Johnny Martin, a navy veteran and his wife Tracey were in a tough spot. Johnny needs continuous medical care and his wife was unable to get him out of the house, without help from family and friends. Through our Veteran Critical Home Repair Program and with the assistance of the local chapter of THE DAV Chapter26, Mr. Martin received a wheelchair lift.

This is the first time PHFH has installed one of these. Patuxent Habitat for Humanity decided it was less expensive than a ramp due to the high cost of lumber now. We had originally planned to build his ramp in January however due to the restrictions and the severe price increases and scarcity of lumber brought on by Covid-19, it was delayed.

As time went by we needed to enlist the assistance of a few volunteers so we could finally help our local hero’s family to be able to attend to his medical needs without fear of him being trapped in the home. Everyone deserves a decent, safe place to live especially our military!

If you know a Calvert or St. Mary’s County Veteran who may our need help to do critical repairs to their home to make them safer and secure please let us know.  There are some income guidelines but please let us know where we can help 301-863-6227.

The Patuxent Habitat for Humanity Veteran Critical Repair Program is designed to repair homes for military veterans and their families. The program will assist with repairs identified in Habitat’s Critical Home Repair guidelines that may vary from roof repair and structural wall repairs to installing wheel chair ramps and remodeling bathrooms to be easily used by veterans with disabilities. If you would like to donate or volunteer for any projects including the veteran programs please call Laurie at 301-863-6227 Email for more information.

About Patuxent Habitat for Humanity
Patuxent Habitat for Humanity is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International and works to create decent, affordable housing in partnership with those in need in St. Mary’s and Calvert counties. We are building strength, stability and independence by building on a foundation that strengthens our community. Patuxent Habitat for Humanity ReStore is located at 21600 Great Mills Road Unit 18A, Lexington Park, MD 20653. For more information about donating money to the affiliate or  to donate items to the ReStore please visit our website If you would like to volunteer contact Laurie at  or call 301-863-6227. Every donation helps a family help themselves.

About Habitat for Humanity International
Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity has grown from a grassroots effort that began on a community farm in southern Georgia in 1976 to a global nonprofit housing organization in nearly 1,400 communities across the U.S. and in over 70  countries. People partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home.

Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Through financial support, volunteering, or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and self- reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, we empower. To learn more, visit