2013 Year in Review

Thank you to all of our wonderful supporters and volunteers! We have just reached our 35th year of operation and completed construction of our 300th home- which was only possible with your help. In addition to those milestones, we had a great year full of highlights, many of which we would like to share with you.


We hosted a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service at our newest Habitat neighborhood: Laurel Oak Grove on James Island.  This annual Day of Service event  had 30 student volunteers from the Citadel, Charleston Southern University and the College of Charleston.

A dedication was held for the last two homes at our recently completed Habitat neighborhood: Joeva Cove in West Ashley.  Congratulations to new Habitat Homeowners Jamal Wright & Emma Southernland.

The Faith in Action build began at Laurel Oak Grove, James Island.  Our Faith in Action build is a church/Habitat collaboration and has been a regular SIHH event since 2005.  In 2013, 11 local churches and 108 church members participated.



We had a dedication for 3 homes at one of our James Island Habitat neighborhoods: Green Valley Lane. Congratulations to Alleshia Gadsden, Tamarra Brown & Romona Freeman.

There was a farewell party at Bishop Gadsden for Greg Thomas, former Executive Director of Sea Island Habitat. Greg remains strongly tied to Habitat by serving as the Executive Director of the SC Association of Habitat Affiliates.

The annual Collegiate Challenge 2013 began (150 students from 7 states & Canada volunteered with us over 6-weeks)!




Tanya Ancrum closed on her new home at Green Valley Lane on James Island.

Four SIHH staff members attended the HFHI National Conference in Atlanta, GA.

SIHH completed construction of the last house at Green Valley Lane, James Island.




Our Biannual Live, Silent & Wine Auction held at the River Course on Kiawah Island raised over $109,000!

We dedicated two homes at Brownswood Place neighborhood on Johns Island for Lauren Francis (PGA House) and Dorethia & Robert Brown.

Habitat Homeowner Avis Williams closed on her home on Green Valley Lane, James Island.

Our Volunteer Appreciation Party was held at The Captain’s Lounge at Bohicket Marina.

We hosted 25 students from St. John’s High School and Septima Clark Academy as part of TriCounty Youth Service Day.


Our 13th Annual Women Build event was held at Laurel Oak Grove.  We raised over $43,000 for building materials for single mother Gina Watson’s home.  Gina was excited that her young son Brian would be attending James Island schools.  Plus Gina would be much closer to her job at Wal Mart.

Fifteen homeowners attended an estate planning clinic at the SIHH offices.  Local attorneys created wills pro bono for the attendees and offered advice on the importance of having a valid will.

Volunteers and construction staff renovated a home on Island Estates Drive, Johns Island.



A Fair Housing Workshop was held at the SIHH offices.

Dedication of Kayla Givens’ home was held at Island Estates Drive, one of our neighborhoods on Johns Island.

We hosted our first Thrivent Builds Worldwide team from Minneapolis & Milwaukee.

A new donation drop off lane at the ReStore was opened.

Bohicket Marina’s Invitational Billfish Tournament held a silent auction to benefit SIHH.


Six homeowners closed on their new homes at Phase I, Laurel Oak Grove, James Island.  Congratulations to new homeowners Jacqueline Green, Monica Hollis, Ruth Ann Carr (300th home built by SIHH), Deborah Palmer (Faith Build), Gina Watson (Women Build) & Natasha Bennett. Our newest neighborhood, Laurel Oak Grove is an innovative cluster development centrally located on James Island.  This neighborhood will eventually be home to 22 families.

We started construction on Legareville Road, Johns Island for Ruthel Williams’ home.

Infrastructure construction began at Phase II, Laurel Oak Grove.



Huron Consulting Group volunteered with us for the 4th year in a row!  In 2013, Huron Consulting Group not only sent volunteers, they also donated $27,000!

The ReStore closed for 3 days for a complete reorganization & cleaning undertaken by all SIHH staff.  Together we built new art racks, display shelving, book shelves and an exterior door display area.

We received our largest single private donation of the year – $65,000 which funds the materials for an entire house!!!




Chenelle Waring closed on her home at Laurel Oak Grove, James Island.

We participated in the Trident United Way Day of Caring, and had 35 volunteers from Johnson and Johnson.

Our 18th annual golf benefit was held at the acclaimed Ocean Course, Kiawah Island Golf Resort.  Despite overcast skies, 132 golfers made this one of our most memorable golf benefits.  We raised over $75,000!  SIHH past Board Member & volunteer Gene Witchger handcrafted a beautiful house trophy & hammer awards for the event.



We celebrated at a grand dedication for the first seven homes at Laurel Oak Grove, James Island.

The first annual Race-a-Beta 5K fun run to benefit Sea Island Habitat was hosted by the College of Charleston chapter of Beta Theta Pi Colony fraternity at Folly Beach.  50 runners braved the chance of rain for this run on the sands of Folly Beach.

We hosted another Thrivent Builds Worldwide team!




Our 35th anniversary party at Laurel Oak Grove featured speeches by City of Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr. and Town of James Island Mayor Bill Woolsey.  SIHH is the third oldest Habitat affiliate in the world, and in our 35 years we have built over 300 affordable homes!

Bishop Gadsden, a life care retirement community on James Island, hosted a gala to benefit SIHH’s land purchase of Heritage Oaks.




Our Annual Children’s Christmas party was held for Sea Island Habitat families.  Thanks to our volunteers from Beta Theta Phi Fraternity and the College of Charleston Habitat Club, our party was a great time for our families.  The toys distributed to the children were generously donated by Porter Gaud students again this year.

Infrastructure construction at Phase II, Laurel Oak Grove was completed.  It includes:

          – 13 single family lots

          – 1950 square yards of paved asphalt

        – 6219 square feet of poured concrete