Our Partners: The Dorman, Hayes, Estime, and Holloman-Justice Families
Sussex County Habitat Annual Family Picnic 
The Annual Sussex County Habitat for Humanity Family
New ReStore Location in Lewes
On Rt 9 - Just 3 Miles West of Rt 1
Picnic was held at our new property in Lewes on Sunday, October 30. Attendees got a sneak peek at what will become our second ReStore location when it opens in  January 2017! 

The event was generously catered by Arena's Cafe who provided delicious chili with all the fixings and yummy apple fritters. The property was decorated in a fall harvest theme with pumpkins, mums, hay bales, and scarecrows which were also largely donated by Wharton's Garden Center in Rehoboth Beach.
Terry High Most Valuable Builder Women Build Leader
After lunch, our Volunteer Programs Manager,  Barbara Ward , and Executive Director, Kevin Gilmore , acknowledged and thanked ALL of our gr eat volunteers during a Volunteer Recognition Ceremony and invited each volunteer in attendance to take home a Crape Myrtle tree as a token of our appreciation. 100 trees were generously provided by Plant Retrievers Wholesale Nursery in Georgetown.

"Volunteers are the lifeblood of Habitat. Without them, we just cannot do all that we do." said Executive Director, Kevin Gilmore. "That's why it's so important to say thank you and we appreciate your service."

In recognition of Bob Hesaltine's 90th birthday and his more
Bob Hesaltine - Lifetime
Achievement  Appreciation
han two decades of demonstrated sustained dedication and accomplishment as a volunteer that has advanced the mission of SCHFH and HFHI, Kevin read a Board Resolution establishing the "Bob Hesaltine Christian Service Award." The award will be bestowed on future volunteers or benefactors who demonstrate exemplary support for the mission and ministry of SCHFH. 

Special recognition and gifts of appreciation were also given to our most recent SCHFH homeowners and to the following individuals and teams:

Bill Schab - Outstanding Volunteer Service - Property Acquisitions and Sales
John Lokken - Outstanding Volunteer Service - Financial Leadership
Roxanne Nelson - Outstanding Volunteer Service - Family Services - Homeowners
Anna Dittel - Outstanding Volunteer Service - Family Services - Partner Families
Barbara Steele - Outstanding Volunteer Service - Development Office Events
Jeanine O'DonnellOutstanding Volunteer Service - Development Office Events
Eileen Stec - Outstanding Volunteer Service - Main Office
Cindy Rust - Outstanding Volunteer Service - ReStore
Sparkles - Governor's Outstanding Volunteer Service Winners 2016

John Kalendek - Outstanding Volunteer Service - ReStore
Jack Hillbeck - Outstanding Volunteer Leadership - ReStore
Jim O'Day - Outstanding Volunteer Service - Construction "Newbie" of the Year
John WeiselOutstanding Volunteer Service - Construction "Newbie" of the Year
Terry High - Outstanding Volunteer Service - Construction - Most Valuable Builder of the Year
Bob Hestaltine - Outstanding Volunteer Service - Construction - Lifetime Achievement 
Salvation Army Sparkle Team - Governor's Outstanding Volunteer Service Award 2016
St. Philip's Hospitality  TeamGovernor's Outstanding Volunteer Service Award 2016
SCHFH ReStore's Jamie McNatt, Stephanie Raffer, Jeff DiBella
, Bob Roche, Rich Stec, 
John Kalendek, Cindy Rust, and June Cole
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Home Dedication
Congratulations to our partner, She'Don.
  She'Don and Her Boys

We recently dedicated her new Habitat home in Ingram Village in Ellendale! Many Habitat staff members, AmeriCorps service members, volunteers, and our friends from Berkshire Hathaway Home Services/Gallo Realty were there to celebrate with She'Don and her family. The boys graciously helped mom receive a ceremonial gold key, a homeowner's prayer, and Bible in accordance with our long-standing Habitat tradition. We wish them many years of health and happiness together in their new home!
Project Blessings
We recently held four - count 'em four - project blessings  on  South Lee Avenue at Ingram Village in Ellendale. When a partner family has been admitted to the program they are eventually matched with a home site. Before or shortly after we begin the project, we gather with the family and their friends and ask a pastor to bless the project and pray for safety and wisdom for all involved as the project progresses.
Adan and Mariela

Adan and Mariela  currently reside in Millsboro with their  five  children:  three boys ages 11, 3, and just 2 months,  and two  girls ages 10 and 1. Adan works as a landscaper  in  Millville and Mariela is a full-time mom.

Deacon Sherri Snead of New Dimensions Ministries of Salisbury was on hand to bless both Ashley and Shalonda's future home sites.

Ashley is a certified traffic flagger living in Bridgeville. She has two boys ages 7 and 6. 

"Buying a Habitat home will start me on the path to homeownership. I will be able to start a homestyle lifestyle for my children."
Shalonda is a Certified Nursing Assistant. She and her
11 year old  daughter currently reside in Dagsboro.

"My daughter and I are quite comical. We love to laugh and are people persons. Our Habitat home will make me more responsible. I will feel like an adult again and it will give my daughter her own space."
Heather and Her Children
Rev. Gary Ross of  Midway Assembly of God blessed the future home site for Heather and her children.  

Heather resides in Rehoboth and works at a local hotel. 
She has three children:  a nephew who is 10 a, a niece who is 7, and a daughter who is 8 months.

"Buying a Habitat home will give the kids a real home of their own and enable them to live in a normal family atmosphere."

Signing Ceremonies
We recently held two signing ceremonies at our main offices in Georgetown. During a signing ceremony we outline our expectations for the relationship between our affiliate and the new partner family. Executive Director, Kevin Gilmore, introduces the staff to the new partners and encourages ongoing communication throughout the program. We celebrate this all important first step in the process because we understand what it means for these families as they start the path to home ownership.
April and Steven have two children, a son age 9 and a daughter age 15. They currently reside in Lewes. April works in a home improvement store and Steve works at a local pizzeria.

DeYonda  has three children: two boys and a girl. Her sons are ages 14 and 7. Her daughter is 12. DeYonda is a Product Handler for a company in Federalsburg, MD. She and her children currently reside in Bridgeville, DE. 

Please welcome them to the program when you meet them.
Steven and April with their Children

Thank You to All Our Great Donors and Volunteer Groups

        Jefferson, Urian, Doane, & Sterner (JUDS)

Berkshire Hathaway Home Services and Gallo Realty
Gallo Volunteers Nailed It!
Mr & Mrs Gallo: Painting or Spelunking?
Gallo Gives Foundation Check Presentation
Thanks also to Nadege Dorleans and DE, MD, and VA Transitions' Young Adult Group for coming out to Delmar to build with us. We really appreciate your day of service.
AmeriCorps Celebrates Make A Difference Day 2016

AmeriCorps Delaware service members make a difference in our communities everyday. However, they still took the opportunity to celebrate Make a Difference Day. 

Corps members across Delaware painted, did clean up projects, landscaped, collected food and  clothing donations, and  cared for  the homeless. 

Sara Clendaniel spent the day working
with service dogs in training, Panda and Neptune, for Canine Companions for Independence (CCI).                                                                                                                    
Heather Barony Bradley Gilmore Sharon Feltwater Traci de Wolfe Susan Ullman , and  Brenda Clarke  spent the day at Sussex County Habitat's ReStore thanking our customers for making a difference in the lives of our partner families with their donations and purchases.
Brittni Sullivan   joined our partners, Sheree DeShields and  Susan Jones , our construction regulars, and   other volunteers on a build site in Delmar to Make a Difference there. 

What can you do to Make a Difference today?  #AmeriCorpsGetsItDone #MakeADifferenceDay2016
Upcoming Volunteer Opportunites

The Repair Report
AmeriCorps service members and Habitat volunteers recently completed a minor home repair in Millsboro. Corps member Sara Clendaniel helped volunteers  tear out an old floor and lay a nice new one for a Sussex County Homeowner!

#DidYouKnow that Sussex County Habitat does home repairs? If you are a homeowner in 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 x207 or visit:
www.sussexcountyhabitat.org  for more information or an application.


Michael A. Somer, our new Construction Site Supervisor, retired in 2013 as Project Manager in School Construction. Then he relocated to Lewes with his wife, Mary. Most of his career had been in education helping to contribute to student success. After three years of puttering around, he decided it was time to get back in the saddle.

"The chance to join Sussex Habitat in September 2016 as a part-time construction site supervisor was a great opportunity and I look forward to contributing to the success of our community."

Habitat Career Opportunities
Would you or someone you know be a great addition to the Habitat team? Applications are now being accepted for the positions of   Construction Site Supervisor and  Family Services Manager with Sussex County Habitat for Humanity.  See the job descriptions for more details: 

To volunteer with Sussex County Habitat call: 
302-855-1153 x208 or visit: www.sussexcountyhabitat.org.

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? E-mail us at:      volunteer@sussexcountyhabitat.org

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