – a full-fledged renovation! When I took over as Executive Director seven years ago, I set a long-term goal to ensure all our families lived in safe, comfortable homes. Over the years, out of sheer financial necessity, I was forced to take a “band-aid” approach to building repairs. Seven years later, with help from HomeAid Northern Virginia, Pulte Homes and the City of Alexandria, our long-term goal becomes reality.
Community Lodgings is looking for a large refrigerator. If you or anyone you know is looking to get rid of one, donate it to this organization. It helps many Alexandrians by providing housing and services until they can get back on their feet.
Bonnie Baxley, Community Lodgings' executive director, Mary Tiemann and Mary Hellem at the "Communitea" fundraising event this past spring at Old Town Alexandria's Union Street Public House. Photo courtesy of Jeanne Theismann
Not long ago I wrote a story about kids who read to puppies.
When we launched the new ACTion Alexandria on the evening of February 7th, we didn’t really know what to expect. We knew what we’d like to see happen, but hoping for something and seeing your expectations exceeded week after week are two very different things.
Disposable diapers are expensive. An adequate supply of disposable diapers can cost between $100 and $120 a month, and safety net programs do not cover their cost. For a family struggling with homelessness, the cost of diapers can seem insurmountable. Community Lodgings and organization that helps homeless families become self-sufficient is, in desperate need of disposable diapers for children living in transitional housing and attending their Family Learning Center.