Executive Director Kevin Gilmore, Ashley and her sons

On Thursday April 20th, Ashley and her two young sons were in Ingram Village, Ellendale surrounded by family, Habitat staff, and AmeriCorps to dedicate their new home.  Ashley thanked the many people that helped her along the path to homeownership. Congratulations Ashley!

Kevin Gilmore, Lori Janosik, Steven and Evelyn 
Light Lane in Delmar began as a derelict mobile home on an abandoned lot along Horsey Church Road generously donated to Sussex County Habitat by J.P. Morgan Chase Bank, N.A.  

Today, Light Lane is a beautiful mini-subdivision consisting of three new Habitat homes built by volunteers from Johnny Janosik Word of Furniture, Middlebury College, Delaware State University, the University of Maryland, and other organizations.  

On April 26th, the third and final home was dedicated for Evelyn and Stephen.  We are deeply grateful to the dozens of volunteers who so generously gave their time and energy to build these homes with three hard-working families.
SCHFH Director Kevin Gilmore, Partner Family Members, Steven, Korah,  DeAndria, Celia, and Tyran with his young son
Habitat home construction begins with a blessing-a few minutes when a partner family gathers with Habitat staff and volunteers at the site of their future home to give thanks for the opportunity and bless the ground.  On Monday, homes were blessed for three new Habitat Partner Families, but this time with 175 Dogfish Head employees attending.  It proved to be a joyful and inspirational moment for all. 
All three families will reside in Ellendale's Ingram Village subdivision once construction on their homes is complete. The future neighbors are Korah with her young son, Autumn and Tyran with their young son and baby boy, and DeAndria with her two daughters and son.
Congratulations and best wishes to these partner families!

Korah and DFH Cre
Tyran and DFH Crew
DeAndria and DFH Crew
Volunteer Voices
All the Days Volunteers in the frame of 1 Habitat House, nearly 200 people!

Dogfish Head Craft Brewing of Milton, Delaware and Sussex County Habitat for Humanity kicked-off National Volunteer Week in Milton on April 24th when they converted the Dogfish Head parking lot
DFH Employee
 behind the brewery into a construction zone.  Working in five teams led by Habitat construction managers and supported by AmeriCorps service members, 175 Dogfish Head employees framed five new Habitat homes. Three sets of frames will be moved to the Ingram Village subdivision in Ellendale, where SCHFH currently has built fifteen homes. The other two frame sets will be used in two Milton homes that will soon be under construction a short distance from the brewery.
Sam Calagione of DFH
This was the eighth consecutive year Dogfish Head employees have volunteered with Sussex Habitat for a Benevolence Build Day. One day each year Dogfish closes all operations including the brewery, restaurants, and the inn making it easy for employees to participate.  

Through its Beer and Benevolence Program, Dogfish Head creatively collaborates with nonprofit organizations to foster community, nourish artistic advancement, and cultivate environmental stewardship. They donate products, volunteer time, and services to assist in Habitat's mission to build homes, communities, and hope.
If your company, church, or organization wish to volunteer with Sussex County Habitat, please visit www.sussexcountyhabitat.org or call 302-855-1153 and speak to the Volunteer Coordinator.

Del Tech Student remove porch


On April 19th and 20th, ten students from the Delaware Technical Community College Radiologic Technology Department volunteered with Sussex County Habitat for Humanity.  They spent their first day in Laurel helping to demo a dilapidated porch.   On their second day, they prepared framing kits for the upcoming Dogfish Head Framing Frenzy in Milton.  We are grateful to these Del Tech students for their energetic volunteer support.


$tand by Me now partners with Sussex County Habitat.  Beginning in 2011, $tand By Me coaches have provided personal financial coaching including interactive workshops focusing on credit score, financial aid, budgeting, and tax help among others.  With the goal of helping people achieve financial security, all services are provided free of charge with no income limits.   While Sussex Habitat is its newest partner, $tand By Me coaches work with the Food Bank of Delaware, TelamonCorp, state agencies, Del Tech Community, College and others. 
$tand By Me further strengthens Sussex Habitat's Family Empowerment Program by offering another resource when preparing families for homeownership.  Importantly, a $tand By Me coach will help those who are not yet qualified to be Habitat homeowners.  They will have the opportunity to improve their financial profile so that one day they may become a Habitat partner family.
Paula Puello
The $BM coach working within SCHFH is Paula Puello.  Paula is an experienced, trained coach who came to Sussex County Habitat from an assignment at TelamonCorp.   Paula wanted to focus more on helping clients whose financial and family goals include homeownership.
If you would like to learn more about $tand By Me, please contact Paula at paula@sussexcountyhabitat.org or 302-855-1153 ext. 212 

Home Expo
Sussex County Habitat was the charitable benefactor of the 20th Anniversary Delaware Resorts Home Expo held on April 22nd and 23rd at Cape Henlopen High School in Lewes. 

 Attracting more 2,000 visitors, the Expo featured the latest home goods and services highlighting real estate companies, developers, builders, lenders, and other home service providers.  

According to Kathy Benson, the founder of the Expo, "The Expo is designed to appeal to both local residents and prospective buyers, some of whom live a distance away.  The Expo helps them get the 'lay of the land'".    We are sincerely grateful to Kathy Benson and her team for their vision and generous support.

The Repair Report

Last week, SCHFH staff and AmeriCorps completed a minor repair for a homeowner in Laurel. With hot weather right around the corner, it was the perfect time to seal the doors and windows on the home. The homeowner is grateful for these repairs that will lower her summer energy bills! 


If you are a homeowner in the areas of Seaford, Laurel would like to see if you qualify for our major or minor repairs programs, please call the Repair Program Coordinator, Audrey Miller, at  302-855-1153 x207  or click below for more information or an application. We'd love to partner with you too!

Sussex County Habitat for Humanity is Hiring!

Volunteer Programs Coordinator-  is charged with recruiting community volunteers to support SCHFH's programs and developing leadership for increased community impact. Click here for a full position description.

Site Supervisor-  is responsible for "hands-on" residential home construction at SCHFH construction sites. Role includes scheduling and leadership of Construction AmeriCorps, volunteers and partner family members, as well as project planning, site organization and safety, and property management. Click here for a full position description.

Framing Fragments- Updates on Current Builds
617 South Lee Ave.
Interior Doors, Trim and Paint 

619 South Lee Ave.
Doors, Trim, Caulk and Putty

622 South Lee Ave.
Priming, Painting, Doors, Trim

140 Hudson Alley (The House that Grace Built)
Trim, Paint, Caulk and Putty

211 Oak (Rehab)
Front Porch Work
AmeriCorps Member Profiles- Chris


To volunteer with Sussex County Habitat 
call Nancy Greene at 
302-855-1153 x205 or 

  We welcome all  - individuals and groups - to build with us at anytime: This is what our founder, Millard Fuller , called the Theology of the Hammer .

  Questions? Ready to Volunteer? 
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