Central Delaware Habitat dedicates 50th home

DOVER — With Myesha Bowman holding an oversized pair of scissors, one quick cut of a ribbon opened not only a new place to live for her and her family, it also marked the 50th house built by the Central Delaware Habitat for Humanity.

Myesha, her husband Demetrius Bowman, and their seven children joyfully opened the front door to their new house at 41 S. Queen Street under bright sunny skies in downtown Dover on Wednesday afternoon.

Mrs. Bowman said it has been a long journey in helping to build her own home with Habitat and a volunteer crew, but it was one that was well worth it.
“My family really supported me through this whole process,” she said. “To be a homeowner is a pleasure.

“A lot of people don’t know but six years ago I was homeless … so to go from homeless to being a homeowner is definitely a blessing and I just thank God for everything that he’s done for me and my family.”

The Bowmans moved into their new yellow two-story home that features green shutters, a front porch, a garage and a big back yard for their children to play in.

Myesha Bowman speaks as her husband Demetrius and her children, Zaveon, 15, Ural, 12, Travis, 9, Isaiah, 6, Imani, 8, Faith, 4 and Destiny, 3, stand in front of their new Habitat for Humanity home on Queen Street in Dover on Wednesday. (Delaware State News/Marc Clery)

Frank Daniels, the incoming president of the board of directors for Central Delaware Habitat for Humanity, said the home was the largest one the organization has built in downtown Dover so far.

“It’s absolutely wonderful, at least from my perspective, to see not only the mother and the father, but just the sheer joy on the faces of those children,” Mr. Daniels said. “It does my heart good to see the families get into these homes.”

Mr. Daniels added that Habitat has big plans for downtown Dover in 2017, with eight new homes set for construction.

Myesha Bowman and her husband Demetrius cut the ribbon of their new home as their children Zaveon, 15, Ural, 12, Travis, 9, Isaiah, 6, Imani, 8, Faith, 4 and Destiny, 3, watch during Habitat for Humanity’s 50th home presentation on Queen Street in Dover on Wednesday. (Delaware State News/Marc Clery)

“We’re looking now to expand,” he said. “In 2017, we’ve got eight more homes planned — a number on New Street, a number on Kirkwood Street and one on Cherry Street.

“We’re beginning to look into the process for 2018 to keep working in concert with the city of Dover and the Dover Police Department to make this just a much safer area for all the inhabitants down here and for the city of Dover in general.”

Dover Mayor Robin R. Christiansen was on hand, along with several other local dignitaries and a large crowd of supporters, in welcoming the Bowmans to their new home.

Myesha Bowman (with two of her seven children) Imani, 8, right, and Faith, 4 during the Habitat for Humanity’s 50th home presentation on Queen Street in Dover on Wednesday. (Delaware State News/Marc Clery)

“On behalf of the city council and the citizens of Dover, we want to welcome the Bowman family to Dover to their new home,” Mayor Christansen said. “We’re really pleased that the Bowmans are going to join us here in Dover and be pioneers on this street in making our community and neighborhoods strong.”

The Bowmans’ children, Zaveon (15-years-old), Ural (12), Travis (9), Isaiah (6), Imani (8), Faith (4) and Destiny (3), were all smiles at Wednesday’s dedication and appeared to be ready to make their new house a home.

“I just want to thank everybody for coming out to support myself and my family,” Mrs. Bowman said. “It’s been a long process but it was well worth it.

“I do want to give a special thanks to our regular volunteers. Habitat is our family. We don’t even say we’re friends anymore. It’s been a pleasure working with everybody.”

For Habitat, the Bowman family is yet another piece of the puzzle to restoring downtown Dover.

“We are truly looking to change the picture in what it looks like here in the city of Dover to make it a safer place for everyone involved here in the city,” Mr. Daniels said. “Homes like the Bowmans’ are a big step toward accomplishing those goals.”

Delaware State News staff writer Mike Finney can be reached at mfinney@newszap.com.

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