Builder comes to the rescue!

Real Estate Agent with The Benya Group 618516

demolition     I can't tell you how much I love hearing news like this!  It seems that a woman named Delores Smith in Accokeek, MD, who has worked as a foster mother to over 125 children, is on the right path to getting her home re-built.  She was evicted in 2003 after the house was condemned due to an oil leak.  Turns out the oil company was found negligent but no damages were awarded.  Since then she has been living in a poorly insulated farm house that her parents owned.

     Fortunately, Terry Barnes, a local homebuilder, heard the story and has stepped in to help.  He's now working with volunteers to get her home rebuilt.  Also stepping up to the plate is Bill Hocker, a lender with Countrywide and president of Southern Maryland Business Network.  They have stated that they will use all available resources to assist in rebuilding the home.

     I think it's outstanding to hear about projects like this.   Here is a woman who has dedicated her life to helping other people, and finally she's seeing the community she's worked so hard to assist step up when it's needed most.  I can't imagine the dedication it would take to foster so many children over the last 40 years, and I think as a community it's really our duty to make sure that we do our best to look out for people like this.

     Unfortunately I had not heard about this story until this morning, but I can say that I will be calling Bill Hocker this afternoon to see what I can do to help out, and I highly encourage anyone else who has the resource to do the same! 

Comments (7)

Dwayne West
Atlanta Real Estate - Canton, GA
Canton Georgia Real Estate
It is good to read things like this. We all could learn something from this post.
Oct 30, 2007 02:20 AM
Jonathan Benya
The Benya Group - Waldorf, MD
The Benya Group
I completely agree.  I always love finding out about stories like this, there's nothing more personally satisfying than helping people who have done so much and truly deserve the support of their community!
Oct 30, 2007 02:32 AM
Cynthia Tilghman, Realtor® Onslow County NC Home Specialist
Kingsbridge Realty, Inc - Hubert, NC
Hi Jonathan,
I love feel good stories, we don't hear them often enough.  This lady has given her life to help children and I am so happy that now she is on the receiving end.  Thanks for sharing.
Oct 30, 2007 02:35 AM
Jennifer Esposito
JenRan Realty, LLC - Woodstock, CT

Reminds me of the show, Holmes on Homes. 

Too many times the media has only negative stories about builders and contractors.  Way to go Terry Barnes!

Oct 30, 2007 02:47 AM
Melissa Davis
CENTURY 21 Hawkins & Kolb - Sumter, SC
Broker/GRI. Sumter SC

Great story.  I agree the media can be harsh on builders, unless there is something bad to say they don't say anything.  Thank you TERRY BARNES for your thoughtfullness and hard work.  May God Bless!

Oct 30, 2007 03:08 AM
Dale Campbell
Virginia Real Estate - Mechanicsville, VA
Kudos to the builder and please keep us updated!
Nov 05, 2007 10:48 AM

I want to thank everyone for the warm comments about my mom. She is not a person who goes on the web so I will pass it on to her the warm comments. It will be so wonderful for us to finally come home and have a family dinner.

Apr 14, 2011 06:45 AM