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From Jeff Dee, Habitat for Humanity of Metro Maryland, Inc.



An Interview with a Home Repair Client

I am very delighted to introduce you all to a very special client – Ms. Joan.  What makes Ms. Joan special is that she is the first client to benefit from all of the Home Repair Services that HFHMM has to offer. Ms. Joan has been served through the Montgomery County Homeowner Energy Efficiency Program, Weatherization Program, Home Repair Program, and our newest the CAPABLE Program.

Ms. Joan

Ms. Joan moved into her Montgomery County home in 1996 after leaving her native home in British Guyana (a country located in South America) and since then has retired from a long and fruitful career in accounting. These days, you can find Ms. Joan at home enjoying life with her daughter, growing plants, and taking daily walks throughout her neighborhood.

Ms. Joan first came to Habitat through the Montgomery County Homeowner Energy Efficiency Program where she received appliance upgrades at no cost to her. She received brand new energy star certified clothes washer/dryer and refrigerator and attic insulation and fan! But the work didn’t stop there – she also applied for our CAPABLE program so that she could work with an Occupational Therapist and a Registered Nurse and receive accessibility modifications. We were also able to provide larger repair/weatherization items because Ms. Joan qualified for our traditional Home Repair and Weatherization Programs. Examples of the work include:

  • Replacement of faucets with lever style handles
  • Installation of grab bars in the bathroom
  • Installation of a railing along the exterior wall by her driveway
  • Replacement of her boiler, chimney liner and thermostat
  • Gutter replacement
  • Air sealing measures

We asked Ms. Joan if she wanted to share what her experience was like throughout this process and here is what she had to say:

“The repair and weatherization program was very helpful financially, since I am retired and have a limited income.  I also appreciated the safety features, such as the grab bars in the bathrooms and the handrail along the driveway.  The CAPABLE Program was informative in the prevention of falls and helpful with health issues.  I am very thankful to Habitat for Humanity for making it easier for me to remain in my home as I get older.”

If you or someone you know is interested in receiving any of the services mentioned above, please visit our home repair services website and see what program works best for you!

HFH-MC: a Green Business

Green Business Logo

I would like to proudly announce that Habitat for Humanity – Montgomery County, MD  (HFH-MC) is now a certified Green Business in Montgomery County, MD!  We received the notice on October 11, 2012 from the Department of Environmental Protection and the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce.

The Green Business Program recognizes voluntary efforts to protect, preserve and improve the environment. To be certified as a green business, HFH-MC had to demonstrate our commitment to environmental stewardship, conservation of energy and water, carbon footprint reduction, and waste reduction and recycling. As one of fewer than 50 Certified Green Businesses in Montgomery County, and only five nonprofits, HFH-MC is proud of this achievement.

As a part of our application for our Green Business Certification, HFH-MC was required to create an environmental policy which will be used to help keep our Office, ReStore and Construction sites on the Green path. The policy discusses how we are handling the following topics:

Waste Reduction and Recycling

Environmentally Responsible Purchasing

Pollution Prevention

Energy Management

Water Conservation

Transportation and Travel

We encourage other businesses in the County to join the green effort and become a Certified Green Business. Find out how by visiting the Montgomery County Green Business Certification website.

There are many advantages of being a certified Green Business:

Enhanced Reputation and Recognition

Competitive Advantage

Save Money

Align your Operations with your Values

… Oh, I almost forgot to mention a big perk of going “green” in the county: HFH-MC’s name is now on a Ride-On bus.

Name on Bus

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