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Keeping homeowners safe, warm & dry with A Brush with Kindness.


Habitat’s Brush with Kindness program partners with homeowners  to make critical repairs – that keep them safe, warm and dry.

As part of Habitat’s commitment to Neighborhood Revitalization, A Brush with Kindness (ABWK) offers critical repair services to existing, low-income homeowners in the city of Wilmington. This effort not only preserves homeownership, but allows seniors to age in place.

Before Somandra found Habitat, she had been washing dishes in her bathtub for an entire year...after a contractor left her kitchen mostly gutted.

somandra’s story

“My story begins with my trust being taken advantage of by someone who did not complete the repairs I paid for. Hurt and heartbroken do not describe how I felt. I lived without a kitchen for a year.  Cooking with no sink in a kitchen that [was torn] up. It was the worst year of my life.

…I felt as if my dream of staying in my home had turned into a nightmare. But, this changed when I met Ruby and Kevin from Habitat. They listened to my story and provided information on their A Brush With Kindness initiative, which I qualified for. Ruby and her team treated me and my home with respect.

After an assessment, they made necessary repairs to my roof and HVAC system. They also replaced my front windows and door, and installed a new storm door. I received a design package, which included an address plaque, mailbox and light fixture. I am now so proud of my home. God Bless ABWK they have renewed my faith in humanity!”

(left: Somandra in her new, functioning kitchen with the Habitat volunteers who repaired it)


Keeping homeowners safe, warm & dry in the city of Wilmington.

26 homeowners served since 2018

Sponsored by JPMorgan Chase, and in partnership with: Catholic Charities, City of Wilmington, Energy Coordinating Agency, First State Community Action Agency, Help Initiative, Ingleside Homes, Milford Housing– Emergency repair


Critical, affordable repairs that keep Wilmington homeowners

safe, warm & dry

  • Roof repair/replacement
  • HVAC repair/replacement
  • Weatherization (ECA)
  • Window and/or door replacement
  • Electrical and/or lighting repairs
  • Masonry repairs
  • Sidewalk repair/replacement
  • Railing and safety issues
  • Structural/safety repairs
  • Handicap accessibility
  • Exterior painting