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A Message from Habitat's Board President

Maureen McDonald reflects on Habitat CEO's tenure and impact.

Dear friends,

2020 has been a challenging year for us all.

2021, I know, will be better.

I know this, because come January 23rd 2021, a remarkable man will be celebrating a milestone:  Habitat CEO, Kevin L. Smith, will celebrate 25 years of service to Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County (HFHNCC). And, just a few months later, our affiliate will celebrate our 35th anniversary.

I am not sure if Kevin understood the remarkable impact he would have on so many, when he agreed to become the very first paid staff member at Habitat. I do know that his perseverance and commitment has improved the lives of so many families.

Perseverance and Commitment are just two of the words that are painted all along the walls of the Habitat conference room. They are joined by “Honesty,” “Family,” “Christ’s Love in Action,” “Win-Win” and “Impact.” These are the core values Kevin challenges us to live each and every day.

Kevin has a genuine concern for the well-being of the community that we serve and how HFHNCC, through its Mission, can improve lives and families. Kevin cares as deeply for the Habitat staff—for their well-being, their growth, development and their safety. He works tirelessly to collaborate with community organizations and governing officials to understand the needs of the community and to be an advocate for Habitat’s Mission and how we can contribute to bettering the community overall.

After 25 years, and more than 255 Habitat homes, Kevin continues to serve, to innovate and to bless the community.

Cheers, Kevin – to 25 years! On behalf of the board, staff and especially our Habitat homeowners, thank you for the gift of your service.


With much appreciation,

Maureen McDonald

Board President