Union Mission Ministries

General News
In lieu of Holiday Gifts, HBA was fortunate and grateful to have the opportunity to donate to the FoodBank of Southeastern Virginia and Union Mission Ministries. Since 1892, Union Mission Ministries has provided assistance to those in need. Whether a roof over their head, a warm meal in their stomach, medical services, or helping that person get back on their feet through job development services, Union Mission has sought “To aid the poor and needy; to reform the erring; to help those that are out of the way; to feed the hungry; to shelter the homeless; to preach the gospel; and to rescue the perishing.” Union Mission Ministries is currently able to shelter 295 people, with 100-120 men sleeping on the floor every night. There are 26 beds for women, and 4 rooms set aside for families to stay in. Presently, Union Mission is undergoing a large-scale construction project, a New Men's Shelter, which will be able to accommodate about 300 men every night, in addition to creating spaces for additional programs for the residents to participate in. Additionally, the current Men's shelter will be transformed into the new Women's shelter, allowing for even more women and children t
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FoodBank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore

General News
In lieu of Holiday Gifts, HBA was fortunate and grateful to have the opportunity to donate to the FoodBank of Southeastern Virginia and Union Mission Ministries. Over the course of 2014, the FoodBank of Southeastern Virginia was able to distribute over 15 million meals to those in need in Southeastern Virginia and the Isle of Wight. Utilizing their resources wisely and leveraging their assets (to include volunteers), they were able to maximize their reach. And yet, there is still need. In fact, there is estimated to be a 13% increase in need over last year. The FoodBank uses donations and volunteers in a multitude of ways. Food donations are received in to their warehouse via a newly-improved dock area, which allows for forklift operators to maneuver directly from the warehouse into tractor-trailers, without interruption. Once food items are received, they are visually checked over by a team of Quality Assurance Volunteers, who ensure packaging is still intact, labels are still intact, packaging is free of damage, and items fit into their rigorous criteria for cleanliness and health. Once food items have been inspected, they are sorted appropriately and either go into the
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VBCPS wins VSBA Green Schools Challenge

Design, Education, General News, Sustainability/LEED®
**This text is taken verbatim from a VBCPS News Release (No. 030), originally published 12/03/14** Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) took home first place from the Virginia School Board Association's (VSBA) Green Public Schools Challenge. VBCPS won in the category of school divisions with student populations of more than 10,000. In addition, VBCPS once again earned a platinum certification from the VSBA. This is the fourth consecutive year VBCPS has earned this honor. "This achievement is due entirely to the hard work of our staff from all departments across the division," said Dr. Aaron Spence, superintendent of VBCPS. "They lead the way in finding resources and practices to run our schools as efficiently as possible. Their tireless efforts not only reap energy and financial rewards, they teach our students the importance of responsible environmental stewardship." According to the VSBA, the Green Public Schools Challenge was designed as a friendly competition to encourage school systems to implement policies and practices that will reduce carbon emissions generated by both the division and the community. Specifically, VBCPS performed well in the challenges du
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Suffolk Municipal Center Ribbon Cutting

Design, Events
This article originally appeared in the Suffolk News Herald, written by Tracy Agnew. Photos (c) HBA Architecture & Interior Design, Inc. It’s official Published 12:07am Saturday, November 22, 2014 The celebration of the ribbon-cutting at the new city hall building included one last look back at the old municipal center from which city workers have moved. There was little love lost for the old building among the podium speakers, who talked to a crowd of about 100 — mostly city employees and contractors who worked on the new building. Workers no longer have to perform their duties in “imminent fear of a wall collapsing or the floor failing,” City Manager Selena Cuffee-Glenn said. Councilman Charles Parr said he voted “on the crack method” in May 2011 to support building the new city hall. There was a crack in a bathroom near council chambers in the old city hall, he said. “When I first went on council, it was about an eighth of an inch,” he said. “I think the last time I went in there, I could stick two fingers in there. The building was literally falling down.” “It was obvious why we had to get out of that building,” Buildings and
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How the Grinch Stole Summer

Events, General News
HBA had the pleasure of once again participating in the annual Sandsculpting Contest at this year's Neptune Festival. This year's theme for the contest was "Dr. Seuss". The team knew right away that this theme meant that we had to come up with something whimsical, playful and fresh to honor the great Dr. Seuss. Our entry this year was titled "How the Grinch Stole Summer", playing off of one of everyone's favorite Dr. Seuss tales, and giving us an outlet to lament the end of the summer season. Perched atop his overflowing bag of stolen summer toys, the Grinch rides in the last wave of the summer with his trusty dog Max. We had so much fun playing in the sand at this year's Neptune Festival, and we're already anticipating the event next year!
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Toy Land Express

General News
The Toy Land Express was inspired by “Wicked Goodies Santa’s Workshop Gingerbread House”.  The design concept started with a 2’ x 2’ x 2’ cardboard model, built as a dry-run. The cardboard pieces from the model were used as templates to cut shapes from (6) 16x24 sheets of gingerbread provided by Bliss Bakery. The project took 40 man hours to build from concept to finish. Special thanks to Bobby Sharon and Teresa McLaughlin for their efforts in the Children’s Museum of Virginia Third Annual Gingerbread House Competition and Exhibit! Entries will be on display in the first floor changing exhibit gallery from November 28 through December 31st, 2014. Visitors to the museum may vote for their favorite and the creation with the most votes will receive $250 award to the 501(c)3 charity of the winner’s choice.
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