Fulton, MD – As the waters rushed down historic Main Street in Ellicott City on July 30th, 2016, Mrs. Yu only knew one thing – they had to find a way to stay alive. The flood waters were unlike anything local residents remembered, damaging hundreds of homes and businesses, many beyond repair. And while Mrs. Yu and her husband found safety, their home was devastated. Windows cracked, walls damaged, and furniture, clothing and personal items had to be completely replaced. Unfortunately, the family had no means to do it.
“The Yu family came to Howard County from China about 15 years ago,” said John McBeth, the founder of DreamBuilders, a local organization who works to repair homes damaged by natural disasters. “Mr. Yu is a handyman and the home was in desperate need of repair even before the floods came through. So we reached out to everyone in the Howard County community to pitch in and help. Window Nation was one of the first to volunteer.”
Window Nation’s Founder and CEO, Harley Magden, said that as soon as he heard about the family and the situation, he knew exactly why Window Nation was in the perfect position to help.
“Being in the historic district, it’s not easy getting replacement windows,” he explained. “We had to work with our factory to have custom windows built that replicated the historic nature of the original home, and then bring out a team familiar with historic homes to install them. But, this is a local family right in our backyard and we were more than happy to help.”
Headquartered in Fulton, MD, only about 5 miles from Ellicott City, Window Nation has partnered with DreamBuilders on similar projects in the past. “Harley has a big heart!” said McBeth. “As soon as each project is over, he and his brother, Aaron immediately ask ‘what’s next?’.”
“We were so glad to see the new windows going in,” said Mrs. Yu through a translator. “I was moved by the love of Window Nation.”
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