We can always count on volunteers from  St. Louis Parish of Clarksville, Maryland .  For eight consecutive years, they have volunteered with Sussex County Habitat for Humanity, often sending high school and college teams.  During the last week of May 14th, volunteers from the St. Louis Parish College Ministry 
worked on a Milton build site.  During the week of service, the volunteers bonded while framing and applying plywood to the house.

Katie Erskine, the group leader, has volunteered on all of the trips to Sussex County.  Katie began as a high school student and wanted to continue serving as a college student. With the encouragement of St. Louis Parish, Katie and a few friends started the College Ministry. Now a college graduate, Katie is employed by St. Louis Parish and leads the
Katie with Miss Cheryl of the St. Philip's Hospitality Team
 college volunteers.
"The coolest part is to see the empowerment.  As the week goes by, the college volunteers initiate work on their own. They look around, see something that needs to be done, and antici pate what may come next.  They grow and become empowered."  Katie said of the students she now leads.  The younger, high school St. Louis Parish ministry will be back this year volunteering in mid-July. 
During their many trips to Sussex County, the St. Louis Parish volunteers stayed at St. Philip's Episcopal Church in Laurel, as dozens of volunteer groups do each year.  After the traditional Wednesday night dinner, the St. Louis Parish College Ministry presented a $200 donation to the St. Philip's hospitality volunteers to support their commitment to Sussex County Habitat.
We thank Katie and all of the members of the St. Louis Parish College Ministry for their continuing support. 
Volunteer Voices

Local businesses play a vital role in Habitat home construction.   On Saturday May 20th,  Atlantic Millwork & Cabinetry employee volunteers supported members of  Grace United Methodist Church working on  The House that Grace Built in  Millsboro . They installed cabinets, vanities, and flooring in the newly constructed home. Sussex County Habitat for Humanity appreciates connections developed with area businesses like Atlantic Millwork and other local businesses.  Their volunteer contributions help strengthen our communities here in Sussex County.    Thank you Atlantic Millwork & Cabinetry.  We hope to see you again.  

While they aren't students, seven members of the
Delaware Technical Community College faculty accepted the Collegiate Challenge by volunteering in the   Georgetown ReStore . The team worked in pairs measuring and organizing doors and windows, mixing and marking paint colors, and clearing out old merchandise.  Volunteers make a difference all throughout the Sussex Habitat affiliate, whether it is on a build site or in a ReStore.  We appreciate the hard work from the Del Tech faculty volunteers. Thank you for your service. 
Marywood College of Scranton, Pennsylvania
sent a seven-member volunteer team to Sussex County Habitat for the Annual Collegiate Challenge.  Interestingly, three members of the team were celebrating their recent graduation from the college.  Joining them were a faculty advisor, Marywood alumna, and two underclass students. 

Maryrose Evanella, one of the recent  2017 graduates, said, "I had no hesitation hopping in a bus headed for a Habitat trip just hours after receiving my bachelor's degree.  This trip has been so rewarding, seeing a house starting with a concrete slab and then actually building walls.  I would not have missed it."
Thank you Marywood University students and brand new alumni for volunteering with Sussex County Habitat!
The Repair Report

Recently, Habitat volunteers Brian Florek and Jeff Dolby joined Habitat Site Supervisor Pat Miller to completed a repair for a homeowner in Laurel. During the repair project, the crew removed and replaced damaged shingles and cleaned out gutters. This minor repair will help avoid a far more costly roof repair for at least a few more years. 
Are you a homeowner in Seaford or Laurel? Would you like to see if you qualify for our major or minor repairs program? Call Audrey Miller, Neighborhood Revitalization Coordinator, at  302-855-1153 x207  or click below for more information. We'd love to partner with you!

Representatives from three financial organizations hosted a financial literacy seminar for
AmeriCorps members serving in Delaware.  Held at  Wilmington University in Dover on May 20th, the seminar had the very practical goal of training AmeriCorps members to use knowledge and skills to manage financial resources effectively for a lifetime of financial well-being.

Paula Puello presents
Rashmi Rangan and  AmeriCorps alumnus Joe Gross of the  Delaware Community Reinvestment Action Council (DCRAC) focused on banking.  Rod Hausmann from the Money School based in Claymont, DE discussed financial planning for the future sharing with the members how small investments and savings can grow substantially over time. The third presenter was Sussex County Habitat's own  Paula Puello , representing  $tand By Me.    With the group, Paula looked broadly at financial literacy including credit.
It is the goal of the State Office of Volunteerism to make the financial literacy seminar an annual training event for AmeriCorps members. 
NOW HIRING...   Looking for a meaningful job where you can make a difference?
Sussex County Habitat for Humanity is hiring!
Construction Director  (Full Time): The Construction Director is responsible for all aspects of the homebuilding and rehabilitation program of SCHFH. This is a senior level management position reporting to the Executive Director and is a member of the organization's management team. Click here for a full position description.

Construction Site Supervisor  (Full & Part Time): The Site Supervisor is responsible for "hands-on" residential home construction at SCHFH construction sites. The Site Supervisor is also responsible for scheduling and leadership of Construction AmeriCorps, volunteers and partner family members, as well as project planning, site organization and safety, and property management. The main role of the Site Supervisor is to add support for the Construction Manager by ensuring that volunteers, homeowners and staff work in a safe, efficient and productive environment.  Click here for a full position description.

Property Acquisition Coordinator  (Part Time): This position works with the Executive Director and Property Acquisition Committee to pursue potential projects in focus areas for revitalization, follow up on leads for donated properties and work with seller or seller's agents to secure land inventory and rehab housing stock for Habitat's affordable housing projects. Click here for a full position description.  

Neighborhood Revitalization Site Supervisor  (Part Time): The Neighborhood Revitalization (NR) Site Supervisor is responsible for all owner-occupied home repairs and NR projects performed by SCHFH. The NR Site Supervisor schedules, manages, and performs repairs and NR projects, overseeing work planning, site organization, and safety. Additionally, the NR Site Supervisor is responsible for leading an NR AmeriCorps member, volunteers, homeowners, and subcontractors. Click here for a full position description.

To apply, send a letter of interest and resume to and put the job title in the subject line.
Framing Fragments- Updates on Current Builds

617 South Lee Ave.
Construction Complete

619 South Lee Ave.
Final Inspections

622 South Lee Ave.
Vinyl Flooring, Final Painting

140 Hudson Alley (The House that Grace Built)
Final Inspections

14446 Collins St.
Walls Up, Roof Started
AmeriCorps Member Profiles- Brittni


  Questions? Ready to Volunteer? 
  E-mail Programs Director Barbara Ward at
or call 302-855-1153 x211

  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 .

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