First Quarter 2021 News
HBCF Begins 2021 with our $100,000 COVID CRISIS RECOVERY INITIATIVE
Last month, HBCF announced a $100,000 Crisis Recovery Initiative to help emergency aid programs throughout Maryland. The initiative is targeting assistance to key local nonprofits that have been instrumental in providing intensified emergency services to Marylanders in need as a result of the pandemic.
While the HBCF mission focuses on shelter-related construction for the homeless and others at-risk, we also believe that one of the goals of our charity is to help community non-profits and local governments meet the challenges of caring for our neighbors in need.
“2020 has not been business as usual for our charitable construction program as the pandemic has postponed many of the projects in our pipeline.” commented HBCF President John DeZinno. “Through this $100,000 crisis recovery initiative, we are aiming to supplement our provision of transitional shelter by helping safeguard other essential services that are greatly needed during these challenging times. We are hopeful that our contributions will have an impact.”
10 jurisdictions targeted - $10K each - all the areas served by MBIA and HBCF.
10 nonprofits identified - all instrumental in providing intensified emergency services to the needy as a result of the pandemic.
Doing our part NOW to help reach thousands of Marylanders in need:
Read more about who we are helping.
Thank You Pella Mid-Atlantic! Winner of our 2020 Tom Sawyer Award to be presented April 15, 2021
In order to fulfill our mission, Home Builders Care depends on dedicated builders, suppliers, contractors, professionals and volunteers from MBIA - willing to donate expertise, lend a hand, and inspire us to do more. Each year, as a way to gratefully acknowledge our supporters, Home Builders Care recognizes select individuals and organizations for their significant contributions in support of our efforts to help the poor and disadvantaged in our communities.
This year we are proud to recognize Pella Mid-Atlantic with the Tom Sawyer Award for their hands-on help and expertise in 2020 with the main house renovation project at Patriot Point, a retreat center for our nation’s wounded, ill and injured service members and their families. The award will be presented on April 15 at Pella's new showroom on the Eastern Shore. The presentation will be part of MBIA's board meeting. Tune in to watch it live! And check out the 2020 video above to see Pella's good deeds in action! We are grateful for their incredible generosity.
Home Builders Care Awarded the Standards of Excellence® Seal
The Home Builders Care Foundation (HBCF) board of directors is pleased to announce that our charity has been reaccredited by the nationally recognized Standards for Excellence Institute®.
The accreditation promotes the highest standards of ethics, effectiveness, and accountability in nonprofit governance, management, and operations. HBCF first earned the seal in 2011.
Learn more about why the standards matter.
Improving the Quality of Life for 32 Once Homeless Individuals
An Apartment Building in Bethesda Receives Critical Upgrades Thanks to Tri Pointe Homes and their Trade Partners.
The Maryland based based team at Tri Pointe Homes is paying it forward. Last month they began a major renovation project at a special facility for the homeless in downtown Bethesda.
A decade ago, Cordell Place once was a four-story office building. Today is has 32 individual furnished apartment units, each with a half-bath. On each floor, and shared by 8 residents, there are shower rooms and a common full size kitchen. Secure access, a concierge, on-site case management staff and other services complete the well-managed property run by the Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless. But after 10 years of operation, improvements are needed in the building's four heavily-used kitchens.
Taking on the project, Tri Pointe reached out to their suppliers and subcontractors and lined up all the needed trades, materials and other assistance - with nearly all of it donated outright. The team worked amid COVID-19 restrictions and ensured the safety and well-being of not only the vulnerable persons who live and receive care at Cordell, but also the project workers, Cordell staff and other volunteers. To limit interruptions to residents, the team not only worked to keep at least two kitchens open at all times, but they also restricted the number of workers on site each day. The result is amazing and the residents and staff are thrilled with the new space.
Get Ready for HBCF's 2021 Bull & Oyster Roast
The Home Builders Care Foundation's is hopeful our annual Bull & Oyster Roast will be held in person later this year! The event features the presentation of our 2021 Robert L. Mitchell Founders Award to Mr. Thomas S. Bozzuto, a past-president of the Association. Named after the Founder of the Home Builders Care program, the Mitchell Award is presented in recognition of a lifetime of leadership and commitment to community outreach and charitable efforts, particularly in Maryland and through HBCF.
We are working on a date in September. Sponsorship information and more event details coming soon!
Pleasants Construction Makes Critical Repairs at Apartment Complex for Formerly Homeless Families
Right before the weather turned cold, Pleasants Construction stepped up to help the Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless by donating the replacement of failing asphalt at the Seneca Heights Apartments (SHA), an award winning program in Gaithersburg.
SHA provides permanent supportive housing to 40 formerly homeless single adults and 17 families with children. The program empowers clients to achieve housing stability and other self-directed goals through 24/7 support from clinical and non-clinical staff. Thanks again to the Pleasants Construction crew!
MBIA and HBCF Team Up to Host Our 2nd Successful Blood Drive and Bone Marrow Registry
Did you know that the Red Cross provides about 40% of our nation’s blood and blood components, all from generous volunteer donors?
Did you also know that every 3 minutes, someone is diagnosed with blood cancer? Many of whom can be saved with a bone marrow transplant?
With that in mind we'd like to give a big THANK YOU to the many members (including the good people at the Rachuba Group - pictured above with HBCF Board Member Chris Rachuba) who showed up to Maple Lawn on March 11 to help save lives by giving blood and getting a cheek swab to become part of the bone marrow registry.
Our most recent drive helped the mission of two exceptional charities - the American Red Cross (National Capital & Greater Chesapeake Region) and There Goes My Hero. Throughout the pandemic, the mission of these organizations continue to be life-saving.
If you missed the drive, you can still help!
Donate Blood -> Find a BLOOD DRIVE near you (link to Red Cross)
Register for a chance to save a life through the bone marrow registry (link to There Goes my Hero)
Office Leasing Opportunity at the Maryland Center for Housing
The HBCF-owned Maryland Center for Housing in Maple Lawn is a great centralized location in the Baltimore-Washington DC Corridor. Do you want to be our neighbor in Howard County?
We have some office space available for lease. For more information, please contact Chris Bennett at MacKenzie Commercial Services, LLC. 410-953-0352 or email@example.com or visit this website and download the brochure.
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