Home Builders Care Foundation

Each year, the Home Builders Care Foundation recognizes select individuals and companies for their significant contributions to the community through unselfish efforts and dedication in support of projects that help the poor and disadvantaged in our communities.

At MNCBIA's 2007 January dinner meeting, Home Builders Care presented its 2006 Community Service Awards to seven outstanding building community members who have demonstrated first-hand that home builders care about giving back to our communities. Awards were presented in the following categories:

   * The Community Builder Award - presented in recognition of a builder member who helps raise awareness of the industry's spirit of giving

   * The Directors Award – presented in recognition of leadership and advocacy for the mission and purpose of Home Builders Care, and

   * the Tom Sawyer Award – presented in recognition of significant in-kind donations to HBCF’s shelter-related projects.

The Foundation’s first service award, the Community Builder Award, was presented to Mitchell & Best Homebuilders for their commitment and leadership in serving as Builder Captain forHospice Caring’s 1,037 square foot addition to The Cottage, located in Bohrer Park, Gaithersburg. As builder captain, Mitchell & Best not only undertook the complete management of the project at no cost, but it also worked with its trade partners to obtain reduce pricing and in-kind donations of materials and labor for the project, saving Hospice Caring thousands of dollars in the process. Currently under construction, the addition is expected to be completed in early March 2007.

The Directors Award was presented to Classic Group. In 2006, the company, guided by the vision and leadership of President Stephen Eckert, implemented an ingenious new way to provide continuing support for the Home Builders Care program. As the developer of Roberts Landing in Darnestown, MD, Classic resolved that on the sale of each of the subdivision’s twenty-five (25) lots, a charitable contribution is to be made by both buyer and seller to the seller’s charity of choice – the Home Builders Care Foundation. Throughout the year, HBCF has been receiving these donations after each lot settlement and we are grateful and inspired by Classic Group’s initiative.

The first of five Tom Sawyer Awards was presented to Ben Lewis Plumbing of Clarksburg for their key in-kind assistance with the Transitional Housing Corporation's (THC) Partner Arms I renovation project in Washington DC. The project received a significant boost when Ben Lewis stepped forward to donate, deliver and install a multiple of new hot water heaters as part of the project to refurbish the apartment building that houses fourteen (14) formerly homeless families.

The second Tom Sawyer Award was presented to Bill Barton of Bozzuto Homes for his inspiring dedication to personally oversee the extensive renovation project at the Shepherd’s Cove Shelter for homeless women and children in Prince George’s County. In his role as the on-site construction supervisor, Mr. Barton spent many days and hours ensuring that all aspects of the project were duly addressed. Then, as the project extended out beyond its original timeframe, Mr. Barton graciously postponed his own retirement by more than one month in order to complete the project. Bozzuto Homes also deserves special thanks for helping facilitate Mr. Barton’s wonderful contributions of time and talent. Thanks to his efforts, life at Shepherd’s Cove Shelter is a little brighter.

The third Tom Sawyer Award winner was Creative Touch Interiors (CTI) of Landover in recognition for their generous work on multiple HBCF projects during the past year. The company routinely helps HBCF on a number of its projects as a supplier of carpet, pre-finished wood, ceramic tile, laminate and vinyl flooring. HBCF president Mike COnley, Winchester Homes, commented, "Al Shields and his team at CTI/Floors Inc. are true professionals, committed to improving our industry and community. They have never let us down." During 2006, CTI lent its resources and expertise to projects at Shepherd’s Cove, Transitional Housing Corporation, the Jewish Foundation for Group Homes and Victory Housing’s Malta House Senior Living Center, where approximately 8000 square feet of anti-microbial carpeting was recently installed. This year marks the third time that CTI has merited the Community Service Award, winning it in 1995 and 2002.

Masters Inc. of Gaithersburg received our fourth Tom Sawyer Award of the evening. The plumbing company played a major role in the Shepherd’s Cove Shelter project in Capitol Heights as well as lent its expertise to a project for the Jewish Foundation for Group Homes in Rockville. At Shepherd’s Cove, the company helped tackle the extensive overhaul of four heavily-used large bathrooms which had seen better days. The project was originally estimated at the high-price of $100,000, with the majority of the costs being allotted to plumbing. But in the end, thanks to substantial discounts given by subcontractors like Masters Inc., four new bathrooms, each with multiple showers, toilets and sinks, were completely revamped for about $50,000.

Our final Tom Sawyer Award winner was Wayne Drywall, whose offices are in Olney. The company was honored for their in-kind assistance with a renovation project for the Jewish Foundation for Group Homes. Since 1991, the Richard and Julia Lee Rubin Home in Silver Spring has served as a home for five full-grown men with low, moderate, and severe mental retardation. The home needed many repairs, upgrades, and the complete renewal of its interior areas. When asked by builder captain Ryan Homes to lend a hand, Wayne Drywall quickly stepped up and donated its drywall and painting services 100% in-kind.

The cooperation and dedication of our 2006 Community Service Award Winners are excellent examples of why the Home Builders Care program succeeds in enhancing the lives of the poor and homeless in our communities. Their direct contributions and efforts on behalf of our Foundation have helped our partnering community service providers to preserve their valuable resources for their ongoing social programs by saving them thousands of dollars in construction-related costs.

2006 Community Service Award Winners -

Mr. Bill Barton

Ben Lewis Plumbing

Classic Group

Creative Touch Interiors

Masters Inc.

Mitchell & Best Homebuilders

Wayne Drywall