Dear friends of Home Builders Care,
Happy Thanksgiving! and #givingtuesday!
It’s giving season and HBCF would love your support.
We are charitable construction – helping shelter some of our most vulnerable neighbors – the homeless and others at-risk.
Here is a snapshot of projects – where HBCF has been asked to help.
1) a holiday drive for a 125 bed facility in Anne Arundel
2) a multi-family rehab to create 8 new units of family housing in Baltimore
3) a single-family renovation to add up to 8 beds for families in Prince George’s
4) an apartment rejuvenation for women with mental illness in the District and
5) group home upgrades for the disabled in Montgomery
Your support can make these projects happen. #homebuilderscare
Any amount is greatly appreciated and can help HBCF qualify for matching contributions. Thank you!
Builders Recycling Guide
The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments has a handy dandy re-use resource on its website!
Have excess building materials?
You can search for a listing of local nonprofits/companies that recycle construction and demolition (C&D) materials in the greater DC Metro area. Some will pick up too!
Here is the link –
According to The Chronicle of Philanthropy’s latest “How America Gives”
report, which uses recent IRS data, about 3% of local resident income is donated to charity. An average of about $5k per tax return. This is below the national average. The giving opportunity locally is large.
Please ask yourself – How do you give back?
Did you know that during fiscal year 2016, in Maryland, a total of 29,670 people were considered homeless and either received emergency shelter or prevention services, outreach support or placed into permanent housing?
– according to Maryland’s Interagency Council on Homelessness in their 2016 Annual Report on Homelessness prepared for The Governor and the Maryland General Assembly.
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.