Ashley receiving her new home keys from Kevin Gilmore

Congratulations goes out to Ashley on the settlement of her new home in Ingram Village. Ashley received her keys on April 27th. We wish the best of luck to Ashley and her family!
The group celebrates the 3 Ingram Village Dedications
Nearly 50 friends and family gathered on May 3rd to dedicate and celebrate completion of the 10th, 11th, and 12th Habitat homes completed in Ellendale's Ingram Village subdivision.

Julie a RV Care-A-Vanner
Adan and Mariela, Heather, and Shalonda, our newest Habitat owners, met for the first time as future neighbors during the Project Blessing on the sites of their future homes last fall.    
The 3 Families, Heather, Shalonda, Adan and Mariela 

These dedications were particularly special as members
 of the visiting  Habitat  RV Care-A-Vanners presented Bibles and symbolic golden keys to
 the families.  Deacon Sherri Snead of New Dimensions Family Ministries  of Millsboro led the group in prayer, as hands were laid on the homes,  during the traditional Habitat ceremony.

Congratulations to Adan and Mariela, Heather, and Shalonda! We wish the best of luck to you and your families.  Welcome to Ellendale! 

Sussex Habitat is busy in Laurel!  Working closely with the Laurel Redevelopment Corporation and the Town of Laurel , Sussex Habitat
Tierra with her sons, representatives of Laurel and Kevin Gilmore
 neighborhood revitalization initiative now includes two home rehabs that will be sold to Habitat partner families.  On April 27th, we blessed a house on Oak Street for Tierra and her two sons and a second on Market Street for DeYonda, her two sons , and her daughter.   Congratulations Tierra and DeYonda!  

Very good news for Laurel!  This week Sussex County Habitat received a Lowe's grant of $70,000 supporting our Laurel Neighborhood Revitalization project

One month ago, Lowe's and Habitat International invited 200 Habitat affiliates out of 1400 nationally to submit proposals.  Our staff developed and submitted the grant proposal within a very tight two-week timeline.   

Sussex Habitat was one of 20 affiliates to receive grants. And, our request was fully funded. Supporting neighborhood revitalization projects in Laurel, Lowe's Small Grant promotes broad community engagement by funding financial empowerment workshops, home repairs, major house rehabilitations, and clean-up.  

We offer our sincere thanks to Lowe's and the local Lowe's stores that will provide volunteers and materials as part of this grant.  Most important, we are very happy for the people of Laurel who will benefit.   Indeed, this is very good news.


Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, Gallo Realty presented the Lewes ReStore with a check for $1,000 as part of their Gallo Gives Foundation.  
Gallo Realty joins 65 other Grand 
Opening Sponsors whose names and business logos are displayed in the entrance to the Lewes ReStore which opened officially on March 4th.  

If you wish to join Gallo Realty and many other generous Habitat supporters as a Grand Opening Sponsor, contact Jay Gundy, Resource Development Director at 302-855-1153 ext. 210 or  .  Thank you Gallo Realty for your continuing support.

Volunteer Voices

Five Sussex Technical High School students took their skills from the classroom to a Habitat home
 construction site for a combination of on-site training and volunteering.  Under professional supervision during two days for work, students installed HVAC components in a new Millsboro home built in partnership with Grace United Methodist Church   These students are enrolled in instructor T.J. Dukes's HVAC Technology course at Sussex Tech.  

Launched  in 2013 as a freshman course for students interested in HVAC technology, the program is now offered to all grades with 41 Sussex Tech students currently enrolled.  We offer our sincere thanks for a job well-done and look forward to continuing our partnership with Sussex Technical High School.  
RV Care-A-Vanners with AmeriCorps Members Brittni and Caitie
Sussex County Habitat welcomed its first group of RV Care-A-Vanners, dedicated Habitat volunteers with a calling for the open road-and some adventure.  The Habitat for Humanity RV Care-A-Vanners was started over 25 years ago. This unique program
 allows people from all over the United Sta tes and Canada to travel in their recreational vehicles from affiliate to affiliate serving the Habitat mission. 

Composed of four couples, two single  travelers, and 6 RVs, these traveling volunteers came to Sussex County from Nova Scotia and the states of Pennsylvania , Washington , North Carolina , Texas , and South Dakota .  During their two weeks 
here, they helped complete three new homes in Ellendale's   Ingram Village subdivision that were dedicated during their stay.  Also, they installed doors and trim on a fourth home in that neighborhood and contributed to the interior demolitions of two rehab home projects in Laurel. 
We wish to thank Homestead Campground and Trap Pond State Park for generously contributing camping sites as well as Patty's, Lighthouse Catering, and Abbott's Grill for contributing meals.  Very importantly, Sussex County Habitat for Humanity and the families we serve thank this wonderful first group of RV Care-A-Vanners and hope our affiliate will be a regular stop on the national tour.
The Repair Report

 Here are a few of the Thank you notes the Repair Team has received this year.  Sussex County Habitat would like to say "Thank you" to all volunteers who have helped to support the Repair Program and the Rock the Block events.  It is thanks to volunteers like you that we can help to support homeowners and the  communities surrounding them. 

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.

Construction Manager- 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.

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

209 Market (Rehab)
Beginning Demo
AmeriCorps Member Profiles- Brenda


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? 
  E-mail us at
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