Sussex County Habitat for Humanity (SCHFH) Board of Directors President Scott Lanham stepped down on June 30th having completed his second term as a Director of the Georgetown-based affordable home builder. Kathy Goodman of Ocean View, Delaware succeeds Scott. Sussex Habitat directors are limited to two consecutive terms of service allowing for smooth transitions of leadership, cultivation of new directors, and infusion of fresh ideas to guide the organization.
Seeking to put God’s love into action, SCHFH brings people together to build homes, communities and hope. Habitat offers an affordable mortgage and valuable guidance to families who demonstrate need, ability to pay, and willingness to partner. Each adult in the family volunteers hundreds of hours working on their own home and the homes of others during construction. Based in Georgetown, the Sussex County Habitat affiliate has now constructed more than 100 homes during its 25-year history with plans to increase production through FY2018.
Executive Director Kevin Gilmore said it was a privilege to work directly with Scott. “His solid, steady, faithful, intentional, and compassionate leadership did so much to advance Habitat’s ministry here in Sussex County,” Kevin said. Scott was always proud of that “hand-up, not a hand-out” mentality that drives Habitat’s work. “I have experienced many instances in my life where I needed a hand up to get past an obstacle. Then someone would step in with that hand up and it made all the difference,” he said. “If I have achieved any success in life it has been in part due to the multiple times I’ve received a hand up over the years.” Prior to serving as President, Scott served as Vice President. He and his company, Accessible Home Builders, also sponsored two Habitat homes and led many others to support this ministry which he so passionately promotes. Scott plans to continue to stay involved with Habitat on the ReStore and Property Acquisition Committees.
No stranger to the mission of Habitat, Kathy Goodman began her new role as President of our Board of Directors on July 1. Kathy, a local real estate agent with Re/Max by the Sea in Bethany Beach, has served on the board for several years, most recently as Vice President. Her service with Habitat started with a post-Hurricane Katrina trip to the Gulf Coast followed by leading two consecutive Women Build projects here in Sussex County. In 2009 Kathy was awarded the Local and State level Good Neighbor Award for her involvement with Sussex County Habitat for Humanity. “I have served with Kathy for several years and look forward to working with her in this new role,” Kevin said.
Kathy looks forward to the journey ahead of her as President. “As I have moved throughout the various involvements with Habitat, I am very excited about this new adventure in leadership. We have a very strong Board compiled of many different individuals with so much knowledge that I look forward to all of their input when making decisions for our affiliate. In my role, I feel I will be one to ‘listen’ and then ‘engage’ when needed.”
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