Fence & Deck Connection and WMAR ABC2, along with a group of other local businesses and contractors have teamed up to reveal dramatic improvements to The Children’s Home in Catonsville, MD. The Children’s Home is a non-profit Baltimore area foster home for children ages 13-21 who are there due to abuse, neglect and abandonment. The Children’s Home underwent a physical makeover thanks to the program Built Upon A Dream, and volunteers from the Maryland community, including Fence & Deck Connection. The Children’s Home has received just under $500,000 in goods, services, and donations through Built Upon A Dream which airs on WMAR, the Baltimore affiliate of The E.W. Scripps Company (NYSE: SSP). Based on ABC Network’s popular, “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” Built Upon a Dream offers local non-profit organizations a chance to greatly improve their facilities. The program hopes to capture some of the spirit and good work of ABC’s Extreme Makeover program and complete renovation projects for organizations in need in the Maryland region.
On Thursday, July 28, from 8:30-9:30 a.m. sponsors and volunteers from the Built Upon a Dream team will join The Children’s Home residents as they unveil their new facility. The Children’s Home is located at 205 Bloomsbury Avenue in Catonsville. The renovations will enable The Children’s Home to better serve the children, families, and local community. An hour-long TV special telling the story of The Children’s Home Dream Build is slated to air on WMAR ABC 2, on Thursday, August 4 at 7:00 p.m.
The Children’s Home has an over 150 year history of serving children in the state of Maryland who are victims of abuse, neglect or abandonment. The Home provides care in a safe, home-like living environment on its suburban campus where they strive to have children feel secure, nurtured and have a sense of belonging. While at the home, children who have suffered emotionally or physically are given the care normally imparted by parents or families that is needed to heal, rebuild their self-esteem and help them grow into healthy, productive young adults. The abandoned Catonsville estate that they purchased in 1919 has an array of different buildings that are constantly in need of maintenance and repair.
This Built Upon a Dream project, benefitting The Children’s Home, included improvements across the 44 acre campus. Workers improved everything from roofing, painting, electrical, fencing, and landscaping at the home. The work was completed by a group of contractors, suppliers and associated companies who make up the Built Upon a Dream Team. All team member companies donated time, labor, materials and supplies to get the job done. Many of the individual corporate donations are valued at more than $25,000. The Built Upon a Dream team includes General Contractor, MacKenzie Contracting Company, Manekin Construction, Fence & Deck Connection, A. Hoffman Awning, Bath Fitter, Cox Roofing, Bank of America, Ruppert Landscape, Thompson Creek, Penza Bailey Architects as well as a number of sub-contractors, suppliers and volunteers.
Fence & Deck Connection worked with their partners, Trex and Homeland Vinyl, and their contributions include a brand new Trex Transcends Composite 20’ x 20’ Deck with ramp access for the cafeteria, a new white vinyl railing & deck wrap, a new white vinyl privacy fence around the cafeteria’s outdoor utilities with a double gate for easy access. The old deck and fencing were removed at the start of the project by Fence & Deck Connection. These renovations will provide a much needed outdoor eating space during the warmer months of the year as well as a face lift to the entrance.