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In 2005, Home Builders Care Foundation undertook an extensive renovation project at Angel's Watch Regional Shelter located in Hughesville, Maryland. The facility, an emergency and transitional shelter for homeless women and their children, serves residents of Charles, Calvert and St. Mary's Counties.

The shelter's building, an old Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) office building, was built in the 1950s and has been adapted into the dormitory style shelter. The facility needed many repairs and upgrades, including multiple bathroom renovations, HVAC and electrical enhancements and more secure doors. But the largest item on the to-do list was the removal of old metal windows and the installation of twenty-five (25) new energy saving thermal replacement windows. The much-needed upgrade is expected to save the shelter thousands of dollars annually in heating and cooling costs. The windows were installed before the 2005 holidays.

Denise Capaci, former Regional Director, Catholic Charities Southern Maryland, who operated the shelter was thrilled."Thank you much for the new windows…Last year, my electric bill went from $2,000 to $3,000 a month. When they said it was going to rise another 50 percent - all I could imagine was that I was going to wind up with an electric bill of $4,500 a month - and I just couldn't imagine where we'd get that money to pay for it. So - new windows could potentially save us a small fortune and I mean $10,000 to $15,000 this year alone. So I am so grateful and relieved you have no idea."

Angel's Watch is a 52-bed facility operated by Catholic Charities. Angel's Watch is the only transitional shelter in the tri-county area for women. A large percentage of the women seeking shelter for themselves and their families have a history of domestic violence. At the time, over 1,000 residents have benefited from the shelter’s 11 years of service. In 2005 150 children spent nights at the shelter. Vacancies are rare and anyone wishing to get into the shelter typically has a 15-30 day wait. Money raised during the HBCF's Annual Fall Fundraising Drive to Help the Homeless has been used to fund the project. Additional direct contributions have been received from:

• Cherrywood Development

• Fireside Hearth & Home

• Weyerhaeuser Foundation

• Conley Family

Greg Lauer of Craftstar Homes led the project with co-captain assistance from Tom McDowell of Colombo Bank.

Click here for contact info at Angels Watch or call 301-274-0680.

Angels Watch Regional Shelter