Thank you nailed it!
A group of 25 high school-aged volunteers from St. Louis Church in Clarksville, Maryland volunteered with us for a week, putting the siding on several houses in Ellendale's Ingram Village community. They worked hard while simultaneously coming up with more construction-related puns than anyone thought possible.

In a note thanking Sussex County Habitat, they wrote, "Being even a small part of such a globally impactful mission has been an invaluable opportunity for our parish community each year, and we hope to get this chance again for years to come. "  We are grateful for their service and hope to see them back again!
Another high school group from St. Pius X in Bowie, Maryland volunteered with us for a  week! They worked on a Laurel house which is being rehabilitated. Their work included breaking down walls, cutting out rotted wood from the foundation, and prepping the site for the house's new addition. 

St. Pius group members take a popsicle break
On the second day of work, a Habitat homeowner who lives nearby surprised the group with popsicles. She said she remembered working on the build site and how hot it could be. The popsicles were certainly appreciated in the 90 degree heat!

The group was also able to relax and cool off thanks to the generosity of the Seaford Community Swim Center, who offered the use of their pool and shower facilities for the week. 
Twinbrook Baptist Church in Rockville, Maryland celebrated their 60th anniversary by
volunteering with us this week! This wonderful crew helped paint and spackle a house in Laurel. Twinbrook Baptist has a long history of building with Habitat, including in Honduras, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Maryland. Thank you for donating your time to Sussex County Habitat this year! 
9 volunteers from Bethel Lutheran 
Church in Manassas, Virginia continued the work St. Pius X had done on the addition of a rehabilitated house in Laurel. They spent a week putting up the walls, framing, and roof of the addition, along with some painting. The group was also able to head to Rehoboth for some well-deserved beach time.
 One volunteer, Sarah, reflected on the church blog, "Asia, Kiley, Emily and I had a great time rocking out while sanding and painting baseboards and door frames. Overall, it was a great first day, and I'm really excited for more work as the week goes on!"  Keep up the good work guys! 
Career Opportunities
Applications are now being accepted for three full-time positions with Sussex County Habitat for Humanity.  

Repair Program Coordinator in Sussex County, Delaware
St. Phillips' Potluck
Last week, St. Phillip's 
Episcopal Church in Laurel hosted volunteer groups from St. Louis, St. Pius X, and Twinbrook Baptist churches for a potluck dinner. Volunteers had a chance to mingle and get to know Habitat staff and AmeriCorps members. Ms. Cheryl, as always, was a wonderful host.

St. Louis Parish followed their tradition of having the oldest and youngest of their volunteers present Ms. Cheryl with a crafty homemade card, along with a heartfelt note thanking her for hosting them at St. Phillip's for the week.
Ms. Cheryl and her partner Jeff
Ms. Cheryl's card signed by the whole group

We are incredibly grateful for all of our volunteer groups and the wonderful people who make it possible for them to serve with us!
Shannon Bull is joining the Sussex County Habitat for Humanity team as a full time Construction Site Supervisor. Shannon is from Milton, DE and has served with AmeriCorps since December 2015. She holds a degree in architectural engineering and helped design several of the additions to Sussex Habitat's rehabilitated houses. 
Upcoming Events
Women Build Clinics
Thank you to our National Women Build Week partner, Lowe's! Lowe's Heroes employee volunteers Jean, Ellen, and Nick came out to the ReStore on Saturday to demonstrate how to prepare for painting and how to repair a toilet. Several Women Build volunteers, two of our Partner Families, and a few Habitat staff members participated in what turned out to be a fun and informative clinic. Look for more Women Build events soon!
Spotlight On ... 
Ms. Cheryl
Cheryl Martin of St. Phillip's Episcopal Church in Laurel is an integral part of Habitat's mission. For 7 years she has been hosting many of the volunteer groups that come from out of town, giving them a place to shower and sleep at St. Phillip's. She also hosts Wednesday night potluck dinners whenever there are volunteer groups in town, and sometimes even bakes homemade monkey bread for them! She says she loves this ministry because she is filled with pride and joy at the good work these volunteers are doing. 

One of the most recent groups that Ms. Cheryl hosted, St. Louis, wrote, "We have been praying for you each evening, hoping that you will be able to assist many others the way you helped us. St. Louis has grown to know St. Phillip's as home, and we are honored that you have chosen to share your many gifts with us." Without her generosity, Sussex County Habitat would not be able to accommodate the volunteers that drive our mission. Thank you Ms. Cheryl for all that you do!
Framing Fragments
103 Greene Ave, Laurel
611 South Lee...Siding completed. Drywall mudding and porch soffit started.
616 South Lee...Siding and soffit complete. Rough electric and plumbing complete. 
620 South Lee...Siding and soffit complete. Electric and plumbing to begin this week. 

103 Greene Ave...Addition started and framed. Plumbing started. 
623 Belle Ave...Carpet, counter, and plumbing to be finalized this week. 
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 program, please call the Repair Team at 302-855-1153 x214 or visit:
ReStore Sneak Peaks
Cute pottery pieces like these can always be found around the ReStore- great for adding a pop of color to your home or giving as a gift (no one needs to know they were only $3!)

The ReStore is having a special deal on a few of their couches- call or stop by the store for more info. This one in particular is extremely comfy, and the neutral color can work with just about any living room. 

Stop by the ReStore, located at 107 Depot St in Georgetown, to see what treasures you find!

Do you have usable items for donation to our ReStore? Do you have questions about what we accept or need a larger item picked up? If so, please call our donation line at 302-855-1156 x 200 or visit:

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