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Riderwood Woodworkers Are Now Making Cabinets to Help a Family Move Into a Renovated Silver Spring, MD , House on Saturday, March 17

February 27, 2012

SILVER SPRING, MD (February 27, 2012) -- Riderwood retirement community residents are now making kitchen cabinets in their campus woodshop that will help Montgomery County Habitat for Humanity renovate a house in Silver Spring,  MD, and allow a family to move from sub-standard housing into  this house on Saturday, March 17. A dozen cabinets are being made by scores of Riderwood residents who are working six days a week on this project.
The house, which is located at 1401 Crockett Lane, was destroyed by a fire in January 2010. It will now be occupied by a couple married for 13 years with three children. The husband has worked for the Montgomery County Police Department in the Criminal Data Unit for nearly  10 years; his wife is a homemaker.
Riderwood Friends of Habitat for Humanity participate in as many as three such 'builds' a year. "We who build cabinets have the additional satisfaction of creating beauty," said Alan Mayers, a member of the steering committee that coordinates the work of Riderwood Friends of Habitat.  "Our kitchen cabinets can stand comparison with fine commercially-built cabinets, but at a saving of at least $1,000 per house."
Riderwood's association with the Montgomery County Habitat for Humanity began in 2004 when resident Bill Johnston, who had been working with Habitat for Humanity  prior to his move to Riderwood, organized the building of kitchen cabinets in the Riderwood woodshop for Habitat houses in the area.
The Riderwood resident-run woodshop has constructed 16 kitchens and 48 vanities for Montgomery County projects and two kitchens and 25-30 Adirondack chairs for homes in Washington, D.C. In addition, the Riderwood Friends of Habitat have helped with office tasks such as stuffing envelopes for mass mailings.
"We gain satisfaction by helping to make home-ownership possible for hard-working people of modest incomes," said Mayers.
Riderwood Friends of Habitat for Humanity  was created in 2006 to partner with local Habitat for Humanity affiliates to provide simple, decent and affordable housing for low income families in Washington, D.C., and Montgomery and Prince George's Counties.
The  website contains information about Riderwood Friends of Habitat and its ongoing activities.