Nationwide is on the side of Habitat at Veterans Build

Dedication set for Sept. 11 for Georgetown Point home
Pictured at the Veterans Build Project are (l-r) Nationwide staff Michael Quay, Bill Mohr, John Dunning, Darren Jones and Jeff Allen; Habitat Partner Mari Ellyn Hellard; J.R. Nessly and Tom Protack, community engagement director for SCHFH. SOURCE SUBMITTED
August 28, 2013

Nationwide Insurance sent volunteers Aug. 13 to Sussex County Habitat for Humanity on site at its Veterans Build Project in Georgetown Point. This is the second day the Nationwide group came out to volunteer and helped with painting the ceilings as well as the walls in the Veterans Build home.

Habitat Partner Mari Ellyn Hellard is a disabled U.S. Air Force veteran and a single mother of two boys, Joseph, 7, and Joshua, 14. Hellard hails from Sussex County originally and wanted to be able to find affordable housing to remain near her family and her work in Ocean View/Bethany.

She discovered Habitat while reaching out to volunteer on the future Veterans Build home she read about in the local paper, only to realize that SCHFH was seeking not only volunteers, but applicants. Hellard said, “I told my boys, that’s going to be our house!”

A special home dedication is scheduled for the Veterans Build Project for 3 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 11, at 105 Wingate Drive, Georgetown. To learn more about Sussex County Habitat for Humanity, call 302-855-1153, go to or like on Facebook.