There's no time like the Springtime to bring a fresh look to a home's 'curb appeal!'
Thanks to two grants totaling $1,825 from the Reynolds/Cristiano Fund of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation, MSH was able to complete improvement projects at two of our properties.
Caroline: Our Thrive House in Denton, MD offers two 2-bedroom units of quality, affordable, supportive housing for four young adults (18-25) with psychiatric disabilities who are aging out of the Foster Care systems of the 5 Mid-Shore counties. Thanks to these grant funds, we were able to have a contractor trim back the overhanging branches of a large tree and remove several very overgrown bushes, both of which were interfering with our ability to maintain the roof and gutters. MSH staff installed new, colorful and low-maintenance shrubbery that enhances the property’s fit in the neighborhood and increases tenants’ pride in their home.
Dorchester County: Our 3-unit apartment building in Cambridge, MD serves a total of four (4) tenants living with psychiatric disabilities and Extremely Low Income. Grant funds were used to complete three important projects. An electrician installed emergency lighting and new 10-year lithium battery smoke detectors in the building’s common hallway. MSH staff added a gravel parking pad in the rear of the building, which is often subject to muddy conditions. Finally, we installed new bushes and mulch along the front of the house. This property is located in an attentive and engaged community, and our efforts to improve the exterior are much appreciated by the tenants and their neighbors.
The grants awarded through the Reynolds/Cristiano Fund of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation have elevated both of our properties’ exteriors to match the highest standard of quality in their communities. Being able to feel proud about where you live strengthens your investment in maintaining your home, which translates into a sense of stability that makes continued wellness and recovery possible. On behalf of our Board, staff and tenants, we sincerely thank the members of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation for their continued support of Main Street Housing!
Highlights from MSH’s 4th Annual Eastern Shore Event
Main Street Housing’s 4th Annual SPAGANZA! Pasta Dinner Benefit Event on March 31, 2016 was a bella notte in celebration and support of our thriving operations on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The sold-out event brought together friends and neighbors for a delicious meal in the charming waterfront dining room of the Elks Lodge #1272 in Cambridge, MD.
“The SPAGANZA! is always a joyful night, and this year was really terrific!,” said MSH Executive Director, Ken Wireman. A team of volunteers and MSH staff served up a full four-course meal: fruit and cheese buffet, followed by salad and heaping plates of spaghetti and meatballs swimming in Ken’s special homemade tomato sauce. Cake and ice cream were the perfect dolce finale. In between courses, attendees perused Silent Auction tables filled to the brim with donated items from businesses in Cambridge, Easton, St. Michaels and Centreville.
“We feel really lucky to have such wonderful supporters across the Mid-Shore,” said Gloria Bowen, Eastern Regional Property Manager. “It’s a great feeling to look around the room and see so many friends and colleagues, and to know that your community really cares about people in need. This year, we had several businesses donate for the first time after they heard about our mission.”
Mille Grazie to our Event Sponsors: Beacon Health Options (Premier), M&T Bank (Platinum), Freestate & Son Insurance (Gold) and Eddie Mangold of Benson & Mangold Real Estate (Silver), whose tremendously generous support made the event possible. Proceeds from the evening support our operations across the Eastern Shore, where we offer 17 units of quality, affordable, independent housing in the community for individuals and families living with psychiatric disabilities.