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Habitat on the Hill is an annual, nation-wide conference for Habitat affiliate staff, board members, volunteers, and supporters from all across the country to come together to advocate for legislation that supports affordable homeownership. Habitat Chesapeake was pleased to participate in a series of meetings with advocates from federal departments, nonprofits, and other Habitat affiliates in preparation for Thursday’s day on the Hill discussing policy with lawmakers.


On a beautifully sunny December morning, Habitat Chesapeake staff, partners, neighbors, and friends gathered at the future site of three homes on Ward Street in Pigtown, Baltimore. With bouquets of vibrant poinsettias, Habitat Chesapeake officially broke ground with the help of community partners.


Home isn’t just the place you live in, but also the people who make it. New Habitat Homeowner Charles can especially appreciate that, now that he has bought his first house only a few minutes away from his parents’ home. Living most of his life with his parents, he was ready to strike out on his own – but not too far from the people who mean home to him.  


At the annual Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church picnic table build, community and congregation come together to put faith into action. Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake is honored to partner with Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church again this year as the recipient of several picnic tables built by their incredible community.


On October 14th, Habitat Chesapeake celebrated all these people who make Habitat’s mission a reality at the annual Cornerstone Society Coming Home donor appreciation event. Held at the historic Clifton Mansion in the heart of East Baltimore, the event brought together donors, volunteers, sponsors, and staff for an evening of reflecting on the past four decades of Habitat’s impact.


Every day, our ReStore team supports our mission of building homes, communities, and hope through the power of teamwork. Savannah, who runs our ReStore Call Center, not only embodies our mission but serves as the first voice that many of our donors hear when reaching out to Habitat Chesapeake. 

Yvangela is one of our newest homeowners whose story shows how much your life can transform with faith in God, belief in yourself, and the determination to rewrite the narrative. Read her incredible story and celebrate the many faces of our homeowners with us!

When most people think about Habitat for Humanity, they do not often think about the hard-working individuals and families working diligently behind the scenes to meet the demands of our homeownership program. Meet a few of our homeowners and celebrate the many faces of Habitat Chesapeake with us!

We are incredibly proud to announce the graduation of our 2021 HabiCorps Workforce trainees! On a warm August evening, graduates celebrated in style with their friends and family as they looked to the future with new skills. 

As part of our celebration of the many faces of Habitat, we want to highlight several of the hard-working individuals who have partnered with Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake’s HabiCorps program, like Star.

On Friday, October 15, 2020, Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake held a ceremonial groundbreaking in the North Baltimore neighborhood of Woodbourne- McCabe. The project will be undertaken in cooperation with Harkins Builders, Inc. 

This summer, missions melded as Habitat Chesapeake crossed paths with one of the nation’s top-ranking medical centers, The Johns Hopkins Hospital in a partnership to build affordable housing and to promote affordable homeownership.

Honoring the Heart of the Home on Mother’s Day

A special note from our Chief Advancement Officer, Gregg Mitchell honoring mother’s and those who stand in place of mothers and offer embrace of love, support and guidance: aunts, in-laws, grandparents, teachers, guidance counselors, spiritual counselors, social service professionals and others who offering mothering love.

We’re Still Serving – Leading Families on the Path to Homeownership

Connections with our community, volunteers and homebuyer is an inherent aspect of what we do on a daily basis. Through our mission, we partner with families to educate them on long-term investments, rally alongside volunteers to build homes, and cheer on homebuyers as they accept the keys to their first home.

Home is where the ❤️ is – Welcome Home Dalena

When Dalena escorted her two young daughters to their new rooms on dedication day, the excitement in the air was contagious. With the climb of each step, the anticipation arose, not just for the girls, but for their mother as well.

Honoring Dr. King’s Vision of a “Beloved Community”

There are few instances in history where the actions of a single person have created a ripple effect extending for generations. Nearly 50 years after delivering his “I have a Dream Speech” and sharing the vision of a “Beloved Community,” in which poverty was eradicated and prejudice was replaced by inclusivity, the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. lives on.

‘These houses truly become homes. That is why I chose to return as a volunteer and I am honored to lend a helping hand.’ Volunteers lend a hand for Veterans Day Build

I’m a returning volunteer,” said John as he addressed a group of volunteers at Habitat Chesapeake’s annual Veterans Day Build. “When I volunteered last year, I was assigned to work in a house that was completely gutted – no walls, just a frame. I thought to myself, there is no way that this house will get done.”

HabiCorps Workforce Development Program Sees Off Seven Graduates To New Careers In Construction Trades

“This program picked me up when I was at my lowest. Now, I am a leader. I’m a carpenter.” These are just a few words spoken by a 2018-2019 HabiCorps Graduate John, during the intimate HabiCorps graduation ceremony held last week at the Habitat Chesapeake affiliate office.

The path to homeownership is different for every Habitat homebuyer. In this video, a Partner Family Member shares with us her journey to becoming a Habitat homeowner.

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