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Date: April 14, 2016
Contact: Laurie Walker
Patuxent Habitat for Humanity and Christmas in April Calvert County Partner Again to Help a Veteran!
Calvert & St. Mary’s County MD –Through our partnership with Christmas in April Calvert County we are able to help another veteran in our community with critical repairs needed in his home. Patuxent Habitat for Humanity’s Veteran Critical Home Repair Program allows us to perform many necessary home repairs for our local veterans. Patuxent Habitat has previously helped Mr. Gregory, a US Army Veteran, and we are pleased to be able to help him again.. A few years ago Patuxent Habitat repaired his roof and a few other critical repairs. On April 30th we are working on the only bathroom, replacing some handrails, and a couple of other small repairs to make his home a better place for him and his wife to age in place safely and comfortably.
Patuxent Habitat for Humanity has partnered with Christmas In April Calvert County on many occasions over several years to help our local community and veterans to have a safe, decent and stable home. Working together, side by side promotes understanding and self-reliance. Our partnership of donating supplies from our ReStore allows us to help more families have a strong and stable home which helps build a stronger community. Decent shelter is something we all need to thrive and our veteran population deserves nothing but the best. Every helping hand makes a difference.
Christmas In April Calvert County Inc. is a United Way Member Agency, which helps disabled and elderly homeowners and families with children, who live in and own their house and cannot afford to pay for home repairs. Christmas in April works all year to repair dozens of houses on the last Saturday of April. Emergency repairs and follow-up work are done throughout the year.
About Patuxent Habitat for Humanity
Patuxent Habitat for Humanity is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International and works to create decent, affordable housing in partnership with those in need in St. Mary’s and Calvert counties. We are building strength, stability and independence by building on a foundation that strengthens our community.
Patuxent Habitat for Humanity ReStore is located at 21600 Great Mills Road Unit 18A, Lexington Park, MD 20653
For more information about donating money to the affiliate or to donate items to the ReStore please visit our website www.patuxenthabitat.org. If you would like to volunteer contact Laurie Walker at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 301-863-6227. Every donation helps a family help themselves.
About Habitat for Humanity International
Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity has grown from a grassroots effort that began on a community farm in southern Georgia in 1976 to a global nonprofit housing organization in nearly 1,400 communities across the U.S. and in over 70 countries. People partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Through financial support, volunteering, or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, we empower. To learn more, visit habitat.org.
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Patuxent Habitat for Humanity and Christmas in April Calvert County team up
By SARA NEWMAN
William Quinn, 54, of Drum Point, wants people to treat him as anyone would a neighbor, regardless of the fact that he requires the use of a wheelchair for mobility.
The 20-year U.S. Navy veteran had his feet “rebuilt,” after they were crushed by a bulldozer in 1982. Two decades later, while he was powerlifting, his feet went dead and he hasn’t had feeling in them since. Quinn uses prosthetic inserts in his shoes which allow him to stand for limited amounts of time but he still has difficulty.
“This morning I fell down the stairs and when you fall down stairs it not only hurts physically but it hurts you emotionally,” Quinn said outside of his home. “I’ve fallen in my yard and neighbors would call 911 thinking I had a heart attack.”
Quinn was donated a wheel chair and given two batteries for it from Disabled American Veterans (DAV), but without a way of getting it in or out of his home, Quinn has to transfer to another wheelchair, given to him by the Department of Veterans Affairs, outside of his home.
That’s when Patuxent Habitat for Humanity, PHH, stepped in and built Quinn a ramp allowing him easy access in and out of his home with his wheelchair. Along with volunteers from Christmas in April Calvert County Inc., the two groups spent last Friday and Saturday at Quinn’s Drum Point home as part of Habitat for Humanity’s Veteran’s Critical Home Repair Program.
“I want to cry, it’s a very emotional experience,” Quinn said of the project.
Patuxent Habitat for Humanity is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International and works to create decent, affordable housing in partnership with those in need in St. Mary’s and Calvert counties. Similarly, Christmas in April Calvert County Inc., is a United Way member agency and helps disabled and elderly homeowners and families with children who cannot afford to pay for home repairs.
Quinn, and his wife Diane, have two sons, Joshua, 22 and Kenneth, 20. Quinn works as a substitute teacher at Esperanza Middle School in Lexington Park and has a YouTube channel where he posts how-to videos showing household projects and how to apply for disability parking placards in all 50 states. As a volunteer himself, Quinn has spent 18 years with Christmas in April helping others. Despite his disability, Quinn is able to cut wood with a saw while sitting down and do other small projects that require standing for short periods of time.
“Volunteering makes you feel good,” Quinn said of giving back, adding that he never thought he would have the favor returned to him.
“No words can express the feeling,” Quinn said.
“Our goal is that [the ramp] gives him mobility and will last as long as he needs it,” Steve Sanders, the volunteer project manager with Christmas in April Calvert County, Inc., and site supply chain manager for Exelon Corporation, said.
About 10 volunteers from Exelon spent Friday at Quinn’s home working on the renovation and were joined by about 20 more from PHH on Saturday to finish the large ramp, which included 55 feet of decking material.
“I volunteer because it’s a good way to give back and it’s a good opportunity to work with these guys who I don’t get to see everyday,” Sanders said.
PHH and Christmas in April partner a few times during the year to complete projects and share resources, Trich Trapp, coordinator for Patuxent Habitat for Humanity, said. Trapp said Quinn’s home was the third or fourth veterans project Habitat has completed this year.
Funding for the Veteran’s Critical Home Repair Program derives exclusively from the Warrior Fun Run and Sail, an annual 5K race and sailing regatta Habitat hosts in Solomons.
“Unless someone makes a specific donation, all the funding for the veteran’s program comes out of just this event,” Trapp said.
This year, the Warrior Fun Run and Sail will take place Saturday, Aug. 22. Volunteers from the Chesapeake Bay Running Club will time the race and the Southern Maryland Sailing Association will produce the regatta. For more information, to register, or to donate, go to www.patuxenthabitat.org.
Published: Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Patuxent Habitat’s ReStore to move by Jesse Yeatman Staff writer
Patuxent Habitat for Humanity found itself recently with one of those “good problems to have” situations.
The local nonprofit group, which helps low- to middle-income families build and afford their own homes, operates a ReStore that sells donated furniture, appliances and construction supplies to help finance its mission.ReStore that sells donated furniture, appliances and construction supplies to help finance its mission.
Sharon Farbizio, director of operations, said Patuxent’s ReStore receives so many donated items that it has outgrown its current location in the old Lexington Park firehouse on Great Mills Road.
“We have just been inundated with donations,” she said. “It’s a wonderful thing.”
But without adequate storage space, the organization has had to rent a building just to keep donations until space opens up in the store. That’s led to extra costs and lots of extra work moving items from one location to another, and then back again.
So, the organization looked for and found a new home, and began its moving process in September last year.
Volunteers have been working on weekends to renovate the new space, which is located next to Ollie’s Bargain Outlet in the St. Mary’s Square shopping center on Great Mills Road, Farbizio said. However, the process has taken longer than anticipated.
She said they had hoped to be in the new building by this month, but that at this point it’ll be sometime later this summer before they finally move.
She said some issues popped up as the work was underway, which wasn’t that surprising since it was an older building. Bringing everything up to current code standards and completing all the inspections that are required has taken time, she said.
The new location will increase the ReStore’s space from 4,800 square feet to 25,000 square feet. There will be separate entrances for the public to unload donations and for public to enter and exit.
“It’ll be so much nicer” and more convenient for everyone, she said.
The ReStore opened in 2007, and has by most any measure been a success, she said.
And while the new store may lose a little visibility, being so close to Route 235 and Patuxent River Naval Air Station, its new location will have foot traffic from the shopping center, she said.
“There’s just a lot of people who are very grateful to come into our ReStore and purchase what are often very nice items that they otherwise may not be able to afford,” she said.
“It’s never the same thing. We get a lot of nice stuff,” including donations from individuals and bulk items from businesses.
Patuxent Habitat for Humanity secured a deferred-payment loan from the St. Mary’s County’s Department of Economic Development to help cover costs associated with its move.
While the local organization does not get any direct monetary help from its national affiliate, it has been able to capitalize on national partnerships, including by getting low-cost insulation and lighting.
Farbizio said local businesses and contractors have also been a great help, donating labor and supplies or offering deep discounts for things like windows, doors, paint and trash removal for the homes built through Patuxent Habitat for Humanity.
Farbizio expects the store hours to remain the same, at least at first. ReStore is currently open on Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Our 20th home is complete!
PHH breaks ground on 20th home!
The Hampton family will be the recipients of Patuxent Habitat’s 20th new home. We are proud to partner with Patuxent Presbyterian Church, located in California, MD in building this new home on Louden Lane in Lexington Park. Patuxent Presbyterian has graciously offered to be the major sponsor for this build; however we still need some donations of materials, volunteers, and gifts-in-kind to make this build a success. We are working towards an Energy Star rated home so we will incorporate several “green” items into this beautiful home.
We are pleased to be building and selling this home to Christina Hampton and her daughter Alexis. Christina is currently employed with AOT Public Safety Corporation in Waldorf where she has worked for three years. She is currently living in overcrowded conditions with her mom, sister, and grandparents.
We will be having the Groundbreaking Ceremony July 19th, 2014 at 10 AM. For more information about donating, or volunteering please call 301.863.6227 or check out www.patuxenthabitat.org.
PHH Dedicates New Home in Time for Thanksgiving
Patuxent Habitat for Humanity together with the Calvert County Board of County Commissioners will be dedicating another affordable Calvert County home just in time for Thanksgiving.Calvert/St. Mary’s Co. Patuxent Habitat for Humanity’s newest Prince Frederick home will soon be a Thanksgiving reality for Linda and Elleasha Ward and Elleasha’ s two sons Izayah and El’jae. The dedication ceremony will take place at 91 Mason Road, Prince Frederick, on Tuesday, November 26 at 4:00pm.
This is Patuxent Habitat for Humanity’s 19th home. The lot was donated to PHH by Kaine Homes . The project was funded mainly through a Community Development Block Grant awarded to the Calvert County Board of County Commissioners, as grantee on behalf of PHH, by the Maryland State Department of Housing and Community Development. PHH would like to extend our profound thanks to the BOCC and the Department of Community Resources for their assistance and support with the grant process.
Patuxent Habitat for Humanity was excited to have the opportunity to help build an affordable home for this deserving family. The Ward family has worked alongside volunteers and a few professionals to invest almost 400 hours of ‘sweat equity” in their new home.” It is sooo good to have a house that we can truly call a home, thank you to all of the helping hands” said Linda Ward
Patuxent Habitat for Humanity set to dedicate the Bob Douglass Memorial/ Interfaith Build home in cooperation with Calvert County Churches.
On Saturday November 23, 2013 at 11:00 am, at 221 Helena Dr. Prince Frederick, Patuxent Habitat for Humanity will dedicate its 18th home to the LaVorgna family. John, Katie, Ella & Mia will be home for the Holidays! 18th home to the LaVorgna family. John, Katie, Ella & Mia will be home for the Holidays! This affordable home renovation was made possible by the Bank of America Foundation, several Calvert County Churches, and the Bob Douglass Memorial Fund. Bob Douglass was a beloved friend, & extremely gifted volunteer, who passed away earlier in the year.
Because of the generous donations of his family, and friends we named this Interfaith Build home after him. The Douglass family and friends continue to support the Patuxent Habitat for Humanity mission.
Patuxent Habitat for Humanity was thrilled to start this project since it was our first renovation. The LaVorgna family is currently living over a garage in St. Leonard. Katie LaVorgna commented “It will be so nice for everyone to have their own space to grow into especially for the girls. We are so excited! “The family worked alongside several volunteers, mostly on Saturday’s and put in almost 400 hours of their required “sweat equity.”
Our Vision: A world where everyone has a decent place to live.
Our Mission Statement Seeking to put God’s love into action, Patuxent Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.
Patuxent Habitat for Humanity is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization operated on Christian principles that seeks to put God’s love into action by building homes, communities and hope. Patuxent Habitat for humanity is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. Habitat for Humanity was founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a simple, durable place to live in dignity and safety, and that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all.
All are welcome Patuxent Habitat for Humanity has an open-door policy: All who believe that everyone needs a decent, affordable place to live are welcome to help with the work, regardless of race, religion, age, gender, political views or any of the other distinctions that too often divide people. In short, Habitat welcomes volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds and also serves people in need of decent housing regardless of race or religion. As a matter of policy, Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliated organizations do not proselytize. This means that Habitat will not offer assistance on the expressed or implied condition that people must either adhere to or convert to a particular faith, or listen and respond to messaging designed to induce conversion to a particular faith.Patuxent Habitat for Humanity has an open-door policy: All who believe that everyone needs a decent, affordable place to live are welcome to help with the work, regardless of race, religion, age, gender, political views or any of the other distinctions that too often divide people. In short, Habitat welcomes volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds and also serves people in need of decent housing regardless of race or religion. As a matter of policy, Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliated organizations do not proselytize. This means that Habitat will not offer assistance on the expressed or implied condition that people must either adhere to or convert to a particular faith, or listen and respond to messaging designed to induce conversion to a particular faith.
About Habitat for Humanity International: Founded in Americus, Georgia, USA, in 1976, Habitat for Humanity today operates around the globe and has helped build, renovate and repair more than 600,000 decent, affordable houses sheltering more than 3 million people worldwide.
Together We Can Make A Difference!
In 1985, the United Nations declared the first Monday in October to be World Habitat Day to recognize the critical housing need around the world. Habitat for Humanity knows that good housing and good housing policies are crucial to creating safe and strong communities and that adequate shelter is a critical foundation for breaking the cycle of poverty. This year, World Habitat Day falls on Oct. 7. Now more than ever, we need your support.
Did you know?
• Worldwide, 1.6 billion people live in substandard housing conditions. About one in four of all people live in conditions that harm their health, safety, prosperity and opportunities.
• If the trend is not curtailed, the number will grow to 3 billion living in substandard housing by 2030, or 40 percent of the world’s population.
• Estimates of homelessness in the United States vary from 1.6 million to 3 million people. Most studies conclude that about one-third of the homeless are children.
• Habitat works in more than 1,500 communities in the United States, and in more than 70 countries worldwide, from Argentina to Zambia.
• Every 5 1/2 minutes, Habitat serves a family in need of better housing.
• Habitat has helped more than 3 million people since our founding in 1976.
World Habitat Day is a special opportunity for Habitat for Humanity to call on individuals and organizations to help us address poverty housing. On World Habitat Day, we hope you will join us by taking the following actions:
• Make a donation to Patuxent Habitat for Humanity by visiting www.patuxenthabitat.org/donate .
• Visit or contact the Patuxent Habitat for Humanity ReStore located in Lexington Park, and help support the mission by shopping, donating, or volunteering. Donation Pickups are available for Saint Mary’s & Calvert Counties. Call 301-737-6273 to schedule your donation pickup.
• Share your commitment on your social media network, and invite your followers and friends to find out more about Habitat for Humanity.
With your help, we can improve lives and communities — at home and around the globe. Together we can make a difference.
Patuxent Habitat for Humanity Embarks in First Multi-Dwelling Rehabilitation
Patuxent Habitat for Humanity completed a 21-day extensive handicap accessibility renovation for Navy veteran Chad Madden with funds awarded from The Home Depot Foundation Veterans Repair program. Jim Bacot, owner of Brooks Run Builders renovated Madden’s bathroom into a wet room, widened two doors and moved an existing wall and hallway, increasing living space and accessibility throughout his home. Andy Shizak, architectural designer of Blake Creek Design, drew up the renovation plans.
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Patuxent Habitat for Humanity and Veterans Repair Corps in Calvert County
Habitat for Humanity partnered with The Home Depot Foundation has begun work on a deserving U.S. Army veteran in Hungtingtown, MD. The veteran, Ms. Cindy Whitehurst and her daughter Faith, have been living in the home since 1999. Cindy is employed part-time as a nurse’s aide and due to financial constraints; she has been unable to afford any critical repairs made to the house. Because of the Home Depot Foundation program and a volunteer corps, PHH is replacing her roof, mitigating a serious mold problem, demolishing an unsafe deck and installing a new one, adding required insulation, along with a few other minor items such as grading and drainage repairs.
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Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Grant Awarded to Lexington Park Veteran
On Friday and Saturday, 16 & 17 November 2012, through a grant from Thrivent Financial, Thrivent Builds, Patuxent Habitat for Humanity (PHH) will be assisting another well deserving veteran, Mr. Leonard Mackall in Lexington Park, MD. Thrivent Builds Repairs is one program in the Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity portfolio. It aligns and partners with Habitat for Humanity International’s Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative. Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity is a multiyear, multimillion-dollar volunteer and advocacy partnership between Thrivent Financial for Lutherans and Habitat for Humanity International.Mackall in Lexington Park, MD. Thrivent Builds Repairs is one program in the Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity portfolio. It aligns and partners with Habitat for Humanity International’s Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative. Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity is a multiyear, multimillion-dollar volunteer and advocacy partnership between Thrivent Financial for Lutherans and Habitat for Humanity International.
Volunteers from Patuxent Habitat for Humanity and Thrivent Lutherans will partner along with Christmas in April volunteers who all will generously donate their time and talents to ensure our veteran homeowner, Mr. Mackall, an Army National Guard member, will have the much needed repairs done to his home. This partnership from three different agencies has come together for the common good to ensure Mr. Mackall will have new siding on his house in two days. PHH, Thrivent Lutherans and Christmas in April volunteers will strip the old siding from the house, Tyvek wrap and seal his house and install flashing around the windows to prevent moisture from coming into the home. Tyvek wrap and seal his house and install flashing around the windows to prevent moisture from coming into the home. PHH is incredibly grateful for the dedication and commitment from the volunteers coming from the St. Mary’s and Calvert Counties communities. PHH recognizes that our core strength in the community is our volunteers and we could not be more thankful to align ourselves with our Thrivent Lutherans and Christmas in April partners.
Building Hope on World Habitat Day 2012
Mary King and her family received the keys to their new home Monday October 1st, 2012. They are the proud owners of the latest Patuxent Habitat for Humanity project in Lexington Park, the second house built by Chief Petty Officers from Patuxent River Naval Air Station and other volunteers.
More than 300 volunteers contributed over 2,000 hours of their time on the project. Among them was St. Mary’s County Commissioner Cynthia Jones, who attended the ribbon cutting ceremony Monday at the home Milton Lane which sits next door to the first Chief’s Build home. Commission President Francis “Jack” Russell was also on hand.
The ribbon cutting was held on World Habitat Day 2012. Habitat for Humanity Maryland Executive Director Susan Devlin noted that the 19 chapters around the state celebrated the day in various ways. The theme of this year’s event is “Many Homes. One Community.”
United Nations established World Habitat Day in 1985 to spotlight the need for adequate shelter worldwide. Patuxent Habitat for Humanity is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, founded in 1976. They have built more than 400,000 houses worldwide since then. The King home is the 15th home built from the ground up by Patuxent Habitat for Humanity in St. Mary’s and Calvert counties.
Patuxent Habitat for Humanity dedicates Veteran Repair Corps Home Aug 25th,2012
Patuxent Habitat for Humanity (PHH) will dedicate the first home in the Gary Senese Memorial Veterans Repair Corps project on Saturday, Aug. 25 at 10:00 a.m. at the home of Caleb Getscher. Donors, elected officials, volunteers and community stakeholders will join the PHH Board and staff at the ceremony.
Patuxent Habitat for Humanity joined partner Home Depot Foundation to make the Getscher home accessible for Marine LCPL Caleb Getscher, from Chaptico, Maryland. Getscher, 21, was injured in Afghanistan on June 18, 2011 when he stepped on an IED. He is currently undergoing rehabilitation at Bethesda Naval Hospital. “We were overwhelmed by the community support for this young man,” said Don Parsons, chairman, PHH board of directors. “We are pleased to complete this project for Caleb and his family.”
Repair Corps, a joint project between Habitat for Humanity and The Home Depot Foundation® remodels and renovates the homes of U.S. military veterans. Repair Corps grants pay for needed home repairs including insulation, weather stripping, installing wheelchair ramps and renovating bathrooms and doorways to accommodate disabled veterans. Larger repairs such as roofing, electrical, plumbing, HVAC and structural improvements are also available. Patuxent Habitat for Humanity was recently selected to participate in the second year of the Repair Corps by Habitat for Humanity International and The Home Depot Foundation to remodel and renovate homes of U.S. military veterans in St. Mary’s and Calvert counties.
Patuxent Habitat for Humanity can spend up to $15,000 per home on critical home repairs. The affiliate is taking additional applications for assistance.
Patuxent Habitat for Humanity is asking for assistance from volunteers or cash donations to the Repair Corps program. The program uses the same model as new homes built for Habitat families; veterans will repay the zero interest loan necessary for these repairs, which is then deposited into a revolving fund to assist additional families in need of decent housing. Repayment will be on a sliding scale based on family income. For more information, visit www.patuxenthabitat.org or call 301-863-6227 or 410-326-9050.
Getscher’s home is now more accessible for Caleb to live comfortably. Lots of volunteer labor built an addition onto the house that includes a bathroom and living space. This project’s cost exceeded the grant, but a solicitation from local organizations successfully raised the funds needed.
Patuxent River Naval Air Station military personnel, led by Matt Kulp of Galaxy Homes, along with some Mennonite neighbors and many steadfast volunteers completed the project. Patuxent Habitat for Humanity is dedicating its participation in the program to Gary Senese of Compton, a Habitat volunteer and former Marine who died last summer.
Media are encouraged to attend—please call the Patuxent Habitat for Humanity office for directions.
About Patuxent Habitat for Humanity
Patuxent Habitat for Humanity (PHH) is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International that partners with the local community to provide decent affordable
housing in St. Mary’s and Calvert counties for families who would not otherwise be able to afford a home. For more information about donating, volunteering or applying for a home, log on to www.patuxenthabitat.org or call 301-863-6227 or 410-326-9050.
About The Home Depot Foundation
The Home Depot Foundation is committed to ensuring that every U.S. military veteran has a safe place to call home. In April 2011, the Foundation pledged a three-year, $30 million initiative to address veterans’ critical housing needs. Since its formation in 2002, The Home Depot Foundation has granted more than $270 million to nonprofit organizations improving homes and lives in local communities. To learn more and see our associates in action, visit homedepotfoundation.org, follow us on Twitter @homedepotfdn, and like us on Facebook at facebook.com/homedepotfoundation. About Habitat for Humanity International Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has built more than 400,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 2 million people. For more information, visit Habitat.org.