From L to R: Donnie Burris, Kevin Gilmore and Brendon Warfel
On October 26, 2012, Kevin Gilmore, Executive Director of Sussex County Habitat for Humanity (SCHFH) announced that Burris Logistics and Brendon T. Warfel Construction will be joining together in partnership to build a Habitat home next year in the Milford area. This exciting announcement took place during the annual employee appreciation picnic and provided the perfect opportunity to share the good news with both Burris and Warfel employees. Gilmore said, “Brendon T. Warfel and Burris Logistics are both successful community minded companies with strong ties to the Milford Community. They are able and willing to engage their networks in helping a family with housing and building hope and community in the process.”
Kevin Gilmore spoke to those in attendance about how Habitat partners with others to make the dream of home ownership a possibility. He said, “Habitat is not a give-away program. Rather it gives people a hand-up not a hand-out! Every adult in the family contributes 250 hours of hard work, sweat equity to building on their home and other projects too.”
Tom Protack, Director of Community Engagement for SCHFH, encouraged the employees to think of creative ways they and their family and friends can participate in this partnership. Protack said, “no doubt, you will be giving the gift of home ownership so that a Milford family will have a decent, safe and affordable place to live and raise their families. As the walls of their house go up, so many other walls of anxiety, worry and doubt come down.”
The next step for this project is to seek donated land. Burris, Warfel, and Sussex County Habitat are reaching out and searching for a donated lot in the Milford area. The next step in the process will be to advertise for partner family applicants. At the same time, homebuyer applications are being accepted. (Please call the Georgetown Habitat Office at 302-855-1153 to learn more.)
Maggie Owens, Marketing Director for Burris Logistics, said, “Burris employees will help raise funds personally and through United Way throughout the project. They are excited and are anxious to get started. We will have several build days and special events to keep the momentum going.” Maggie will plan and coordinate the employee volunteer days, fundraising and special events.
Brendon Warfel explained the goal will be to start construction in the Spring of 2013. With Brendon volunteering as the house construction leader, both he and Burris will invite people and companies in their networks to give their time and materials to reduce the cost to build this house.
The build schedule will include donated services of trades people. If it cannot be donated, Habitat will use funds raised for this build to pay for the work that cannot be reasonably done by volunteers. The build schedule will include days designated for Burris and Warfel volunteers and partner family participation. Habitat will approve the homebuyer (Partner Family) and provide support and guidance to both partners during the entire build. If you would like to become a part of this upcoming project or are interested in donating land, please contact Tom Protack at SCHFH 302-855-1153 (ext 210).
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