Waldorf, MD - Two Waldorf area houses operated by Spring Dell Center received exterior makeovers provided by the Home Builders Care Foundation (HBCF), the affiliated charity of the Maryland Building Industry Association (MBIA). Construction on the homes totaled an estimated $50,000. The foundation covered 75% of charges during the home renovations saving Spring Dell Center nearly $37,000 in construction costs. Spring Dell Center was one of nine organizations in four counties throughout Maryland and the District of Columbia that benefitted from the foundation in 2014.
“Home Builders Care Foundation has long recognized Spring Dell Center as an essential community service organization in Charles County,” stated HBCF Director Patti Kane, referring to the relationship held by the two organizations.
For over 15 years the organizations have had the opportunity to build a relationship through the development of a handful of group home renovation projects, but according to Spring Dell Center staff nothing of this magnitude.
“Spring Dell provided some materials when the HBCF group took on two houses, but the majority of materials and the contractor were provided by HBCF” explained Spring Dell Center Director of Facilities and Transportation Melissa Tyner. ”They got the materials to the site, hired the contractors and basically everything.”
Seventy – five percent of residents in one renovated house are in wheelchairs and found it difficult to maneuver into the homes with ease. Others found that their homes needed costly updates. Each house received a number of extensive exterior improvements spanning over several months. The home known to Spring Dell Center as Copley acquired a new roof along with the installation of new siding, fascia, soffit and shutters. The second house, known to the agency as Mail Coach, received a new covered entrance, wider sidewalks and an automatic entry doorway, improving the home’s overall accessibility. A much needed upgrade that will protect the residents from inclement weather upon entering and exiting the house.
Chad Garner of Wise Choice Construction, LLC. and Alside/Revere Building Products provided in-kind donations of building materials used throughout the project, with support from MBIA’s Charles County Chapter members.
After completion of the home, both HBCF and Spring Dell Center celebrated with a ribbon cutting showcasing the renovation projects at the Mail Coach residence. The event included words from Kane and Tyner along with HBCF President Liza Bowles of Newport Partners; MBIA’s Charles County Chapter Chairperson Doug Meeker of Elm Street Development; and MBIA’s Vice President of Government Affairs Marcus Jackson, as well as Spring Dell Center’s Executive Director Donna Retzlaff. Also in attendance were community members, Spring Dell Center staff and those most affected by the upgrades, the homes residents.
“We‘re very proud of the project and proud of the relationship, meeting the residents is something special and seeing how people really need the space,” stated Bowles. “This is an opportunity for us to give back, the builders the suppliers, the manufacturers, all the people who contribute engineering and other things. They do a lot of volunteering to make these projects possible.”
Currently Spring Dell Center, an agency dedicated to assisting individuals with disabilities in achieving their highest level of independence, provides residential programs supporting 51 individuals in 20 homes throughout the Waldorf and La Plata areas.
“They’ve helped us with three roofing projects on some of our homes, a ramp and a fence,” says Tyner speaking of past projects. “Patti and Liza were instrumental in working with us on this project. They are a great group to work with and they use local contractors that wish to donate time to community projects.”
(MBIA’s Charles County Chapter Member David Cooksey of Soltesz, Inc., SDC Residential Coordinator Maxine Yates, SDC Assistant Director of Facilities Reginia Beard, MBIA’s Vice President of Government Affairs Marcus Jackson, MBIA’s Charles County Chapter Chairperson Doug Meeker of Elm Street Development (with ribbon), Mail Coach Resident Jennyne Proctor, SDC Residential Coordinator Robin Hemsley, Home Builders Care Foundation President Liza Bowles of Newport Partners, Mail Coach Resident Darwin Conner, Home Builders Care Foundation Director Patti Kane (with sign), SDC Residential Coordinator Yasmina Robinson, SDC Director of Facilities and Transportation Melissa Tyner, SDC Executive Director Donna Retzlaff)