A 91 year old veteran was the recipient of the renovation of his home thanks to Patuxent Habitat, Christmas in April*Calvert County, Exelon Militaries Actively Connected ( EMAC), Calvert High School National Honor Society, Chiefs from Pax River NAS, Patuxent High School NJROTC and Harvest Fellowship. Patuxent Habitat sponsored the project. Due to the scope of work, it was accomplished over several weekends.
The Leonardtown home, built in 1968 by the Amish, was were Mr Somerville lived with his wife and raised his family. His wife passed in 2008. Ge.orge loves to talk about his life here and that he served in the US Army in 1942
During the first weekend, the teams removed and replaced a kitchen floor, raised the floor structure 2” and installed a main support beam , treated the house for mold with Mold Remediation Services , pruned and trimmed shrubs, painted the kitchen ,hallway and master bedroom and removed a dumpster load of “treasurer “ from the property. They replace the stove with a “new” one from ReStore in Lexington Park. They replaced the rails on the back deck as well as the steps. The team measured for new windows and ordered them.
Several weeks later, the team plus some more volunteers returned to the house. This time they removed and replaced three windows, trimmed out the kitchen floor, cleaned and painted the living room, master bedroom and bathroom, repaired the roof and re-flashed the chimney, power washed the exterior, painted the exterior siding, painted and stained the deck, painted the shed and did yard work. Two window air conditioners were installed, one in the kitchen/dining area and the other in the master bedroom. Patuxent Pump and Well will be coming out to check to see why the pump keeps cutting on.
Each day, Exelon provided a great lunch for all the volunteers. Although a lot of work has been done on the home, there are still a few things to do down the road when Patuxent Habitat has the funds. One is to check out the corner of the living room where there may be a flooring problem and handrails are needed on the front steps.
The “cherry on the top” was the American Flag provided by the Chiefs. They installed a bracket on the front of the house beside the porch light. Then they asked Mr Somerville to come out and hang the flag.
George Somerville remarked “I am truly blessed. It is wonderful what they have done to my home.”
It is truly amazing what a little less than $1,000 plus teams of caring volunteers can do to brighten the life of someone in need. The next time you have time on your hands, why not volunteer with Christmas in April*Calvert County. You will be appreciated.
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Margit Miller / Calvert Beacon