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 who help turn dreams into reality through home building.
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News about our West Virginia Missioners: June 18-24th 

2017 NOLA Missioners at Camp Hope

N'awlins Trip a Success
In May, our team of 18 missioners helped rebuild 3 homes on behalf of Hurricane Katrina victims in New Orleans. We partnered with SBP (formerly the St. Bernard Project),  a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping disaster-impacted communities recover. We were privileged to meet--and work on the homes of --Miss Cece, Miss Deidre, and Miss Gwendolyn. All were evacuated during the 2005 storm and were unable to return home for one to five years. Upon return, they encountered extensive damage, toxic black mold, and personal hardship. Despite owning a home in different parts of the city, each of these ladies was a victim of contractor fraud. They lacked the financial means for basic repairs until SBP offered to assist. Our tasks included skimming, sanding, prepping, priming, painting, texturing walls, cutting and installing window sills and baseboards, and more.   

Bruxelles Street house

Fun facts...by the numbers: 
  • 5: trays of pizza we devoured on Make Your Own Pizza Night at Camp Hope   
  • 8: how many times we've worked with SBP in NOLA. We've also rebuilt with SBP in Joplin, MO and Sea Bright, NJ, following tornadoes and Hurricane Sandy.
  • 11: years since Hurricane Katrina. (*Not really so "fun," since recovery from the devastation continues today.)
  • 18: symbolic number in the Jewish faith, derived from the Hebrew word chai (חי), meaning "life." As mentioned, the number of missioners on this trip.

2017 Local Project Update

DreamBuilders will help rebuild this Ellicott City home this summer.

EC flood damage-porch    EC2 Flood damage-side

After the horrible flooding that occurred in Ellicott City, Maryland on Saturday, July 30, 2016, DreamBuilders decided to select the town as a location for our local projects this year. DreamBuilders attended meetings with local organizations that were pooling resources to help. Early this year, thanks to the networking of DreamBuilder Cathy Gold, we partnered with Rebuilding Together Howard County. Rebuilding Together received a number of applications from homeowners and businesses that did not have flood insurance. 

Together, we picked a home on Main Street, up the hill from the downtown area, hit hard by the flood. We surveyed the home, identified needed repairs and divided the project into work funded by Rebuilding Together or work undertaken by DreamBuilders. Rebuilding Together prepared and submitted a proposal to the Ellicott City Historical Preservation Commission, since the home is in the historical district.

We're pleased to report that the Commission expects final approval for the project in early May. They were flexible and very grateful that we are helping rebuild the town. Based on this, we plan to schedule one or more weekend work days in late July and August. The project includes:

- replacing all of the windows in the home

- repairing the external walls and installing all new siding

- repairing all the gutters and downspouts

- completely gutting the kitchen, installing new drywall, flooring, cabinets, applicable, and plumbing

Watch the web site for updates. We will also send emails to our email distribution list as we get closer to the dates.