Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County's tithe to developing countries crosses the $1 million mark and will now support housing efforts in Costa Rica.Since 1986, Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County has been providing financial support to affiliates overseas to support the construction of hundreds of decent and livable homes for families dwelling in sub-standard conditions. Through Habitat International's tithe program, affiliates commit 10 percent of unrestricted donations of local funds to aid in the elimination of poverty housing worldwide. And 29 years after starting its tithe, Habitat NCC is pleased to announce it has crossed the $1-million mark in funds provided to deliver shelter for families in desperate need abroad. Over the years, Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County has supported Habitat for Humanity International's efforts in Tanzania, Africa, El Salvador and more recently Egypt and India. Through our tithe we have helped more nearly 300 families become homeowners. In October, Kevin Smith, CEO, was invited on a Habitat for Humanity International-sponsored Global Village trip to Costa Rica. Based on what he learned on the trip, HFHNCC is now tithing to Egypt and Costa Rica, and has organized a Global Village trip to Costa Rica. On Saturday, Feb. 20, Smith will be leading a group of 13 Habitat NCC supporters and staffers on this inaugural trip.
Magaly Rodrígues Sánchez' Story
Magaly is a single mother, her partner abandoned her more than nine years ago. Magaly has worked hard to raise their two children, a teenager of 15 years and a girl of 11 years. She works as a waitress in a hotel, Monday to Saturday, leaving home from 5:00 a.m. and returning at 7:00 p.m. and her mother, Isabella, helps her take care of her children while she is working. Mrs. Magaly's salary is not enough to cover the needs of the children. She always has great difficulty buying the uniforms and school supplies for her elementary school daughter and high schooler. Magaly's father, Victor, received a donation of a small piece of land from an uncle who died and Victor decided to donate it to his daughter, so that she could be build a "ranchita" (shelter) for her two children. Don Victor works as a taxi driver, his income is low, and is hardly enough to sustain him and his wife Isabella. One day, when Magaly went to her daughter's school, she read a flyer posted on a wall about Habitat for Humanity of Costa Rica. She decided to call HFHCR and start her journey to make her dream come true: to have a decent and safe place to live for her children.The ultimate goal of Global Village trips is to further Habitat for Humanity International's mission to eliminate poverty housing worldwide. Global Village participants do this by:
- Lending a helping hand to those in need of simple, decent shelter.
- Donating valuable funds to Habitat programs around the world.
- Learning about the global need for cross-cultural understanding and simple, decent, affordable housing.
- Learning about new paradigms in the delivery of affordable housing that address the magnitude of the problem and the availability of resources.
- Becoming long-term advocates for affordable housing.
By Yasheaka OakleySunless skies couldn’t dull the excitement and anticipation created by the long-awaited Walnut Ridge Groundbreaking Ceremony. The Wednesday, March 25 event opened with Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County’s Board President Noreen Poole welcoming a crowd of almost 100 supporters to the ceremonial start of the $1.5 million development of nine new townhomes on Wilmington’s Eastside. “This isn’t the first time that we have built homes in Wilmington’s East Side,” Poole said. “Just 10 years ago we completed the Hope Run development not far from here.” “This project and the other 224 homes we have built in the New Castle County area would not have been possible without the support of generous donors and sponsors like Bank of America, which donated this land to become the future home of nine families, ” she added, speaking from the future home site at the 1400 block of Walnut Street. In addition to the land donation, Bank of America also provided an $85,000 grant for construction. “Our comprehensive approach connects our philanthropy and the passion of our employee volunteers to support affordable housing and community revitalization,” said Chip Rossi, Delaware market president, Bank of America. “Nothing is more foundational to a family’s financial well-being than access to affordable, stable housing and our support of Habitat for Humanity will continue to make a lasting impact for local families.” Joining Rossi at the groundbreaking were more than 25 Bank of America employee volunteers, who have committed 2,015 volunteer hours to the Walnut Ridge project. Rossi added that Bank of America’s team of employee volunteers is excited to support yet another construction project “and to fulfill these families’ dreams by providing them with a sense of community.” Pastor Jerome Lewis of Seeds of Greatness Bible Church blessed the occasion, calling the groundbreaking, “the breaking forth of a dream” as he set the stage for the diverse cross section of government, community, religious and business leaders who also spoke at the event. “DSHA is really proud to be a partner in this project,” said Anas Ben Addi, Director, of the $270,000 in funds his office committed to the development. “What we love about habitat … is they just don’t come in and implant new housing in a neighborhood without taking into consideration what’s going on around the neighborhood … they approach it as a community involvement piece.” Prospective Walnut Ridge homeowner Jennifer Kelly shared how what she called a “wink” from God paved the path to her opportunity for homeownership. “God’s wink brought me here today to share with everyone my personal meaning,” said Kelly, “Habitat means I get to start anew, fresh and from the beginning. It means that God is giving me another chance to offer complete security and stability for my three children.” To demonstrate Habitat for Humanity’s mission to put God’s love into action, CEO Kevin Smith invited leaders from of Habitat’s partner churches to donate bibles to be placed in the foundation of each new townhouse and gifted to homeowners when their homes are completed. “We approached the churches, whose foundation is Jesus Christ, to partner in this project so that the foundation of these families will rest on the Lord,” he said.
Habitat for Huanity of NCCo completes construction of Coopers Run,
Dedicates 7-unit townhouse development in WilmingtonBefore we broke ground on our Coopers Run development in Wilmington, we made a commitment to helping change the lives of seven families for the better - families we had not yet met. Twelve months later, we now know those families. Trina and her two children will be residents of Coopers Run, as well as Juliet with her two kids and Laressia and her infant son. Darresha, a daughter of a Habitat for Humanity homeowner, and her young son will be moving in. So will Ruby with her two children, and James, Paula and their two children. "We're consistently humbled and inspired by the personal stories and perseverance of our homeowners," said Kevin L. Smith, CEO of Habitat NCC. "We see homeowners return to school, develop new confidence and secure better jobs." "We learn of improvement in their children’s school performance and about homeowners' children who want homeownership for themselves,” Smith added. "We see families long robbed of hope believing again in themselves, in others, and in the future. Habitat helps short circuit the cycle of poverty for many of our families." It's the kind of support from our friends and supporters that make it possible for these families to have a safe and decent place to live and we're grateful for the support of our partners to help us continue this important work.