Habitat for Humanity, local churches join forces to build house for family

THE BALTIMORE SUN

"WHEN WE first learned of Arundel Habitat for Humanity, we didn't think we'd have a chance at a home. Then we were approved and our wait went by so very quickly. Now four wonderful congregations have made it possible for our beautiful home. How can we possibly say thank you to each and every one of you?"

The heartfelt message, which appeared in recent bulletins of four churches, was signed by Brian and Sandie Adams and their children, Candice, Hunter and Andrew.

The Adamses will see the dedication today of their new home -- one built through Habitat with help from the four congregations. Two of the sponsoring churches are in Linthicum -- St. John's Lutheran Church and Linthicum Heights United Methodist Church. Harundale Presbyterian in Glen Burnie and Woods Memorial Presbyterian in Severna Park are the others.

The family has also begun visiting each church for services -- wanting, they said, "to make a personal thank-you" rather than just appearing as a "picture on a bulletin board."

Habitat projects are "built with families," the organization notes, "not for families" -- earning "sweat equity" toward eventual purchase.

Bob Abel, a member of Linthicum Heights Methodist and family liaison with Anne Arundel Habitat for Humanity, said each work day started with devotions, and the churches rotated the responsibility of providing lunches for participants.

Members from the four congregations worked side by side. "People from all faiths and backgrounds came to work together with the family," he said. "It is something Habitat does so well, bringing people together."

The dedication of the Adams home is to take place at 2 p.m. It is on Parkway Drive, next to another Habitat house also being dedicated. Representatives from the churches who sponsored and helped build the house will be there to celebrate, and a Bible and keys to the new house will be presented to the family.

Anyone interested in seeing how the Habitat concept works is also welcome to attend.

A joint effort

An old-fashioned barn-raising isn't something you often see around here. But some 70 volunteers made it happen -- well, not quite around here, but in the Charles County community of Nanjemoy.

For three days during the last weekend of August, Tom Durkin, Walt Eger and Don Fox joined about 70 volunteers to haul lumber, hammer and raise the walls and roof of a 42-by-60-foot building on the grounds of Lions Camp Merrick, a summer residential camp for sight- and hearing-impaired children.

Beth Sandifer, past president of the Linthicum Lions, said her husband, Randy -- a Pikesville-Randallstown Lions member -- came up with the idea about two years ago when they were both board members of Camp Merrick.

"The first thing Randy noticed at the camp was the lack of storage space and any type of area to repair equipment or build items needed at the camp," she said. "Since that time it has been his dream to build this building."

Planning too big a project for any one club, husband and wife traveled throughout Maryland speaking to Lion and Lioness clubs to raise money. They were also asked to be guest speakers at the Linthicum Rotary Club, Chesapeake Woman's Club and Exchange Club.

Donations totaled $18,000 from speaking engagements, various individuals, funds in memory of three deceased members and many corporations. It includes $5,000 raised by Marlene Stivers, president of the Linthicum Lions, who made and raffled off two quilts for the cause. Also, several businesses donated materials and labor for the construction.

Organizers were also grateful to Trump Construction, which donated labor for the weekend and coordinated the effort.

Still, there is a long way to go. With the $18,000 depleted, and the building only a shell, the Sandifers will continue their search for funds -- about $10,000 is needed -- to complete this project before winter.

"We still need three large garage doors and wood siding for the outside of the building. Once the outside is complete, work can continue throughout the winter," Beth Sandifer said.

To make a donation to the Lions project, call the Sandifers at 410-521-0756.

Support group meets

The Heart to Heart Cardiac Support Group will meet at 7: 30 p.m. Tuesday in Room 116 of the Linthicum Heights United Methodist Church, 200 School Lane.

Guest speaker will be Deborah Van Orden, a nurse from the cardiac catheterization lab of North Arundel Hospital. Her topic will be diagnostic tests for heart disease. The meeting is free and open to the public.

Information: Nan Duerling at 410-987-0494 or nanduerling@jhu.edu.

Garden round-up

"Pressed in Time" is the program for the Ferndale Garden Club's meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday. in the Ferndale-Linthicum Senior Center, 7205 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd.

Member Connie Pumphrey will demonstrate how to make a pressed flower project. Participants should bring pressed flowers, a small picture frame or glass jar, tweezers, and glue. Guests are welcome.

Garden designer Marge Smith will lecture on "A Shaded Herb Garden" at a meeting of the Friendly Thyme Herb Club Friday -- also at the senior center. Refreshments will be served at 9: 30 a.m, and the meeting begins at 10.

Smith, a member who lives in Linthicum, is known for her contributions to the community. For 21 years, Smith, with the support of the Woman's Club of Linthicum Heights, has planted and tended to public triangles at several local intersections. She also designed, planted and is responsible for maintaining the herb garden at the Benson- Hammond House on Aviation Boulevard.

The club is also planning a trip to see herb and garden farms in the Hagerstown and Frederick areas on Thursday. A carpool will leave from the senior center at 7: 30 a.m.

Stops will include The Gardens at Boonsboro, a wholesale and retail company specializing in unusual plants and topiary. Owner Laurie Crane has constructed more than a dozen kinds of gardens on her 65 acres.

One of her most unusual is an all-green garden. "I wanted to do something different," she said. "There are 27 or 28 different shades of green."

The group will also visit the Surreybrooke herb farm and Homeplace Gift Shop, and have lunch at Dan-Dee Country Inn.

Information: Debi Burkman at 410-760-4809, or the club at 410- 859-3569.

American Legion meets

Ferndale American Legion POW/MIA Post 289 will meet at 8 p.m. tomorrow at the Ferndale/Linthicum Senior Center. Veterans wishing to join the post are welcome. Meetings are held the fourth Monday of each month.

Post Commander Albert Scarselletta said the group is involved in various legion programs. Members participate in the flag history of the U.S. and Maryland Flag Program at schools, for senior citizens and for Scouts. They lend medical equipment to veterans and those in need, and accept donations of hospital beds, walkers, wheelchairs, canes and other items.

Information, donations: Albert Scarselletta, 410-766-6224.

Basketball sign-up

Basketball sign-up for the North Glen Improvement Association is being held at 7: 30 p.m. on Tuesdays through October at the North Glen Hall on Wellham Avenue. The fee is $30 for ages 5-10, $45 for two, and $60 for three or more children. For ages 11-18, the fee is $50 per child.

Managers, coaches and referees are needed. Information: Ralph Mason, 410-761-4894.

Pub Date: 9/26/99

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