Home Builders Care Foundation

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About this project.

In 2003, Gospel Rescue Ministries (GRM) operated one Washington DC's largest shelters for homeless men. At the time, the mission provided lodging facilities for over 100 homeless men each night, in addition to a number of other social service programs. The men who utilize the shelter come directly from the hard life of the streets, and may or may not have substance abuse or mental health issues.

Recently, GRM has specialized its services with its innovative drug and alcohol treatment program, a holistic, comprehensive addiction program for men and women. Their treatment programs are certified by the Department of Health, Addiction Prevention and Recovery Administration (APRA) in WashingtonDC and staff is certified, trained, and dedicated to helping men and women through every stage of recovery.

Nearly all of GRM’s programs operate from its location on 5th Street NW. GRM's building is over 65-years-old and in 2003 was in dire need of repairs and upgrades. Interior renovations were estimated to cost $107,000 with most of the work needed in the 3rd floor Samaritan Ministry Dormitory. Beds, lockers, showers and toilets are provided within the dorm, however, bathroom facilities were broken-down, the ventilation and lighting were poor, and the floors were primarily cold concrete.

The project, led by Miles Haber of Monument Construction, was generously supported by Richard Boales of Pritzker Residential and over one dozen subcontractors working on the nearby Massachusetts Court apartment complex in downtown Washington. The project received additional assistance from Ricky Diggs, a Samaritan student at GRM whom as part of his job training, was given the responsibility of day-to-day oversight of the process, working under the supervision of Mr. Haber.

HBCF extends our sincerest thank you to the following contributing companies:

   * Atlas Air Conditioning Co., Inc. in Manassas, VA

   * BADCO in Catlett, VA

   * Barrett Tile Co. in Manassas, VA

   * Cherry Lane Electrical Service in Laurel, MD

   * Clark Realty Builders, LLC of Bethesda, MD

   * Craftstar Homes in McLean, VA

   * ECS, Ltd in Chantilly, VA

   * Floors, Inc. in Landover, MD

   * Lourenco Consultants in Washington, DC

   * Monument Construction, Chevy Chase, MD

   * Pritzker Residential LLC of Burtonsville, MD

   * RAMCO of DC in Fairfax, VA

   * R H Painting in Augusta, WV

   * The Riddle Company, Washington DC

   * Rigel, Inc in Alexandria, VA

Improvements, completed in December 2003, included the complete replacement and upgrade of lavatories on Level 1 and 3 including walls, toilets, showers, and all fixtures and finishes as well as renovation of Level 3 living quarters including flooring, tiles, lighting, and repairs to HVAC system. With a construction value of over $100,000, the renovation was completed by Home Builders Care for under $50,000.

Nearly all of the money raised by HBCF through the 2002 Help the Homeless Walkathon was spent on the project. The Gospel Rescue Ministries dedicated its newly renovated facilities shortly after completion, in December 2003. A plaque thanking the Home Builders Care Foundation for its contribution is on display in the GRM lobby.

Click here for contact info at GRM or call 202-842-1731.

Gospel Rescue Ministries