James with Kevin Gilmore
 Congratulations to James, Cora, and Joanna the family settled on their new  Laurel home on December 20th. 
James, Cora, and Joanna

Santa was able to visit  James and his two young sons in their new home in Delmar. James settled on his home on December 21st. 
Volunteer Voices

SCHFH Construction Regular, Tony Etze
Tony Etze wanted to build a house, with Sussex County Habitat for Humanity he ended up building many. A 33-year Federal Government retiree, Tony said "The group, comraderie, fun, and friends is what keeps me coming back."

Tony knows that you don't have to be an expert builder to volunteer with Habitat. "Some people say they have no skills. Well, we don't need skilled people. We need anybody that wants to learn. Come out and we'll teach them. I thought I knew a lot about building. I knew nothing," said Tony. "I've learned so much from these people - from Mike Grafton, Little Bob Hesaltine, and Bob Patterson."

Tony has several memorable volunteer moments. He has participated in 5 Jimmy Carter Work Project builds. One of those trips took Tony to Veracruz, Mexico "Six of the regular volunteers made the trip. We were part of the volunteer force that built homes for 75 families. We socialized with the other volunteers from around the world, enjoyed the Mexican food and culture, and had a great time." He also was nominated by fellow Habitat builder, Bob Patterson, for the Jefferson Award. The Jefferson Awards honor individuals for their achievements through public and community service.
Tony's love of people and building keeps him coming back. "It's nice to see the dedication of a house, to see the partner family, the joy in the family, to see the kids running around. That's what makes it worth it," said Tony.

"We are like family," said Tony. "I've made a lot of new friends, lasting friends."

Women Build 2017  will kick off with a How-To Clinic and build day on Saturday, February 4, 2017. 

Who: The clinic is designed for volunteers, partner families, and current Habitat homeowners. 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, February 4

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 ,!

Every January, Delmarva Christian High School students participate in J-term, a two week term o


This year, 12 students choose to spend their J-term with 

Sussex County Habitat for Humanity. On Tuesday, January 3rd,

AmeriCorps member Danielle Neithammer led a presentation introducing the students to the ins and outs of serving. Wednesday, January 4th the students started building a shed that will be placed on a future Habitat homeowner's property. SCHFH staff and AmeriCorps look forward to working with the students through the remainder of their term. 


The Repair Report
Site supervisor,  Mike  and  AmeriCorps  service member,  Matt, worked with two  volunteers on an owner-occupied home repair in Milford. Together, they installed drop ceilings as well as new vinyl plank flooring for a gracious homeowner. Sussex Habitat was happy to partner with this homeowner for his second home repair through our Repair Program. 

Volunteer Pat, New Drop Ceiling, Site-Supervisor Mike, Newly Installed Flooring

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, Audrey Miller, at 3 02-855-1153 x 207  or click below for more information or an application. We'd love to partner with you too!
Please make check payable to:
 Sussex County Habitat for Humanity
PO Box 759, Georgetown, DE 19947

 Please send your  logo to

For further information, contact Development Director Jay Gundy at  or  302.855.1153, ext. 210.
Framing Fragments- Updates on Current Builds

617 South Lee Ave.
Set Trusses, Roof Sheathing

619 South Lee Ave.
Set Trusses, Roof Sheathing

622 South Lee Ave.
Finish Walls, Wall Sheathing


9614 Light Lane
Energy Inspection, Insulation, Framing Inspection

To volunteer with Sussex County Habitat 
call 302-855-1153 x208 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?   E-mail us at
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