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About this project.

In 2001, Home Builders Care Foundation undertook the ARC's University Park House as a major project. Located at the intersection of Route 1 and East-West Highway, the home was over 70 years old and in need of extensive repairs.

The home serves as a group house for four mentally handicapped men and their live-in counselor. It is one of more than 40 community living sites operated by The ARC of Prince George's County.

The home's repair needs ran the gamut from interior and exterior painting to bathroom remodeling to carpeting to cement work to roofing. The value of the work to be done was estimated at $100,000. About half of the cost was expected to be covered by in-kind donations of goods and services from the nearly 700 members of the MNCBIA. In addition, the Home Builders Care Foundation had pledged to contribute up to $25,000 in cash to help meet expenses incurred in the project. However, thanks largely to in-kind contributions by MNCBIA members, out-of-pocket expenses for the ARC project amounted to just over the $15,000 mark. Work commenced on the project just after Thanksgiving 2001 and was completed in the early fall of 2002.

The program at The ARC of Prince George's County was brought to the attention of HBCF by Richard Boales of Pritzker Realty. Craftstar Homes served as Builder Captain.

The ARC is the world’s largest grassroots organization committed to the welfare of people with developmental disabilities and their families. The ARC of Prince George’s County was established as a non-profit, tax-exempt organization in 1952, and it provides vocational, residential, medical day care, transportation, family and community services, and a thrift store in support of developmentally disabled persons and their families. The Arc’s residential services provide not only a place to live, but also the best quality of life for all through medical support, behavioral support, and community inclusion. The Arc also works diligently to support residents’ families through support groups, ongoing communication, and involvement.

Click here to learn more about The ARC of Prince George’s County or call 301-925-7050.

The ARC of 
Prince George’s County