SALISBURY — The Chesapeake Housing Mission has a goal of “making the homes of those less fortunate more livable and secure.”
The mission recently had its 200th build — a wheelchair ramp for a local man.
“You will never meet someone with such a devastating injury with such a positive attitude on life,” said Don Taylor, executive director of CHM.
The nonprofit Christian mission gathers donations and volunteers to make vital home repairs for low-income families in the Chesapeake region. A wheelchair ramp was the focus of this milestone build; volunteers were members of the Salisbury City Police Department.
“In policing today, it’s all about making sure the people we serve are connected and supported in any way,” said Salisbury City Police Chief Barbara Duncan, working alongside officers from her department. “We are honored to be involved with this project. These are the things that matter most.”
The group was founded “by a few of us who had been to Appalachia to repair homes. We had been taking teens into the mountains for 20 years,” Taylor said. “But people here kept saying ‘There’s need here on the Shore.’ ”