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Home Builders, Arc partner on home repair projects

Workers on a renovation project as part of a collaboration between The Arc Baltimore and Home Builders Care Foundation of America.

Workers on a renovation project as part of a collaboration between The Arc Baltimore and Home Builders Care Foundation of America.

The Arc Baltimore is partnering with the Home Builders Care Foundation of Maryland to renovate and repair a number of houses and apartments in the Baltimore area in which individuals with disabilities supported by The Arc live.

The first project to be undertaken as part of this new partnership involves the complete renovation of a kitchen at one of The Arc Baltimore residences in Rosedale.

“The kitchen renovation will save The Arc Baltimore thousands of dollars, but more importantly will have a profound impact on the residents of the home, particularly one resident who uses a wheelchair and will now be able to cook when the accessibility aspects of the kitchen are complete,” said Ron Christian of The Arc Baltimore’s community living division. “We are so pleased that the members of Maryland’s home building association are bringing their expertise in Universal Design to this project.”

Since its inception, HBCF has made in-kind contributions totaling more than $20 million worth of materials and labor to projects which assist the homeless and others at risk in communities throughout Maryland. The Foundation is affiliated with the Maryland Building Industry Association (www.marylandbuilders.org) and serves nearly 85 percent of the state. HBCF’s involvement in projects typically can save its partner agencies approximately 30 percent to 50 percent on development and construction costs by utilizing professional pro bono labor and in-kind donations from suppliers.

Companies providing in-kind contributions to The Arc Baltimore residence include: T.W. Ellis (www.twellis.com/); John H Myers & Son (www.jhmson.com/); Cosentino North America (www.silestoneusa.com/); Conestoga Tile (www.conestogatile.com/); Smart Energy Systems (www.smartenergysystems.biz/); Garrison Plumbing (www.garrison-plumbing.com/); and The Rachuba Group (www.rachuba.com/).

The Arc Baltimore’s Community Living Division assists more than 280 people with disabilities in homes and apartments in Baltimore City and County.