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March 2022
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Volunteers to help build new Habitat for Humanity Home in downtown Murfreesboro on March 12th

Habitat for Humanity volunteers will meet to work on a special community build project later this month. The First Baptist Panel Build will be on Saturday, March 12 in the Habitat parking lot.

Over 100 volunteers are expected to show up and help build the panels of a new home. The volunteers are from First Baptist Castle Street and First Baptist Main Street of Murfreesboro.

The walls that are being constructed on March 12th are for “Amber’s” house, a future Habitat for Humanity homeowner in Rutherford County. Volunteers plan to build “ALL” the walls of the home in just 5-hours.

Amber, the future homeowner,  has been attending Habitat’s Financial Literacy and Homeowner Education program and will complete 300 hours of sweat equity, working on the construction of her house as well as other Habitat houses and the Habitat ReStore.

The young mother works at Nissan in Smyrna, but is currently living in Columbia, Tennessee. She’s excited to soon be living be closer to work!

Amber’s son is 14-years-old and is very excited to have his own bedroom and a neighborhood to that will feel like a real home.

Meanwhile, Amber’s 3-year-old daughter was born with Coffin Siris Syndrome. The young child faces health issues daily. Her mother, a future homeowner, is looking forward to having more healthcare and a variety of services for her daughter in Murfreesboro.

[Read more on WGNS Radio]

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February 2022
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Sen. Coons joins AmeriCorps CEO Michael Smith for AmeriCorps Swearing-in Ceremony, Habitat for Humanity site visit 


 Sen. Coons joins AmeriCorps CEO Michael Smith for AmeriCorps Swearing-in Ceremony, Habitat for Humanity site visit

WILMINGTON, Del. – Today at 1:30pm, U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) along with Michael Smith, CEO of AmeriCorps will host a swearing-in ceremony for participating AmeriCorps programs in Delaware at Wilmington Public Library. Participating AmeriCorps programs may include Economic Mobility Corps, National Health Corps–Delaware, Public Allies Delaware, Reading Assist, and Teach for America–Delaware. Events will conclude following a site visit from Senator Coons and Michael Smith at New Castle County Habitat for Humanity welcoming a new homeowner.

Sen. Coons, a long time AmeriCorps champion and inductee into the National Service Hall of Fame in 2021, helped to secure $1 billion for AmeriCorps and AmeriCorps Seniors in the American Rescue Plan. As the lead author of the CORPS Act, Sen. Coons has led the charge to grow AmeriCorps to 250,000 members annually and advocated for an increased federal investment to make that goal a reality.

WHO: U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), Michael Smith, AmeriCorps CEO

WHEN: AmeriCorps ceremony, 1:30pm-2:50pm; Habitat for Humanity site visit, 3:00pm-4:00pm

  • 1:30pm-2:30pm: AmeriCorps Service Community Gathering, Wilmington Public Library
  • 2:35pm-2:50: Sen. Coons, Michael Smith press availability
  • 3:00pm: New Castle County Habitat for Humanity site visit
  • 3:00pm: Introduction by Habitat leadership NCCC team
  • 3:10pm: Remarks from Sen. Coons, Michael Smith
  • 3:25pm-4:00pm: Tour of Habitat site, conversations with Habitat leadership team


  • AmeriCorps Swearing in Ceremony: Wilmington Public Library, 10 E 10th Street, Wilmington, DE
  • New Castle County Habitat for Humanity visit: 800 block of Bennett Street, Wilmington, DE
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February 2022
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Reopened restaurant caters to East Side community amid renewed revitalization efforts

Jerry Deen's owner Charly "Evol" Bass.Sunlight shone through the glass door of a building Charly “Evol” Bass knew well, the light kindling the warm hues of oranges and yellows that enveloped the walls of her restaurant, Jerry Deen’s.

A patchwork of wooden planks, multicolored signatures and yellow neighborhood street signs covered a pillar in the middle of the establishment, complemented by the various black-and-white pictures of Bass’ parents that adorned the walls. The frigid winter air often seeped into the restaurant as patrons came inside to pick up their food, stopping often to greet Bass on their way to the counter.

Behind Bass, on a sunny windowsill slightly obstructed by the drapes, sat a collage of photos showing her and a group of children she had mentored through Game Changers, a community organization focused on addressing issues within Wilmington’s neighborhoods.

The canvas, which was gifted to Bass by one of the children, included a small inscription typed in orange cursive font next to the photos.

“Ms. Evol, they say it takes a village to raise a child. Thank you for being part of my village,” the message read.

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February 2022
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Redevelopment of The Flats progressing as Wilmington eyes other housing revitalization

The Flats sign 2022

Work to redevelop The Flats neighborhood on Wilmington’s West Side is moving to a new phase, and as it does, the group behind that work is also preparing to extend its efforts to the city’s East Side.

Contributor Larry Nagengast offers an update on The Flats project and where it fits into Wilmington’s larger housing plans.

With 221 new housing units in its signature redevelopment project on Wilmington’s West Side now complete, the Woodlawn Trustees are pushing ahead with the next phase of construction in The Flats and getting started on participating in Mayor Mike Purzycki’s plan to revitalize housing on the city’s East Side.

Reconstruction of The Flats, the working-class community built more than a century ago under the guidance of Quaker philanthropist and cotton-mill owner William Poole Bancroft, began in 2015 and recently reached its halfway mark with the completion of the third of its seven phases. The fourth phase has just begun, with demolition under way of existing rowhouses extending south and east from the corner of Bayard Avenue and West Seventh Street.

Read more on Delaware Public Media

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February 2022
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WJBR’s Focus on the Delaware Valley with Lora Lewis

Chief Executive Director Kevin Smith discussed Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County, an independent chapter of the largest not- for profit builder in the world, and how they ‘seek to put God’s love into action by building homes, communities and hope.’  He described their local mission, building affordable housing, providing 0% interest mortgages to hard-working qualified homeowners, and thereby revitalizing neighborhoods and empowering the families.  He discussed the current lack of affordable housing, with many families paying well above 30% of their monthly income on rent.   He spoke of the homeowners accepted into the program, they commit to improving their credit score, learn budgeting, provide sweat equity and learn home repairs, remain in the home for ten years before realizing any equity, and take community leadership classes.  Mr Smith points out that by clumping homes in one neighborhood, and offering critical home repairs for low-income homeowners, they are improving the quality of life for the entire area, creating a community.   They support these communities after the build by partnering with residents to revitalize neighborhoods and eliminate blight through neighborhood clean-ups and beautification projects.

[Listen to Kevin’s interview on WJBR]

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February 2022
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Barbie Dreamhouse™ Celebrates 60 Years of Giving Dreams a Home™ with Habitat for Humanity Collaboration

Brand announces 60th anniversary celebrations for iconic property with global collaboration with Habitat for Humanity International.

EL SEGUNDO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today, Mattel, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAT) kicks off worldwide celebrations to mark the 60th anniversary of the Barbie Dreamhouse with a year-long collaboration with Habitat for Humanity International. To mark the 60-year legacy of imaginative play the Dreamhouse has inspired, the brand is undertaking 60 projects and activations, including new construction, home preservation, and neighborhood revitalization, for families in need of safe, decent, and affordable housing around the world.

The Barbie collaboration with Habitat for Humanity aims to create more opportunities for children and their families to live in a place they can call home. During the year, Barbie will fund projects in countries including Canada, Poland, and Brazil, and will help a local family by supporting the construction of a new home in South Los Angeles. Additional projects will include critical home repairs, playhouse builds, and contributing to Habitat’s Women Build program. Mattel employees will have the opportunity to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (Habitat LA) on builds throughout 2022, including a new home that will be built in Los Angeles near Mattel’s global headquarters.

“The only thing as iconic as Barbie is her Dreamhouse, a spectacular home that allows kids to immerse themselves in Barbie’s world, and gives them the room to dream,” said Lisa McKnight, Senior Vice President and Global Head of Barbie and Dolls, Mattel. “Through our collaboration with Habitat for Humanity, we mark 60 years of our Dreamhouse by supporting families around the world, giving their dreams a home.”

[read more on Business Wire]

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January 2022
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Trolley Square Market Brings Artisan Products to Wilmington

After seeing main character David Rose’s shop on Schitt’s Creek, a local couple decided to open a unique concept in Wilmington.

When Samantha and Calen Bird saw Rose Apothecary created by David Rose’s character on the comedy Schitt’s Creek, Samantha thought, we need something like this here.

The husband-and-wife business partners already rented a storefront in Trolley Square that houses their Midwinter Co., a boutique specializing in gray diamonds and unique engagement rings, and they decided the adjacent space would be a convenient and aesthetically ideal location for their “modern general store.”

As Samantha perused products from artisans on the internet—everything from gourmet table salts to smudge bundles of sage—her vision began to materialize. Literally.

Not one to personally use crystals or the other energy-healing tools that would line half her shop, the graphic designer and hobby photographer explains, “This was more of a visual thing for me. I started with an image of the store, then I put it together. I just pick out what I think will look good.”

She didn’t know how her next “passion project” would be received by the community, but she was determined to try it anyway. The couple also planned to donate sales to local charities. So far, Calen says, the reaction has been positive.

After a lot of lead-up on social media, in October the Birds officially opened Trolley Square Market, a “refreshingly modern version of the old-timey mercantile” offering an eclectic host of goods through what the pair call “a mini apothecary” (alternative healing therapies, like herbs and tinctures), an “itty-bitty paperie” (stationery, stamps, journals) and functional finds (because who doesn’t need a shoe-repair kit?). Other specialty items include small plants and gardening tools, jewelry and handbags, pottery, soaps, children’s essentials, and unisex T-shirts with phrases like “Be Kind.”

For the market, Samantha does the buying and visual merchandising; Calen takes care of the books, including hardbound classics he discovers at nearby antique malls and resells on a back shelf of the store. Alongside the collection are more of his fun vintage finds, like crates of vinyl records and midcentury board games.

“There’s a rotating artist exhibit in a 5-foot-by-4-foot alcove, with 100 percent of sales going into the featured maker’s pocket. From all other sales, 10 percent is donated to Delaware charities that include the Urban Bike ProjectHabitat for Humanity and the Sunday Breakfast Mission.”

[read the Delaware Today full article]

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December 2021
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Request for Proposals

Statewide Healthy Homes Needs Assessment

Wilmington, DE, December 16, 2021 – The vision of Habitat for Humanity is a world where everyone has a decent place to live, improving their quality of life and general wellbeing. To that end, Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County, Central Delaware Habitat for Humanity, and Sussex County Habitat for Humanity invite proposals to complete a statewide, data-driven housing needs assessment with an emphasis on health outcomes.

Healthy, stable homes are the key to improved health, economic, and social outcomes. Unfortunately, environmental hazards in the home cause millions of preventable injuries and complications from disease each year. In Delaware, nearly 47,000 households have at least one severe housing problem. Substandard housing and poor indoor environment are linked to increased indoor allergen exposure and greater morbidity and mortality. Additionally, trip and fall hazards pose serious problems and are especially problematic for older residents. More than 26% of adults over the age of 65 reported falling in the past year. Approximately 1 in 5 of these falls caused serious injury resulting in restricted activity, loss of independence, and premature death. These issues are especially prevalent in low-income and minority households.

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November 2021
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PSA Foundation Spotlight: Habitat for Humanity NCC

Q&A with Dave Iliff, Habitat volunteer coordinator for PSA since 2007

In late September 2021, a group of Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate sales associates took a break from selling homes to help build them. It wasn’t the first time members of the Patterson-Schwartz family put on their hard hats and tool belts for Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County, but it was a notable one. This most recent volunteer effort marked the first on-site Build Day since the pandemic restrictions set in early 2020 were lifted.

No one could be more proud to be back building homes than Dave Iliff. This Patterson-Schwartz Hockessin sales associate has been coordinating our local volunteer efforts for Habitat for Humanity since 2007.

[read more at Patterson Schwartz Newsdesk]

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