In order to fulfill our mission to build charitably, the Home Builders Care Foundation depends on a team of dedicated builders, suppliers, contractors, professionals and volunteers – willing and able to donate expertise, lend a hand, and inspire us to do more.
Each year, as a way to gratefully acknowledge our supporters, Home Builders Care recognizes select individuals and organizations for their significant contributions in support of our efforts to help the poor and disadvantaged in our communities.
Our Tom Sawyer Award winner is Builders First Source, who played a valuable role on our renovation project for the ABH Boys Cottage in Derwood, MD.
|Builders First Source
Located in Derwood, the Boys Cottage is a Montgomery County-based transitional group home that offers extensive therapeutic care and needed refuge to teenage boys with history of mental health issues and family life struggles.
The Cottage, staffed by a team of professionals from Adventist Behavioral Health, offers troubled adolescents a caring, supportive living environment in which they can address their psychological treatment issues while becoming reintegrated into the community. Nearly all the eight teenagers in residence are referred to the Cottage following a stay in either a residential treatment facility or a psychiatric hospital.
The goal of the project was to improve and make safe the home’s two heavily used areas – the kitchen and the backyard. In the backyard, the scope of work included removing old pool equipment and fencing, followed by the construction of a new gazebo which could be used for private counseling sessions. Another task item was to remove the existing deck and replace it with a larger expanded deck with stairs that could provide direct access to the backyard.
Prior to renovation, the only way to get to the backyard from the house was to go out the front door, open a gate, and walk around the outside of the house.
With our growing list of needed lumber and materials amidst a tight budget, the cost of the project was getting daunting – until Builders First Source answered our call for help. Through Kevin Hennessy and Toby Vance, they offered to donate the entire list of lumber materials needed to the Boys house project.
About a week later, delivery was made and construction in the backyard began. And just before the holidays, the new deck and gazebo were completed, along with the new kitchen. Thus far, the boys are really liking their new digs! We’ll be back on site in the spring to convert the old pool deck into a squared-off half basketball court and do some extensive landscaping.
Thank you Builders First Source for your eagerness to help make the Cottage more functional and home-like for the scores of young men given care and attention at the Cottage each year.
Our next award was ourDirectors Award, presented in recognition of leadership and support in broadening the vision of Home Builders Care. Our winner played a key role in our energy retrofit project for Community Connections, a Washington DC based non-profit mental health agency serving men, women and children in the nation’s capital. Community Connections or CC DC, has long been committed to innovative and compassionate mental health, addictions, and residential services for the District of Columbia’s most vulnerable citizens.
In 2012, CC DC provided permanent supportive housing to nearly 250 consumers throughout the city, with many living in 1 or 2- bedroom apartments that are clustered in small buildings.
Our project was a 6-unit brick building constructed in 1956, with old furnaces and electrical panels probably dating back to the 60s. Each apartment also had multiple window AC units.
An energy audit conducted by Newport Partners confirmed that the building was a prime candidate for our HomeAid DC chapter’s second Environmental Sustainability Program (ESP) construction project.
ESP is HomeAid America’s national program funded by the Walmart Foundation. Its purpose is to retrofit existing shelters with energy efficient upgrades, allowing the agency operating those facilities to increase client service capacity by reducing their operating costs. The target metrics are to save at least 40 percent in annual utility costs and to recover the cost of the energy saving retrofits in five years.
|Mitsubishi Electric Heating & Cooling
|When contacted about the project, Mitsubishi Electric Heating & Cooling stepped up to contribute new wall-mounted, mini-split, ductless heating/cooling systems, some of the most technologically advanced heat pump systems in the industry.
Thus far, this small apartment building has proven to be an excellent application for these “most efficient” products. Both staff and residents are happy with the new HVAC system and all are thrilled to have more storage space in the kitchen where the old furnaces used to be. Additionally, the project has caught the eye of EnergyStar specialists within the Federal government. The building’s energy use and CC DC’s savings will be monitored for two years and initial results are very promising. Thank you Mitsubishi!
The final Community Service Award Winner is perhaps one of the Home Builders Care Foundation’s most consistent and generous supporters. The Pettit Family Charitable Foundation, led by Mr. Dick Pettit, is a true legacy donor of the Home Builders Care charitable construction program.
Since the inception of Home Builders Care in 1984, the Pettit Family has demonstrated its support of the Home Builders Care Foundation’s numerous rebuilding projects and its mission to help build our community’s capacity to provide shelter and supportive housing for the homeless and others at risk.
In both good years and in lean times, the Pettit’s have demonstrated their support of the mission of Home Builders Care to build for our neighbors in need.
|Dick Pettit and County Councilmember Craig Rice
But not only has the Pettit Family Charitable Foundation been Home Builders Care’s long-time supporter, they have also – for years – supported numerous other charities throughout Montgomery County.
As Montgomery County residents, the Pettit family truly “Give Where They Live.”
For 25 years, the Pettit Family Charitable Foundation has worked locally – mainly in the areas of housing, food and shelter. By lending their resources, the Pettit Family has helped Home Builders Care, and other community non-profits, work with our local government to meet the challenges of providing a safety net for our most vulnerable citizens.
They have been actively involved in many local community organizations such as:
- Montgomery Hospice
- the Shady Grove Adventist Hospital Foundation
- the Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless, and
- the Bernie Scholarship, which assists low-income citizens in County-subsidized housing with college tuition.
And longer still is the list of local residents benefitting from the family’s direct investment in our community and its residents over the years.
Currently, Mr. Dick Pettit serves as Vice-Chair of the Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless who help provide shelter to about 1,000 homeless people who were recorded in the County last year. The Pettit’s were also key contributors to the original construction of the men’s shelter, now the Home Builders Care Assessment Center in 2000.
Thank you Pettit Family! Mr. Craig Rice, Montgomery County Council Vice-President, presented the Community Builder Award to Mr. Pettit.