On Martin Luther King Day of Service, Rachel Grier-Reynolds and her family gave generously of their time and energy to Sussex County Habitat for Humanity (SCHFH). Joined by 50 family members, close friends, AmeriCorps members, and Habitat staff and partner families, “Team Rachel” worked on three homes in Ellendale’s Ingram Village subdivision.
After a cancer diagnosis nine years ago, Rachel decided to give her family the gift of service. That gift has led to nearly a decade of Habitat home construction that includes decking, framing, roof installation and more. Service to the community was nothing new for the family as giving to others has been handed down through generations as a way of life.
“I grew up in Milford where service with others was not only a tradition but also a necessity,” said Grier-Reynolds. “Our parents and Grandparents drove this responsibility home to us through their actions. Now as Grammy and Mom and Sister, I must continue this work. The Grier, Burris, and Draper families embrace faith into action. The best way to teach our children is to actually do it together.”
The youngest family members join in too by working safely in a neighboring house shell creating wall art with recycled items from the Habitat ReStore.
“SCHFH has been so supportive and creative in facilitating activities for our little ones from ages five to teen,” said Grier-Reynolds. “I hope [the young volunteers] learn the incredible energy and joy of working together for a common purpose and more important their responsibilities to engage no matter where their community may be or what the shared focus of faith to action.”
The Grier-Reynolds annual day of Habitat service has become a tradition cherished by Sussex County Habitat for Humanity and the families they serve. Over the years Rachel’s family has worked on more than a dozen homes and impacted as many families.
“Our 9 Habitat builds on Rev Dr Martin Luther King National Day of Service have offered the same thrilling experience to my family and the Burris family,” said Grier-Reynolds. She hopes that the tradition these families have created together can inspire others to join the mission of SCHFH.
Sussex County Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit offering affordable mortgages and valuable guidance to families who demonstrate need, ability to pay and willingness to partner. Over the 25-years of operation, with the assistance of volunteers like the Grier-Reynolds family, SCHFH has built 115 homes and repaired another 120. For more information or to volunteer, individuals and families are asked to call 302-855-1153 or visit sussexcountyhabitat.org.
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