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About this series of projects.

In November 2003, Builder Captain Somerset Homes, on behalf of HBCF, undertook and completed a project to rehabilitate a group home for disabled adults owned and operated by the United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) of Southern Maryland. The group residence is home to four UCP clients with medically fragile conditions and special needs.

The original scope of work included installing new carpeting, extensive kitchen work and the replacement of kitchen cabinetry, exterior painting and increasing the home's handicap accessibility. However, in reviewing this project it became clear that more could be done with a little extra help. The scope of work expanded to include bathroom cabinetry, appliances and fixtures, upgrades to HVAC and numerous decorative touches.

Tom Allhoff, then Vice President of Somerset Homes, Harry Chalestrom of St. Charles Community LLC, and over a dozen other local suppliers and contractors contributed in-kind assistance to the project. Because of the special needs of the homes residents, time was critical on this job. So Somerset carefully coordinated the efforts of 30 plus subs and suppliers to complete fifteen (15) days of work in just 3 days.  The total value of in-kind labor and materials contributed to the project was approximately $25,000.

Second round of in-kind assistance provided to UCP SoMD in 2006

HBCF once again lent its resources to assist UCP a few years later. At one group home, an emergency home generator system was installed in order to ensure the supply of electrical power to its medically fragile residents at all times. MNCBIA member Pelican Services installed the new system. Thanks to their diligence, the home is now equipped to provide automatic back-up power for resident's needed medical equipment as well as provide a communal place of refuge for other nearby UCP resident clients.

The second project for UCP in 2006 involved making much-needed adaptations to a newly purchased home in order to make it handicapped-accessible and meet state requirements. The one-story ranch-style house is now home to four disabled female adults, three of whom are in wheelchairs. MNCBIA member Meridian Ventures Inc. (MVI), led the project.  Fireside Hearth and Home also contributed to the project by donating a new electric fireplace for residents to enjoy in their new home.

Craftstar lends expertise on third UCP project

In 2008, in partnership with HBCF, Craftstar Homes led another renovation project to greatly improve a UCP So MD group home for four disable women in Waldorf. Thanks to Craftstar and senior production manager Greg Lauer, the home received some much-needed renovation to increase capacity.

The project involved the reconfiguration of an oversized bedroom into two new bedrooms in order to allow UCP to increase its housing capacity for client service as well as maintain needed privacy for all its residents. Other upgrades included the installation of a new accessible roll-in shower for wheelchair-bound residents, new laminate flooring and carpeting, and the reinforcement of numerous items in the home for improved safety and durability. Contributing to the project were Ben Lewis Plumbing, Builders First Source, Creative Touch Interiors, Magallanes Carpentry and Rinker’s Drywall and Painting.

UCP of Southern Maryland has been serving adults and children with disabilities in Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles and St. Mary's Counties for over 10 years. Their mission is to positively affect the quality of life for persons with disabilities and their families by providing quality human services. UCP’s residential services program provides disabled individuals a home-like residence with supports as needed throughout Anne Arundel, Charles, Calvert and St. Mary’s Counties on Maryland.

Click here for more information on UCP Southern Maryland or call 410-224-4205.

United Cerebral Palsy of Southern Maryland