Friendship Place Work in Progress

Work at the Friendship Place Welcome Center is well-underway with demolition and re-framing of the first floor on a roll.   Go team go!  Take a look at some pictures of work in progress.

The first floor common area before. An accessible entrance went into an office.
Opening up the first floor common area with a better ramp entrance!  
Front entrance area before

Front entrance area during

HBCF’s HomeAid Washington DC Begins Major Renovation of Friendship Place in Tenleytown


Home Builders Care about Helping the Homeless

HBCF’s HomeAid Washington DC Begins Major Renovation of Friendship Place in Tenleytown

September 9, 2014 (Fulton, MD) The Friendship Place Welcome Center on Wisconsin Avenue NW is closed for two weeks as a major renovation gets underway thanks to the generosity of the Home Builders CareFoundation (HBCF) and their HomeAid Washington DC chapter.  HBCF is the charitable construction affiliate of the Maryland Building Industry Association and they are donating their time, talents and resources to lead the interior renovation.

Just north of Tenleytown, the Welcome Center property was originally built as a single family home in 1928 and consists of approximately 3000 sq. ft.  Friendship Place began serving the homeless at this location around 1993.  With its heavy use, the building is in serious need of extensive updates and repairs.
The scope of renovation work includes replacing the entire outdated boiler system with new Mitsubishi Electric high-efficiency mini-splits, reconfiguring the first floor to open up the space and better accommodate a safe flow of traffic, replacing all flooring on the 1st and 2nd floors including subfloor work, renovating the kitchen and two bathrooms, plus other general construction items. The total value of work is estimated around $175,000. 

MBIA member Efficient Home LLC is serving as a builder captain with HBCF board member Mark Taylor of Pindar Group helping lead efforts on behalf of the Foundation. Mitsubishi Electric, Efficient Home and Masco Corporation Foundation have already stepped up to donate in-kind products and services to the renovation.

The Welcome Center is a place where the homeless can escape from the streets.  Owned and operated by Friendship Place, the Center offers case management, medical and psychiatric care, housing and job placement, shower and laundry facilities, telephone and voice mail, mail services, computer lab, and food and drink. Everyone is welcome to use the resources offered at Friendship Place to rebuild their lives.  And they do. While no overnight shelter is provided at the Welcome Center, it is a primary point of outreach for homeless clients. In 2013, the Center had 575 unique visitors and provided 701 primary care consultations and 329 psychiatric consultations.

As an organization, Friendship Place provides many programs for those experiencing homelessness, including street outreach, shelter, transitional and permanent supportive housing, health care, job placement, and advocacy. The Welcome Center is their flagship program.  A few years ago, the organization launched their Veterans First program serving homeless and at-risk veterans and their families.

 “On behalf of the entire Friendship Place staff, we are excited to have such a great team on this renovation project!” – Tanya Sweeney, Development Director, Friendship Place


Editor’s Note: Photos available by contacting khogle@marylandbuilders.org.

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HBCF is the 501 (c) (3) charitable foundation of MBIA and serves most of the state of Maryland and Washington DC. The mission of the Home Builders Care Foundation (HBCF) is to complete shelter-related construction projects by utilizing the building industry’s specialized skills and by collaborating with existing community service and care providers, such as other non-profit agencies and governmental agencies serving the homeless and other at-risk families and individuals. Online at www.hbcf.org

The MBIA is a not-for-profit trade organization representing the interests of over 1,200 member firms and more than 100,000 employees, including home builders, remodelers, developers and affiliate professional and service providers in the Maryland Counties of Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Calvert, Carroll, Cecil, Charles, Harford, Montgomery, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s as well as Baltimore City, the Eastern Shore and Washington, DC. Online at www.marylandbuilders.orgwww.marylandbuilders.org.

Merger Finalized to form Maryland Building Industry Association


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PRESS RELEASE

August 28, 2014 (Fulton, MD) Two former Maryland home building trade associations have officially merged to form the Maryland Building Industry Association. The merger between the Home Builders Association of Maryland and the Maryland-National Capital Building IndustryAssociation will be formally approved by the National Association of Home Builders on during their Fall Board of Directors meeting in Phoenix, Arizona this September.   
           “This is an important day,” said Russ Dickens, former president of HBAM and now, co-president of MBIA. “We are bringing together two organizations to make our industry stronger.” Combined, this new larger association will represent 85 percent of Maryland including Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Calvert, Carroll, Cecil, Charles, Harford, Montgomery, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s as well as Baltimore City, the Eastern Shore and Washington, DC. As an affiliate of the National Association of Home Builders and the Maryland State Builders Association, MBIA becomes one of the state’s largest and strongest trade organizations.
           Clark Wagner, former president of MNCBIA who now shares the co-president role with Dickens added, “Our industry is adapting to the needs of our members who we are here to serve.” This merger will bring together the employees of both organizations for a combined staff of 16 and the total membership will top 1,200. This diverse membership includes builders, remodelers and developers along with professionals and trades people who work with and support the building industry.
           Lori Graf, Acting Executive Vice President/Chief Executive Officer of HBAM, is slated to head the new association as the Chief Executive Officer.  “We are starting off fresh with MBIA,” she says “This new organization will give us one voice in Annapolis when we represent our industry and our association members.”She added that members will see an increase in services and benefits due to the combining of events and staff.
           “We are lucky to have such camaraderie and teamwork among our members,” said Wagner. “This new association will benefit our current industry professionals and future generations,” he added. Dickens noted, “This is just the beginning of what we expect to be a bright future for our industry and our members.”                          
           The MBIA recently celebrated the grand opening of its new headquarters, the Maryland Center for Housing, in the business district of Maple Lawn in Fulton, Maryland. The building is the culmination of years of work and the donation of land, labor, materials and money from association members.  The building is owned by the Home Builders Care Foundation, the non-profit foundation of the association and office space is being leased back to MBIA. The rent income paid to the Foundation will provide a stable, long-term funding source to endow the Foundation and support its charitable, education and research activities.
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           The MBIA is a not-for-profit trade organization representing the interests of over 1,200 member firms and more than 100,000 employees, including home builders, remodelers, developers and affiliate professional and service providers in the Maryland Counties of Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Calvert, Carroll, Cecil, Charles, Harford, Montgomery, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s as well as Baltimore City, the Eastern Shore and Washington, DC. Online at www.marylandbuilders.orgwww.marylandbuilders.org.