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

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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! https://www.habitatmm.org/home+repair

Groundbreaking for New Construction

We are very excited about breaking ground for the new construction of Universal Design, single family houses in Prince George’s County.  On Friday, March 22, over 50 members of the community, consisting of government, business, faith groups and members of the Habitat Board of Directors, attended a ceremony to launch the building of an affordable and healthy house in the Town of Fairmount Heights.

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The vacant lot where the house will be built was purchased by Habitat from Prince George’s County.   Several other single family lots are in Habitat’s pipeline for new construction as well.

About Universal Design Homes…..

Universal Design focuses on building homes that are accessible to all regardless of age or ability, accommodating families throughout their life cycle.  For example, a no step entry makes access easy for parents with strollers and those in wheelchairs. Also, each home has two bathrooms, one with a walk in shower and the other includes a tub with a seat for easy bathing of children.  We’re excited about this flexible and thoughtful design focused on a family’s needs over many years.

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Special thanks go to Stephanie Anderson, attorney with O’Malley, Miles, Nylen & Gilmore, P.A., and a member of the Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors for providing the Welcome & Overview.

Special remarks were given by Congressman Anthony Brown, Maryland’s 4th District, Ken Sonner, Senior Vice President, Old Line Bank, and Eddie Quinn, Chief Financial Officer, TW Perry.

A blessing of the construction site was provided by Pastor R. Kevin Matthews, The Shepherd’s House ICC.

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In addition to Stephanie Anderson, other members of the Habitat board included Vice Chair, Loretta Sevier, and Edward W. Hummers, Jr., and former board member Buck Bartley, The Bartley Corp.

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We were pleased to have Marvin Turner, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and Jolene Ivey, Prince George’s Council Member District #5 join the celebration as well.

Habitat for Humanity believes that housing affordability is a fundamental human right.  You can get more information about our work by visiting our web site  www.habitatmm.org

Habitat is currently taking applications for homeownership as well!

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Habitat Honors Veterans

I recently had the pleasure of meeting Richard at his home of 28 years.  Richard served in the US Army for 30 years.  Richard was trained as a combat medic and achieved the highest rank of Sargent First Class, or senior non-commissioned officer.  He also received the Meritorious Service Medal presented to members of the United States Armed Forces who distinguish themselves for outstanding achievement or service to the United States.  Richard enjoyed interacting with military families and “liked to help them ease into military life.”

In addition to his long military career, Richard was educated in Psychology, studied at Howard University, was trained as a Hypnotherapist and is currently certified to administer Reflexology.  There is a spiritual quality to Richard’s desire to help people deal with the stresses of everyday life.

Originally from Cherry Hill, New Jersey, Richard is a huge Philadelphia Eagles football fan and was “thrilled beyond belief” when they won the Super Bowl last year.

Richard’s home is comfortable and welcoming, but there were several repairs that needed to be done and Habitat responded by matching a priority list of critical repairs with available funding.

Funding from the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) covered weatherization services including CO Monitors, Insulation, and a programmable thermostat.  Habitat was able to secure help from the Home Depot Foundation RepairCorps program for veterans that provided funding to replace the roof, a rear door,  the tile floor in the kitchen, a bathroom window, and to make repairs to walls.

Habitat was honored to be able to make a difference in the life of someone who served his country with distinction.

Thank you for your service Richard!

For more information about Habitat’s Repair & Weatherization Program, contact Rebecca Arce, Repair Client Coordinator at Rebecca.Arce@HabitatMM.org or 301-990-0014×19.

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