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Habitat on the Hill 2016
Meeting with Senator Carper
Sussex County Habitat's Executive Director, Kevin Gilmore, was in Washington, D.C. for Habitat on the Hill 2016, Habitat International's 10th annual legislative conference. Each year Habitat staff, volunteers, and homeowners from across the country gather to discuss Habitat's legislative priorities and hold face-to-face meetings with lawmakers on Capitol Hill. This year's theme, "Framing the Future," captures Habitat's focus on the housing challenges ahead, the policy solutions needed to address them, and equipping housing advocates with the tools necessary to shape the future of housing. On the final day of the conference, attendees focused on "Solid Ground," Habitat's global advocacy campaign on access to land for shelter and met directly with representatives from federal agencies whose programs support Habitat's efforts to develop affordable housing around the country. 
Meeting with Senator Coons
Kevin and Central Delaware Habitat representatives met with Senators Carper and Coons and Representative Carney to emphasize 3 key issues directly impacting Habitat. First, they asked them to a dvance housing reform legislation that ensures broad access to mortgage credit, creates an explicit federal guarantee for mortgage-backed securities, and provides targeted housing assistance to low-income households. Secondly, they made specific requests for three FY17 appropriations because these funds have a large impact on Habitat and the communities in which we work: HOME funds $1 billion, SHOP funds $15 million, and Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) funds $1.1 billion. Finally, they asked that they look out for Habitat International's upcoming international advocacy campaign called "Solid Ground," which promotes land rights for individuals around the world.  #HabitatOnTheHill2016 

Also shown with Senator Carper and Kevin are Jonathan Gallo, Central Delaware Habitat's Executive Director, and Chris Cooper, Central Delaware Habitat's Development Director. Also shown with Senator Coons, Kevin, and the Central Delaware Habitat staff is Jonathan Reckford, Habitat International's Chief Executive Officer.
Signing Ceremony
Simeon and Josefina with Kevin
Please welcome, Simeon and Josefina. We held a signing ceremony for them on Thursday, February 4th at our offices in Georgetown. During the ceremony we pledged to do all we can to help them complete their requirements for homeownership including their sweat equity hours and family services curriculum. Congratulations, Simeon and Josefina! We hope this first step leads to a new affordable home for you and your children in the near future.
Double Blessing
Lalita and Her Children
Gubons and Magda


On a snowy Friday, February 5th,  we held a double project blessing in Seaford. Two Partner Families were excited to break ground on the build sites for their future homes with several local officials, staffers, and volunteers present.   Mayor David Grenshaw of Seaford wrote to congratulate Habitat saying," What you all do to provide home ownership is truly amazing."  

"Over the years, we have completed 29 home ownership projects in the greater Seaford area. These projects were a few years ago, and we couldn't be happier to be here again in the heart of the city working to redevelop downtown and provide home ownership opportunities to good hardworking households." said Habitat's Executive Director, Kevin Gilmore. 
Construction Leaders 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
Thank You
A huge thank you to all those who participated in our annual Indoor Winter Golf Clinic this past weekend at Delmarva Christian High! We appreciate our sponsors, Money Mailer and First State Chevrolet, as well as Glen Reid, Barbara Moore, the PGA Pros, and other volunteers who gave of their time to make the clinic a success. Special thank you to ReStore and the construction team for logistics.  Pros included; Matt Keller of Cripple Creek, Mike Ru shin of Bear Trap Dunes, Dustin Riggs of Rehoboth Beach Country Club, Jack Skilling of Sussex Pines Country Club, and Jack Ehreshman of Midway Par 3.  The annual clinic is the first of four events hosted by the Walt Jones Memorial Project each year to benefit Sussex County Habitat for Humanity and those we serve. Great job, everyone!

Tom Willliam's Bible Study Group had a great time volunteering with our Home Repair Program in Millsboro this past Saturday. Pictured here with Tom from left to right are: Hunter, Tom, Zach, Kevin, Alexis, Nate, and Lou. Next to him is Bruce, a reoccurring volunteer, the homeowner, Janet, and Gary, our AmeriCorps Repair Support Coordinator. Great job, everyone! Thanks for serving with us!
Upcoming Events
We have a lot of exciting events coming up in the next few months. We promise to get the details to you in plenty of time, but we don't want anyone to miss out so please save the following dates:

25th Anniversary Kickoff - March 12th - 
Cheer Community Center of Georgetown - 6 to 10 pm 

Walt Jones Memorial Project Events:
Wine Tasting - April 17th - Bin 66 - 4 to 6 pm
Auction Night - May 12th - Bethany Blues - 5 to 8 pm
Annual Golf Outing - May 13th - Midway Par 3
(8:30 am or 1 pm Tee Times Available)
Sponsorship and In Kind Donation Opportunities
We are still in need of donated items for our two upcoming auctions on March 12 and May 12. 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 welcome too. 

To explore advertising, sponsorship, or volunteer opportunities during our 25th Anniversary  Kickoff and the Walt Jones Memorial Project events, please contact Traci deWolfe at She'll be glad to help you get started.
In Memory of Bobbye Barlow
Bobbye Getting it Done
Everyone at Sussex County Habitat was saddened to hear of the passing of our long-time friend and volunteer, Bobbye Barlow. Known for her no nonsense, take charge, and get it done attitude, Bobbye touched the lives of many Habitat volunteers and homeowners throughout Sussex County. Over the years she served as a Board Member, Volunteer Coordinator, Event Planner, Construction Volunteer, and Family Support Advocate. 

Her family has asked that donations be made to Sussex County Habitat in her honor. To give in memory of Bobbye or to honor another loved one please visit  or click the blue Donate Now button on the right-hand side of this newsletter.
Spotlight On ... 
The Sparkle Team with Kevin and Becky
SCHFH would like to recognize and appreciate a group of special individuals who regularly do a shining job for us: The Sparkle Team.

After each Habitat home dedication and before settlement, this group of sparkling personalities makes sure the house is thoroughly cleaned for the new homeowners. As part of t heir Community Outreach, The Salvation Army's Developmental Disabilities Program (DDP) formed the Sparkle Team four years ago under the direction of Becky Madden. Madden said the team also cleans a local church and picks up food donations as part of their service. "We help the team focus on what they can do, not on what they can't," said Madden.

Pictured above are SCHFH Executive Director, Kevin Gilmore, William Posey, Joe Fletcher, Sarah Bosco, Reggie Miller, and Becky Madden of The Salvation Army. Other Sparkle Team Members not pictured are: Jeff Fletcher, Todd Meyer, Christina Stover, and Albert Stewart. 
In the Community
Thank you to Carlene Roach and the Georgetown Rotary for hosting our AmeriCorps service members and Habitat staffers for lunch at Georgetown Presbyterian on Tuesday as part of their Rotary Cares Outreach. Shown left to right are Nancy, Carlene, Kyle, Hector, Bubba, Jim, Shannon, and Rachel.
Framing Fragments
Home Construction
607 South Lee Street
          Kitchen complete. 
         Carpet to be installed this week.

323 3rd Street
          Footer dug and poured. 
         Plumbing to be installed this week.
         Slab to be poured this week.
110 N. Conwell Street
         Footer to be dug this week.

Belle Avenue
         Shed complete.
The Repair Report
Number of Repairs Completed 2/2-2/5:  2
Minor Repairs Completed the Fiscal Year:  13

"Nothing is ever lost by courtesy. It is the cheapest of pleasures, costs nothing, and conveys much. It pleases him who gives and receives and thus, like mercy, is twice blessed."

Elsie deWolfe
Interior Designer

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