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AWARDS

Eastern Shore Land Conservancy
Eastern Shore 2010 award for 'managing and directing growth to appropriate areas'

Urban Land Institute -
Delmarva Chapter
1000 Great Ideas Award 2008

Dorchester County Chamber
of Commerce:
Vision and Partner in Business Awards 2007

Talbot County Chamber
of Commerce
Not for Profit of the Year 2006

 

WHAT WE BUILD

Learn about the solution Habitat builds for affordable housing here in the Choptank region, across the United States and around the world.

(Click here to watch the Habitat video)

WHY WE BUILD

To understand the difference Habitat Choptank is making in the lives of of its partner families, read our collection of Home Owner Stories.

About Habitat for Humanity

Cutting through insulation with a saw

Habitat for Humanity Choptank is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization operated on Christian principles that seeks to put God’s love into action by building homes, communities and hope. Habitat for Humanity is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions.  Habitat for Humanity was founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have asimple, durable place to live in dignity and safety, and that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all.

All are welcome 
Habitat Choptank has an open-door policy: All who believe that everyone needs a decent, affordable place to live are welcome to help with the work, regardless of race, religion, age, gender, political views or any of the other distinctions that too often divide people. In short, Habitat welcomes volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds and also serves people in need of decent housing regardless of race or religion. As a matter of policy, Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliated organizations do not proselytize. This means that Habitat will not offer assistance on the expressed or implied condition that people must either adhere to or convert to a particular faith, or listen and respond to messaging designed to induce conversion to a particular faith.

About Habitat for Humanity International 
Founded in Americus, Georgia, USA, in 1976, Habitat for Humanity today operates around the globe and has helped build, renovate andrepair more than 600,000 decent, affordable houses sheltering more than 3 million people worldwide.

HFHI Vision 
A world where everyone has a decent place to live.

HFHI Mission Statement
Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.

Our Affiliate History and Mission

Since 1992, our affiliate has completed 63 homes and currently has 5 homes under construction.  We rely on volunteer labor and financial and material contributions in order to successfully partner with qualifying families in building decent, affordable and energy efficient homes in Dorchester and Talbot Counties.

Houses are sold at no profit to partner families and financed with an affordable mortgage, including the option of a zero-interest Habitat mortgage.  Monthly mortgage payments including taxes and insurance are repaid by the Habitat homeowner over 30 years and are often less than what that home owner once paid in rent. These mortgage funds are reinvested into our "Fund for Humanity" which combines with other financial gifts to support the construction of future homes in our two-county region. 

Two habitat workers laugh.We strive to build not only homes but also to collaborate with all people interested in the quality of life in our community through the creation of affordable housing opportunities. Our partners include: community leaders, government agencies, other non-profits, community groups, local businesses and realtors, interfaith organizations, developers, and volunteers and other individuals.

 

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Habitat Choptank boasts a dedicated Board of Directors consisting of Dorchester and Talbot County residents.  As part of their role, Board members serve on or serve as chair of at least one committe and actively participate in board meetings; many volunteer on the building sites and take on special projects. To read more about our directors, click here.

2014-15

Greg M. Whitten - President

David J. DeLuca - Vice President
Stephen R. Clineburg - Secretary
Charles F. Bohn, Jr. - Treasurer

Katherine M. Christensen

Edward P. Colaprete, Jr.
Judann Culver, Recording Secretary

Steven P. Doehler
George J. Fox

Roscoe Handy
Michael S. Hiner

R. Andrew Hollis

Rev. Emanuel Johnson
Horace M. Lowman, Jr.
Jeffrey Pritchett

Myron D. Walker

Chuck J. Weber, Jr.

Barry S. Wildstein

Emeritus Members

Josephine Merrill
Larry Neviaser
Hugh Smith

 

 

The Staff

Nancy Andrew - Executive Director
Pat Ingram - Program Manager
Rose Madison - Program Administrator
Debbie Gardner - Development Officer
Michelle Smith - Finance Manager
Rhodana Fields - Construction Supervisor
Steve Thomas - Construction Supervisor

Chris Walls - ReStore Manager

Sylvester Williams - Warehouse Manager

Keith Myers - ReStore Associate

 

    

 

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

How does the Habitat mission work? With volunteer labor, tax-deductible donations of money and materials, Habitat volunteers partner with families in need to improve our community through the construction of simple, decent, and affordable housing.

Why homeownership? Many people who have small but steady incomes are unable to purchase a home through a conventional mortgage.   Every family's physical and spiritual well being, as well as their sense of dignity and self worth, is tied to having a decent place to live.  Homeownership empowers working families to become community investors.

Do you receive funds from Habitat for Humanity International? We are financially independent from International.  The national organization shares its brand and operations materials with us in order for us to function as an affiliate.  While occassionally HFHI provides affiliates with opportunities to apply for grant funding for designated projects, we are responsible for raising funds for our operations. 

How does the partnership with new homeowners work? Habitat does not give away homes.  Rather we partner with volunteers, donors and funders, and qualifying families in need to build decent and affordable homes.  Each Partner Family is required to earn Sweat Equity hours. This reduces the cost of the home, increases the pride of homeownership among family members, and fosters positive relationships with other people. Habitat is a "hand up, not a hand out".

How are the "partner" families selected? Carefully and thoughtfully. Interested individuals complete an application follwed by an office interview and a home visit by volunteers from the Family Selection Committee. Applicants are assessed on the basis of their housing need, their willingness to partner with Habitat, and their ability to repay an interest-free Habitat mortgage.

How can I get involved? We have many volunteer opportunities for you to choose from. Simply email us or call 410-476-3204, it's that simple!