The Growth of SPAN!
Pat Pyles leadership continues to help SPAN grow. One of two volunteers who made SPAN’s renovation and addition possible, served as the general contractor. Pat took on the SPAN project because he was looking for a community service opportunity: “I had just left a 20-year engagement working with Rebuilding Together (formerly known as Christmas in April) looking for something different to do. Nancy Burns, a member of the Severn River Lions Club and my next-door neighbor, mentioned that SPAN was about to put on an addition; this was right up my alley.”
Not many contractors donate their services as Pat has done. Pat’s philosophy is that “community service is something that you do…it was part of the way I was raised.”
The project took two years, beginning with demolition of the small porch on March 31, 2012 and ending in February 2014. The biggest challenge of the project for Pat was that he wanted it to be an all-volunteer effort. “When I first started out, I’m so used to doing this that my ego said, ‘We can do this. No problem,’ neglecting the thought that I no longer have an organization like Rebuilding Together behind me, one that had lists of volunteers and that was used to getting lots of volunteers for construction projects.” Nevertheless, Pat thinks that about 60% of the project was done with volunteers and a number of businesses contributed free or discounted materials. (As a result, the project finished at $3,494 under the Board of Directors-approved budget.)
According to Ted Mathison, Project Manager, “Pat agreed to take on the project during the depths of the recent recession, which was difficult. While struggling to keep his own business viable, he still found the time and resources to move the SPAN project forward. He lined up numerous contractors who were willing to donate their labor, and sometimes the materials. This was no small feat because the contractors had their own businesses to operate. In addition, Pat was tireless in finding and bringing on board the many volunteers without whom the project would not have been financially feasible.”
SPAN is exceedingly grateful to Pat for the time he gave to the SPAN project as well as his connections with volunteers and donors. What perfect timing that he happened to be looking for a community service project when SPAN needed someone to help make our building up to snuff. Thank you, Pat, for your generosity and fine work.
House was constructed prior to the 1960s when Our Shepherd Lutheran Church acquired the property. In 1990 the Church made the house available to SPAN, which opened April 2 under the sponsorship of 6 area churches, who saw a great need to help area neighbors in crisis.
We Didn’t Do It Alone!
Many thanks to all the businesses, organizations and individuals who gave of their time, talent and donations!
List of Volunteers
Who Worked on the SPAN House Addition and Renovation
All American Plumbing
Anne Arundel Fire Protection, Inc. – Mike DiGirolomo
American Remodeling Corp.
Baines Construction – Tom Baines
Barton Commercial Ceilings and Interiors, Inc. – Dick Barton and Mike Clouser,
Earl W. Bohlman & Sons Electric – Randy, Craig, Josh and Chuck Bohlman
MVM Plumbing – Mike and Sean Miller
Opportunity Ministries Recovery Houses
Working Women in Construction, PO Box 709, Mayo, MD, 21106
Bill Burns (Babco Contractors)
Kenny Vodusek (Babco Contractors)
Severn River Lions Club, PO Box 118, Severna Park MD 21146
Dale Strait, leader
Boy Scout Troop 339
c/o Woods Memorial Church, 611 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd., Severna Park, MD 21146
Brad Agee Pete Freeman
Braden Smith Ryan Agee
Will Bieri Karen Agee
George Bieri Michael Smith
James Bieri Bryan Cooper
Boy Scout Troop 918
c/o Our Shepherd Lutheran Church, 400 Benfield Rd. ,Severna Park, MD 21146
Hunter (Andy) Reid
ElQuire C. Brown
Robert G. Marshall
Margret and Tom Nappi
Aaron and Hong Zhang Pesetski
John and Lauri Przybysz,
Preston A. Schumann
John Veach Frenchie Verrier
Severn River Lions Club construct Handicap Access Ramp