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/

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

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

What a wonderful, successful night!

Thanks to everyone who helped make our Spaghetti Dinner and Silent Auction a success! We raised over $22,000 to help defray expenses for our 2019 building projects in Puerto Rico, Pittsburgh, and Howard County. Whether you planned, organized, donated, cooked, served, bid, hauled, set up, tore down, ate, bought, or sold–it is very much appreciated! Special thanks to Delusions of Grandeur for their musical boost to the evening; they really rock! Kudos to Sugar Mamma Bakery and the Gelven Family for their respective donations of delicious “HOMEmade” cookies and wines. Also, congratulations to Matt Lazas, raffle winner of the iPhone!! DreamBuilders extends huge thanks to our community for supporting the team effort. You really help turn dreams into reality!

Win an iPhone XS Max

iPhone XS Max Super Retina custom OLED display (photo courtesy of Apple)

Take a chance to win Apple’s top end iPhone in support of DreamBuilders.
$20 per raffle ticket / $50 for 3 raffle tickets
Only 200 tickets will be sold!

This all-screen design, measuring 6.5 inches, is the largest ever on an iPhone. Includes 256 GBytes of memory, dual 12MP wide-angle and telephoto cameras, silver case.
No SIM card included. Take the device to your cellular provider and they’ll add the device to your plan. Retail value is over $1,300.

Drawing will be held at 8pm on March 9, at the conclusion of the Spaghetti Dinner and Silent Auction at Temple Isaiah in Fulton. Need not be present to win. For tickets, contact: mailto:john.mcbeth@verizon.net

Basically, Apple’s top end phone. Definitely worth taking a chance!

More about the XS Max: the OLED panels give the sharpest displays, with the highest pixel density, of any Apple device. With support for Dolby Vision and HDR10 titles from iTunes, Netflix, and Amazon Prime Video, wider stereo playback makes it all sound great. Your HDR photos — even those you captured before — will have a 60 percent greater dynamic range. A six-channel light sensor subtly adjusts the white balance onscreen to match the color temperature of the light around you. So images on the display look as natural as on a printed page and are easier on your eyes. The most durable glass in a smartphone, sealed and precision-fitted with the surgical-grade stainless steel band, helps create a more water-resistant enclosure — up to 2 meters for 30 minutes. iPhone XS even resists spills from coffee, tea, soda, and more.

Make an Impact! Summer Mission Trips: home-building in Puerto Rico or Pittsburgh

Our scouting team visits a home awaiting repairs in Pittsburgh’s East Liberty neighborhood

Help families return home in Puerto Rico following the devastation of Hurricane Maria, or help families in great need of affordable housing in Pittsburgh. Priority registration is open; general registration begins 2/24. Both DreamBuilders mission trips offer meaningful hands-on construction opportunities and fellowship. Teens must have completed 9th grade to go on a mission trip. For more details and registration: Puerto Rico or Pittsburgh