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Over 200 members of the Oakland Mills Middle School (OMMS) staff, students and family participated at some point in improving the home and life Mrs. Wilson, a Howard County resident. Mrs. Wilson came to Rebuilding Together Howard County with an urgent repair request. This small request blossomed into multi-day repair projects and a touching story of our community helping others in need.

OMMS volunteers helped repair Mrs. Wilson’s house including:

  • Reinforced carport roof beams, replace portions of roof deck
  • Repaired roof leak at chimney/parge chimney cap
  • Reset front brick sidewalk
  • Installed GFIC outlets in kitchen and bath
  • Installed smoke and CO detectors
  • Removed kitchen and bath flooring & replace with laminate
  • Replaced inefficient windows, replace interior trim
  • Repaired back deck and railing
  • Interior painting touchups, exterior painting
  • Landscaping/ yard cleanup/ gutter cleanout
  • Replaced ceiling fan
  • Installed front walk railings
  • Replaced patio door locks

While repairing the home of Mrs. Wilson, the OMMS students got to know the homeowner and discovered that she was about to undergo chemotherapy. The students then involved the entire sixth grade class of 165 students in a special project for Mrs. Wilson. Students created get well cards and artwork for a quilt of positive messages for the homeowner to wear during her chemotherapy sessions. The students designed and handmade Mrs. Wilson’s ‘chemo quilt’ seen below.

Seeing our community come together and help in a time of need for a complete stranger validates our organization’s mission of repairing homes, revitalizing communities and rebuilding lives.

“I must say again how powerful this work is for everyone involved and thank you both for your role as inspectors, advocates, fund managers and experts.” George O. Clifford, House Captain

To get involved and make your own impact in Howard County, click here. Thank you to the students, parents, teachers and volunteers at Oakland Mills Middle School. OMMS will be repairing another home with RTHC this September.