Left to right: Kevin Gilmore, Sussex County Habitat for Humanity Executive Director, Madeleine Overturf, WBOC Sussex County Bureau Chief, Mike Nally, Sussex County Habitat for Humanity Board President, Clay Snead, Sussex County Habitat for Humanity Board Member.
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HopeBuilder Breakfast Raises $36,000
More than 120 people from across Sussex County gathered at Mulligan's Pointe in Georgetown for the first HopeBuilder Breakfast on Wednesday, November 14. The event raised over $36,000 for Sussex County Habitat for Humanity which included an anonymous $10,000 challenge, announced by Board President Mike Nally.
Mariah Calagione, VP and Co-founder of Dogfish Head Craft Brewing, and the breakfast's keynote speaker.
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Madeleine Overturf, WBOC Sussex County Bureau Chief, served as the morning's Emcee and Mariah Calagione, Vice President and Co-founder of Dogfish Head Brewing, was the keynote speaker. Those in attendance also enjoyed a video story of Habitat homeowner Carman Blackwell produced by WBOC which showcased her hard work to qualify for and build her home. Kevin Gilmore, our  Executive Direc tor, spoke about the need for affordable housing in the county. 
"At Habitat for Humanity, we know that a family should never have to spend more than 30 percent of their income on a home. But consider that today; nearly 19 million U.S. households pay half or more of their income on a place to live," Kevin explained. "In Sussex County, 1 in 7 families pay more than 50% of their income on housing. That means that 1 in 7 families are denied the personal and economic stability that safe, decent and affordable housing provides. Instead, 1 in 7 families are forced to make impossible choices. This cost burden, combined with more than 4,000 substandard units in Sussex County, creates a need for more decent and affordable homes."
The money raised at the breakfast will
Habitat Homeowners
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go directly to help 900 people in Sussex County over the next two years through affordable home construction, home repairs, community projects and financial coaching. The breakfast also kicks off the Annual Fund Campaign for Sussex County Habitat for Humanity which will continue into 2019.
Senator Coons Visits Sussex County 

Senator Chris Coons was the special guest speaker at a ceremony held by the Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh on Friday, October 12th, to recognize and celebrate the community partnerships fostering job growth, economic vitality and long-term stability for residents of Seaford and other Delaware neighborhoods through the Downtown Development District Act.


The event highlighted Seaford's Downtown Development District and several affordable housing initiatives, including two Sussex County Habitat homes, with a walking tour and celebration held at Seaford's City Hall. The event recognized the significant progress made as a result of the focused efforts of numerous organizations and businesses in attendance. The celebration concluded with the presentation of a $130,000 Affordable Housing Program (AHP) grant from FHLBank Pittsburgh and Fulton Bank to Sussex County Habitat for the construction of two homes in Downtown Seaford.

Thank you to Senator Coons and FHLBank Pittsburgh for a very special morning!  
Meet Our Newest Homeowners 

Since our last newsletter, nine Sussex County Habitat for Humanity partner families  have moved into their new homes! Join us in congratulating them, and wishing them well in their new homes!
The Balfour Family

The Johnson Family
The Cifuentes Family

The Morris Family
The West Family
The Tunnell Family

The Rash-Efford Family
The Carter Family
The Blackwell Family

Volunteer Voices
The Parker Group 
The Parker Real Estate Group was hard at work Friday, October 5, at our build on North Conwell Street in Seaford. This recent work day is part of a year-long commitment the Parker Group has made to Sussex County Habitat for Humanity. They have participated in two Seaford 'Rock the Block' events, pitched in on builds in Ellendale, Seaford and West Rehoboth, volunteered at the annual Sussex County Habitat Golf Outing and given generously to Sussex County Habitat for Humanity. They have been true partners in advancing the Habitat mission. Thank you Parker Group!
The Bruce Hefke Memorial Build 
Sussex Technical High School staff and alumni volunteered with Sussex Habitat for Humanity on Saturday, October 13, in honor of the late Sussex Tech carpentry teacher Bruce Hefke.  The volunteers built a porch and put on siding on two of our homes in Seaford.   
Johnny Janosik World of Furniture
Johnny Janosik World of Furniture hosted a Framing Frenzy on Wednesday, September 24.  With the help of their wonderful staff, Sussex County Habitat framed a whole Habitat House in one day!  This frame is bound for Ellendale.
Neighborhood Revitalization
On Saturday, November 3, a great group of volunteers  Rocked the Block with Sussex County Habitat for Humanity in Seaford!  They got a lot done in one short morning - power washing and doing yard work at six homes!

This is the second  Rock the Block in Seaford this year, and the fourth Rock the Block in the county.
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Framing Frenzy

204 Oak Street.
Installing carpet, nearing completion

122 Conwell Street.
Trim work
106 Conwell Street
Finishing electric, installing HVAC system, finishing  insulation


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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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