Building for the future

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Sasha Bruce Youthwork has been hard at work renovating our donated property in Ward 7 into a new home for homeless youth and we have good news! The home, titled the RE*Generation House by Virgin Mobile, is almost ready to accept its first tenants!

An opening ceremony will commence in the coming months and we would like to invite you to share in our joy of finishing the home.

Stay tuned for more details coming soon…!

Project Brief:
On May 16 SBY and 120 volunteers broke ground with its Building for the Future project in a single, blitz build day of nonstop construction. The event was a huge success, garnering media coverage from the likes of NPR and The Washington Post.

When complete, our Ward 7 house will be a home-like environment with complete wraparound services and an emphasis on outreach and entrepreneurship through a community garden and similar projects. At the heart of this project is SBY’s strength-based youth development philosophy that is inherent in each our programs. We want to strengthen young people’s capacity to imagine their future and to recognize what’s getting in the way, noted Executive Director Deborah Shore.

Many thanks to project sponsors Virgin Mobile, Freddie Mac Foundation, Reed Construction Data and Hanley Wood. None of this would have been possible without the expertise (and discounted services) from project manager Superior Homes Services and Stovall Smith Neyman Architects, respectively. Finally, we’d like to thank the extensive list of all of the donors of labor and materials for this new home for youth.

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We’re still in need of funds to help us finish this project! You can donate specifically to this project here.

We are still seeking some furnishing and furniture so that the home is ready for occupancy. Please contact James Beck at 202-675-9340 to find out what we still need.

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History:
In July 2011, Sasha Bruce Youthwork’s governing Board of Directors accepted the donation of two adjoining lots totaling roughly one-quarter of an acre at 5032 D Street SE in Ward 7. Our vision is to rehabilitate an existing, abandoned structure on one of these lots for use as affordable, service-enriched transitional housing for youth who would otherwise be homeless.

In December 2011, we were selected by Reed Construction Data and AEC Cares for a one-day site renovation project on May 16, 2012. Leveraging its extensive network of construction trade organizations, Reed Construction Data solicited sponsor packages of building materials, furniture and expert labor.

Our workforce development program, YouthBuild, has extensive experience in training youth and young adults in a variety of construction trades. We have been eager to use this donated property as our very own, hands-on training site and community service endeavor for the young people enrolled in our YouthBuild Program.

A Development Committee lent expertise as we created architectural plans, built community support, navigated the District’s land use regulations, and as we raised funds for the rehabilitation project.

Stovall Smith Neyman Architects agreed to serve as architect at a discounted rate and completed a design for the project. Superior Home Services, an award winning, local construction firm, is the project manager. They manage scheduling, cost estimating, and organization of youth training.

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