Lending a hand to ARC

Our Fall ARC project crew gets the job done. Photo Credit: Jan D.

We accomplished our goals in a single day: repairs to a group home in Ellicott City–with our ARC partners, in early October. Tasks included demolishing old kitchen cabinets, removing a load-bearing wall and another wall, and installing new cabinets. Thanks to Brian Rezac, Jay Raksin, and the ARC team for guiding us through the day!

Join DreamBuilders at the Mistletoe Mart, November 7-9

Enjoy crafts, food, door prizes, baked goods, and the Angel Room for kids under eight

Continue Joyce Chomko’s legacy and raise awareness of DreamBuilders’ mission by volunteering to sell fair trade coffees and teas at Mistletoe Mart in Carroll County. Hosted by Church of the Ascension (a DreamBuilders parish), this juried event brings together a variety of affordable, made-in-America, useful and unique gift items created by artisans of the Mid-Atlantic region.

Sign up to sell DreamBuilders fair trade coffee and tea

We’ll have a tribute to Joyce on the DreamBuilders’ bulletin board behind our table. Come buy coffees and teas to support DreamBuilders, and start your holiday season with us!

For Mistletoe Mart ticket information, vendors, directions, and more

Fall Local Project – ARC: Sign-up for October 5th Work Day

This Arc home is ready for a new kitchen this fall.

DreamBuilders has a long-standing partnership with The Arc of Howard County to improve homes, fostering community acceptance and inclusion for developmentally and cognitively challenged individuals. In October, we’ll renovate a group home in Ellicott City. The project involves renovating a kitchen at a group home. The kitchen cabinets need demolition and removal; two walls need removal, with a new header for the load bearing wall; and painting. This effort literally improves Arc residents’ quality of life at home!  We can use 12 volunteers each day. The workday will be 8:30 – 4pm. Lunch will be provided. Cost per volunteer is $10.  For more details, please see the sign-up  links.

Arc Work Day, October 5 Sign-up

Sad News – Remembering Joyce Chomko

Joyce Chomko, 1945-2019

Joyce Chomko was a dedicated member of the DreamBuilders leadership team for over 15 years. A long-time member of Ascension Church in Westminster, MD, Joyce energetically recruited adults and teens to participate in DreamBuilders projects. Joyce herself traveled with DreamBuilders to New Mexico, West Virginia, Missisippi, Vermont, New Jersey and Lousianna for a total of 12 work trips In addition, Joyce worked locally in Baltimore City, Westminster, Columbia and Sykesville. Her legacy of faith and service exemplifies the mission of DreamBuilders.

In memory of Joyce, “Joyce’s Crew” sponsorship fund has been established to provide financial assistance to teens that wish participate in DreamBuilders work trips. Joyce advocated for teen financial assistance with a personal passion and we will honor her by continuing this opportunity. Interested teens may contact the DreamBuilders leadership from their church or temple. Donations to Joyce’s Crew can be made to DreamBuilders, c/o St. Mark’s Church, 12700 Hall Shop Rd, Highland, MD 20777 with “Joyce’s Crew” indicated in the memo area of the check. For online donations, please include “Joyce’s Crew” in the note section: https://dreambuildersmd.org/home/donate/

With Much Appreciation for the MatzohBall Run

2019 MatzohBall Run Donation
Ben L. presents a check to John, on behalf of Temple Isaiah Men’s Club

Temple Isaiah Men’s Club donated $3500 to DreamBuilders operations. These funds are a portion of proceeds from their 14th annual Matzohball 5k and 1 Mile Fun Run, held in June. DreamBuilders is grateful for the continued support of the TI Men’s Club.

Pittsburgh Mission Trip is a Resounding Success

DreamBuilders in Pittsburgh, 2019

On June 23-29, twenty-two DreamBuilders worked in the Enright Court neighborhood located in East Liberty, a suburb of Pittsburgh, PA. The build was made in collaboration with several non profit groups: East Liberty Development Inc., Full Quiver, and Rebuilding Pittsburgh. Despite the heat, the champions worked on both interior and exterior demolition and reframed walls (including one roof) and installed vinyl siding, windows, doors, and interior drywall. Local neighbors of the Enright Court community also teamed with our group! The mission experience was a great week of collaboration, fellowship and hard work, serving an impoverished area of the City of Bridges.

DreamBuilding in Puerto Rico

The storm destroyed the original roof, doors, and windows of this home; flooding caused the family to seek shelter at a neighbor’s home.

Twenty months after Hurricane Maria struck the island, recovery continues outside of San Juan and in rural areas. In May 2019, our team helped repair two homes in the northeastern coastal town of Loiza. We worked on demolition, mudding and sanding drywall ceilings; priming and painting interior and exterior walls, installing wood trim, caulking, cementing doorframes and patching around windows, and more. We were grateful to work with a native Puerto Rican fellow missioner who grew up in Maryland. Special thanks to Sterling Quality Water for sponsoring Julio, who did outstanding work. Julio was glad for the opportunity to use his construction skills to give back to Puerto Rico. Both families are excited to soon move back into their homes when the work is finished.

Some missioners work together to sand a ceiling to perfection.
Crews with Americorps and SBP team leads (above and below.)
For more photos of these missioners at work and play: DreamBuildersMD on facebook and google album

Special Thanks to KasCon, Inc.

Some Pittsburgh Missioners proudly sporting KasCon hard hats

DreamBuilders wishes to thank KasCon, Inc., a commercial general contractor and management firm in Maryland, for its generous donation of $2500, along with hard hats for our 2019 Pittsburgh mission trip. KasCon is well-known throughout the community for volunteerism and contributions to DreamBuilders, the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, and other local service organizations. 

Join us at the 2019 MatzohBall 5k

https://sites.google.com/view/matzohball-5k-run

Temple Isaiah’s 15th Annual 5K Run & 1 Mile Family Fun Run will be held on Sunday, June 2, 2019 at 9am. Proceeds benefit Temple Isaiah, Grassroots, Hopeworks, and DreamBuilders. This is a family event for runners or walkers. Both the 5K race and the 1 mile fun run/walk courses follow the paved foot paths around the lake at beautiful Centennial Park, located off Route 108 in Ellicott City, Maryland. The race starts and finishes near Pavilions A, B & C (south entrance.) After the race, you’re welcome to stay at the park and attend Family Wellness Day. The MatzohBall website has race information, sponsorship forms, and sign ups.

Our ARC home project wraps-up

DreamBuilders worked with the Arc of Howard County on one of its group homes in Ellicott City this spring. In March, we improved the basement with newly framed walls, a handrail for the steps, and a custom door. In April, we worked outdoors, building a wheelchair accessible ramp with a handrail for entry to a screened porch. The residents now have better control over where they choose to spend their leisure time! Thanks to all of our volunteers who helped support this effort.

Measuring for footers to support the new ramp. More photos at: our facebook page