Gaithersburg, MD [April 27, 2015] –Rebuilding Together Montgomery County (RTMC), a nonprofit with a vision of a safe and healthy home for every person, concluded its 25th annual National Rebuilding Day this past weekend. Each April, RTMC celebrates National Rebuilding Month, the organization’s countywide call to provide safe and healthy home repairs and modifications to low-income homeowners and their families across the county, punctuated with its annual National Rebuilding Day event on the last weekend in April (April 25th and 26th in 2015).
In its 25 year history, Rebuilding Together Montgomery County has provided repair services to more than 2,000 local families. This past weekend, RTMC completed repairs and renovations for eighteen homeowners and a thrift store operated by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Montgomery County. To accomplish this great effort, RTMC brought together more than 600 community volunteers from local businesses, faith-based organizations, the Montgomery County fire department and leadership groups who spent the weekend repairing the homes of these less fortunate county residents.
According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, more than 77,000 homes in Montgomery County (nearly a third of owner-occupied households) have either a home that has an incomplete kitchen or plumbing facilities or is a cost-burdened household that spends more than 30% of their income on homeownership. RTMC provides home repairs services that address critical health and safety issues at no cost to its homeowner clients who are struggling to keep up with the costs of ownership and other life expenses.
“This NRD is particularly special because it’s our 25th anniversary year,” says Christina Betancourt Johnson, executive director of Rebuilding Together Montgomery County, “…and with such a large footprint across the county, our efforts demonstrate the power of community partnerships and all that we can accomplish when we come together to help our neighbors in need.”
National Rebuilding Month is embraced by volunteers, corporate partners and community leaders as a way of bringing immediate, large-scale impact to communities across Montgomery County in a single month.
“The critical repairs, home modifications and sustainable housing solutions that RTMC provides our residents keep them living in safe and healthy homes across the county. Their efforts are vital in the effort to preserve affordable housing and serve the housing needs of our most vulnerable residents,” said Montgomery County Councilmember Nancy Floreen.
If you are interested in sponsoring a Rebuilding Together Montgomery County project or serving as a volunteer on a home, please contact Aaron Gonzales at 301-947-9400×104 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rebuilding Together Montgomery County (RTMC) is a safe and healthy housing organization that believes community starts at home. RTMC works in partnership with local government, nonprofits, and corporate partners to provide safety repairs, accessibility modifications, and energy efficiency upgrades to the homes of low-income residents throughout Montgomery County. The repairs and links to community resources offered by RTMC prevent homelessness, preserve affordable housing, and provide safe and independent living for our community’s most vulnerable residents. Additionally, our work revitalizes and stabilizes vulnerable neighborhoods and communities across the county.
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On Sunday evening March 15, friends, special guests, and corporate supporters helped make RTMC’s sold out Wine Tasting and 25th Anniversary kickoff a memorable event. The Winery at Olney was the host site for the celebration. Participants enjoyed great company and good food as they sampled wines crafted with grapes from some of the world’s most renowned growing regions and fermented by the Winery’s own vintners. Seven of the unique blends were offered with a special commemorative label in celebration of RTMC’s 25th anniversary.
Board member Jocelyn Johnson and executive director Christina Betancourt Johnson welcomed the friends and guests, after which Ms. Austin Morris, spoke on behalf of Congressman Chris Van Hollen (8th District) and presented RTMC’s executive director with a citation celebrating the organization’s 25th anniversary.
Council Member-at-Large Nancy Floreen moved through the crowd greeting guests and speaking about RTMC’s long-term efforts to assist homeowners in need. Councilmember Floreen has been long-time RTMC supporter as well as a project volunteer on National Rebuilding Day.
Many sponsors and partner groups were also well represented, including Choice Hotels, The Donaldson Group, Avison Young, HUD-DC, and Sandy Spring Bank. Former RTMC executive director Susan Hawfield was in attendance. Susan was recognized for her long-time service to Rebuilding Together Montgomery County and presented with a wine basket in recognition of her outstanding legacy.
In his closing remarks, board member and event co-chair Frank Bentz thanked the attendees for their support and reminded them of the impact of their investments on our homeowners and our community. The Winery at Olney donated to Rebuilding Together Montgomery County a portion of the proceeds from ticket sales and bottles sold at the event. Additionally, they presented two raffle baskets to attendees Mark Slatin and Julie Lewarre.
A special thanks to board members Brian Pettit, Bob King, Jocelyn Johnson, and Frank Bentz for their generosity and time invested to make this event great! Also, a special thanks to our neighbors in the Flower Hill Shopping Center, The Grille for their delicious food donation. They were delectable.
About Rebuilding Together Montgomery County
Rebuilding Together Montgomery County, a local non-profit based in Gaithersburg, MD, provides small and large-scale home repairs, accessibility modifications, and energy efficiency upgrades at no cost to low-income homeowners in Montgomery County. These services help our county’s most vulnerable residents live safely, securely, and independently in their homes. Over the past 25 years, Rebuilding Together Montgomery County has served 2,000 low-income households – touching the lives of families with children, individuals with disabilities, veteran’s, and the elderly.
Rebuilding Together Montgomery County (RTMC) welcomes Sam Stiebel, Robert Stewart, and Ann Marie Mehlert to its Board of Directors
GAITHERSBURG, MD – Rebuilding Together Montgomery County (RTMC) is proud to welcome real estate developer Sam Stiebel, Robert Stewart, and real estate attorney Ann Marie Mehlert to our Board of Directors. Our new board members come from a range of backgrounds in business, but they share a commitment to helping preserve homeownership for residents of all income levels in Montgomery County. The new board members will be serving 3-year terms with the organization, renewable in 2017.
“We couldn’t be happier with the new board members joining us this winter,” said Avi Galanti, Board President of Rebuilding Together Montgomery County. “With a new strategic plan under development, each member brings a unique set of skills and experience to help develop that plan and execute against RTMC’s mission: to provide safe and healthy homes for homeowners and their families.”
Sam Stiebel, Vice President of Development at The JBG Companies (JBG), has almost ten years of real estate development and finance experience. Before joining JBG in 2012, Mr. Stiebel was an Investment Banking Associate in the Industrial & Diversified Services Group at RBC Capital Markets. He also had a previous tenure with JBG as a Senior Development Analyst. Sam Stiebel is a member of Urban Land Institute, National Association-Industrial-Office Properties, and the International Council of Shopping Centers. JBG Cares is an inherent part of The JBG Companies approach to development in communities across the Washington metropolitan region. Sam has stated that his favorite JBG Cares organization to work with is Rebuilding Together Montgomery County. He brings strong skills in project development, planning, communications, and finance. Mr. Stiebel holds a Bachelor of Urban and Environmental Planning, from the University of Virginia; and an M.B.A. from New York University’s Stern School of Business.
Robert “Rob” Stewart began his career at Pepco in 1994 and is currently Manager, Advanced Technology and New Business for PHI’s Strategic Initiatives Group. PHI is the parent company of Potomac Electric Power Company (Pepco), an electric utility serving Washington, D.C. and suburban Maryland; Delmarva Power, an electric and gas utility serving Delaware and the rest of the Delmarva Peninsula; and Atlantic City Electric, an electric utility serving southern New Jersey. In his present role, Rob leads an effort that is responsible for further developing and managing PHI’s approach to evaluating and deploying advanced technologies and concepts for application on the electric system. In addition, Rob was recently given responsibility for PHI’s Emergency Preparedness organization. In this additional role, Rob will also be responsible for all aspects of PHI’s emergency preparedness, including maintenance of emergency response plans, drill oversight, and the relationship with external emergency management agencies.
Rob is a graduate of the University of South Florida with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and M.S. in Electrical Engineering (Power Systems). He also holds several patents associated with the connection of an on-site power source to the electric meter, and has published several papers on electric vehicles and the analysis of electric vehicle data as well as articles and presentations related to the deployment of Smart grid Technologies.
Rob is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and an active member of the community where he lives in Alexandria, Virginia. Rob has been active with Rebuilding Together Alexandria, and he loves teaching and sharing information: In May 2012, he was a guest panelist with the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in Washington’s Penn Quarter exploring with theatergoers themes related to climate, water, engineering, and the effects of an apocalyptic event on our nation’s capital.
Ann Marie Mehlert is a commercial real estate transaction attorney at Lerch, Early & Brewer, Chartered, in Bethesda, Maryland. She works with real estate developers, investors and owners on all aspects of commercial real estate. For more than 25 years Ms. Mehlert has negotiated and documented transactions from acquisition and financing through development, leasing and sales. Her clients include large scale residential developers, family-run development companies, individual entrepreneurs, medical professionals and non-profit companies.
Ann Marie’s community involvement includes serving as general counsel (2014) for Round House Theatre, on the Board of Directors for Montgomery Women and on the Western Montgomery County Citizens Advisory Board. She is a past president of the suburban Maryland chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW). Ann Marie received her Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude from Boston College and her Juris Doctor cum laude from The American University Washington College of Law. She is admitted to practice in Maryland and the District of Columbia.
ABOUT REBUILDING TOGETHER MONTGOMERY COUNTY (RTMC):
RTMC is a non-profit, non-sectarian, volunteer organization established in 1990, with its mission being to provide free home repairs and modifications that help low-income homeowners throughout Montgomery County. For more information, visit www.rebuildingtogethermc.org.
“Hugely enjoyable… good folks, delicious food, a beautiful day and great auction items…you had all the right ingredients for a perfect event!” – Brian Pettit, 2014 RTMC Golf Classic Participant
Kensington, MD (October 2014) Participants made other positive comments similar to these at RTMC’s October 6, 2014 Golf Classic tournament at Whiskey Creek Golf Club in Ijamsville, not far from Frederick, Maryland. Sponsors, partners, volunteers, and staff members collaborated to assure that RTMC’s this year’s golf tournament was among the most memorable—and Mother Nature provided an assist. No rain was forecast, the skies were clear, and we enjoyed a perfect, warm autumn day of great golfing.
Greeted by the Redskinettes and RTMC volunteers, golfers were able to indulge in a huge buffet spread provided by Clyde’s Tower Oaks Lodge. After brief words from RTMC executive director, Christina Johnson, the tournament began with a shotgun start. Golfers at all skill-levels enjoyed challenges of the 18-hole course situated in the midst of fields, streams and hills, and breathtaking views of the Catoctin Mountains.
Throughout the course, golfers participated in fun games and contests. On hole four, Bobby Bradley, 7-time Re/MAX World Long Drive Finalist and former Pittsburg Pirate, helped teams with their scores by hitting the first drive more than four hundred yards! After the tournament, the auction and other events, everyone enjoyed delicious menu selections prepared by the wonderful chefs at Whiskey Creek.
Because of the tremendous support received at the tournament, RTMC will be able to further their work to protect affordable housing in Montgomery County by preserving homeownership.
RTMC was established twenty-four years ago, in 1990. As a non-profit, RTMC is responsible for its own fund-raising, publicity, volunteer recruitment and management. For 16 years, the annual golf classic has helped fund RTMC programs and special projects. This year’s tournament generated more than $63,000.00 for Rebuilding Together Montgomery County.
Here are other high points from this year’s tournament:
• RTMC generated a 21% increase in revenue over receipts from the 2013 Golf Classic;
• RTMC’s earned revenue was the highest revenue number since 2011;
• RTMC’s staff engaged seven new companies as foursome sponsors or part sponsors; and
• RTMC entertained 112 registered golfers on the greens!
Congratulations to our winners and many thanks to our sponsors, in-kind donors and RTMC Golf Tournament supporters.
1st Place: Washington Gas: Robert Gidwell, Macellous Frye, Gautam Chandra, and Paul Buckley
Bart & Associates, Inc. Monument Bank
Main Street Homes
Pettit Charitable Family Foundation
Clyde’s Tower Oaks Lodge
Bart & Associates, Inc.
Hole in One Sponsor
ARC Document Solutions
Lindsey Ford of Wheaton
Macdonald + Macdonald
Meridian Construction Company
Roger Rothman & Friends
Standard Solar, Inc.
Beverage Cart Sponsor
Hole & Tee Sponsors
Gaithersburg Air Conditioning & Heating
Mister, Burton & French
Oculus Realty, Inc.
Program Ad Sponsors
Efficient Home, LLC
Oculus Realty, Inc.
ServiceMaster Restore by Cross
Special Thanks to our Individual Players, Twosomes and Auction Supporters
Adolphous Hotel (Dallas, Texas)
Advisory Board Volunteers
Captain Leonard Proctor (Player)
D.G. Liu Contracting
David Meit and Brad Gilchrist (Twosome)
Drink More Water, Inc. (Water Sponsor)
Gapetto Catering, Inc.
Hotel Monteleone (New Orleans)
Inn at Stone Manor Bed & Breakfast
John Wright and David Modi (Twosome)
Leonard Stephens (Player)
Lindsey Ford (Hole-N-One)
Lowes (Nashville, TN and Santa Monica, CA)
Mark Stevenson (Player)
Mon Ami Gabi
Monument Bank Volunteers
Old Hickory Golf Club
Renaissance Washington D.C.
Ritz-Carlton (Laguna Nigel, California)
Rodger Caldwell at Great Golf Events
RTMC Staff Volunteers
Sandy Spring Builders, LLC (Twosome)
Scott Whitter (Player)
The Devlin Family (Twosome)
The Gauntlet Golf Club
The George L. Shields Family Foundation (RTMC Investors)
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Christina Johnson, Rebuilding Together
Lesia Bullock, Montgomery Housing Partnership
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Choice Hotels Spreads Support to Low-Income Communities in Up-County
125 Volunteers Build New Playground and Community Garden for 76 Families
in the City of Gaithersburg
Rockville, MD (September 11, 2014) – Choice Hotels International (NYSE: CHH) reached out to its neighbors in Up-County through a special Room to Rebuild day of community service in partnership Foulger-Pratt Companies and Rebuilding Together Montgomery County on September 11, 2014. Associates from the lodging company worked side by side with volunteers from Foulger-Pratt Companies to build a new playground, park and picnic area, and community garden at two low-income communities in Gaithersburg identified by Rebuilding Together.
Rebuilding Together is a nationwide home rehabilitation organization for the most vulnerable of our population – low-income families and individuals, the elderly and disabled veterans. It is also the Choice Hotel’s signature cause.
The two communities, located at 425 and 439 N. Frederick Avenue in Gaithersburg, are owned by a subsidiary of Montgomery Housing Partnership (MHP), a private, nonprofit housing organization that is focused on preserving and expanding affordable housing for low- and moderate-income families in the county. MHP purchased the properties between December 2012 and October 2013, and has started to renovate the 1960s brick buildings, but adding a playground and community garden was not in their immediate plans for the redevelopment.
“As a hotel company we feel helping people who face challenges with shelter just makes sense,” says Steve Joyce, President and CEO of Choice Hotels International. “Our associates are very excited to help MHP support as many residents as possible, and create a safe and comfortable housing environment for them, just as we do every day in our hotels around the country.”
“Having this new playground and community garden for our residents is a wonderful addition to the redevelopment of these aging, urban properties,” said Robert Goldman, President of MHP. “Without designated play areas, the children have been limited to riding their bikes in the busy parking lot, which is not the safest place for them. Now, both children and parents will be able to spread out. They can sit and play outdoors, plant vegetables and flowers in the garden, meet new friends, and build stronger bonds with their neighbors.”
“The opportunity to build healthy partnerships that engage individuals and businesses with the revitalization of homes and local communities is key to ensuring that our communities remain vibrant and our neighbors feel supported, and it’s the bedrock of Rebuilding Together’s mission,” said Christina Betancourt Johnson, Executive Director of Rebuilding Together Montgomery County.
The day of service is yet another way Choice Hotels and Foulger-Pratt is getting to know its new neighbors in Up-County. In August 2011, Choice Hotels, one of the world’s largest hotel franchisors, broke ground for its new state of the art headquarters at Rockville Town Center after being based in Silver Spring for more than 40 years, with a ribbon cutting ceremony in June of 2013. The headquarters was built and is owned by Foulger-Pratt.
“Our company is all about relationships and the ability to work on our first project with Rebuilding Together Montgomery County, in our backyard, and with our partners at Choice Hotels is exciting for us. Building up the community and the families that live here is our company’s guiding principle and it’s an honor for us to support MHP in Gaithersburg,” said Cameron Pratt, CEO of the Foulger-Pratt Companies.
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We’re excited to announce that Priya Mohan and Aaron Gonzales have accepted positions with RTMC to support our fundraising, stewardship and partnership development efforts! Both will start will us on Monday, September 8 as full-time members of our team.
Priya is a graduate of George Mason University and has a BS in Global Community Health. She’s worked in the nonprofit sector for two years and will be joining our team as the new development associate. She is excited to stay a part of the team, having served us on a temporary contract to backfill for our open positions, and brings a steady stream of energy, strong project management skills and a “can do” attitude to her work and our team.
Aaron is a graduate of Princeton University where he earned a BA in Economics, and UVA Law where he earned his Juris Doctor. Aaron’s worked in both the nonprofit sector and the for profit sector serving as the Director of Operations for A Wider Circle and as an associate with Alston & Bird LLP. He’s also worked in a consulting capacity providing compliance, litigation and transaction support to small and mid-sized firms. Aaron will join us as the new development director. He’s excited about strengthening our development efforts – particularly in the areas of grants, individual giving, and corporate partnerships. He’s also excited to work the RTMC team in support our strong mission and clear vision.
The beach playhouse was created by Pelican Residential and donated to RTMC’s biennial Playhouse Project. Several generous patrons bid on the playhouse in a “Raise Your Paddle” auction. These donations went to the purchase of the playhouse for the benefit of The Arc Montgomery County.
Pelican Residential’s beach playhouse evokes children’s memories of the seashore. On one side boardwalk storefronts resemble souvenir, french fry and ice cream shops. At the rear of the house is a life guard’s chair. Another side of the house features round windows like the portholes of a ship. The fourth side resembles an amusement park with a Ferris wheel car for a child to climb into. On the roof deck has a rope nest suspended over an opening in the ceiling.
The beach playhouse will occupy center stage in The Arc’s outdoor play area. Children served by The Arc will enjoy an imaginative play experience that will develop motor and socialization skills. The Arc expresses their gratitude to RTMC, Pelican Residential, and TW Perry for receiving this beautiful, functional work of art.
The Arc Montgomery County provides seamless delivery of childcare and early intervention services for children with and without disabilities and special medical needs who are six weeks through 10 years old. This unique, fully-inclusive program supports children from many different cultural, socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds and leverages community resources and partnerships to help EVERY child develop his or her fullest potential.
Homeowners in the Washington, DC metro area come to Pelican Residential to expand cramped quarters, update their old-fashioned kitchens, create spa-like bathrooms, build additions and experience a straightforward and sound remodeling process.
The Team at Pelican has been involved in the design and construction industry since 1975. Clients in Maryland, Northern Virginia and the Washington, DC metro areas rely on Pelican Residential to minimize the stress of the design and remodeling process, as we listen to their needs throughout their projects. They count on Pelican’s clear guidance regarding the small, medium and large details of their home renovations, knowing that we bring fresh ideas, fresh solutions and fresh environments to every project.
TW Perry is one of the leading building materials suppliers in the mid-Atlantic, serving the Washington, DC and Baltimore areas and outlying suburbs. We supply lumber, building materials, doors and windows, hardware, decking and railing products, paint, and power tools. We also offer a wide selection of millwork products, including more than 250 in-stock moulding profiles as well as special order products. Our mission is quality and service always. We make a material difference and we take pride in offering the highest quality building materials at competitive prices. Our next-day delivery of in-stock materials helps building and remodeling contractors manage their jobsite logistics and schedules.
Rebuilding Together Montgomery County believes that everyone deserves to live in a safe and healthy home. We provide critical repairs, accessibility modifications and energy efficiency upgrades to low-income homeowners and community centers at no cost to the recipients.
Rebuilding Together Montgomery County, the JBG Companies, and Glickman Design Build joined together to assist a local veteran homeowner in need with critical home repairs.
Rebuilding Together Montgomery County (RTMC) partnered with the JBG Companies and Glickman Design Build to provide critical repairs to a veteran homeowner, Mr. D, and his family in Rockville, MD on Thursday, June 26, 2014. Mr. D is an Air Force veteran and his wife does marketing work from home while caring for her disabled husband. Prior to Mr. D’s diagnosis with congestive heart failure, both were fully employed, but the cost of his health care and loss of his employment, as well as a significant reduction in his wife’s working hours so that she can provide care for Mr. D, have impacted the family finances and slowly eaten away all of their savings.
In an effort to alleviate the home repair burdens faced by the homeowner, RTMC enlisted the help of their corporate partners at JBG who provided 15 JBG volunteers to help with flooding mediation by painting dry lock paint around the base of the home, installing window well covers over the basement windows, providing maintenance and new down spouts for the gutters, and cleaning/organizing the entire basement. Volunteers also beautified the exterior of the home by painting the trim of the exterior windows and porch and clearing out yard debris. The dedication to the work brought by JBG volunteers significantly eased the homeowners daily burdens, improved the home health environment, and gave them hope at a time when they were in desperate need.
Glickman Design Build provided free skilled project managers to RTMC for the entire bathroom renovation. This enabled the team to completely renovate the bathroom, replacing all fixtures, flooring, walls, and washbasin to enable for increased accessibility. They transformed the previously inaccessible bathroom into a safe haven with stylish, accessible design solutions that support a lifetime of changing needs.
Last year, RTMC made repairs for 100 families and 2 nonprofits around the county with the assistance of 1,500 volunteers.
This year, we thank the JBG Companies and Glickman Design Build for their engagement as we repair homes, renew hope and revitalize neighborhoods across Montgomery County.
On January 28, 2014, Rebuilding Together Montgomery County received a grant to address one of United Way NCA’s focus areas: health. A total of $153,545 was awarded among twelve organizations to address the focus areas of education, financial stability and health. The funds came through designations to the Montgomery County Community Impact Fund in United Way NCA’s annual workplace giving campaign.
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Rebuilding Together Montgomery County Announces New Executive Director
Kensington, MD (May 22, 2013) Rebuilding Together Montgomery County (RTMC), a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide free home repairs and modifications to low-income homeowners throughout Montgomery County, has announced the selection of Christina Betancourt Johnson as its new executive director. Christina will fill the vacancy created by Susan Hawfield’s departure in May to join Rebuilding Together’s national headquarters located in Washington, D.C. The selection was made after an extensive regional search and selection process.
“We are very pleased to announce this appointment,” said Scott Whittier, Senior Corporate Counsel at W.R. Grace & Co and Rebuilding Together Montgomery County Board President. “Christina will bring leadership and creativity to the organization, and a deep sense of commitment to our region’s nonprofit sector. She has served nonprofits in various capacities and has an extensive knowledge of program management, fundraising, partnership development and marketing services.”
Before joining RTMC, Christina worked at Global Impact and led the Combined Federal Campaign’s marketing and communications efforts, which delivered more than $60 million to local, national and international charities. Prior to that, she served in various leadership positions with United Way, the University of Dallas and the Washington, D.C. Economic Partnership (formerly known as The Washington, D.C. Marketing Center). Christina earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Hampton University and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dallas.
“Christina’s experience in engaging various stakeholders and rallying them around a common vision and course of action makes her well suited to advance RTMC’s mission,” added Robert Quinn, financial representative at Northwestern Mutual and past Board Chair.
Upon accepting the position, Ms. Johnson noted, “As a native to this region, a current Montgomery County resident, and past volunteer of Rebuilding Together, I am thrilled to bring my passion and experience to this great organization. We live in one of this nation’s wealthiest counties and it’s critical that the most vulnerable populations among us have access to safe and healthy housing, and the broad support of our community. I’m fortunate to build upon RTMC’s great foundation which was established by our past executive director, board, volunteers, donors, and corporate and county partners.”
Christina assumed her new position on May 13, 2013.