MAY DAY! MAY DAY! When someone shouts “May Day” it usually grabs our attention. Well, May has been an attention grabbing month for Habitat Choptank. And an exhilarating month for all involved.

The month actually began at the end of April with the Women Build Clinic at Lowe’s in Easton. Twenty-five ladies learned how to safely use power tools and properly erect drywall. The training was in preparation for National Women Build Week, May 4 through 10. During that week, women volunteers tried-out their new skills working on a house in Easton and 2 houses in Cambridge. The capstone of the week was building a shed for Consuelo Boulden’s new house (see story below) which they undertook immediately following the house dedication.

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House dedications are an exciting and emotional time for Habitat Choptank volunteers; they’re what really motivate us. It is even more so for the home buyer. The day before Mother’s Day, Habitat Choptank home number 66 was dedicated. Fittingly, this home was started by women during Women Build 2014 and dedicated at the end of Women Build 2015. After much hard work and a strong commitment to effective financial planning, Consuelo Boulden received the keys to her new home. She is now responsible to pay her mortgage, insurance and taxes. About 75 people shared this life changing event with Consuelo and her family. Among the crowd were many Habitat Choptank homeowners who have experienced the same joy that Consuelo was experiencing. Also in the crowd were several Habitat Choptank partners and candidates who could witness what they have to look forward to. It is gratifying to see how Habitat home buyers support each other.
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The ReStore is back in full operation at its new location! It is open and ready for your donations and shopping at 8610 Commerce Dr., Easton, just down the street from its old location. The formal ribbon cutting occurred on May 15 with many local dignitaries participating. Then the big grand opening was on May 16. And what an opening it was. The parking lot was full, the store was super busy and people were buying. The line to checkout was at least 30 feet long – an amazing event. Obviously, people missed the ReStore while it was closed for the move. But don’t worry, if you didn’t get to the Grand Opening, there is still plenty of outstanding merchandise at bargain prices – furniture, appliances, kitchen cabinets, doors, windows, tools, even china, books and knick-knacks. The store is open for sales Wednesday through Friday from 10 to 6 and Saturday from 9 to 4. Donations can be made during those times and also on Tuesday. The store is also happy to pick-up your donations, just call 410-820-6186 to schedule it.

At his writing, the ReImaging ReStore event has not yet taken place, but it is drawing significant attention; over 200 tickets have been sold. More on this next month.
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Don’t forget to register for the Habitat Choptank Golf Outing, Friday June 12 at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort in Cambridge. For details call or 410-476-3204 or go online to info@habitatchoptnak.org.