Even at 69, Carolin was determined to have a place to call home. She came to Dundalk back in 1972 and bought a her home last summer. The house she chose and purchased was featured at the last Dundalk Housing Fair and Neighborhood Tours, and Caroline says, “I fell in love with it. The rooms are cozy; there’s a finished basement and two bathrooms!” It is a complete renovation, and thanks to a seller contribution and a $5000 home purchase grant from Dundalk Renaissance Corporation, the house was very affordable for her. “Of course I had to buy all new furniture and things to go with the new house.
Caroline still works hard at two jobs – Safe Management Security at the M&T Bank Stadium and in rental housing – “work keeps you sane”. She’s also an avid Ravens fan and enjoys sharing stories about her family, especially her grandson. “He teaches Spanish at local public schools and will be going to Brazil to teach English. I moved here because I wanted to be close to my daughter, who moved in January. So, I move in next door! For fun I make no-sew fleece quilts. Favorite food? Pat’s Pizzeria, Squires, Jimmy’s Seafood!”
“When people are considering a move to Dundalk, I tell them you have to live here to understand how close-knit the community is. Around the time I moved in there was a community clean-up and we filled two large dumpsters. I had people helping me get stuff thrown out, whom I’ve never even met! People came together that day – it was amazing! Also I have supportive church; First Baptist gave 200 Thanksgiving boxes (2015) and has been doing so for over 8 years.”
“Words of encouragement: you’re never too old to start. God was able to bring me to this house – don’t give up! I’ll be 99 when it’s paid off, but it’s all mine!”