Signing Ceremonies
Terrez
Family Services had a busy week with three new Partner Families celebrating their signing ceremonies! Staff and volunteers were  privileged to meet Terrez, mother of five, Adan and Mariela, parents of four, and Heather, mother of three. During the ceremonies we were clear about our expectations and re spo n-sibilities a nd pledged to 
do all we can to help these
families meet their 
Heather
requirements for home-owners hip, which include hundreds of hours of sweat equity, saving for closing costs, paying down any deliquent debts, and attending the
Financial Empowerment classes. We pray this
Adan and Mariela
first step leads to new homes for these  beautiful families in the near future.
Project Blessing
Shyde
On March 15th we held a project blessing in Laurel. Our future homeowner, Shyde, Habitat staff, AmeriCorps  members, and Councilman Jonathan Kellam, were there as we blessed the project, broke ground, and prayed for a successful build. Executive Director, Kevin Gilmore, asked those present to take a moment to envision the house finished with Shyde and her two little ones living there. Congratulations, Shyde! We look forward to this journey together.
Events
Dogfish Head Benevolence Night - March 23rd - 
Details below

Women Build - April 30th through May 8th - Details below

Walt Jones Wine Tasting - April 17th - Bin 66 - 4 to 6 pm - Details below

Walt Jones Auction Night - May 12th - Bethany Blues - 
5 to 8 pm - More Info Soon

Walt Jones Memorial Golf Outing - May 13th - 
Midway Par 3 - 8:30 am or 1 pm tee times will be available



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Thanks, Collegiate Challengers!
Students from Gannon University's  Center for Social Concern kicked off our  Collegiate Challenge! Inspired by Catholic social teaching, the center empowers students to make community service, education for peace and justice, and civic engagement for social change an integral part of their education. This particular group took advantage of the center's Alternative Break Service Trip (ABST) offering. They traveled from Erie, PA and were hosted by St. Phillips Episcopal Church in Laurel. They served alongside AmeriCorps service members, Habitat for Humanity staffers, and other volunteers at a build site in Seaford, DE. When they arrived only the foundation was in place, but when they left they were quite proud that they had framed the entire home and begun to bring it under roof. 
Last week three additional groups took up the Collegiate Challenge! Students from  Husson and Kutztown Universities as well as  Assumption College continued work on the build site in Seaford. (The Husson students also had an opportunity to work on a repair site in Lincoln.) These groups were also hosted by St. Phillips for the week, and enjoyed sharing a potluck dinner at their soup kitchen last Wednesday  evening. 
This week the build continued with two more Collegiate Challengers from University of Saint Joseph and Suffolk University. Wow! That's great progress! 
We think they all did a great job, don't you? Thanks to all of you for taking the challenge with us! Thank you to St Phillips for your great hospitality to all our Challengers!

#CollegiateChallenge2016 #HabitatYouthRocks
#GoGannonU #GoKutztownU #GoHussonU #GoAssumption #GoSaintJoe #GoSuffolkU
Help Wanted
Over the next four months we will be hosting hundreds of volunteers from colleges, universities, churches, and businesses from near and far.

We are looking for skilled construction volunteers who can serve with us by leading other volunteers of all skill levels on our build sites.

Crew Leader: Lead volunteers to complete a specific task on a build site. One day minimum commitment.

Site Leader: Lead volunteers for an entire week on a particular site. 

Site Supervisor Loan Program: If you own a construction company, please consider loaning a skilled site supervisor to help us run a site for a week during one of our busiest volunteer seasons.

For more information on these and other construction volunteer opportunities, please contact Jeff Niethammer, Construction Manager, at 302-265-5968 or jeff@sussexcountyhabitat.org
Donation Opportunities
We are still in need of a reliable work vehicle for use by our construction crew. If you are able to donate a new or late model pick-up truck, please contact our Development Director, Jay Gundy at 302-855-1153 x210.

We are still in need of donated items for our upcoming auction on May 12 at Bethany Blues. Suggestions include; gift certificates for local restaurants, hotels, spas, golf courses, fitness centers, etc. Baskets of cheer, cheese, fruit, chocolate or other delectable treats are most welcome too. 

To explore sponsorship or volunteer opportunities during the Walt Jones Memorial Project events, please contact Traci deWolfe at ar@sussexcountyhabitat.org. She'll be glad to help you get started.
Spotlight On ... 
Chad Miller
Chad first started volunteering with Habitat at the urging of his mother. Then the former manager at the ReStore suggested that he get involved with AmeriCorps. After serving his term with AmeriCorps, he applied for and got a full-time position as the Donation Ambassador for the ReStore and now has served in this position for a year and a half.

"I know that all the hard work, long hours, sweat, and blood that we all put into the ReStore is helping so many people near and far from us." 
Framing Fragments
Home Construction

Seaford
323 3rd Street
         Roof is on!
Doors and windows going in next
110 N. Conwell Street
         Trusses going in

Laurel
623 Belle Avenue
          Foundation is in
Plumbing to begin soon

Home Repair

Frankford
Minor repair complete

Lincoln
Minor repair complete

Laurel
Applications for major and minor repairs now being taken
The Repair Report
Thanks to a great group of volunteers from State Line Building Supply in Selbyville, we were able to complete a repair for a homeowner in Frankford last month. Great job, everyone!   
 
Husson University Student, Marissa, shared a laugh with us on a repair site in Lincoln. Husson Students were here for a week to participate in our Collegiate Challenge, which gives students an opportunity to use their spring break for service with Habitat. #GoHusson
#CollegiateChallenge2016 #HabitatYouthRocks 

If you are a homeowner in Sussex County and would like to see if you qualify for our major or minor repairs program, please call the Repairs Coordinator at 302-855-1153 x214.
Inspiration
"Successful homeownership is not just about putting people into homes, it's also about making sure they can stay in their homes."

Michelle Collins
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