Our Stories

A group of veterans and HFHC staff stand outside behind row homes with a Veterans Build sign.

Welcome Home, Gabriel!

Gabriel, father of two and Baltimore resident of five years, can finally say that he has bought his first home this holiday season. A maintenance technician for Baltimore City and avid outdoors enthusiast, Gabriel heard it repeatedly from friends, family, and coworkers: when you move to Baltimore, get a Habitat house.

A group of veterans and HFHC staff stand outside behind row homes with a Veterans Build sign.

Veterans Build 2023: Serving Together

Habitat Chesapeake celebrated Veterans Day 2023 with plenty of grit and determination from our volunteers! Throughout the week leading up to Veterans Day, volunteer groups from local partners came out to lend a hand on Church Street, the location of nine new-construction, affordable row homes in Curtis Bay.

 

Woman in orange dress poses with framed award with older man in front of blue Habitat Chesapeake logo background.

Welcome Home, Lakiara and Shabree!

It was a chilly day but the sun was shining as two new Habitat homebuyers, Lakiara and Shabree, took their turns cutting the bright red ribbon across the doorway to a home on Eager Street.

Woman in orange dress poses with framed award with older man in front of blue Habitat Chesapeake logo background.

Thank you to everyone who joined us for Habitat Chesapeake’s 2023 Coming Home Cornerstone Society donor reception on October 12! This special event honored our partners of the year and featured a special guest speaker, Comptroller of Maryland Brooke Lierman!

Volunteers help deconstruct a ceiling fan.

From Renovation to Restoration

Did you know that your next renovation could help build homes for hard working individuals and families? The ReStore Salvage Service is a newly launched initiative where we partner with local contractors and homeowners to salvage outdated but still usable items for the Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake ReStore.

Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake staff and HabiCorps program members pose in front of the Washington Monument in April 2023.

We’re building on faith with the North Baltimore Presbyterians! The Baltimore faith coalition teamed up with HabiCorps to rehab a home in Woodbourne-McCabe.

Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake staff and HabiCorps program members pose in front of the Washington Monument in April 2023.

Thank you to everyone who joined Habitat Chesapeake for our June home dedication as we welcomed a new homeowner to the historic neighborhood of Halethorpe in Baltimore County! 

Women Build 2023 Group Shot

Thank you to everyone who joined Habitat Chesapeake for our June home dedication as we welcomed a new homeowner to the historic neighborhood of Halethorpe in Baltimore County! 

Women Build 2023 Group Shot

It is with great sadness that we share the news that LaVerne Stokes, former leader and co-executive director at Sandtown Habitat, passed away on May 18. LaVerne was a pillar in the community and Habitat for Humanity. We were fortunate to have her be part of the Habitat family. She was a leader to all of us, to some an educator, and to others is a second mother. Her footprint on the community of Sandtown will forever be remembered.

Women Build 2023 Group Shot

During Women Build month, volunteers come together onsite to help build homes for deserving families in the Baltimore region. Women Build invites women in particular to practice skills in construction and leadership by working alongside Habitat Chesapeake staff members, assisting and leading on projects such a dry wall installation, painting, and carpentry tasks.

New homebuyer Francine cuts the ribbon on 1156 Ward Street

On a sunny Friday morning, Habitat Chesapeake proudly welcomed its newest homeowners to Pigtown at a special home dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony. With Orioles staff and community partners in attendance, this special project marked the culmination of construction on three new-construction row homes less than a mile from Camden Yards.

Collage of images from Darien and Shawn, ReStore truck drivers

Thanks to the incredible Habitat Chesapeake ReStore staff, individuals can donate new and gently-used furniture and home goods right from their doorstep by scheduling a donation pickup. ReStore donation specialists, like Darien and Shawn, make the process as simple as possible for donors while giving new life and new homes to your items.

Group Picture at Orioles Build

In 2018, Habitat Chesapeake demolished seven vacant, burned-out houses in Pigtown, Baltimore. The plan was simple: replace the derelict structures with three larger homes. The goal? Transform the 1100 block of Ward Street from blight to stability, fostering a stronger, healthier neighborhood where homebuyers find safety, security and the much-deserved opportunity to build a brighter future for their families. To accomplish this, we looked to our dedicated group of supporters including our very own “Home Team”, The Baltimore Orioles, to bring some Bird Land magic to our build site!

A group of AmeriCorps, HabiCorps, and Habitat Chesapeake staff members pose after a construction competition

During AmeriCorps Week, we recognize the commitment of millions of Americans who serve the country and encourage others to pursue service to their communities. AmeriCorps members, Habitat for Humanity affiliates, and organizations across the country come together during the second week of March to highlight the ways that service from AmeriCorps members helps advance their mission and build stronger communities. 

Carlos holds a Welcome Soon sign alongside his fellow HabiCorps trainees.

Just off the heels of its sixth anniversary, the HabiCorps Workforce Development Program is stepping into 2023 with hammers swinging! Since its inception in 2017, HabiCorps hones in or preparing trainees for successful careers in carpentry, drywall, framing, construction, landscaping, and professional skills. With six years under its tool belt, there’s no signs of slowing down.

Habitat Chesapeake staff and members from other Maryland affiliates stand outside Senator Chris Van Hollen's office.

Habitat Chesapeake joined affiliates from across the country at Capitol Hill to urge Congress to pass legislation supporting affordable housing. Read more!

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