Home Builders Care Foundation, Inc.

Rating: 5 stars   12 reviews

Issues: Homeless & Housing, Philanthropy

Location: 1738 Elton Rd Ste 200 Silver Spring MD 20903 USA

Mission: The mission of Home Builders Care Foundation, the charitable construction organization of the Maryland-National Capital Building Industry Association, is to complete construction projects, with particular focus on shelter-related projects, by leveraging the industry’s specialized building construction skills and by collaborating with existing community service providers serving the homeless and other at-risk populations.
Results: In 2011, we undertook over 9 comprehensive renovation projects with a total construction value over $500K. Our charitable construction efforts helped improve housing facilities for low-income seniors, autistic adults, formerly homeless families, runaway and at-risk youth, a gold star mother, and victims of HIV/AIDS. Over $350K in construction costs were saved with our involvement. Savings can now be applied to direct social services for clients of our partnering agencies.
Geographic areas served: Maryland-National Capital area

2010 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

Home Builders Care Foundation helped my organization rehbilitate a small, foreclosed apartment building so we could provide permanent housing for single women with small children who were homeless. They played an important advisory role, especially on selecting contractor and determining the scope of the renovations needed. Then they provided funds to bridge the gap and get the project completed. HBCF has completed four such projects with us in recent years so they are a great partner.

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They are really in touch with the needs of the community. They are local people who really are giving back to community by assisting the neediest people.

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Rating: 5 stars  

As the coordinator of projects Home Builders Care Foundation have done for our Non-Profit, Human Service agency, I have to say that they do wonderful things for the community. Even before the turn in the economy, money has always been tight with non-profits and Home Builders Care realizes that. Over the last thirteen years, they have done several home maintenance projects for us, paying all expenses. It has been a tremendous pleasure to know this organization and know that they care about giving back to the community.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization, on a few occassions. They have helped to keep our group homes for disabled adults in good repair.

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I would not change anything that Home Builders Care Foundation does.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

HBCF provided appliances for our 19 unit builidng housing homeless women. their contributions were crucial to our successful opening and they publicized our program as well. The Director is top notch.

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Washington,D.C.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I just wish they had more resources in this economy.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have served on the Board of Home Builders Care Foundation since 2001. I have been very impressed by the ability of the organization to leverage the financial contributions and building expertise of its donor base to provide shelter for the disadvantaged members of our community. The Foundation is unique in that it provides through volunteer builder captains construction services that typically are beyond the reach of nonprofits or governmental agencies at a very low or no cost. The Foundation will partner with the nonprofit or governmental agency where appropriate to insure that the project benefits the ultimate clientele, whether that be a homeless shelter, transitional housing project, or permanent supportive housing. Since I have been on the Board, Home Builders Care Foundation has contibuted to the success of over 25 projects located throughout the Metropolitan Washington DC area.

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I have witnessed first hand the work of Home Builders Care Foundation in making site visits and attending ribbon cuttings for the various projects throughout the area.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Seek to obtain more funding so the work of the foundation could be expanded to include additional projects within the metropolitan area.

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On two separate occassions, Home Builders Care Foundation gifted time and materials to Malta House. Malta House is an Assisted Living community in Hyattsville, Maryland. Malta House serves frail seniors with limited income and assets. HBCF replaced all of the common area carpet. The carpet was over ten years old and in desperate need of replacement. HBCF secured the vendor and gifted the carpet and installation. A few years later, we requested that HBCF work with us in transforming our residental grade kitchen into a commercial kitchen. HBCF secured two organizations that designed and installed this new kitchen. All laminate cabinets and counters were removed and replaced with stainless steel open shelving and stainless work services. Flooring tile was repaired and plumbing and electrical issues were addressed. From start to finish, all work was conducted professionally. The giving spirit and true appreciation of our seniors was apparent by all involved. Without HBCF, this work would have never been completed. We will forever be appreciative of this organization and its mission and purpose.

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Our seniors at Malta House are so proud of their community. The commercial kitchen installed by Home Builders Care Foundation opens up to the resident dining room. Residents and their families were absolutely overwhelmed by look and quality of the kitchen. Many residents commented that they never had such a beautiful kitchen in their own home. The generosity and goodwill afforded to Malta House and the residents was a true blessing.

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I would not make changes. The support, understanding and professionalism shown by this organization is appreciated and respected.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

President of Victory Housing, Inc.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

In 2007, Home Builders Care Foundation was an instrumental member of a team building additional space at our facilities allowing us to train our volunteers inhouse, saving our non-profit a great deal of money. The space is also used as a resource center and for meetings.

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My office space was also remodeled to make it more workable.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Do more out reach so that more of the public knows about them

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Rating: 5 stars  

Rarely does one meet a more dedicated group of volunteers involved in community service than with the HBCF. It is the single most efficient organization I've ever worked with. They leverage their donor dollars with tremendous industry involvement and volunteer labor to accomplish their goals. AAA+++

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I am fortunate not to require their services

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give even more money to allow them to do more community projects and help more people.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The D.C. affiliate of Home Builders Care Foundation, HomeAid DC LLC, is a committed and patient partner for Building Futures' newest project, Daffodil House. HomeAid DC is providing significant financial support and helped identify a contractor to make accessibility modifications to the front entrance and first floor apartments at Daffodil House. This 30-unit property provides permanent supportive housing for persons living with HIV/AIDS and other disabilities. Most of our residents were homeless prior to moving into the property. HomeAid DC has been patient as we awaited the award of a D.C. grant for construction, which was leveraged by their grant. We're grateful for their support and their appreciation of the goals we will achieve by providing housing to an extremely vulnerable population of D.C. residents.

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Daffodil House will receive a donation to partially fund the construction of a wheelchair ramp and new front entrance to the building. Two wheelchair-accessible units will be constructed on the first floor.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase their capacity to serve additional affordable housing providers.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

Through referral by a colleague.

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

It encouraged our organization to broaden our outreach to other local funders.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Rating: 5 stars  

Homebuilder's Care Foundation has done exceptional work in the Washington region - building homeless shelters, restoring apartment buildings, group homes etc. The foundation brings together the best of the building industry - in terms of both generosity and expertise - to use our resources to help worthy orgainzations. HBCF performs a rigorous review of the organizations we help as well as a professinal evaluation of their building needs and plans. It is a great leveraging of time, money and talent to help the community

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have been a board memeber: reviewing HBCF financials, examining and approving requests from recipient organizations, site visits, assisting at the homeless shelter

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I bleieve they are doing an excellent job - especialy in this difficult economy

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Rating: 5 stars  

Home Builders Care Foundation takes great pride in working with local governments and non-profits to provide shelter to disadvantaged people in need. As a volunteer, I can attest to the effort that goes in to picking projects and following them through to completion -- always keeping in mind the tremendous need for beds and shelter. We call on the building industry to donate materials, labor and most importantly their time. The dollars that the organization raises are stretched many times over by the generosity of others.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

increasing the shelter for the homeless, battered women, and providing temporary shelter for young people.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

increase the publicity so as to increase donations.

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