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 D.C. metro area. At Christopher, we’re not just working to serve our clients, we’re also working to serve our neighbors.
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 has used its expertise to build and renovate homes to help impoverished members of the community.
Christopher Companies Joins Initiative to Combat Veteran Homelessness (2020)
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 (2018)
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 (2018)
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 (2016)
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 (2020)
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 (2005)
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
- 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