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About this project.
In August 2002, Home Builders Care Foundation (HBCF) took on renovation work at a farmhouse property located in Brookeville, Montgomery County, Maryland. With HBCF assistance, the property, dating from the 1800s, has since become the new home of Our House, a non-profit residential job training program for at-risk youth. HBCF undertook the renovation of two buildings on the property in great need of repair, the dormitory building and the main farmhouse. The repairs were needed to create a safe, clean home and learning environment for youth enrolled in the award-winning Our House program.
Our House purchased the vacant Brookeville farm property upon learning that their previous rented facility in Howard County had been sold. Our House had requested HBCF to provide construction services and materials to help renovate two buildings, the main farmhouse and a residence hall, which will provide staff offices, counseling facilities, meeting and training rooms, student dormitory accommodations for up to 16 youth, and a commercial-grade kitchen, required for the facility. The relocation will ultimately enable Our House to triple the number of children served by its programs.
Our House conducts a highly supervised residential job-training program for at-risk adolescent males, ages 16-21, who are referred to the program from social service agencies and juvenile justice agencies, as well as foster care. The program is unique in three ways: it teaches carpentry and building trades to the participants 8 hours per day; it offers academic/life skills classes in the evenings; and it has weekly community service projects so that the students learn to "give back" to society. A waiting list currently exists for enrollment.
The student participants in the Our House program assisted in the renovation effort, framing walls, painting and completing other preparatory work as part of their training. HBCF provided experienced drywall services and carpet installation during the final phases of renovation. In the fall of 2002, HBCF work in the residence hall kitchen was completed and inspected, paving the way for students to officially move in to their new home. The completed kitchen allowed students and faculty to celebrate Thanksgiving in their new home.
At the September 2002 dinner meeting of the Maryland-National Capital Building Industry Association, Our House Founder Richard Bienvenue and Advisory Board President Jeanette Mendonca were on hand to meet and greet builder and associate members and speak about their program. As guests of HBCF, they were offered the opportunity to gain exposure to the local industry as well as help HBCF in promoting our charitable work to our parent association. During the evening's presentation, our guests announced the naming of Our House's new conference room after the Home Builders Care Foundation. A welcome surprise!
The project was completed in November 2002 under the direction of Joe Wilson and Builder Captain Pulte Homes.
Click here for more information about Our House or call 301-519-1019.