(May 13, 2020) — Habitat for Humanity Choptank Executive Director JoAnn Hansen issued the following statement:

Silvia, one of our homeowners, is pictured above with one of our coaches, Julie, both working in partnership to build her forever home in St. Michaels, which we are delighted to report is nearly finished.

Our process for home construction has involved looking at dates of program entry as well as sweat equity and savings accrued by homebuyers. We use this to gauge our construction progress and allocation of resources to where they are needed most. That strategy doesn’t always work because – simply put – life happens – health issues, job loss, you name it.
These past few months have been challenging for Habitat Choptank to continue our operations. Basically, we need two things to build and complete houses – volunteers and funds. Volunteers help to ensure the affordability of the homes that we build and the spirit of partnership with which we build. Due to COVID-19, we haven’t been able to utilize volunteers since mid March so that has delayed our work and the ability of our partner families to accrue hours. However, we are issuing sweat equity hours in recognition for other types of community service done by our homebuyers and although we have slowed down, we still will have managed to place 5 families in homes between March and May.
In terms of funding, our ReStore is one of the ways that we fund the building of our houses and we had to close that due to COVID-19 as well as lay off all employees there. We are hopeful that we will be able to get that operation back up and running sometime in June so please stay tuned for further updates.
Other fundraising efforts to support continuing to build have been challenged at best. Many of our supporters have been affected by COVID-19 in terms of job loss and financial setbacks, and if they haven’t yet been affected, they are afraid of what is yet to come.
Although the future is uncertain, we continue pressing onward fighting the good fight to eliminate poverty housing from the face of the earth while striving to enourage all to remain “joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer” (Romans 12:12).
Sincerely,
JoAnn Hansen
Executive Director

 

(May 4, 2020) — Habitat for Humanity Choptank Executive Director JoAnn Hansen issued the following statement:

The moment you’ve all been waiting for…..meet Amy our 3rd homeowner to move into her forever home from the time the pandemic started in March and our 87th since Habitat Choptank was formed. As reported last month, we expect 2 more homeowners to move into their homes before the end of June.

For the past 10 years, Amy has been living in a one-bedroom apartment with duct tape and rags around the windows to keep the cold out. Upon acceptance into Habitat Choptank’s homeownership program, Amy described it as “a blessing.” It didn’t take her long to complete over 300 sweat equity hours while saving for closing costs on her forever home.

Amy works over 80 hours a week as a certified nursing assistant. Finding herself on the front lines during the COVID-19 crisis, a safe place to call her own has come at a time when it is needed more than ever. The dream of owning her own home and having her children and grandchildren come to visit and play is now a reality.

Thank you to our volunteers, partners and supporters for making Amy’s dream a reality. If you know someone who might be interested in partnering with Habitat to own a home of their own, please ask them to contact us. The best way right now is by e-mail at info@habitatchoptank.org.

Sincerely,
JoAnn Hansen
Executive Director

Please keep the families that we serve and Habitat Choptank in your prayers as we seek his will for the future in our desire to serve more families in need in our community.

(April 27, 2020) — Habitat for Humanity Choptank Executive Director JoAnn Hansen issued the following statement:

Our mission is to work in partnership with God and all people to build homes, community and hope and we’ve continued to stay that course in spite of COVID-19.
I am pleased to report that two more homes will be completed within the next 45 days with new homeowners moving in while their loan applications are pending. That will be a total of 5 homeowners in 90 days. We are grateful to our volunteers for starting the work, as well as local community contractors and our Construction Supervisors for completing the work on these beautiful, safe and energy efficient homes.
With our jobsites and ReStore closed, we know that the generosity and kindness of our volunteers have guided many to make masks for front line workers or to help distribute food to children and families. For those of you who want to do more or are still looking for ways to build community and hope in your own backyard, there is a need.
Two local organizations in our community are running short on food supplies to distribute to families so that they have at least two meals each weekend – Mid Shore Meals Til Monday in Dorchester County and CarePacks in Talbot County. Here is a list of the most needed food items in each of these areas.
Mid Shore Meals til Monday Most Needed Food Items (click on link) with an emphasis on Macaroni & Cheese and Peanut Butter (no glass jars please).
CarePacks Most Needed Food Items:
Bags of apples and oranges
Bags of potatoes
Bags of carrots
Boxes of cereal
Boxes of pasta
Jars of Peanut Butter
For those of you who are able to help, we’ve established the following schedule and locations for your convenience.
Drop off Days/Times: Tuesday and Wednesday from 9am to 3pm
Drop off locations: 314 Cambridge Landing in Cambridge
(drop off in garage)
230 South Aurora Street in Easton
(drop off on covered porch)
Our staff will make sure the supplies are delivered to Meals to Monday and CarePacks each week until this pandemic is over.
Thank you for whatever you can contribute to the needs of those in our local communities. Where there is love, there is hope and there is healing.
Sincerely,
JoAnn Hansen
Executive Director

Please keep the families that we serve and Habitat Choptank in your prayers as we seek his will for the future in our desire to serve more families in need in our community.

(April 21, 2020) — Habitat for Humanity Choptank Executive Director JoAnn Hansen issued the following statement:

Because of your continued support, in the last month, we have given two homeowners the keys to their forever homes.

They and their families have been blessed with a safe place to call home because Habitat Choptank friends and supporters shared their gifts of time, talent and treasure and for that we are truly grateful.

In the coming months, we have three more families that need our help to ensure that they, too, can move into their forever homes. Our continued outreach, partnership and building of quality, safe and affordable homes is more critical now than ever. And, we can’t do it without you. Your continued support is what makes our ability to keep on building possible.

We serve a good and loving Father who is our source of hope and peace during this difficult time. We trust him with our plans for the future. We trust him to move in the hearts of those who are able to give. And we trust his love and grace to cover those who find themselves in need during this difficult time.

Please keep the families that we serve and Habitat Choptank in your prayers as we seek his will for the future in our desire to serve more families in need in our community.

(April 13, 2020) — Habitat for Humanity Choptank Executive Director JoAnn Hansen issued the following statement:

In spite of the uncertainty brought by COVID-19, Habitat Choptank continues to plan for a world where poverty housing is eliminated from the face of the earth…and that starts in our own backyards. Every family needs to know their children have a safe and healthy place to call home.

As new areas in our country emerge as hotspots and we continue to struggle to see the light at the end of the tunnel, one thing remains clear….the future belongs to those who plan now.

Below [see previous page] is a summary of some of the activities that Habitat Choptank has been undertaking to ensure that our home buyers and home owners are supported during this crisis, as well as efforts to strengthen our ability to serve more individuals and families in need.

Thank you for continuing to sow into a FUTURE OF HOPE for families in our community by partnering with Habitat Choptank to provide the hand-up they need to build a solid foundation for the future! 

(April 6, 2020) — Habitat for Humanity Choptank Executive Director JoAnn Hansen issued the following statement:

Volunteers are the lifeblood of our organization and we miss you. Please take good care of yourselves and follow the recommended guidelines of physical distancing, hand washing, face masks, eating healthy, hydrating, exercising and getting plenty of rest. We are grateful for all that you’ve done and will continue to do to give our partner families the hand-up they need to build a solid foundation for the future!

Hopefully, many of you joined the Weekend Workout Challenge. And if not, there’s still time this week to ensure that you stay in tip top shape for when this crisis is over and it is safe for our volunteers to return to our jobsites, our office and our ReStore. Click here for the video [or scroll to the bottom of the previous page].

If you haven’t yet made your annual gift to Habitat Choptank, please consider doing so during this difficult time.

(March 26, 2020) — Habitat for Humanity Choptank Executive Director JoAnn Hansen issued the following statement:

During this public health crisis and time of economic uncertainty, you and I are ever grateful for the protection and safety our own homes provide. We are mindful however, that there are many in our community who cannot “shelter in place” because they either do not have shelter or because their shelter is crowded, unsafe or unhealthy.

We do not know how this pandemic will unfold in the weeks ahead. But we do know that no one will be harder hit than those families who are at the core of our mission. They look to Habitat Choptank to help them realize their dream for a safe home of their own. And that is why I am asking for your support today.

Times like these can cause us to become fearful and isolated – or they can humble us, offering us the foresight and generosity of spirit to rise up to meet the needs of our fellow man.

Please join me, our staff, volunteers and board members in rising up to support the mission and ministry of Habitat Choptank by donating here or by mailing a check to 29349 W. Maple Avenue, Suite 3, Trappe, MD 21673. Truly, your support has never been more critical.

God bless you,
JoAnn Hansen

P.S. Thank you for your prayers and support as we build homes, community and hope right here where we live. And, please keep yourself and your loved ones safe and healthy during this unprecedented crisis.