Rebuilding Together Howard County celebrated its 25th Anniversary on Thursday, June 15th. The party was held at Wilde Lake Inter-faith Center in Columbia Maryland from 5:00 to 8:00 with Richard Story as our master of ceremony. That evening Edward Hamel, President of Hamel Builders, and Steve Kendall, owner of Kendalls Hardware, were recognized as outstanding contributors. John Startt, board member and past President of the Rebuilding Together Board of Directors, provided a retrospective presentation summarizing the first 25 years of the organization.
Howard County Executive, Allan Kittleman, spoke about his personal volunteer experience and strong support of Rebuilding Together’s mission of revitalizing communities. He presented the organization with a Certificate of Recognition to acknowledge outstanding efforts to serve the needs of others in Howard County.
Gail Bates, Maryland State Senator, also spoke about her role in 1992 forming the original board of directors of the Rebuilding Together organization under the direction of then County Executive, Jim Robey. Gail brought an Official Citation from the Maryland General Assembly signed by all the members of the Howard County Delegation congratulating Rebuilding Together Howard County on their 25th Anniversary Celebration and their commitment to providing free home repairs to low income homeowners in Howard County.
Next, Calvin Ball presented an Honorary Resolution from the Howard County Council celebrating 25 years of transforming the lives of low income homeowners by improving the conditions and health of their homes and revitalizing their communities in Howard County. Joyce Stein, homeowner and client of Rebuilding Together, talked about her experience receiving free home repairs to include a new roof, porch and siding. The evening was a fitting tribute to Rebuilding Together and it’s accomplishment of providing free home repairs to 800 plus low income homeowners in Howard County.
We would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who came out to support and celebrate 25 years of Rebuilding Together in Howard County. We are so fortunate to have a network of dedicated volunteers, house captains, donors, sponsors and board members. As our organization grows and widens its impact, we are so thankful for everyone who helped us get here. We look forward to the future and helping more and more homeowners in Howard County stay safe, warm and dry.