Chesapeake Housing Mission completes its 100th project

 100 Ramp 1

Chesapeake Housing Mission has completed its 100th construction project to aid those in our community who live in in poverty.

“Bringing together donors, volunteers and those in need is the mission of Chesapeake Housing Mission”, said Don Taylor, the group’s executive director.

The Chesapeake Housing Mission organization was formed in 2009 to provide vital housing repair services through Christian Mission to low-income families living in the Chesapeake Region and has been recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) charity.

It became a United Way Agency in 2012.

The 100th project was completed by one of its most dedicated volunteer teams, Antioch Angel Corp from Antioch United Methodist Church in Princess Anne. The group completed eight of the 36 projects completed so far this year.

“It’s a joy to use the skills we are blessed with to serve others”, said Rick Nelson, Antioch’s Team Leader.

The Angels built a wheelchair ramp for an 80-year-old Worcester County man who could no longer navigate the steps at the entrance to his home. The potential project was referred to CHM by Holly Community, one of its referring agencies.

“Chesapeake Housing Mission’s ramps have literally provided a path to the outside world for homebound elderly persons on the Lower Shore,” said Peggy Bradford, MAC executive director.

“One elderly disabled woman who lived alone had not been able to leave her home for six months as she could no longer negotiate her old home’s rickety doorsteps,” she said. “After the ramp was installed she was able to see her doctor, go to church, or just sit outside on a sunny day. Her quality of life was greatly improved by the ramp.”

Most people are not aware of the need in our communities to help keep people in their homes as long as possible. Providing easy access through wheelchair ramps, grab bars, handrails and other repairs enables families to stay together and lower the cost of care.

“The United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore salutes and congratulates Chesapeake Housing Missions and its many volunteers on building 100 wheelchair ramps,” said Kathleen Mommé, United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore executive director. “One wheelchair ramp at a time — lives are being changed, hope provided and hearts warmed.”

Chesapeake Housing Mission’s clients range in age from a 9-year-old with cerebral palsy to a 94-year-old amputee. It has worked to develop relationships with several key organizations that enable the Chesapeake Housing Mission to streamline services and eliminate duplication of efforts.

It has strong working relationships with MAC, Shore Up, Holly Community and Deer’s Head Center,l and more recently with the four county Health Departments. The agency case managers screen and prequalify the clients.

CHM has 17 different volunteer groups helping with the work, providing over 700 volunteers and more than 6,000 hours of service. In addition to Antioch, the Asbury and Trinity Appalachia Service Project Teams, Nelson Church and the Salisbury and Wicomico Rotary Clubs are providing work teams each year.

With its very long waiting list, it is looking for more groups willing to volunteer, especially during the weekdays.

If you wish to volunteer or donate, please check out its website at or call Don Taylor at 410-546-4534.

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