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

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

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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



Habitat Metro Maryland receives Malachi 3:10 Award

Members of our staff and board of directors recently attended Habitat for Humanity’s Global Conference in Atlanta, GA. We were honored to receive the Malachi 3:10 Award for surpassing $500,000 in lifetime tithe to build homes internationally. HFHMM donates 10% of its unrestricted fundraising to tithe funds for international development. “We are honored to receive this award, and for its impact to build nearly 150 Habitat homes internationally” said John Paukstis, Executive Director.

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Malachi 3:10    Holy Bible, New International Version

“Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house.  Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be enough to store it.”

ReStore Rocks!

With so many great deals, our ReStores are the place to shop in preparation for the holidays.

You can visit our Holiday Shop for holiday arts and crafts, in addition to great deals on furniture, appliances, cabinets, lighting fixtures, tools and antiques.  We get high quality donations from estate sales, retirement communities, and businesses.

This year approximately 2,500 tons of donations will avoid the landfill.  Amazing!

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Both ReStores are planning a 50% discount on all store merchandise on Friday, December 23rd

ReStores will be open Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.  The ReStores will be closed from Saturday, December 24 through Sunday, January 1.  Reopening on Monday, January 2.

ReStore Rockville                                            ReStore Silver Spring

1029 East Gude Dr.                                          12006B Plum Orchard Dr.

Rockville, MD 20850                                        Silver Spring, MD 20904

Peacemaker of the Year Awards

I had the privilege of attending the Peacemaker of the Year Awards this past Sunday.   Sister Marie Lucey, OSF and Father Jacek Orzechowski, OFM accepted the peacemaker award from Pax Christi Metro DC-Baltimore.  Read about Pax Christi:

Sr. Marie Lucy, OSF is Director of Advocacy and Member Relations for the Franciscan Action Network (FAN).  Her responsibilities center on peacemaking, including gun violence prevention and relationships with Muslims, and human rights, including immigration, human trafficking, and refugees.  From 2003 until 2011 she was Associate Director for Social Mission with the Leadership Conference of Women Religious.  Before that she served her community, the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia, as Congregational Minister (President) and Director of Corporate Social Responsibility, Justice & Peace Coordinator, and educator.  She has participated in delegations to Nicaragua, El Salvador, Mexico, Syria, and Lebanon.

My wife and I had the good fortune to serve with Marie on a Peace & Justice Committee in our church community when we lived in Lansdale, PA (near Philadelphia) in the late 1980’s.  Marie was the strong leader and force behind our peacemaking initiatives.


Fr. Jacek Orzechowski is a Franciscan friar of Holy Name Province, currently ministering at St. Camillus Church in Silver Spring, MD, and a FAN board member.  His advocacy and witness cover a similar range of issues.  He has led eight Living Stones pilgrimages for the Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation and is a tireless advocate for justice, peace and reconciliation in Palestine, as well as immigrants and the environment.  The Catholic Bishops of Mexico, in part inspired by his reminder of the example of Jesus Christ, passed a strong statement on forest policy after reading the Franciscan declaration of forest conservation that he authored.  Fr. Jacek was awarded a 2004 Steward of the Forest Award.

I’ve gotten to know Jacek through our advocacy efforts with Action in Montgomery (AIM) and the Montgomery Housing Alliance (MHA).  Our work is focused on creating and preserving affordable housing, and advocating for increased funding in the County’s Housing Initiative Fund (HIF).  Jacek is also a strong advocate for improving the housing conditions in the Northwest Park Apartments in Silver Spring.


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