The Christopher Cares Foundation is an organization that empowers The Christopher Companies employees, trade partners and associates, through a commitment of time and money, to support a variety of charitable organizations thereby leveraging those existing institutions dedicated to providing care and support to our neighbors.
Christopher Companies is more than just a homebuilder. Since Fred Kober founded The Christopher Companies over four decades ago, we’ve relished our successes and growth, yet to this day we remain a small, locally-run firm made up of people who are deeply invested in our community. We are proud of our dedication to community service, and contribute our time and resources to charitable organizations, activities, and fundraising events throughout the Northern VA/Delaware area. At Christopher, we’re not just working to serve our clients, we’re also working to serve our neighbors.
CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD
To e-mail the committee: Christophercares@christophercompanies.com.
CURRENT: Operation Renewed Hope
Christopher Companies, on behalf of the Christopher Cares Foundation, is serving as HomeAid’s Builder Captain on the latest Operation Renewed Hope Foundation initiative to provide housing to homeless veterans. This initiative will include transforming an existing 3 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom home in Alexandria, VA to a 5 bedroom, 4.5 bath home with additional modifications for increased space and handicap-accessibility. STAY TUNED FOR UPDATES!
CURRENT: Walk to End Alzheimer’s®
Join the Christopher Cares Foundation as we Walk to End Alzheimer’s®, the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Please consider donating to this great cause and if you are able, joining our team for the walk itself on October 21st at the Harris Pavilion in Manassas, VA: CLICK HERE
RELAY FOR LIFE – PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY
Hosted by the American Cancer Society, Relay for life is a movement is dedicated to helping communities attack cancer. Through funds donated, time given, or awareness raised, our communities are teaming up – virtually or in person – to make a difference. When we rally together in the fight against cancer, we can accomplish anything!
Even though we all have our own reason for joining Relay For Life, we’ll take down cancer because we’re in it together. Our team fundraised for the American Cancer Society’s support service and lifesaving research and managed to raise over $1,700 – ranking in the top 10 teams! Check out our team page here.
WOMEN GIVING BACK – COMMUNITY SERVICE
In May, the Women in the Building Industry made a meaningful impact through their community service event with Women Giving Back, Inc. Some of our female members volunteered to help sorted and packed essential donations for women and children facing difficult circumstances.
2023 HOMEAID ANNUAL DIAPER DRIVE
The Christopher Cares Foundation contributed to HomeAid’s annual diaper drive, aimed at collecting diapers and wipes for babies and toddlers experiencing or at risk of experiencing homelessness in our communities. They exceeded their collective goal this year at collecting 200,000 diapers and wipes! Christopher Companies managed to contribute over 4,000 diapers and wipes to this initiative. Read more about the initiative here.
50/50 BRACKET CHALLENGES
The Christopher Cares Foundation recently hosted a 50/50 football pool to benefit the relief efforts of the Turkish earthquake as well as March 50/50 bracket challenge to benefit The Women’s Center of Vienna, VA in honor of Women’s History Month. The Christopher Cares foundation raised over $2,000 in total for these causes between the generous contributions of both employees and partners.
On Earth Day weekend, Christopher Employees bonded together in several clean-up initiatives around our communities. In partnership with The Friends of Accotink Creek, Project Clean Stream & The Alice Ferguson Foundation. With supplies in hand, the team managed to fill several trash bags full of litter!
Christopher Companies Adopts a Family
It’s the season for giving! Christopher Companies is dedicated to giving back to our local community and this season, we participated in the Fairfax co. adopt-a-family program. The Adopt-a-Family Program was developed to help children and families who are in need of clothing, food and toys for the holidays. We are proud to have had an opportunity to make a local family’s holidays happier and the world a little brighter. Our employees were able to contribute over $1k in gifts and donations to the family. Read the blog post here.
Christopher Companies Joins Initiative to Combat Veteran Homelessness
The Christopher Companies has partnered with HomeAid Northern Virginia, KTGY Architecture + Planning, and over two dozen trade partners on a charity project led by the Operation Renewed Hope Foundation. The organization’s mission is to help combat Veteran homelessness by providing supportive services such as transportation, housing, furniture and household items, dental care, business attire, and employment networking.
The Christopher Companies is serving as the builder captain to help renovate and expand a home located in Alexandria, VA. The split-level home currently features three bedrooms and 1.5 baths, which will be expanded to a four bedroom, three full bath home. The expansion plan includes: converting a carport into a bedroom with an en-suite bath; converting the upstairs layout into two large bedrooms with a ‘Jack and Jill’ shared bathroom; and renovating a basement bedroom with an en-suite bath. In addition, Christopher Companies and trade partners will completely renovate and update the kitchen, shared living spaces, flooring, electric and plumbing, light fixtures, roof, and exterior siding and landscaping.
The renovation is expected to cost around $106,000 – in which 90% of the costs are being covered through grants and donations.
As a lifelong resident of Northern Virginia and a homebuilder, it is an honor to have the opportunity to help provide affordable housing for our country’s Veterans. I am very grateful to all our
trade partners who helped us make this happen. We wouldn’t have been able to do it without them.
– Justin Havenner, Project Manager for the Christopher Companies
Alongside Justin Havenner, Project Superintendent, Keith Ashcraft, and Director of Purchasing, Jim Buehler, are all playing a part in the organization and execution of the renovation itself.
HomeAid, NVBIA and Women in the Building Industry to Collect Backpacks for Homeless Children
Christopher Companies participated in the joint partnership between HomeAid, NVBIA and the Women in the Building Industry to collect new backpacks for children in need. HomeAid Northern Virginia distributed the backpacks to school-age children from local shelters at the Potomac Nationals game on August 3rd at our 8th Annual Night at the Ballpark. Christopher Companies is proud to have been able to donate 20 backpacks!
Albemarle Housing Improvement Program “Hands On” Day
Our team members in the Charlottesville area were given the opportunity to work alongside the Charlottesville Area Association of Realtors (CAAR) on the Albemarle Housing Improvement Program (AHIP). The team partnered on the “hands-on build day” that involved putting together a ramp for a senior neighbor in need!
Pathway Homes Project
Per HomeAid’s webpage, Pathway homes provides housing and supportive services to adults with serious mental illness and other co-occurring disabilities. The organization currently serves more than 400 adults in community-based homes in Northern Virginia.
Christopher Companies partnered with HomeAid to renovate a kitchen at a Pathway’s townhouse in Reston, Va. The renovation included an update of the kitchen and bathroom with 100% of the $11,000 cost covered by HomeAid, Christopher Companies and its network of 9 trade partners.
The Alternative House Project
Christopher Companies led a renovation of a 1,700 square foot facility that houses homeless and runaway youth. The project was 100% donated and has helped to provide a safe and stable home for 200 teenagers each year.
Habitat for Humanity
Christopher Companies partnered with Habitat for Humanity to build 3 single-family homes and renovate an existing stone home in Briarwood Trace, a Christopher community in Fairfax County. Christopher donated the lots, and various community members underwrote the homes. These affordable homes, the first of their kind built in Fairfax County, were then sold to first-time homebuyers who qualified for Fairfax County’s Housing Choice Voucher Program and Habitat’s homeownership program.
Other organizations and causes we have supported:
- Fairfax Inova Cancer
- Fairfax County Public Schools
- Fairfax County Housing and Redevelopment
- Fuller Institute – George Mason
- George Mason University
- Girl Scouts of America
- Habitat for Humanity
- Home Aid – Build Captain
- Inova Visionary Hospital Program
- INOVA Blood Services
- Keller Center – INOVA
- Life with Cancer
- Lucy Burns Museum
- Race for the Cure
- Workhouse Arts Foundation
- Women Giving Back
- The Women’s Center
- Relief efforts of the Turkish earthquake (via the Turkish Embassy)
- American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
- The Community Foundation
- Beebe Medical Foundation
- Lewes Delaware Mason
- Hospice UNC
- Town Bethany Library
- Contractors for a Cause
- Ahome Foundation
- The Women’s Center
Christopher Companies has contributed to various HomeAid projects over the years, a leading national non-profit organization that builds and renovates housing and shelter facilities. We were also deeply involved in the initial development of a group associated with HomeAid, Women Giving Back and have sponsored a number of events. The Sterling-based group works with area homeless shelters and organizes a monthly store filled with donations from the local community. They organize events with the help of local volunteers to help combat homelessness.
Christopher Cares Foundation is a 501c(3) charitable organization and affiliate of the Christopher Companies | EIN #92-2915416
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