Housing Alliance's raffle offers chance for many to be winners


A FOUR-BEDROOM house with three baths for $10? It's possible!

A $10 ticket gives the buyer the chance to win a new home on Painted Yellow Gate in Long Reach Village. The American Dream Home raffle is sponsored by the nonprofit Affordable Housing Alliance Inc., led by Bill Ross.

Valued at $185,000 to $250,000, the home is available because of a group effort. The Rouse Co. sold the land at a reduced rate, Patriot Homes President Rick Kunkle reports that his company is selling the home to Affordable Housing at cost, and many subcontractors donated their services as well.

Eventually, there will be more than one winner in this fund-raiser. The proceeds from the raffle will be used to help Affordable Housing build a subdivision of 20 leased homes in Catonsville for low- and moderate-income families who may eventually buy the homes.

Ross said he hopes to sponsor a similar subdivision in Howard County.

To buy a raffle ticket, call Pinnie Ross, Dream Home coordinator, (410) 995-5815. You return the form and $10. Or you can stop at the business office, One Commerce Center, Suite 109. The drawing will take place Sept. 29 at The Mall in Columbia.

New minister

The Rev. LaVern Rasmussen will become associate pastor at New Hope Lutheran Church at Guilford Road and Eden Brook Drive in Kings Contrivance Village on Sept. 5.

Rasmussen was the church committee's unanimous choice because of his experience with small group ministry. Most recently, he was interim director of Mar-Lu Ridge Conference and Education Center in Jefferson.

He has been pastor of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Frederick, tri-district coordinator and assistant to the bishop of the Maryland Synod-LCA and pastor of St. John's Lutheran Church in Cumberland.

He is a graduate of Midland Lutheran College, Gettysburg Seminary and the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Education.

Beginning Sunday, New Hope Lutheran is accepting registrations for Sunday school, which begins Sept. 8.

The church also needs Sunday school teachers. Volunteers and teachers are asked to call (410) 997-5019.

New Baptist church

The Rev. Herbert Duberry has established a new church, Grace Baptist, which meets at Amherst House in the Kings Contrivance Community Center.

He welcomes new members who would like to attend the church's 11 a.m. service on Sundays. A graduate of Morgan State University, Duberry served as an Army chaplain before becoming associate pastor at Baltimore's New Frontiers of Faith Baptist Church two years ago. He owns a Columbia janitorial service.

For information, call (410) 997-0687.

Beautify the neighborhood

Kings Contrivance's Beautification Committee is in high gear with many ideas to add beauty to the neighborhood.

Committee members represent Macgill's Common, Huntington and Dickinson. Tina Cornelius, Debbie Crabtree, Joanna Cumbia, Toni Johns, Verona Meeder, Catherine Nizol, Bob Palfy, Janet Riggins, Beverly Times, Al Velasquez, Barbara Stein and Guy Guzzone are meeting tomorrow evening to discuss and evaluate selected sites.

They will consider plants, shrubs, grasses and trees for their hardiness and maintenance requirements before plans are sent to the Kings Contrivance board of directors and the Columbia Association for final approval.

Light work

St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic parish invites volunteers to help with the Solar House rehabilitation project in Baltimore.

Many parishes' workers can make light work of this worthwhile project, which works on a city row house to make it an energy-efficient home for a low-income family.

You do not need a construction skill, just willing hands. The group meets at Oakland Mills Meeting House every Saturday morning, and work is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Information: (410) 788-2185.

Pool party

Columbia Teen Center is sponsoring an evening pool party from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Aug. 20 for middle-school students at the Dasher Green neighborhood pool in Owen Brown Village, 6800 Cradlerock Way.

Pool membership is not required. Admission is $3. To register, call (410) 992-3726.

Pub Date: 8/13/96

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