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

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



Volunteer to work at the Spaghetti Dinner

Our highly capable waitstaff delivers dinner to guests.

We ask all teens, particularly those going on a mission trip this summer, to work a shift at the spaghetti dinner if at all possible. We have plenty of opportunities for adults to volunteer, too. We work in two shifts, from 4:45-6pm and from 6-7:30pm and we have a variety of jobs available in both shifts. Click Spaghetti Dinner Work Schedule
to sign up. Thank you for helping at DreamBuilders most important annual fundraiser!

Come with us: General Information Meeting is 2/10 at St. Mark’s

Installing a Truss – Blitz Build

We’re getting ready for the summer of 2019. Mission trips to two locations are taking shape. Weather disasters and building community are influencing our destination decisions this year. Come find out how you can be part of a team to help families in need–rebuild, and change lives! Please note the venue: St. Mark’s Church, 12700 Hall Shop Rd, Highland, February 10th at 2pm.

Summer Mission Trips

In May and June, our teams helped rebuild homes in Houston, resulting from Hurricane Harvey, and Baton Rouge, which was devastated by unprecedented flooding in 2016. In both cities, we partnered with SBP (formerly the St. Bernard Project), a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping disaster-impacted communities recover. 

DB Houston 2018 red house
2018 Houston Team