In the days preceding Thanksgiving, SCHFH had the opportunity to celebrate 3 partner families. Each family was at a different place in their partnership. 
Laying of  Hands

Congratulations to  James
With the help of  Pastor Glendon Jones of New Psalmist Nondenominational Church in  Westover, MD, and James' extended family,  we dedicated his new home. The new home in Delmar is the 114th SCHFH in the county.   James will live in his home with his two young sons.  Many Habitat staff members, AmeriCorps members, and volunteers 
James, far left, with his family
were on hand for the dedication. James  was presented with a signed, 
ceremonial golden key, a homeowner's  prayer, and a signed Bible. The group  participated in the laying of  hands, a traditional Habitat way of blessing the  property, as Pastor Jones prayed over the new  home. We wish the best for James 
and his family. 

Evelyn, Steven, and Pastor Dennis 

SCHFH Executive Director Kevin Gilmore welcomed a group at the site of the most recent project blessing. The blessing was held at the future home of Evelyn and Steven in Delmar. 

Pastor Sam Dennis led the group comprised of staff, volunteers, and AmeriCorps members in a prayer over the project. 

This project blessing was a little different as the house was well underway. Evelyn and Steven could truly see the shape of their new home. Evelyn excitedly hugged and thanked everyone in attendance. 


Celia and her daughter
Just before the Thanksgiving holiday we welcomed another partner family into our mix.

Celia, an employee at Perdue, currently lives in Georgetown with her three children.

After the signing Celia said, "It would change a lot because I would have a home for my children. We have always dreamed of having our own house. With this house my children will have their own rooms, a living room where they can play, where we are living now they cannot do that due to space within the home. " We are pleased to welcome Celia and her family into ours.

Ed Gilpin
Ed Gilpin
Charles (Ed) Gilpin  joined the Habitat family in November 2016 as a part-time 
Site Supervisor.

Ed lives in Milton with his wife of 64 years, Lois. Prior to coming to SCHFH, Ed worked as the Assistant Building Official for the City of Lewes.  Ed was responsible for issuing permits and onsite inspections for renovations and new residential construction. 

 At the age of 17 Ed joined the U.S. Marines. After serving with the Marines for 5 years he received his education in Engineered Drafting and Design, thanks to the G.I. Bill.

 Ed looks forward to helping progress the building process, and further Sussex County Habitat's mission, seeking to put God's love into action. 
The Repair Report
AmeriCorps service members and volunteers are at in again! Recently, they worked together to complete a home repair in  Rehoboth . Here they are pictured replacing siding on a manufactured home for a qualified 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 x 207  or visit our website at  for more information or an application. We'd love to partner with you, too! 

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 hone to Practically Yours Antiques located in Lewes on Route 9,  three miles west of Route 1.

Work continues on the new ReStore. Recently the inside was painted, helping to lighten the space. 

Volunteer Voices
Below is the first in an occasional series of volunteer profiles. This article shines a light on Bob Kelly, one of Sussex Habitat's "Construction Regulars." 
"This is my fun. This is my mental wellness coming here
and doing this."       -Bob Kelly

Bob Kelly has been volunteering with Sussex County Habitat for Humanity since 2007. His wife's friend first told him about Habitat for Humanity, and he couldn't believe what he was hearing.

"You mean to tell me I can come here and [volunteer] with a bunch of old men," Bob said, "and have fun?"

Bob has volunteered with other local volunteer organizations, and he continues to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity partly for one selfish reason.

Bob explained, "This is my fun. This is my mental wellness coming here and doing this."

Prior to 2007, Bob was a police officer, a paramedic, and a nurse.

"Every single day you come here, you learn something new," said Bob. "I'm not a carpenter. I'm a nurse. You learn something new every day."

Bob remembers the first day he volunteered to help with a Habitat for Humanity build. He met Bob Kellner and Bob Patterson at a build in Concord Village.

"I met them, and I was talking to them, and they were breaking my chops," Bob said. "They were just having fun."

Bob then said, with a smile on his face, "Every day is fun. Every day is memorable."

Women Build 2017 will kick off with a How-To Clinic and build day on Saturday, January 21, 2017. Be sure to save the date and don't miss this exciting activity.

Who:  The clinic is designed for current Habitat homeowners, partner families, and construction volunteers with an emphasis on Women Build volunteers. Men and Women are welcome to attend this Women Empowering Event.

What:  How-To Clinic followed by an afternoon build to apply the  learned
 skills. Participants will learn installation of vinyl-plank flooring and how to install and repair outdoor siding.

When:  Saturday, January 21:   How-To Clinic from 9:00-11:00 am; Hands-on building from  11:00-3:00 pm

Where: Ingram Village build sites, South Lee Avenue in  Ellendale

How: Led by  SCHFH Construction Manager, site supervisors, and construction Americorps

For more information contact Volunteer Programs Coordinator: Barbara Ward 302-855-1153 ext. 211 , 
Framing Fragments- Updates on Current Builds
9639 Light Lane
Trim Work, Doors, Flooring

9614 Light Lane
Install exterior doors

617 South Lee Ave.
Interior Walls

619 South Lee Ave.

To volunteer with Sussex County Habitat call 302-855-1153 x208 or visit:

  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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