Operation Homefront Art Installation

We love to give back to the community through interior design. After our first project with Operation Homefront photographer Cheryl Crumm read our blog and reached out to us about donating her time and photos to Operation Homefront’s Transitional Housing Village. We quickly said “yes!” {Read more about about Operation Homefront and our first project with their Transitional Housing Program here.}

We were thrilled to receive 13 framed photos from Cheryl and arranged to install them into three units in the Transitional Housing Village. The frames were generously donated by Chuck Gruss with Mat About You Framing & Gallery and Cheryl.

Art goes a long way toward making a space feel like home. When you have nice art to look at it lifts your spirits, completes a space and provides a feeling of life in a space.

On install day we loaded up our cart with art, a hammer, nails and a level and traveled from unit to unit with Kyler Olejnik, Director, Transitional Housing - Maryland Village, to decide what art to hang where and leave each unit a little brighter than we found it.

Cheryl also offered her time and talent to photograph the families in the program and she worked with Kyler to set up family photoshoots. Cheryl generously donated family portraits to each family — a gift they will cherish forever.

Thank you for your time and generosity, Cheryl and Chuck! If you, or anyone you know, is interested in donating furniture, artwork, lamps or home accessories to Operation Homefront’s Maryland Village please contact us!



The Transitional Housing Program provides rent-free, two and three bedroom apartments to wounded, ill and injured warriors and their families as they leave the military. Many of these families face the financial burdens associated with traveling back and forth to be with their loved one when they are far apart, as well as the challenges of their service member’s recovery and rehabilitation processes. 

Operation Homefront Village apartments are designed to enable families to heal together, while bridging what can be a lengthy gap between when military pay ends and veteran benefits begin, or when veterans’ disability claims are reviewed and received. The Villages relieve the financial stress and provide a comprehensive package of individualized family support and financial planning services. Each participating family is provided with: Rent-free, utility-free, fully furnished apartment, one-on-one financial counseling and case management.

Since 2008, the Villages have housed over 500 military families, providing them with nearly 4,700 months of rent and utilities free housing, saving them more than $5.2 million. In 2017, the Villages provide nearly 70 families with over 330 months of free housing, saving them more than $425,000.


Cheryl Crumm Photography Operation Homefront April Force Pardoe Interiors

Cheryl Crumm is a local Howard County photographer with a love of exploring new places and sharing the wonders of the world through her images. She uses a diverse set of skills to document everything from the everyday to the extraordinary to include people, places, wildlife, and all that catches her eye! Her images originate from cities and countrysides across six continents (only Antarctica has eluded her!). In addition to her travel photography, Cheryl also provides professional headshot, senior, family, maternity, and newborn sessions.

An award winning photographer, Cheryl has exhibited in the US and UK and has been published in books and magazines.

Her book British Right Through features her vast array of images captured over three years documenting life in London and two of her images were selected for London’s A Day in the Life of Marylebone 2012 – an exhibit and book of only 50 images.

Custom orders and assignment work are welcome. Feel free to contact Cheryl with any inquiries or for custom order requests.



Mat About You has provided quality, art and custom framing since 1972 in charming, historic Ellicott City, MD. We are a family owned business that specializes in custom designing and framing. Our experienced staff will help you visualize design options and then create a finished product that will make your art, memorabilia or treasured object a cherished addition to your life. 

All work is done on site by Mat About You artisans and is unconditionally guaranteed. Your design is brought to life using the finest materials and highest standards of workmanship with unsurpassed attention to quality. With over 1,500 quality mouldings to choose from on site, we will create a look that compliments your decor, taste and budget.

Contact or visit Mat About You Framing & Gallery in Ellicott City for your framing, restoration and unique gift needs.