Tuesday August 13 volunteers from Home Depot painted and installed new cabinets inside the Champ House, a transitional home for men recovering from addiction in Bowie.
Tuesday August 13 volunteers from Home Depot painted and installed new cabinets inside the Champ House, a transitional home for men recovering from addiction in Bowie. (Rachael Pacella / Capital Gazette)

Years of prayer materialized before Steve Clark’s eyes Tuesday morning — cabinets and carpeting to replace decades-old fixtures in a home he runs for men recovering from drug and alcohol addiction in Bowie.

The crew of volunteers from Home Depot did most of the work in a day and a half.

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“Let’s get it,” volunteer team captain Matt Shifflett said.

White paint rolled over aged blue on the kitchen walls. Drills buzzed securing the wooden base from new cabinets and counters.

The 16 men living at the Champ House as they recover from drug and alcohol addiction prepared for the project by removing old cabinets. Tuesday morning more than a dozen volunteers arrived to put down new vinyl plank flooring, a new counter and new cabinets, arranged so the home’s refrigerator can fit in the kitchen. Before it was in the living room.

“We’ve been praying on this a while,” Clark said.

In recent years the house has gotten a new deck, a new roof, bathroom renovations and more, using donated materials, donated labor and the skills of the men living in the Champ House.

The kitchen renovation is one of two major projects this year completely donated by a local business, Clark said. A grant from Home Depot, distributed through Truckin’ 4 Troops, paid for materials. This autumn Livingston Fire Protection, Inc. will install a sprinkler system in the home.

Champ House provides transitional housing for men who are recovering from drug and alcohol addiction, providing a sober and supportive environment.

In addition to the new kitchen, a portion of the Champ House will get new carpet. Tuesday bright new floor panels from the kitchen bumped up against worn white — or maybe gray — carpet in the living room and manager’s bedroom.

“This carpet is 40 years old,” Clark said.

That’ll come out too.

Bowie Home Depot manager Nick Spyridakos said he has hired two men recovering at Champ House to work at his store, and both are good employees. He said he has built a trusting relationship with Clark, so he knows when he calls up with a good job candidate he means it.

“They get them back into society, and working jobs,” Spyridakos said. “We’re batting a thousand right now.”

“He always gives us a chance, which is what’s needed,” Clark said.

Clark is a recovered alcoholic himself, and said Champ House helps save lives by keeping people in recovery on track. They help all kinds of people — Park Avenue to park bench, Clark says — including veterans, which is why the Home Depot’s “Team Depot" offered assistance. The team, which is made of Home Depot employees volunteering their time, has a mission of “Doing More For Vets."

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Livingston Fire Protection President Richard Kozel said the company’s owner Jay Livingston made the decision to donate the sprinkler system, which would have otherwise cost between $25,000 and $30,000 to install in Champ House. He said they typically receive support from suppliers for charitable projects, to help offset the cost of materials.

“It’s a joint effort to get these things done,” Kozel said.

He said they are designing the system right now, and hope to begin installation in mid-September.

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