Habitat for Humanity Choptank NEWS
September 2014 - Local Habitat volunteers, supporters and future home buyers came together for dinner at Trappe United Methodist Church to celebrate Habitat Choptank’s progress. Over the last fiscal year, the nonprofit home builder screened 76 intakes for its home ownership program, qualified 4 partner families, finished 4 new homes for a total of 63 homes completed historically, had 5 other homes under construction, and maintained a less than 2% foreclosure rate with only one foreclosure since its founding in 1992. This was made possible by over 580 volunteers who contributed 22,979 hours of service working in construction, helping at the office and tackling special projects, serving on committees and the Board, and volunteering at the ReStore.
June 2014 - Neighbors, family and friends along with Habitat volunteers and supporters recently celebrated a homecoming at 707 Wright Street in Cambridge with Nora Skiver. Skiver, a LPN with Bay Pediatric Center, purchased the new construction and energy efficient 3-bedroom, 1-bath home from Habitat for Humanity Choptank.
3 Homes, 3 Hardworking Families, 1 Dedication for Homes #60-62
February 2014 - A little rain, cold and mud couldn't dampen our spirits as we celebrated 3 new homes and 3 new home owners. Congratulations to the Caple, Mannon, and Montiel families for achieving the dream of home ownership. Here, construction supervisor Steve Thomas presents Linda, Silvia and April with their house keys.
Habitat Choptank Going on 60 (VIDEO)
December 2013 - With almost sixty volunteer-built houses under their belt since they started in 1992, The Spy caught up with Habitat Choptank’s director, Nancy Andrew to talk about the full impact of Habitat’s work with their partner families and the extraordinary steps they must take, including eliminating all collectible debt, before they can purchase a home. As Nancy says, “This is not a program that gives away free houses.”
July 2013 - Concerned community members along with Habitat volunteers and staff recently met to kick-off the Dorchester County Ecumenical Build through which a coalition of churches will come together to build a Habitat home on Edgewood Avenue in Cambridge. Rosi Travers, right, and Debbie Gardner, development officer for Habitat Choptank, were among those in attendance.
November 2013 - Volunteers and staff at the Habitat Choptank ReStore recently celebrated $199,082 raised for the nonprofit home builder’s affordable home ownership program with the presentation of a ceremonial check. Front row from left to right: Chris Walls, ReStore assistant manager, Bill Griffith, Bill Higgs, Nathan Kish, Nancy Andrew, Habitat Choptank executive director, Lee Weldon, ReStore manager, and Ray Shortall. Back row: Lew Fritze, Rory Callahan, Mike Allison, Doug Eberle, Colin Higgins.
Planned Giving Advisory Council
January 2013 - Habitat Chopank is honored to announce the launch of its its planned giving advisory council. Participating professionals include attorneys, accountants and wealth management advisors who appreciate the important role that Habitat plays in eliminating poverty housing from our communities. To learn more about planned giving and including Habitat Choptank in your estate plans, click here.
Habitat Dedicates Home #57
December 2012 - New home buyer Lutitia King (right), with her husband Arnold and son Jy’Mere, is all smiles as she receives the keys to her home from construction supervisor Rhodana Fields. The King family were joined by family and friends for the dedication including pastor Bishop Juanita Wharton (left) and her Habitat Sponsor Yolanda Blassingame.
Habitat Choptank has named Atelier 11 Architecture of Easton as its Business Partner of the Year. Atelier 11, founded and owned by Jon Braithwaite and Lauren Dianich, has generously donated design services for numerous Habitat homes including most recently the ten homes in the Milestone on Clay development in Easton and the development of five homes that Habitat Choptank is now building on Port Street.
Habitat Choptank Hosts Dentist Build
Local dentists recently volunteered with Habitat Choptank at its home building site in Cambridge working alongside future home buyers James Hines (middle row, left) and Patsy Hines (middle row, right) and construction supervisor Rhodana Fields (back row, right). Doctors volunteering for the Dentist Build where, (front row with toothbrush) Dr. Donald E. Broskey; (middle row) Drs. Herbert P. Gorin, Eugene R. McNich; J. Frederick Heaton, and Jack H. Bishop; and (back row) Drs. Okan Damar, Gregory S. Russell, Ryan S. Maisel, Jeffrey L. Taylor.
Several of Habitat Choptank future home buyers and their family members hold signs revealing the record number of hours contributed by 781 Habitat for Humanity Choptank volunteers during the most recent fiscal year.
Habitat Choptank’s newest home owner Wanda Bailey (right) is all smiles in front of her new home with her sponsor Caroline George. George, a volunteer on Habitat’s partnership committee, helped to support Bailey throughout the multi-step program toward becoming a successful first time home buyer.
Our next multi-family build has been provided a big boost thanks to Pierce Home Builders. Rob Pierce and his crew donated two full days of labor to completely frame the first floor of a triplex and put on floor joists for the second floor. These three units are part of a development on Port Street in Easton that will eventually provide affordable home ownership opportunities for five low-income families.
Rain Garden Planted at Habitat Choptank's New Port Street Development
A visiting crew of 20 volunteers from The Landon School of Bethesda provided the muscle for the installation of a bio-retention basin at Habitat for Humanity Choptank’s second infill development – a collection of five multi-family units now underway on Port Street in Easton. Funded with a mini-grant from Chesapeake Bay Trust, the basin is a shallow landscaped depression used to slow and treat on-site stormwater runoff. The project was led by Rachael Patrice, a Chesapeake Conservation Corps member, who is a completing a year of service with Habitat Choptank. Native plants for the basin were purchased from Environmental Concern. EC education director Sarah Hildenbrand generously provided advance education and on-site instruction to help insure the project’s success.
Thanks to a partnership with Ilex Construction & Woodworking along with hardworking volunteers from the Landon School and Holton-Arms, the ReStore has completed its first pre-demolition project. Items salvaged from the house, which was torn down the next week, are being sold at the ReStore. Here, Landon teacher Bob Oetting, hauls away a classic hopper.
Women Volunteers Raise Hammers to Mark National Women Build Week
Dozens of women (and several guys too) from Dorchester and Talbot Counties helped Habitat Choptank celebrate National Women Build Week 2012 by volunteering over two days at the home build underway at 439 High Street in Cambridge.
Board president Steve Clineburg (left) and Raise the Roof committee co-chairs Sandy Hale and Christine DuFour present Antonia Cuffee (2nd from left) with flowers to thank her for sharing her Habitat story at the recent fundraiser. Cuffee, daughter of Habitat home owner Val Elliott, graduated from law school in 2011 and recently passed the bar.
Despite a blustery wind, Teresa Potter and her daughter Randei will always remember the last Saturday in February 2012 as a warm and welcoming day. That morning, Teresa was joined by relatives and well-wishers to celebrate the dedication of her new home in St. Michaels which she has purchased from Habitat for Humanity Choptank.
Christ Church Day School Raises Money for Habitat Choptank
Thank you to the children and staff at Christ Church Day School in Easton for their donation to help give low income families a hand up out of poverty housing. After many weeks of collecting their change, a special check was presented to Habitat Choptank executive director Nancy Andrew.
The Definition of Sweat Equity - Easton Savy spotlights Habitat Choptank
When Teresa Potter received a flyer saying she had been recommended for home ownership, she thought is was a solicitation. She and her daughter lived in an apartment at the St. Michaels Housing Authority, and she thought it unlikely she would be able to afford a home. Despite her reservations, she called the number on the flyer and scheduled a meeting with a committee from Habitat for Humanity. “I thought half the apartment complex was going to be there,” says Potter, but there was only one other person present. After a rigorous screening process, much of which was done before she even received the flyer, her family was selected to be the next in a long line of families to own a home, thanks to Habitat for Humanity Choptank... (click here to read more)
Volunteers from Interstate Container recently worked with Habitat Choptank on its construction site at 439 High Street in Cambridge. During their shift, team members worked with other Habitat volunteers and site supervisor Rhodana Fields to raise interior walls on the second floor. Interstate Container has generously committed to providing a volunteer crew for Habitat one day a month.
Michelle Friend (left to right) is joined by her Habitat sponsors Jill Jasuta and Ron Wolfe to sign paperwork for becoming a full partner in Habitat Choptank’s home ownership program.
Teresa Potter Now a Full Partner Working To Buy St. Micheals Home
Habitat Choptank executive director Nancy Andrew (left) joins with Teresa Potter (right), her daughter Brandy and their extended family along with Potter’s Habitat sponsor Chris Stauch (back row, far right) to celebrate Potter’s acceptance as a full partner in Habitat’s affordable home ownership program. Potter is working toward purchasing Habitat’s next home in St. Michaels.
Habitat Dedicates Homes #52, 53 and 54 in July
Habitat Choptank celebrated the dedication of three more homes in July 2011. The first home completed was the St. Michaels Faith Build House - a partnership project between Habitat Choptank and three St. Michaels churches. This single family house at 210 Brooks Lane was sold to Habitat partner Lori Whitehead. The next home dedicated was at 703 Wright Street. This house is the result of a partnership with the City of Cambridge aimed at increasing affordable home ownership opportunities in the 'Maple Street' district. New home owner Chanice Rochester and her 2 children moved in that very day. The month was finished with the dedicaton of another duplex unit in the Milestone on Clay development in Easton. Milestone is a 10-duplex mixed income project that Habitat is undertaking with Elm Street Development. New home owner Gina Lewis joins six other families in the Milestone community which is a mix of Habitat home owners and moderate income home owners. To read Gina's remarks from the dedication, click here.
Now in its fifth year, Pitcher and Basin invites young people from around the Diocese of Wilmington to join together in giving back to the community. This year the youth spent two weeks partnering with Habitat Choptank. Participants also spend one whole day - as a group at their host parish, St. Mary, Refuge of Sinners, to say “thanks” to the parish community by pitching in and completing projects on their to-do list.
Easton Rotary president Tim Kagan, left, and club member Ted Bautz, right, take a break from their construction project to welcome Rotary District Governor Don Hackett onto Habitat for Humanity Choptank’s Milestone on Clay development in Easton. The club was volunteering with Habitat Choptank as part of the District Rotary Clubs’ Build Communities Day.
Kristen Van Trieste, president of the Easton High School Habitat Campus Chapter, accepts the President’s Volunteer Service Award from Susan Devlin, executive director of Habitat Choptank, in recognition of the club’s more than 200 hours of volunteer service last year helping to build at the Habitat construction site in Easton. Also on hand for the awards presentation were (from left to right) David Stofa, principal of Easton High School, Michael Meloch, Mona Patel, Tracy Detrich, club advisor, Kathleen Boyle, and LCDR Jon Hammond, club advisor. Missing from the photo is club advisor Amy Harris.
Allstate Building Company has donated the labor for the roof of the Habitat house under construction in St. Michaels. Allstate employees Alex Edge (left)and Ben Pretzler worked on a Saturday and Sunday to finish the roof of the single family home on Brooks Lane.
Members of The National Bank of Cambridge’s anagement team lend their support to Habitat Choptank. The bank recently presented Habitat Choptank with a donation and team members will be volunteering on the new Habitat home to be built in Cambridge. From left to right: Jean Sewell, David DeLuca, vice-president Habitat for Humanity Choptank, Kim Liddell, CEO of The National Bank of Cambridge, Bill Marshall, Tim McCarter, Johan Trumpy, Wayne Marshall, and Dori Weber.
Community leaders officially broke ground Sunday on the next Habitat Choptank home in Cambridge. From left, Commissioner Frank Stout, Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development Assistant Secretary Carol Anne Gilbert, Habitat Choptank Board President Dick Deerin, Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley, Governor Martin O'Malley, Habitat Choptank Executive Director Susan Devlin, Habitat Choptank Board member Rev. Keith Cornish, and Commissioner Donald Sydnor.
Habitat Choptank has helped Habitat for Humanity International achieve the rank of number 8 on the Builder 100 list. This is the first time the nonproft has been among the ten biggest builders in the United States.
Thank you to all of the Habitat Choptank volunteers, funders, and partners who helped complete six Habitat homes in Dorchester and Talbot Counties during the most recent fiscal year. Together, we are helping hardworking low-income families improve their lives and their neighborhoods through home ownership.
Habitat Choptank Dedicates 49th Home
Tracy and Allen Lake are all smiles standing in front of their new home. Thanks to volunteer labor, Habitat Choptank is able to build its homes for $95,000. Habitat home owners buy their houses at cost with an interest free mortgage. Under this arrangement, the Lake's monthly mortgage payment including principal and escrow for property taxes will be less than what they previously paid in rent.
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Habitat for Humanity Choptank construction supervisor Rhodana Fields, left, works with Washington College volunteer Steve Stranahan to cut siding for the Habitat home under construction at 504 Edgewood Avenue in Cambridge. On the same Saturday, volunteers were also busy on job sites in Easton and St. Michaels.
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