Our Neighbor, Mr. P.

Mr. P. grew up in Montgomery County and has resided in his current home in Gaithersburg for more than 50 years. Mr. P. lived through segregation in Montgomery County, and recalled the challenges and indignities of his early life. He is passionate about continuing to break down racial barriers in our society and ensuring the equality of all of our neighbors, in Montgomery County and beyond.

The volunteers of Neelsville Presbyterian Church completed life-changing work at Mr. P.'s home. Mr. P. has tried to purchase homeowner's insurance multiple times over the years, but he was refused each time due to his front entrance not being up to Montgomery County code and considered a safety hazard. Volunteers built new steps and a railing leading up to the front door of the home, bringing it up to code and allowing Mr. P. to finally purchase homeowner's insurance. Volunteers also installed several accessibility modifications in the bathroom, including grab bars, to ensure Mr. P. would continue to be able to shower safely. They replaced weatherstripping, installed new outlets and breakers, and repaired damaged drywall throughout the home. All of Mr. P.'s windows were very old and drafty, and in a huge undertaking, volunteers replaced 10 of them, ensuring that Mr. P.'s home will remain warm and comfortable for years to come. Mr. P. is extremely grateful for the dedication and compassion shown by the Neelsville volunteers throughout the repairs process. Thank you to all the Neelsville volunteers for your hard work to help keep Mr. P. safe and healthy in his home!