Habitat for Humanity dedicates two new homes in Dover

Stephen Walker and his children Typhen, 8, Khamie, 7 and Kaydra, 2 enjoy their new home Tuesday evening during the Central Delaware Habitat For Humanity's home dedication event along Kirkwood Street in Dover.

Stephen Walker and his children Typhen, 8, Khamie, 7 and Kaydra, 2 enjoy their new home Tuesday evening during the Central Delaware Habitat For Humanity’s home dedication event along Kirkwood Street in Dover. (Delaware State News photos by Dave Chambers)

DOVER— Stephen Walker said Tuesday he was amazed as he was handed the keys to his new home at 28 S. Kirkwood Street in Dover.

“It feels great,” he said. “I feel blessed.”

Mr. Walker will move in with his three children.

Kaydra Walker, 2 is held in her daddy Stephen's arms during Tuesday's Habitat For Humanity house dedication.

Kaydra Walker, 2 is held in her daddy Stephen’s arms during Tuesday’s Habitat For Humanity house dedication.

The celebration was part of Central Delaware Habitat for Humanity’s Builders Blitz week, an effort to construct two homes in just five days.

Latiesha Puzzo will move into one of the homes with her wife, Natalie, and their three children next week.

The homes were developed by Habitat’s army of volunteers, consisting of community members, Dover Air Force Base personnel and others.

Brian Lessard, owner of Lessard Builders, who helped construct Mr. Walker’s home, said it was an awesome experience.

“We built this home in 75 hours,” he said. “I drilled Steve for the whole week, but I hope he had just as great a time as I did putting this home together.”

It normally takes about three to four months to construct a house, but the mass of supporters made it possible. The projects were a community effort made possible through donations of both supplies and time.

Mr. Lessard said about 250 to 300 contractors helped give their time and energy to help construct the house.

Mr. Walker helped out as well.

“It made me feel like I was a part of everything that was going on,” he said. “I understand more as to how my house

From left, Dover city couincilmen James Hutchison and Fred Neil along with Dover Mayor Robin Christiansen bring welcome baskets of goodies to Mr. Walker and his family to their new Kirkwood Street address.

From left, Dover city couincilmen James Hutchison and Fred Neil along with Dover Mayor Robin Christiansen bring welcome baskets of goodies to Mr. Walker and his family to their new Kirkwood Street address.

was built. Mr. Lessard has a lot of knowledge and all I did was ask questions.

“It was a different experience of having the house built for you and actually being out there. It was a great experience. I was doing everything.”

Each home is 1,375 square feet and consists of two floors and a garage.

Since 2002, the national Habitat for Humanity has constructed more than 1,300 homes.

Habitat has five more projects slated for this year, including a home for a military veteran, which will begin construction in July.

Mr. Lessard said Habitat’s continuous effort to help people in need is one of the reasons he wanted to get involved.

“Lessard Builders has been very blessed,” he said. “A lot of our partners want to help out and they do help out. They want to help habitat because it’s not a handout, but a helping hand.

“Mr. Walker worked hard for what he’s doing and that’s what it’s it about.”

Each house will have a mortgage that must be paid, but Habitat works with applicants to ensure they are financially stable.

“What he’s doing for his family is great,” Mr. Lessard said. “He’s been there for his family and that shows good leadership amongst the family and that’s number one.”

Typhen Bowe-Walker, 8 of Dover, stands with his hands in prayer during the dedication of his new Kirkwood Street home he'll share with father Stephen and brother Khamie, 7.

Typhen Bowe-Walker, 8 of Dover, stands with his hands in prayer during the dedication of his new Kirkwood Street home he’ll share with father Stephen and brother Khamie, 7.

“He has put his family first and we all recognized that,” Mr. Lessard added.

“He didn’t ask for it for free, as he has a mortgage and he just wanted a hand. That’s what this is all about — helping people that want to help themselves.”

Mr. Walker hopes to help out Habitat any way he can in the future.

“I want to be more involved in the community,” Mr. Walker said. “I chose Habitat because I want to be a part of making a real difference in downtown Dover.

“I hope to stay in touch and volunteer with Habitat any chance that I get.”

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