SARC (The Sexual Assault/Spouse Abuse Resource Center) is Harford County’s lifeline to victims, potential victims, and survivors of violence and abuse. The program serves 1500 people each year. Located in Bel Air, SARC was established in 1978 with a grassroots effort by Harford County residents. All SARC services are offered free of charge.
Recently SARC discovered that it needed emergency repairs on its bell tower, where water is infiltrating into its main building when it rains. HBCF stepped up to help by filling a key gap in funding. With the new HBCF assistance, repairs amounting to $18,000, can finally be made, and just in time for the winter season.
SARC CEO Luisa Caiazzo expressed her gratitude. “The Sexual Assault/Spouse Abuse Resource Center (SARC) is grateful to the Home Builders Care Foundation for their generous support which will allow for the repair of the roof in our building that houses outpatient counseling and free legal services to victims of domestic violence, sexual violence, and stalking. As funding continues to shrink for these lifesaving services, this contribution allows for this important repair without having to redirect dollars that are so needed to support survivors of violence.”
Liza Bowles, President of Home Builders Care and Newport Partners commented, “The Home Builders Care program is all about working with community nonprofits to meet the challenges of caring for our neighbors in need. Helping SARC with their facility repairs is a great example of our mission in action.”
“Keep in mind all those people around us who are trapped in a cycle of poverty. They too need to be given hope.”
– (taken from a formal address to the US Congress on 9/24/15)
Just think of all the hope that having a safe and comfortable home offers a family, especially one struggling to escape the cycle of poverty and homelessness.
By taking on charitable construction projects, HBCF builds shelter and hope for the homeless and others in crisis. We are making an impact. Our recent projects include:
· Safely housing formerly homeless women by helping renovate a 4-unit apartment building
· Welcoming home 17 once-homeless families by improving more than a dozen kitchens where they now comfortably gather
· Bringing dignity to 8 adults challenged with mental illness by upgrading amenities at the residences they call home
Over the next few weeks, a Prince George’s County housing program facility that supports low-income families transitioning to stability is being retrofitting with a new energy-efficient two-zone HVAC system and other upgrades thanks to local builder Caruso Homes and the Home Builders Care Foundation (HBCF), the 501 (c) (3) non-profit charity affiliated with the Maryland Building Industry Association (MBIA).
St. Matthew’s HousingCorporation (SMHC) is a non-profit, independent project providing rent-supported housing to low-to-moderate income families and individuals. The corporation was founded in 1990 under the sponsorship of St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church (UMC) in Bowie and presently operates and oversees Alpha House, a four-bedroom single family house in Old Town Bowie. SMHC program participants are selected in consultation with local shelters and agencies. The average stay at Alpha House is 18-24 months.
Gary Allen, President of St. Matthews Housing Corporation explains the need for the upgrades. “Several significant improvements were needed in order to help us sustain our program. Over the 25 years we have been using Alpha House, resources have been directed to program services and thus the facility has suffered. We needed to address the repairs and replacements in order to effectively and economically continue.”
Originally constructed in 1963, Alpha House still has many of its original elements, including its very old oil-fired boiler. A team of MBIA member companies is lending its expertise to upgrade the property, with local home builder Caruso Homes of Crofton serving as Builder Captain. MBIA member Newport Partners of Davidsonville conducted an energy audit on the home just prior to renovation, and a new two-zone electric heat pump system is being installed by the Temple Hills-based McCrea Heating and Air. Additionally, windows will be replaced and insulation blown-in to R-30 minimum to help make the home more energy efficient and less costly for SMHC to operate. Other task items include installing a new front sidewalk and replacing flooring throughout the home. The total project value is roughly $30,000.
When Jeff Caruso, CEO of Caruso Homes heard about the project, he stepped up to help. “We have been long-time supporters of Home Builders Care and are proud to contribute our construction expertise to the renovation and help make a difference for families in need. It’s a model way for builders to give back to our communities.”
The Reverend Daniel Mejia of St. Matthews UMC is appreciative of the assistance. “St Matthew’s is very thankful for this new partnership that breathes new life to the Alpha House. Our hope and prayer is that these repairs will allow us to serve for many more years to come the homeless population in our midst.”
Prince George’sCounty Councilmember Todd M. Turner (D – District 4), whose constituent area includes Bowie, says this project is great news for residents. “I am pleased to offer grateful acknowledgement of the support Caruso Homes and the Home Builders Care Foundation have provided to the homeless working poor in Prince George’s County. This unique public-private partnership to renovate the St. Matthew’s Housing Corporation Alpha House delivers state-of-the-art building systems for housing of one of our most vulnerable populations in the County.”
Liza Bowles, President of Home Builders Care and Newport Partners commented, “The Home Builders Care program is all about working with community nonprofits to meet the challenges of caring for our neighbors in need. Helping St Matthews retrofit their facility is a great example of our mission in action.”
The project is expected to be completed by mid-December with an open house and ribbon-cutting event to be planned before year-end.
Help lift the spirit of Maryland families in need this holiday season by participating in one of Home Builders Care Foundation’s giving drives.
Did you know that in the Washington, D.C. metro area there are approximately 700,000 residents at risk of hunger? And that more than 500,000 individuals in Maryland have no consistent access to food? You can help.
Our Thanksgiving Food Drive is going on now through November 19.
Collected new and unwrapped toys will be distributed to needy children both in CMR programs and through the Holiday Giving Program in Montgomery County. CMR expects to serve about 400 children this holiday. Our deadline for delivery is December 10. Please help!