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From John Paukstis, Habitat for Humanity of Metro Maryland, Inc.

Habitat’s Global Impact Continues

Sarah Reddinger, Director of Program Services, Habitat for Humanity Metro Maryland recently led a global village trip to Armenia. Here is an excerpt from her journey:


Smbat and Lida acquired their house in the late 1960s. As they raised their son and two daughters (now ages 20, 17, and 14), they frequently made renovations. While they were able to convert extra space into a kitchen and bathroom, and create a two-bedroom addition, there were projects too big to finish. Their roof was one of these big projects that became worse and unsafe as time went on. Supporting the family by raising crops and cows, it was tough to make ends meet while allowing room in their budget for home improvement. The family learned about Habitat for Humanity Armenia, and were amazed that a team would come to restore their walls and ceilings, repaint doors and flooring, and fix their roof. Smbat said, “I can’t believe that this is the case. Why would anyone travel all that distance to help someone they do not know and probably will never speak to again. But it is true and we got selected.  We are so very happy that this is happening. Now we are going to be able to complete our roof and complete the bedroom we have been putting off because of the amount of work it will take. The Habitat team is coming here and they will perform the labor to finish our house of 50 some years.”


Sarah brought a team to the home which is located in a small village called Sers in the region of Vayots Dzor (Southern Armenia). This team consisted of 10 people from across the US: Maryland, Georgia, California, Florida, Nebraska, and Hawaii. They patched interior walls, which were made of mud and straw, hung and finished drywall, then plastered the walls in preparation for painting. Sarah comments, “This family was just so unbelievably generous and welcoming. They seem to live each moment with such joy, they taught me a lot about community and reminded me to just enjoy life.”


Check Presentation by Farmers of Salem

Habitat recently accepted a donation from Steve Gomez, president of Gomez Insurance, Silver Spring, MD. Gomez Insurance is an agency partner of Farmers of Salem. Here is an excerpt from their press release:

“For the third year in a row, New Jersey based property and casualty insurer, Farmers of Salem recently partnered with its independent agent network to raise awareness and donations for Habitat for Humanity. As part of their annual second quarter 2017 “Earn More, Give Back” contest, agents were offered the opportunity to support Habitat for Humanity with Farmers’ donating $15 per policy written to the agency’s local Habitat affiliate. The donations, which totaled $10,000, were made in the name of the agency, in partnership with Farmers of Salem. Presentations of checks will be made to various Habitat for Humanity affiliates in Maryland, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.”


Kim Lorenzini, VP of Marketing and Business Development for Farmers of Salem said, “A big part of being a good corporate neighbor is giving back to the local community. Habitat for Humanity does important work right in our backyards. Our expert independent agents and generous staff of employees really got behind this campaign to help Build Homes, Communities and Hope. Our agents were very excited to participate in this annual quarterly charitable drive and appreciated the opportunity to help their local customers while helping Habitat for Humanity and the community at large.”


Prince George’s Housing Fair

We had a booth at the Prince George’s County Housing Fair on Saturday, June 10. The Fair was well attended and we were able to share information about home purchasing opportunities, as well as information about our Home Repair & Weatherization Program. See details about purchasing a Habitat home and repair of owner-occupied homes on our web site:

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We also distributed hundreds of informational post cards for our ReStores. Habitat for Humanity ReStores are non-profit home improvement stores and donation centers that sell new and gently used furniture, appliances, building materials, architectural salvage, antiques, home accessories, and more, to the public at a fraction of the retail price. ReStores receive thousands of items every week from businesses and individuals. More information can be found at under the ReStore tab.

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Sandy Spring Bank Supports Affordable Housing

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Sam Price, Community Relations Specialist for Sandy Spring Bank, and members of the mortgage team visited the Habitat office in Silver Spring to present a check to support Habitat’s mission of affordable housing in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties.  “We are very grateful to Sandy Spring Bank for its long-term commitment to social justice causes in our community, including the desperate need for affordable housing,” said John Paukstis, Executive Director, Habitat for Humanity Metro Maryland.

Habitat’s 12th Annual Golf Tournament

On June 2nd, we celebrated our 12th annual golf tournament at Whiskey Creek Country Club. Thirty foursomes enjoyed beautiful weather and the well-manicured course.

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We are absolutely thrilled with the success of this tournament over the years and recognize the support from our sponsors, volunteers and friends whose generosity makes posBlog post 2sible our efforts to create affordable and energy efficient housing for qualified low-income homebuyers in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties.

We are celebrating our 35th anniversary this year. Thirty-five years of providing housing solutions in the form of home ownership, and repairs of owner-occupied homes with a focus on helping seniors and veterans. These repairs are often life-changing events for homeowners who have limited resources.

We are very grateful to our sponsors and the golf committee for another great event! Our sponsors were as follows:


Tournament Sponsor

Mill Creek Logo


Eagle Sponsor

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Par Sponsors

Fidelity National Title Insurance Company

OB Builders

RFC, Inc.

RLJ Lodging Trust

Telligent Masonry

United Therapeutics

Wolf Fire Protection


Fairway Sponsors

Bowman Consulting

Breeden Companies

Freestate Electric

Inter-state Gypsum Floors, LLC



Kohler Co


RW Sullivan

Sandy Spring Bank


Golf Survivor Bag Sponsors 

The Anderson Company, LLC

Elm Street Developers

The JBG Companies

Ruppert Landscaping

Strittmatter Metro LLC


Hole Sponsors 

Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center

Bunting Door & Hardware Co., Inc.

Carlyn & Company

CBG Building

Century Ford

Charles A. Klein & Son, Inc.

Chesapeake Building Components

Colonial Electric Co., Inc.

De Leon & Stang


ECS Mid-Atlantic, LLC


Giant Foods

Magnolia Plumbing, Inc.

Natelli Homes

Revolution Window Systems



WDG Architects

Whiteford, Taylor and Preston



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