Local Spotlight: Patuxent Habitat for Humanity

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When you participate in local volunteer opportunities, you’re not only helping those in need, but also helping yourself to live a more fulfilled and gratifying life. Joining Patuxent Habitat for Humanity is a great way to make your community a better place for all, and to feel good while doing it.

Discover more about this great organization and see how you can get involved by reading the sections below.

How It All Began

When John Wagner visited the home of the Weems family in 1999, he found nine children crammed together in one tiny apartment, mattresses scattered across the floor, and plastic trash bags used as dressers. He knew then and there that something had to be done.

With approval from Habitat for Humanity for Southern Maryland, Wagner began construction of the Weems home, and in 2003 held the dedication for their first Patuxent Habitat for Humanity house.

Since then, Patuxent Habitat for Humanity has continued to grow, providing safe housing to the people who need it most through donations, volunteering, and generosity.

A World Where Everyone Has a Decent Place to Live

“Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope.”

Through this mission, Patuxent Habitat for Humanity invites anyone to join in their construction efforts. As long as you believe everyone deserves a safe and affordable place to live, you’re welcome to help with the work. Furthermore, they show no discrimination towards those in need of housing. Patuxent Habitat for Humanity is open to all, regardless of race, religion, age, or gender.

Today, Habitat for Humanity International operates in nearly 1,400 communities across the United States, and in over 70 countries worldwide. With added financial support, volunteering, or adding your voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help make a difference.

Serving Those Who Served Us

One of the major aspects of Patuxent Habitat for Humanity is their Veteran Critical Repair Program. This program is designed to help rebuild the homes of military veterans and their families.

Repairs vary from structural walls and roofing, to installing wheelchair ramps and remodeling bathrooms for better accessibility for the disabled. Everyone deserves the chance to live in comfort and safety, no matter their physical condition.

Recently, Patuxent Habitat for Humanity helped World War II veteran William Hall easily enter and exit his home by installing a larger landing platform. They also made his bathroom more secure with the addition of a grab rail.

Get Involved Today

There are tons of ways to get involved with Patuxent Habitat for Humanity! To see them all, and to read inspiring stories of those whose lives they have helped improve, be sure to check out Patuxent Habitat for Humanity’s Facebook page.


The Arc Southern Maryland

The Arc Southern Maryland

The Arc Southern Maryland

People with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) deserve more than just job opportunities—they deserve to live in communities that support and help them lead fulfilling lives.

The Arc Southern Maryland was created to help make that vision a reality. This 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization has been helping children and adults with I/DD since 1975. Its mission is to “create opportunities for independence and personal success for people with different abilities in inclusive communities.”

Read on to see what it does to work toward this mission and how you can get involved.

Making a Difference

The Arc Southern Maryland offers a wide range of programs, services, and support to help fulfill its mission.
The Arc Southern Maryland Programs

Several of these programs are created to provide adults and children with I/DD with more opportunities to become independent. For instance, a digital literacy
program teaches folks how technology can help with everyday things like grocery shopping, work, and more.

Meanwhile, transition services help young people transition from the public-school system into employment or post-secondary education. This can take on many forms, from teaching interview etiquette to providing paid work-based experiences or developing vocational skills.

Additional programs available for individuals with I/DD include:

  • Benefits counseling
  • Behavioral support services
  • Personal support
  • Vocational support
  • Community learning services

Advocacy and First Responder Training

A large part of this effort includes working with the community at large to ensure there are opportunities for individuals with I/DD. That’s why The Arc Southern Maryland advocates for changes beyond the individual.
First Responder Training

This includes political advocacy to push for legislation that can improve the quality of life for disabled individuals. It also involves teaching the public about the rights, strengths, needs, and interests of those with I/DD.

One specific piece of this puzzle is the Ethan Saylors First Responders Training. Individuals with I/DD can respond to law enforcement in seemingly unusual ways, and this training helps members of the police force better respond. By bringing together law enforcement and people with I/DD in an uncharged setting, future encounters can be more safely managed.

Get Involved

Want to help The Arc Southern Maryland reach its goal? There are several ways you can get involved. Financial support is always helpful, and can take the form of general donations, event sponsorship, wish-list fulfillment, vehicle donations, and other fundraisers.

You can also offer your skills to the nonprofit by applying to volunteer. Contact them to discuss teaching a class on painting, Zumba®, and more. Or, sign up to help with a special event!

If you’re in charge of hiring at your business, consider becoming an employment partner. After all, what better way to support individuals with I/DD than by hiring them as part of your workforce?

If you’re interested in learning more about the work this organization does, make sure to follow The Arc Southern Maryland on Facebook. That way, you can stay up to date on its latest efforts, events, and successes.