On September 27th, 45 Lowe's Heroes Rocked the Block by giving a full day working with community volunteers and AmeriCorps members in the Old Town neighborhood of Laurel.   Lowe's "Heroes" are store employees who generously give their skills volunteering for Sussex County Habitat.  Rock the Block is part of a major neighborhood revitalization initiative in Old Town, Laurel.  Earlier this summer, Lowe's generously granted $70,000 to support the Old Town revitalization initiative that also includes home 
rehabilitations, financial empowerment workshops, and community clean-up days.   
In all, 70 volunteers from the Laurel community and five Lowe's stores located in Seaford, Millsboro, Lewes,  Salisbury, and Easton participated.  Seaford store manager Ryan Hogate and assistant manager Tara Jean Cardell led the Lowe's volunteer effort, for which we are deeply grateful.   Volunteers completed a massive  amount of exterior clean-up, landscaping, power-washing, and painting.  Also, they worked on three Habitat house rehab projects that will eventually be sold to Habitat partner families.
The Lowe's grant also supports financial empowerment workshops as a vital component of neighborhood revitalization.  The next workshop is specifically focused on families who rent homes in the Laurel community.
For more information about financial empowerment coaching, neighborhood revitalization, and volunteer opportunities, please contact Audrey Miller, Neighborhood Revitalization Programs Coordinator, at 302.855.1153, ext. 217 or Audrey@sussexcountyhabitat.org.

View all the photos from the day herehttps://flic.kr/s/aHsm8winnL

C hillin' and Grillin' was the theme for the second annual Sussex County Habitat for Humanity family picnic. And, the theme was fitting.  The aroma of grilled chicken filled the air on the lawn of the Lewes ReStore last Sunday afternoon where  Habitat homeowners, partner families, volunteers, AmeriCorps members, and friends celebrated another successful year of building, rehabbing, and repairing homes in Sussex County.   
Mountaire Farms generously donated the chicken that was grilled by volunteers from Rehoboth American Legion Post 5.   Touch of Italy, a loyal supporter of Sussex Habitat, prepared the side dishes.  And, local vocalist Paul deWolfe provided the music. 
Once again this year, Programs Director Barbara Ward and Executive Director Kevin Gilmore recognized the outstanding achievements of our Habitat volunteers.  The selfless contributions from more than 3500 regular and annual volunteers on construction sites and in the ReStore make homeownership possible for our partner families.  Special recognition for outstanding service was
given to  Kathy Goodman (most recent president of the Board of Directors), Lloyd Richter (Director and Finance Committee member), Perrin Smith (Family Services Committee member), Brian Florek (Repair Program), Rosemary Lily and Mary Rawl (ReStore Outdoor Marketplace), and Carol James (ReStore).  In addition, Bill Taylor was recognized as the construction regular "newbie" of the year and Don Shifflett was honored as the  most valuable volunteer builder.    
 A very special moment in the afternoon's activities came when our most recent homebuyers were welcomed and honored as new Habitat homeowners.   
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Volunteer Voices

T he House that Grace Built has been a true labor of love in
 Millsboro.  Funded in part and built by the congregation of Grace United Methodist Church in Millsboro, this Habitat home was sold to Angela Firlien on September 21st.   Earlier that day, members of the  congregation put the finishing touches on the house as they installed the landscaping which was the last task to complete before the family moved in.  We are deeply grateful to Grace United Methodist Church for partnering with us on this very special home construction project.   We send best wishes to Angela and her son as they begin fresh chapters in their lives in their new home. 
On Saturday, September 23rd, Volunteers from the Georgetown Presbyterian Church and the ACE Peer Resource Center worked on a new home construction site in Milton. These enthusiastic volunteers helped with final details in and around two Habitat houses including interior painting and site cleanup.   In early October, these homes will be sold to hard-working Habitat partner families.  This day of Service to Sussex Habitat was part of a weekend theme for Georgetown Presbyterian Church.  The next day, Sussex Habitat Executive Director Kevin Gilmore was the guest preacher at the church where he talked about Habitat's mission.  We are deeply grateful to Pastor Mike Williams and his supportive congregation.  
Barbara Curren, a resident of the Peninsula in Millsboro, read on Facebook our call for volunteers to support the annual Johnny Janosik Golf outing.  Barbara called the Sussex Habitat office and asked, "How many volunteers do you need?"  On September 19th, Barbara and 17 other Peninsula neighbors that she enlisted reported for duty, ready to serve.   Joined by Cripple Creek resident and veteran Habitat volunteer Glen Reid,
 their support helped make the event run smoothly.  These 19 enthusiastic volunteers braved the wind and rain, managed games, handed out refreshments, and served as hole judges.  At selected holes, they
 measured for the longest drive and straightest drive contests. Other volunteers managed putting, move-up, and hole-in-one contests.  
Held annually at the Peninsula on the Indian River Bay, the Johnny Janosik World of Furniture Golf Outing benefits Sussex County Habitat for Humanity.  The 130-player event "teed-off" in style with a ball drop from the WBOC Chopper 16 helicopter.  In spite of dealing with the remnants of Hurricane Jose, golfers and volunteers were in great spirits and enjoyed the camaraderie.  Most important, their participation supported Habitats mission to build homes, communities, and hope here in Sussex County.  Many, many thanks to a great crew of volunteers, players, and the Janosik family.
Milton residents spent a day landscaping two new Habitat homes on Collins Street.  We are grateful for their help in finishing the exterior details of the homes which will be sold in early October to Habitat partner families.  Great work!

Framing Fragments- Updates on Current Builds
Washington Ave.
Installing Kitchen and Bathroom Cabinets

14428 Collins St.
Installing Blinds, Final Cleaning 

14432 Collins Street
Installing Flooring, Final Cleaning

Bay Ave
Start Framing of 1st floor Deck

211 Oak
Foundation Work, Start some Framing

209 Market St.
Inside Cleanup, Start  Framing of Walls and Closets, Begin Electrical Work

  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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