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Sussex County Habitat for Humanity Women Build!
The Hard Hats, Heels and Hearts Gala held on February 15th was the major fundraising event held this year by the Women Build Committee of Sussex County Habitat for Humanity. The Gala was warmly hosted at Baywood Greens in Millsboro, DE and each guest enjoyed appetizers, a served dinner, 3 hour open bar, received a complimentary photo, enjoyed the live band “On the Edge”, dancing and a live and chance auction! Over $12,000 was raised from this event, which will help to fund the building of a home in Georgetown for Theresa Dorrell and her two daughters. “The Women Build Program for a single mom and her child or children was the catalyst for me to join as a volunteer for Sussex County's Habitat for Humanity. The program helps to lift a mom towards a better life for herself and her family. The "icing on the cake" was to meet the woman who will earn the next home. She has the chance to turn her dream to a reality! That is a story with a very happy ending.” said Bernie Polinski of the Women Build Fundraising Committee. Women from all over Sussex County have joined together to become a part of Sussex County Habitat for Humanity Women Build for many reasons. “As a registered architect, I am proving that a woman can do anything a man can do in a male dominated profession. As a mother, I am teaching my daughter that women are strong, confident, and should be proud of their accomplishments. As a citizen of Sussex County, DE, I am improving the world around me. As a woman, I am bonding with other women from all walks of life and making lifelong friends who share a common goal and purpose. This is my personal Women Build!” said Gretchen Spraul of the Women Build Committee. Teena Twilley of the Women Build Committee and local business owner of Designer’s Edge Hair Studio says “I consider myself to be a very blessed woman in my business and personal life. I wanted to become a part of Women Build because I wanted to make a difference in the lives of families that just needed that little help, to live the all American Dream of being a home owner. We as women can make that difference in someone's life. It really warms my heart knowing I was a part of changing people's lives for the better. I am privileged to be such a part of Women Build.”
Thank you to all our sponsors for supporting our Women Build 2014 Project: Marnie Homes, Accessible Home Builders, Del-One Federal Credit Union, Designer’s Edge Hair Studio, Studio Eight by the Sea, Giant, Bernice and Joe Polinski, Denise Beam – State Farm Agent in Ocean View, Vicki York of At The Beach Realty and The Sussex County Woman.
The gala may be over but Women Build will still be having events throughout the year! On March 20th, a Dine and Donate will take place at Mixx Restaurant in Rehoboth Beach from 5:30 – 9:30 pm donating 30% of all their proceeds to SCHFH’s Women Build. A Women Build week is scheduled for May 5-10th where women will help build a home in Sussex County. A Lowe’s Women Build Clinic is also scheduled for May 5th from 6 – 8 pm in Lewes on “Painting and Trim”.
As part of an ongoing partnership, First Shore Federal recently donated $2,000 towards the mission of Sussex County Habitat for Humanity (SCHFH): Seeking to put God's love into action, Sussex County Habitat for Humanity, brings people together to build homes, communities and hope. Kevin Gilmore, Executive Director of SCHFH received the check from Diane Koch, Assistant Vice President & Sussex County Officer of FSF and Bob Stickels from the FSF Board of Directors on behalf of all the partner families who will be helped. The First Shore Federal donation today was used to help put in the foundation on our most recent home in Georgetown Point, 112 Linden Avenue.
American Legion Post 28 sponsored a riding lawn mower/tractor raffle with Baker's Hardware to benefit our next Veterans Build Home and raised over $2500!!!! We are actively seeking a qualified applicant for our next home! Spread the word!
A special Thank you to all our Veterans! Pictured is MSG Geno Suarez and SGT Justin Luther (not pictured SSG Shane Zavodny) who were honored at an event that benefited SCHFH. We are happy to announce we will be starting our 2nd Veterans Build Home in Georgetown soon; currently we are seeking applicants..call our Family Services Department at 302-855-1153, ext. 204 for more information!
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“Fired Up and Ready to Serve!” was the battle cry of 19 Habitat for Humanity AmeriCorps members as they were sworn in at Legislative Hall in Dover on October 18th. In all, more than 100 AmeriCorps members will serve throughout Delaware, living in poverty as those they serve, and “getting things done for America.” Leading the battle cry was the keynote speaker, Habitat for Humanity’s first volunteer , Clive Rainey. Rainey encouraged each member of the 2013 Delaware AmeriCorps class to deploy their weapons against poverty: their hammers, their computers, their mentoring talents, and most of all their hearts.
Thirteen members of the Habitat for Humanity Delaware team will serve in Sussex County, building and repairing homes for economically challenged families, ensuring they have decent and affordable living conditions. They will serve as construction experts, leading other volunteers to serve in our community. They will serve as mentors, helping families on their journey toward homeownership. They will serve as volunteer coordinators ensuring volunteers receive the training they need to be productive volunteers, and they will serve in the ReStore, which keeps usable building materials out of the county landfills and repurposes them to be sold at great discounts to customers. All proceeds of sales at the ReStore go into building and repairing homes.
Members engaged in week-long training that ensures they will be ready to serve. Members receive leadership training, disaster assistance training, and training in their specific job tasks. Last year Sussex County AmeriCorps members operated evacuation shelters during Hurricane Sandy. Sussex County Habitat for Humanity is the administrator of the nationally recognized Delaware Habitat for Humanity AmeriCorps program. The recognition for leadership and innovation by America’s Service Commissions noted the excellence of the members and the contributions the program makes in the State of Delaware. More information about the award can be found at www.asc-online.org
Bob Patterson, Sussex County Habitat for Humanity (SCHFH) loyal volunteer of 20 years, was recognized as an Outstanding Volunteer for his community service on October 22 at Dover Downs. Bob was one of twenty-six individuals, groups, and corporate groups honored at the 2013 Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Awards Ceremony on Oct. 22 at Dover Downs.
During the past 20 years, Bob Patterson served not only as a hands-on construction volunteer but also on the Board of Directors of SCHFH, as a construction lead, and as a member of the construction management team. Bob has been a House Lead on many homes. Being a house lead entails managing the building of a Habitat home from the ground up, ensuring everything from the foundation through the roof, from the windows and porch, to painting and cleaning is finished properly and looks terrific for the family at settlement. Homes completed with his work and under his leadership were built in Laurel, Concord Village, Seaford, Lincoln, Milton, Dagsboro and many other towns in Sussex County.
In the last 5 years alone, Bob served over 2500 hours with SCHFH. That’s 500 hours per year! His impact on the families he served with those hours is tremendous. From home building, to home repair, Bob exemplifies Habitat’s mission by putting God’s love into action to build homes, communities and hope. This year Bob became the leader and champion of the Habitat Repairs program, a program that helps homeowners who live in owner-occupied poverty homes with much needed repairs and renovations. The program is fairly new to SCHFH, and Bob brought much needed coordination and standardization to the repairs that needed to be done. To say he was a “knight in shining armor” is not an exaggeration. He led youth, adults, and seniors on projects to provide ramps for disabled homeowners, to replace roofs damaged by storms, and to rebuild porches that had become safety hazards to homeowners. His leadership allowed SCHFH to expand the program and complete 22 projects in the last year alone.
Bob takes an interest in assuring the projects he tackles are done with excellence for the families under the repairs program, as well. On a recent project, the homeowner needed a new front door. But mobile home doors are not a standard size so Bob had to totally rebuild the door and frame. This was done willingly to assure the homeowner had a secure door to keep out the elements. Bob also spreads his Habitat for Humanity talents beyond Sussex County. He participated in Habitat Jimmy Carter Work Projects in Alabama and in Vera Cruz, Mexico. Bob was a driving force in promoting the first Sussex County Habitat trip to San Marcos, Guatemala and has built homes there, too. Seeking to put God’s love into action, Sussex County Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, community, and hope.
As part of the Healthier Sussex County Initiative, the 3 hospitals (Beebe, Nanticoke, Bayhealth) have teamed up with Sussex County Habitat for Humanity to build 2 homes in Georgetown Point for 2 Habitat families who are employed in the Health Care industry. To show their strong support and set an example for others to follow, the CEO’s came out and worked a day together with representatives from each hospital. It was a day full of team building, hard work and even fun! In addition to volunteer build days, each hospital is hosting in September the Habitat ReStore truck for donations, conducting a “new tool” drive in October in their lobby’s and hosting local dine/donate nights in November in local restaurants. The goal is for all hospital employees to participate whether it is volunteering to build, donating a new tool or participating in a night out. Seeking to put God’s love into action, Sussex County Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.
Seeking to Put God's love into action, Sussex County Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.
Since 1991, through volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, the Georgetown affiliate has built 87 homes in Sussex County.
119 adults and 232 children now occupy these homes.
The philosophy is simple: Habitat provides a "Hand-up, not a Hand-out". Families are selected on the basis of the need for housing, ability to pay a not for profit, no-interest mortgage, and their willingness to partner. Homeowner candidates invest sweat equity by helping to build their homes and the homes of others. Mortgage payments go into Habitat's "Fund for Humanity" and are used to build more houses with more families in the future.
Read Touched by Volunteerism
Click here to view Building Community: Partnering for Affordable Housing, a documentary produced by local filmmaker Mike Short. The film shows the need for affordable housing in Sussex County, Delaware, and illustrates what Habitat and others are doing to meet this need.
Collegiate ChallengeCollegiate Challenge provides students with an opportunity to volunteer with Habitat Affiliates across the country during a school break. [ ...more ]
Walt Jones Memorial Project 2013
Walt Jones Memorial Project Sets Habitat Record of almost $70,000! The series of fundraising events surrounding the Walt Jones Memorial Project this year garnered an overwhelming response in support from sponsors, donors, participants and interest! This past year, the leadership committee, focused on adding 2 new events (Winter Golf Clinic and Wine Tasting) and increasing the participation in the annual auction and golf outing! The best news to share is on Saturday, May 18th, Brandy Williams and her 2 sons moved into the Habitat House named after Walt Jones! The Schell Brothers were the Walt Jones Memorial Project's Overall Sponsoring, donating, $25,000 to Sussex County Habitat for Humanity. [ ...more ]
Double Project Blessing July 10, 2013
Double Project Blessing July 10th "BUILDING A HEALTHIER SUSSEX COUNTY WITH HABITAT FOR HUMANITY" On Wednesday, July 10th at 9:00 A.M., Sussex County Habitat for Humanity (SCHFH) and the Chief Executive Officers from Beebe Medical Center, Bayhealth (Milford) and Nanticoke Health Services will break ground together at a special project blessing for 2 new homes on Linden Avenue in Georgetown Point. [ ...more ]
Partner Family Picnic 2013
Partner Family Picnic“Habitat Families Share a Picnic and learn about Family Safety”Sussex County Habitat for Humanity conducts a monthly class for their Partner Families who are currently enrolled in their program. [ ...more ]
Double Dedication in Seaford
“Habitat builds homes, communities and hope in Seaford!” June 19, 2013 (Seaford, Delaware) “For 22 years, Sussex County Habitat has been putting God’s love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope,” Tom Protack, Community Engagement Director for Sussex County Habitat for Humanity (SCHFH), explained as the Home Dedication Ceremony began for 2 new Habitat Families in the greater Seaford area along King Road. [ ...more ]
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Dogfish Head Benevolence Day
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery and its brewpub were closed Monday as employees turned their talents to another craft by teaming up with Sussex County Habitat for Humanity to help build homes! See the rest of the article and the video HERE!. [ ...more ]
Discover Bank Donates to SCHFH
Seen in the pictures surrounding the check are AmeriCorps Members wearing their grays and in the center holding the check are Amy Walls and Vicki Monahan (Discover Bank) and Kevin Gilmore and Tom Protack Discover Bank recently donated $10,000 to help Sussex County Habitat for Humanity host AmeriCorps service members. [ ...more ]
M & T Bank Donates to SCHFH
L- R (Keith Atkins, Robert Bunting, Tom Protack of SCHFH, Mary Ann Leager, Faye West, Kirby Fitzgerald )As part of an ongoing partnership, M & T Bank recently donated $10,000 towards the Mission of Sussex County Habitat for Humanity (SCHFH): Seeking to put God's love into action, Sussex County Habitat for Humanity, brings people together to build homes, communities and hope. [ ...more ]
Kevin and Tom on 88.7The Bridge!
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ProjectsConcord Road - Seaford
Concord Road is our Rehab Project! This house will soon be the home for Melissa Price and her family. [ ...more ]
112 Linden Avenue - Georgetown
112 Linden Avenue is part of a 36 home community in Georgetown called Georgetown Point. [ ...more ]
Norwood Street - West Rehoboth
This house will be our second rehab this year!. [ ...more ]
Jewel Street - Seaford
Our Jewel Street home is located blocks away from Concord Village where we have built SCHFH homes in the past. [ ...more ]