Holiday Toy Drive Set for December 15 – Wish List Available!

Each and every year, the Home Builders Care Foundation organizes at least two holiday drives to benefit local community organizations serving the needy. This year, our Holiday Toy Drive will benefit the children (ages 0-12) in residential programs at St. Ann’s Infant and Maternity Home in Hyattsville. 

2011 Christmas Gift Suggestions

(Ages 0-12)

Alarm clocks or clock-radios
Action Figures (Transformers, Iron Man, Power Rangers, etc.)
Baby dolls (African American), baby doll accessories
Barbies (African American) and accessories
Batteries for toys and games
Bicycle Helmets for children 6-12
Car Toys for Pre-schoolers (Fisher-Price Shake N’Go, Cars )
CD Player/Radios
Crayola Drawing Sets
Dolls (LalaLoopsy, Princess, etc.)
Dress up Clothes sets
Electronic Games (Stand alone games – Bop-It, Hot Potato, Simon Flash, etc.)
Fashion Dolls & accessories – such as Moxie Girls (Bria, Sophina, Sasha, Bijou, Arizona)
Fashion Designer Craft Sets
Gift cards:
CVS                                             Giant Food                                          Home Depot
Kmart                                           Payless Shoes                                    Sears
Staples                                         Target                                                 Walmart
 Learning Toys for babies & preschoolers (Fisher-Price, Baby Einstein, Leap Frog, etc.)
Games (such as Guess Who, Uno)
Race Car Sets – tracks and cars (Hot Wheels, Matchbox, etc.)
Loopz Game
Nerf footballs, regular (junior size) footballs
Radio control vehicles
Red Rover
Spy Toys
Toy Tools
Toy Housekeeping sets –such as vacuum cleaners
TV Star Toys for the Toddler Set (Handy Manny, Dora the Explorer, Diego, Elmo, Mickey)
Zhu Zhu Pet Hamsters/ Kung Zhu Hamsters and accessories
Clothing for boys & girls sizes 3T- 16/18:
Bibs – Toddler-size (large) bibs
Jackets or sweaters (cardigan style, zip front fleece, or hooded sweatshirts)
Jeans, casual pants
Shirts (t-shirts, long sleeve knit shirts, etc.)
Sweat pants & sweatshirts
Underwear (tops and bottoms)

Great morning for the Help the Homeless Walk

Stephen Paul of Mid-Atlantic Builders with our first president
two walkers for Home Builders Care with the Caps mascot.

 Thanks to everyone who came out on a brisk Saturday morning for the final Help the Homeless Walk on the National Mall. It was a beautiful day! We met George and Screech!

Thanks also to members of MNCBIA who pooled their resources this year to sign on as a $20,000 partner of the Walkathon. Also thanks to Mid-Atlantic Builders for their $2,500 sponsorship and their support!

 Next year, the Help the Homeless Program takes a new turn with a smaller community walk-oriented approach. So while the big walk downtown is ending, new smaller local community walks will pop up closer to home.

Thanks Fannie Mae for your years of support to help end homelessness in the Washington DC area.

Help the Homeless Walkathon is this Saturday Nov. 19!

There is only a few more days until this year’s Help the Homeless (HTH) Walkathon on November 19th, the Saturday before Thanksgiving. Please join us ! Walking with HBCF or Sponsoring a walker and our efforts is easy!

1)   Click the HTH logo here to visit the main HTH page.

2)   Chose Register to Walk or Make a Donation.

3)   Then – most importantlySelect Your beneficiary “Home Builders Care Foundation – MD013” from the alphabetized Drop Down List of beneficiaries. 

4)   Hit GO & Sign On!

Your walker fee and donation dollars will benefit HBCF!

Walk Day is Easy!  So lace up your sneakers and join us!    The route is an easy 3.1 miles around the National Mall and Tidal Basin areas.   Tell your middle & high schoolers that they can earn valuable SSL hours by walking for Home Builders Care!  If you cannot make it, you can even register as a “virtual walker” and still support HBCF.
Thank you to MNCBIA members for signing on as a $20,000 sponsor of the Walk!

Give to the MAX

You’ve seen the signs… you’ve read the news… you’ve received the emails…. Give to the Max Day is November 9!

Give to Home Builders Care - to the max!

Is YOUR NAME on the list of Home Builders Care’s 2011 donors?  No? well, get on it!
We would love you to participate!  Now is the time to support Home Builders Care Foundation. And Give to the Max makes it SO EASY !

Simply Click to Donate Online at

And for a $20 minimum donation, as our gift, a Home Builders Care green shopping tote is yours!

So please give. Then forward this message to your colleagues. Every little bit helps!

Questions? Please contact me! Thank you in advance for your donation!

Patti B. Kane

Home Builders Care Foundation, Inc.
HomeAid DC LLC
the charitable affiliates of MNCBIA
1738 Elton Road Suite 200
Silver Spring, MD 20903
301-445-5410 (phone)
301-445-5499 (fax) (email)

HomeAid Washington DC starts new project at Sasha Bruce House!

After two years of assessment and planning, we are under construction at Sasha Bruce House (SBH)!
SBH is an emergency youth shelter owned and operated by Sasha Bruce Youthwork and a flagship “safe home” in the Capitol Hill area of Washington DC. It is DC’s only open-access short-term shelter for young people. It is open 24 hours a day, serving youth ages 11 to 17.
The SBH program runs at capacity (10 beds total) year long. On-site services include crisis intervention; individual, group, and family counseling; case management, support for shelter graduates, and temporary respite care. In order for the agency to increase needed bed capacity by 50%, District regulators are requiring a better system of egress to be put in place. 
Serving as Builder Captain on the project is Comstock Services LLC.
The mission of Sasha Bruce Youthwork is to improve the lives of runaway, homeless, abused, and neglected and at-risk youth and their families in the Washington area. The organization provides shelter, counseling, life skills training and positive youth development activities to approximately 1,500 youth and 5,000 family members each year.

Miller and Smith Homes Captains Building Project for Autistic Adults in Supportive Housing

The demolition has begun!  This week, a team of builders from Miller & Smith Homes began work to renovate and reconfigure a group home operated by CSAAC (Community Services for Autistic Adults and Children).  The home is owned by Residential Continuum Inc. (RCI) and rented exclusively to CSAAC.  The goal of the building project is to add an additional bed space and improve safety at one of its group homes for disabled autistic adults. 
The home, a townhouse in Gaithersburg, MD, currently houses two higher-functioning autistic adult men. The renovation will include adding a third bedroom, adding a third full bath, completely renovating the kitchen with flooring, cabinets, counter tops, and Energy Star appliances, upgrading two existing bathrooms to address past water damage issues, removing and replacing an unsafe deck, replacing whole house worn-out carpeting with more durable flooring, and making other improvements to enhance the dignity of the home. 
Often, routine repairs and replacements of elements in group homes are frequent due to the special needs of residents. 
 CSAAC is the largest provider in the nation to serve individuals with autism exclusively with comprehensive programs from early childhood through retirement. RCI/CSAAC homes provide individuals with an alternative to living in an institution or in their parents’ homes, and allow residents to exercise independence as adults.
Like other organizations serving autistic individuals, CSAAC’s services, especially its housing services, are in demand and growing. Nationally, it is projected that as many as 500,000 autistic children will reach adulthood and need supportive services in the next 15 years. 
Currently, in Montgomery County MD, according to the January 2011 statistics from the Maryland Development Disabilities Administration, a total of 729 qualified individuals are on the waiting list for housing and community services. 
This project will welcome a new member into the RCI/CSAAC family by adding one much needed residential unit.
Home Builders Care is so very thankful to Miller and Smith for leading the charge on this wonderful project!   Additional funding for this project has also been received from Weyerhaeuser Giving Fund and the Home Depot Foundation.