A Note of Thanks from Our Executive Director, Kevin Gilmore
As we approach Thanksgiving and begin to reflect upon our many blessings, I am deeply grateful for each of you and for what our affiliate had accomplished these first 25 years. Because of your hard work and generosity, over 40 families in Guatemala and over 1oo here in Sussex County now have decent, affordable homes. Additionally, over 160 homeowners have improved their homes through our repair programs.  With each success we celebrate and are grateful to God for what He has done through you.

Moving forward we intend to open our second ReStore location in Lewes, continue building new homes in Ellendale, Delmar, and Milton, and initiate neighborhood revitalization and repair projects in Seaford and Laurel. We now have more homeowners, volunteers, staff, AmeriCorps service members, and community partners than ever before. T ogether we build strength, stability, and self-reliance for our partner families. 

As you count your blessings this year, I hope that Sussex County Habitat will be among them and that you will say a prayer for our important mission of building homes, communities, and hope to continue. Thank you for your generous donations of time, talent, and resources. By supporting Habitat, you are building so much more than houses.  Thank you, and God bless you.
HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
Welcome
Heather Barony
Executive Director Kevin Gilmore is happy to announce that Heather Barony has accepted the position of Family Services Manager at Sussex County Habitat.  The offer was made to Heather after receiving resumes from many qualified applicants.

In her new position, Heather makes a direct impact on families as she receives  applications for the homeownership program, assesses them, and presents them to the Family Services Committee. The committee then makes recommendations to the Board of Directors, which approves or denies the potential partner families. Once a family is accepted to the program, Heather and members of the Family Services Committee mentor them through the financial literacy and empowerment courses, debt elimination and credit building processes, homeownership and post-homeownership classes. Heather also monitors the completion of their sweat equity hours. 

Heather is  a graduate of Delaware State University with a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing (BSN) with a minor in Nutrition.   She joined Habitat for Humanity in July of 2015.   She is from Waldorf, Maryland and now resides in Lincoln, Delaware with her fiance Kyle.

 

" I am privileged to serve as the Family Services Manager at Sussex County Habitat for Humanity and to work with such an amazing team on a daily basis. Together we serve our community to end housing poverty and provide affordable housing for those in need. To directly impact families within our community is such a rewarding experience and I look forward to carrying out our mission."

Good luck, Heather! We already know you'll be fabulous!
Two More Partner Families are Home for the Holidays!
We are so excited that two more of Sussex County Habitat's Partner Families are now Habitat Homeowners!

Congratulations, James and Rebecca!  They made settlement  on their new Delmar home just in time to spend the holidays there with  their children.



Congratulations also to She'Don! She recently settled on her new home in Ingram Village in Ellendale. She and her daughter will be settling in before Thanksgiving as well! 


We wish both these families many years of health and happiness
in their new  Habitat homes!

Home Dedication
James, Cora, & Joanna Celebrate
with Friends & Family
Congratulations to our partners, James, Cora, and Joanna.  We recently
dedicated their newly rehabilitated Habitat home in Laurel. Many Habitat staff members, AmeriCorps service members, and volunteers were there to celebrate with this multi-generational family. On behalf of her parents and nephews, Joanna received a ceremonial gold key, a homeowner's prayer, and Bible in accordance with our long-standing Habitat tradition. This beautiful family will be making settlement soon!  
Signing Ceremony
Autumn, Liam, & Tyran
We recently held a signing ceremony for our new partners, Autumn and Tyran. During the ceremony our Executive Director, Kevin Gilmore, emphasized the importance of this first step in the journey toward homeownership for Autumn and Tyran. "Too often these life moments can go by without our taking a moment to celebrate them," Kevin said. He also spoke about keeping the lines of communication open during the program. "Sometimes things don't go exactly as planned, but if we keep communicating and work it out, I think you'll find at the end of this journey that everything has been well worth it." Please welcome Autumn and Tyran to the Habitat family when you see them. Be aware that little Liam is quite the charmer!
Thanks for Lunch, Del Tech! 
Our "Regulars" Enjoy Lunch Provided by Del Tech
A group of volunteers from  Delaware Technical Community College
 in Georgetown were kind enough to bring lunch to some of our "regular" volunteers on a build site in  Delmar! What a kind and thoughtful gesture! It is much appreciated! 
Thank You to Dover Air Force Base's HVAC Shop!
Dover Air Force Base's HVAC Shop



Partner Family Football
All About that Base

 Dover Air Force Base's HVAC Shop gave a day of service framing a home in Ingram Village in Ellendale. They even found time to pass the football with the children of one of our Partners. They did a great job and pledged
                                                                                              to come back and serve with us
                                                                                              again in December!
 
Catholic University: Our First Collegiate Challengers of 2016-17!
Catholic University

T
hank you to Catholic University the first of our
Signing the framed walls.
Collegiate Chall enge rs 2016-17!  The 22 member team worked as weekend w arriors in Ingram Village in Ellenda le. They completely framed one home while other members laid the sub floor in another home across the street. They were amazing!  Catholic University served with us last year during Collegiate Challenge as well. Word is t hey set the bar pretty high for our Challengers yet to come!
 
We so appreciate all our volunteers and are grateful that they keep on coming back! 


End of Day - Closing Circle


ReStore to Open in Lewes, Delaware
 
On January 28, 2017, Sussex County Habitat for Humanity will open a second ReStore in Lewes, Delaware. The new ReStore will occupy the 10,000 square foot building formerly known as Practically Yours Antiques located in Lewes on Route 9, three miles west of Route 1.
OSHA Training
OSHA Demonstration
 Our Construction Crew and AmeriCorps service members  recently attended OSHA training. Habitat st aff and AmeriCorps members strive to make our build sites as safe as possible for our volunteers. Below: AmeriCorps service members Chris TurnerCaitlyn GeogheganBrittni Sullivan, and MaryBeth Bond practice what they learned about safe scaffolding in the sunny parking lot of our  Georgetown Offices. 
Celebrating Return Day 2016
Barbara, Susan, Traci, Heather, Susie, Cindy, Sara and Audrey Enjoying Return Day
Sussex County Habitat staff and AmeriCorps service members took a few hours out of the busy work week to walk around Georgetown Circle and see all the vendors. They watched the Return Day Parade go by and shared a few belly laughs while enjoying the beautiful weather.  "Now that we've buried the
                                                                                                            hatchet, let's get back to
                                                                  business," seemed to be the  order of the day.
The Repair Report
AmeriCorps service members, Habitat staff, and voluntee rs recently completed a minor home repair in Laurel. They reconstructed the floor, installed cabinetry, and did some finishing work for a qualified Sussex County Homeowner. 
 
If you are a homeowner in the areas of Seaford, Laurel, or Southeast Sussex County and would like to see if you qualify for our major or minor repairs programs, please call the Repair Program Coordinator at  302-855-1153 x207 or visit our website at  www.sussexcountyhabitat.org for more information or an application. We'd love tohelp you too if we can.
 
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Inspiration
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We are Grateful for Each of You!

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