A warm welcome to all of our volunteers, supporters, and partner organizations, who help turn dreams into reality through home building.
A Very Special Welcome
to St. Thomas' Episcopal Church in Towson, MD
Towson to our DreamBuilders family! How did this recent change come about? The Rector of St. Thomas’ , Loree Penner, was already familiar with DreamBuilders from her work in the Diocese. In May, Rev. Loree arranged for the Leadership Team to visit St. Thomas'. Several members of the congregation felt God’s call to work with DreamBuilders and we extended a heartfelt invitation via St Thomas' representatives Keshia Pollack and Jim Stultz. After prayer and discernment in Towson, the partnership was formalized. St. Thomas’ views this partnership as a core outreach initiative within the Church’s Ministry and Mission Team, and one way to help make their service more relevant in today's world. DreamBuilders is delighted to begin working with our new friends at St. Thomas'!
Planning for 2014
We are already getting ready for 2014. Our general information meeting is February 9th at 2 pm. Return trips to New Orleans and West Virginia are taking shape. We are also exploring options in the Hurricane Sandy-impacted areas in NY and NJ. See the Calendar for details.
Guardian Angel Project Update: WIRED!
By John McBeth
It was something to behold. It was the day that an electrical contractor, Starr Systems, was coming to rough in the electric at the Guardian Angel row home DreamBuilders is rebuilding in the Remington neighborhood of Baltimore City.
It had been a nerve racking week. Will they show up? Is the framing OK, or will they run into problems and not be able to finish? Will I be there in time to meet them?
I arrived on site at 7:00 AM. By 7:30, I was ready. Good thing too. Right at 7:30 the caravan arrived, a half hour early. Two vans, a pickup truck and several other vehicles double parked in front of the building. Fifteen people jumped out and began unloading tools and materials.
They all paused briefly to introduce themselves, then headed into the house to begin work. The team comprised employees of Starr Systems, friends of employees, teen children of friends of employees and even the owner and founder of Starr Systems, Sean Weiner. The project manager, Doug Parker, raced through the building, giving the three pre-defined teams their assignments. I just watched in awe.
Two years ago, DreamBuilders was asked to help rebuild a row home--across the street from the Church of the Guardian Angel--that had been severely damaged by fire. We happily agreed to help one weekend. We went back to help a second weekend months later and found that nothing had been done in the interim. Last year, we took charge of the project.
Progress has been slow, because Guardian Angel is a "filler" project, one that we work on between our week long mission trips. In September of this year, we were nearing completion of the framing and faced the daunting task of finding licensed electricians, plumbers and HVAC contractors.
I sent an email to Sean Weiner, a friend and colleague, asking if he could help us out. Sean responded immediately saying Starr Systems would take care of the electric work. All of it, including:pulling the permit, supplying the materials, completing all the work, even providing the light fixtures. They contacted one of their suppliers, Maurice Electrical Supply of Timonium, MD, who supplied the materials.
Thanks to the people of Starr Systems, we now have electrical service and lights in the building. If you have an electrical construction project, or are in need of a security system, home automation system, or home theater, check out Starr Systems at www.starrsystems.net.
Proverbs, Chapter 11, Verse 25, reads: "Be generous, and you will be prosperous. Help others, and you will be helped." In DreamBuilders, we continue to find this to be true.