HFHI's VP Speaks at Governor's Housing Conference
Kevin with Sue Henderson at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino
Sue Henderson, Habitat for Humanity International's (HFHI) Vice President of Operations for USA and Canada, recently visited Delaware to give the Keynote Speech at the Governor's Housing Conference in Dover. Introduced by Sussex County Habitat's Executive Director, Kevin Gilmore, Sue highlighted the excellent work of all three Delaware Habitat Affiliates, saying she is particularly proud that Delaware is the first state to boast 100% participation in HFHI's Neighborhood Revitalization (NR) initiative. NR is a broader approach to eliminating poverty and substandard housing by involving community partners at every level to help turn around entire neighborhoods where Habitat is building or repairing homes. Sue pointed to the Downtown Development Districts in each of Delaware's three counties as particular opportunities for involvement from all the community partner's present at the conference, reminding them of Habitat's mission is to bring people together to build homes, communities, and hope. Sue also took the opportunity to meet and acknowledge as many Habitat staffers and AmeriCorps service members as possible for the key role they are playing in bringing volunteers and partners together to revitalize communities and build hope in Delaware.  
Welcome Our New Partner Families!
Please join us in welcoming our new partner,  Angela! Angela is a Purchasing Manager for a large company in Selbyville. She first heard about Sussex County Habitat through a friend who is now one of our homeowners. She and her son currently reside in Millsboro. This photo is from her recent signing ceremony.

Please also welcome another new partner,   Sheree!  Sheree, a mother of five, is a dispatcher and receptionist for a logistics company in Seaford. She is shown here with her daughter at her recent signing ceremony. 

Welcome Home, Kashanna!
Kashanna with Rev. Iona and Kevin at Ingram Village in Ellendale
Habitat staff and AmeriCorps service members recently celebrated the dedication of our partner, Kashanna's new home in Ingram Village in Ellendale.

Rev. A. Iona Smith Nze, M.Div., Pastor of Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church, Ellendale, gave the blessing. Executive Director, Kevin Gilmore, Construction Site Supervisor, Shannon Bull, and Repair Partner and office volunteer, Sandra Hazzard also took part in the ceremony which included the long-standing Habitat traditions of presenting a Bible, a ceremonial gold key, a homeowner's prayer, and a gift from the ReStore.

Kevin along with Board President, Kathy Goodman and Board Member, David Pedersen, continued the celebration the next day at Kashanna's  settlement.  Congratulations to Kashanna and her beautiful children!  We wish them many years of health and happiness in their new home!
Kashanna Gets Her Keys to Her New Habitat Home!
Upcoming Events
Thank You
Laurel Public Library Youth Group  joined AmeriCorps  servi ce members Danielle Niethammer, Brittni Sullivan, MaryBeth Bond, and Sara Clendaniel  at a Greene Avenue home in Laurel for AmeriCorps' 9/11 Day of Service . The group worked on landscaping in memory of those lost on September 11th. This group also served with AmeriCorps painting sheds on MLK Day earlier this year. We loved having them serve with us again! We hope they will join us again soon. #HabitatYouthRocks #LPLYouth #AmeriCorpsGetsItDone 

Under the direction of Habitat's long-time friend and volunteer Construction Site Leader,
Terry High, Women Build 2016 has been really productive!  In August and September, they helped frame and sheath and side this new home on Horsey Church Road in Delmar. The group serves on site two days a month and is always open to new volunteers. No experience is necessary.  There are more dates on the construction calendar coming up in October and November, so pick a date and sign up today! #WB2016                                                                                                                       
This group of first-time volunteers     from   the  Department of Justice  served with us at Ingram Village for a day of painting on South Lee Avenue in Ellendale. We hope they and other groups from DOJ will come back out and serve with us again soon! #GoDOJ  


Can you spot Habitat's long-time friend and supporter,  Kathy Sperl-Bell in this picture? Once again, 
she and our friends at Active Adults Realty put their commitment to community building to work for Sussex County Habitat during their Boomer Build.
Kathy and her crew vinyl- sided the exterior and painted the interior of a new Delmar home. They did a great job and we just know they'll be back again soon! #BoomerBuild2016

 Our faithful partners from Johnny Janosik Wo rld of Furniture came out for another successful Build Day!  This time they framed a home on Horsey Church Road in Delmar! This is one of three Habitat homes currently under construction there.  We so appreciate their generosity in giving time and resources over the years. Great job, everyone! See you again soon!


Delaware State University's Student Government did a great job framing, sheathing, flooring, and siding a home on Horsey Church Road in Delmar. They were able to seriously move this build forward and we really appreciate it. Thank you! Come back soon! #GoDSU

Programs Manager, Nancy Greene recently presented our long-time front office volunteer, Eileen Stec, with the Thanks for Having My Back Award. Eileen recently helped Nancy prepare for and successfully complete the largest AmeriCorps On-boarding Training in the 25 year history of our affiliate.  As you can see, everyone who was in the office took a 
moment to help Nancy say thanks to Eileen. We all so appreciate all that she does for us!
Sussex County Homebuyers Fair
AmeriCorps service members, Heather Barony and Susan Davis, recently represented Habitat and AmeriCorps at the Sussex County Homebuyers Fair. Held at Delaware Technical Community College, the goal of the Homebuyers Fair is to provide individuals and families thinking about home ownership with their credit information, a reasonable approximation of what house price range they may qualify for, and a preliminary work plan to help them become mortgage ready.

After meeting with a credit counselor, participants were invited to visit with each of the vendors and exhibitors to learn more about the different programs, opportunities, and resources available to them as potential homebuyers.
As the Family Services Coordinator, Heather provided information and applications on Habitat's Home Ownership and Major and Minor Repairs Programs in both English and Spanish. As Media Coordinator, Susan networked with other vendors and exchanged social media contact information. #AmeriCorpsGetsItDone 
T-shirt Design Contests
We're holding two T-shirt Design Contests: One for our youth groups and one for our Collegiate Challengers!  If you have an original idea, send it by October 17 to nancy@sussexcountyhabitat.org. It must include our 25th anniversary logo (as seen below) and be appropriate to be worn on our build sites. We'll choose two lucky winners, whose designs will be printed on our t-shirts and worn by our volunteer groups this year. Plus, we'll send each of the winners a gift card as our way of saying thanks for supporting Sussex County Habitat. Get creative and good luck!

Welcome Our New AmeriCorps Class of 2016-17!
AmeriCorps service members commit a year or more of their lives to serve with a non-profit in order to make a difference in the lives of others. Each member receives a "living allowance" which is low enough to "enable them to live in poverty as the people they serve." If the individual satisfactorily completes their service hours, they are also presented with a commensurate education award. 
AmeriCorps Service Members gain an experience that will last a life time. During their term of service, many develop a deeper understanding of the problems their fellow human beings experience on a daily basis, and continue to work to alleviate poverty, substandard education and housing, and other social problems that plague our society throughout their careers. In fact, AmeriCorps Service Members pledge to "Gets Things Done for America" by serving others during their service term and beyond.
This year's AmeriCorps Delaware onboarding training inclu ded general orientation, safety and construction overviews, the history of AmeriCorps and it's long-standing relationship with Habitat for Humanity, the history of the Sussex County Habitat affiliate, leadership training, and American Red Cross disaster relief training, shelter management, and CPR/AED/First Aid certification. Members may be called upon to leave their "regular" duties at any time to serve in a disaster relief situation. For example, many AmeriCorps members served after Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy. AmeriCorps Delaware service members often serve at local Code Purple and/or at homeless and evacuation shelters.
New SCHFH AmeriCorps
Marybeth Bond, Construction Crew 
Stacie Burton, Field Media Coordinator 
Brenda Clarke, ReStore Associate 
Sara Clendaniel, Site Volunteer Coordinator 
Scott Counsel, Construction Crew 
Catie Geoghegan, Construction Crew
Bradley Gilmore, ReStore Associate 
Brittni Sullivan, Construction Crew 
Christopher Turner, Construction Crew 
Susan Ullman, ReStore Associate

Returning SCHFH AmeriCorps
Heather Barony, Family Services Coordinator 
Susan M. Davis, Media Coordinator 
Traci deWolfe, Affiliate Relations Associate 
Sharon Feltwater, ReStore Associate
Danielle Niethammer, Volunteer Coordinator
Asia Young, Construction Crew

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunites

The Repair Report
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 Team at   302-855-1153 x207   or visit:  www.sussexcountyhabitat.org

Spotlight On ... Volunteers
Bob Hesaltine , better known to the Sussex County
Habitat family as "Little Bob," turned 90-years young on September 20th! 

Bob and his wife, Nancy, "retired" to Bethany Beach in 1988.  Before retirement, Bob worked as Director of Facilities at the National Orthopedic Hospital in Northern Virginia. A friend of his from New Jersey, who was involved in Habitat, encouraged Bob to find  a Habitat affiliate in Delaware, and as they say, the rest is history.
Since 1994, Bob has
has worked on nearly every house built by Sussex County Habitat for Humanity. Over the years he has served as the affiliate's safety officer, house leader, site supervisor, and construction c rew leader.  In the past, Bob has been recognized as the construction volunteer of the year and has received the Delaware Governor's Award for Volunteerism. He also serves as a neighborhood watch commander in South Bethany Beach.
Bob still regularly joins a group of construction volunteers on Wednesdays and Saturdays to help build Habitat homes here in Sussex County. Bob has also built homes during the Jimmy Carter Work Projects (JCWP) and a Habitat International Global Village (GV) service trip. His contributions include:
  • 22 years (and counting!) volunteering for Sussex County Habitat
  • About 1,700 days of service
  • Over 10,000 volunteer hours 
  • Driving over 125,000 miles (Spending $15,000 or more in gas) 
  • 6 JCWP trips
    • Atlanta, GA 2000
    • Anniston, AL 2003
    • Vera Cruz, Mexico 2004
    • Benton Harbor, MI 2005
    • Los Angeles, CA 2007
    • Gulf Coast, MS 2008
  • 1 GV trip to Guatemala
    • San Marcos, Guatemala 2011
Bob served as a medic in both the Navy and Coast Guard duringWorld War II.  He has four children, three grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.

No wonder our "regulars" wanted
to take time to say thanks and celebrate Little Bob's Big Day with a beautiful cake! Thanks for all you do, Bob! We really appreciate your service.
Framing Fragments
Lot 2, Horsey Church Road
Siding 90% complete
Front porch, steps, and rear deck installation
Septic connection

Lot 3, Horsey Church Road
Framing, sheathing this week 
605 South Lee Avenue 
Footers dug and poured

620 South Lee Avenue  
Blower door installed
103 Greene Avenue
Finishing electrical

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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