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This September, we’re welcoming the third class of our HabiCorps Workforce Development Program – a 10.5 month training program that provides hands-on instruction in everything from demolition and deconstruction to fine carpentry and flooring. Trainees learn while building Habitat homes and many come to the program facing significant barriers to full-time employment, such as lack of stable housing or a driver’s license.

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Two new homeowners, Candace and Amber shined bright at a beautiful celebration in the quiet South Baltimore community of Mt. Winans. Surrounded by their families, new neighbors and Habitat Chesapeake staff, board and supporters, Candace, now a Mt. Winans homeowner, and Amber, a homeowner in the North Baltimore community of Woodbourne-McCabe, greeted and thanked all those in attendance.

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What do you get when you combine a group of 300+ volunteers, a purposeful partnership with a company dedicated to shaping our world through hard work and inspiration, and the hottest week of the Summer? You get Habitat Chesapeake's Summer Build Week! From June 25-29, more than 300 Stanley Black and Decker (SB&D) employees hitched a ride with Habitat through the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood of West Baltimore to renovate 5 homes in all.

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Just days before our June home dedication ceremony, Habitat Chesapeake's Construction Site Supervisor Gary Mitchell sat in a forklift on McCabe Avenue and ruminated on his journey from a 12-year old Habitat volunteer, to staff person to homeowner. As he stood facing the crowd in Sandtown-Winchester more than 20 years ago, he said, the only thought in his mind was trying not to cry. "The feeling I had on that day was the same feeling of those who had received a Habitat home before me - like my own mother who received her own home years prior, all those that are presently receiving homes and those that will be blessed with their own homes in the future."

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Harry Thompson has been dedicating his free time to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake ReStore for several years, since the Pasadena ReStore was in existence. He first heard about ReStore’s volunteer opportunities 5 years ago when he stopped by the formally-existing ReStore location in Pasadena while dropping off a few donations.

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Throughout the Month of March Habitat Chesapeake is celebrating Youth Build Month and sharing the power of every Habitat hand - no matter the age. From elementary through high school and beyond, every individual can help build homes, communities and hope, and most times it doesn't even involve picking up a power tool! Check out how some local high schools continue to help us make the dreams of deserving families come true throughout the school year!

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Eugene Jowers was among the first class of HabiCorps trainees last year, and from the beginning he was definitely one of the most enthusiastic. Having previously participated in a job training program with Civic Works, he came ready to learn more with a wide smile for everyone he passed.

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When you drive down the 1500 block of Presstman Street in Sandtown on a weekday morning, you are met with throngs of young children dressed in school uniforms, laughing, waving and kissing their parents and caregivers goodbye for the day as they enter New Song Learning Center. A few blocks away, the Habitat ReStore is opening for the day - a staple in the community, where residents chat amicably with store staff in between buying low cost building materials, tools, furniture and more.

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Habitat for Humanity has been an integral part of the West Baltimore neighborhood for over three decades. Since 1982, first as Sandtown Habitat and later, after a merger, as Habitat Chesapeake, we have built over 300 homes and helped hundreds of families start new lives as homeowners. But Habitat's existence in Sandtown extends far beyond just building houses. Meet Mark and see how one helping hand is making a huge difference!

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This December more than 100 witnesses cheered in celebration of another Habitat Chesapeake partner family being welcomed home, just in time for the holidays. This time the deserving family was that of Kiona and her son De'Marco!

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On a recent bright, sunny Friday, James Howell carried chairs, cabinets and other high-quality home goods onto the floor of the Halethorpe ReStore and rung up purchases, thanking everyone for helping Habitat Chesapeake build more home. 

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Much has changed for Tarron Smith since 2011 when she first became a Habitat Homeowner! Watch as Tarron sits down with Habitat Chesapeake to discuss how homeownership has changed her life.

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Red Hats Pat and Cathy tell their stories of friendship on and off the construction site...

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The second time was a charm for native Charm City resident Niya Wilson. who is now able to move into her first house.

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As an only child who spent time living with various family members growing up, LaKeisha Hunt wants a home of her own... 

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Habitat Chesapeake homeowner Britney Sutton isn't moving too far when she moves into her home on McCabe Avenue.

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Chesapeake Challenge is a year-round program that challenges out-of-state student groups to volunteer for multiple days.

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Shirley Gordon lets her life speak. Her journey from the streets of Washington D.C. to a new Habitat home on Clay Street is a story she willingly shares...

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Bob and Martha Morris have been volunteering together since 1996. Over their 19 years of Habitat volunteering, Bob and Martha both agreed that the people they met...

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After initially being turned down for the program, Ashley worked to resolve the issues with her application and was relieved to learn a short time later that she had been accepted.

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The AmeriCorps service term worked with the Woodbourne-McCabe community and local youth to fix up Alhambra Park for their MLK Day of Service Project.

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"To anyone considering the program, I would say think about your future," Shatia says, adding that "even if you are unsure if you would qualify, it’s worth at least applying."

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Asked what she is most looking forward to about her new home – besides that pink bedroom for her daughter – Shanay says she is excited to move into her new neighborhood.

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