The Allison Family

Damion and Tasha Allison



This May, it has been four years since the Allison family first moved into their Habitat for Humanity home, but parents Damion and Tasha Allison are able to recount their experience with Habitat like it was yesterday.


Before purchasing their Habitat home, the Allison family lived with their children Ariyana, Darion, and Makayla in a 2-bedroom/1-bath apartment in the Jervay community. As Damion describes it, “We were packed in there.”


When they decided to look for somewhere else to live, Tasha remembers, “We searched everywhere and we went out and looked, and didn’t have any luck.” That’s when they turned to Habitat.


The Allison family was chosen that year to be the beneficiaries of one of the collegiate “builds.” Tasha describes the whole process of the build as a “blessing.” Students from four universities spent their Spring Break working to build the Allison family home. With help from family and the students, the Allisons were able to complete their 4-bedroom Habitat home by spring.


The first night they received the keys to their new home, Damion reflects, “I was so excited to have my own home that we slept on the floor here… I didn’t want to go back to the apartment. We stopped and got the kids pizza, and then we just sat here and thanked God… We couldn’t believe that it was ours.”


Since moving into their home, Damion has been promoted to the head custodian at Eaton Elementary School. Tasha is enrolled in a culinary program and works in the cafeteria at Williston. They now also have two more children, 2-year-old Alexander and 3 year old Elijah.


Their children are also very happy with their new home. When asked about his favorite part of their house, 8-year-old Darion responds with “night time.” Compared to Jervay, the children have a much more quiet place to do their homework at night, more space, and their own back yard. The children can even walk to their school, Sunset Elementary. As Damion states, it was the “perfect timing, perfect location.”


Inside their home, the importance of family and faith that the Allisons embody becomes clear. Photos from their collegiate Habitat build and family pictures cover the walls. Damion says the relationships he formed through out the build have allowed him to stay in touch with some of the students through Facebook.


Most importantly though, Damion and Tasha are hopeful of the lasting impacts that home ownership will have on their family. As Damion describes the meaning of their home, he says, “The fact that it’s something that I can leave for my children. Not just physically leave to them, but just like Tasha and I can say our parents were homeowners, so we want to be homeowners as well. We know that we will be increasing the chance of our children being homeowners. I want the five of them to have something that’s theirs.”




Thanks to the Allison family for allowing us to tell their story.

Cape Fear Habitat Thanks Volunteers with “World’s Best Cheddar”





Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity Partners with Cabot Creamery to Honor Community and Volunteerism





Contact: Jessica Loeper, Volunteer Coordinator

910-762-4744 x105


(Wilmington, NC) – Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity (CFHFH) is partnering with Cabot Creamery and the Cape Fear Cyclists on Wednesday, May 28 to honor local volunteers and celebrate Cabot’s 1,000-mile Community Tour along the east coast.  The community tour is a two-month-long celebration that includes dozens of events in cities and towns along the East Coast, from Miami to Portland, ME, each celebrating the virtues of unified communities and volunteerism.  On May 28, the tour will arrive in Wilmington with the Cape Fear Cyclists, and these riders will volunteer alongside regular CFHFH volunteers to help build a Habitat home located at 1309 Corbett Street, Wilmington, NC 28401.


Every week, more than 100 devoted volunteers help CFHFH build homes in this community.  These volunteers make Habitat’s work possible and they make a difference in the lives of our neighbors every day.  “On May 28, the Cape Fear Cyclists and Cabot Creamery riders will be another example of the generous volunteers that help Habitat further its mission in this community,” says Steve Spain, CFHFH Executive Director.


The day will begin in Southport, NC as the Cape Fear Cyclists join the Tour’s cyclists in the 35-mile trip to Wilmington.  The first leg of this journey will include a scenic ride on the Southport-Fort Fisher Ferry; and then, once in downtown Wilmington, the entire cycling team will lend a hand to help build a Habitat home.  Around noon, the Cabot Farmers’ Gratitude Grille will prepare a locally-sourced lunch using “The World’s Best Cheddar” to fuel these hardworking volunteers.  After swinging hammers and building with Habitat, the Cape Fear Cyclists will celebrate at Empie Park with a barbeque picnic at 6 p.m., featuring local chefs and Cabot products.


The 2014 Cabot Community Tour began in Jacksonville, FL on May 17 and is traveling north along the East Coast Greenway.  The 1,000-mile trek includes a team of cyclists and a caravan of volunteers, making stops along the way to partner with local communities.  The tour ends in New York City on June 21 with a grand finale celebration.



Cape Fear Habitat has a tried and tested partnership approach that makes families in need of affordable housing a key part of their own housing solution.  CFHFH works with volunteers and donors who invest time and money into the partnership – so that families can help build, then buy, their own home on terms they can afford.  Since 1987, CFHFH has been able to meet the challenge of providing safe, decent, and affordable housing with more than 155 families in New Hanover and Pender counties.



Cabot Creamery Cooperative has been in continuous operation in Vermont since 1919, and makes a full line of cheeses, yogurt, sour cream, cottage cheese and butter.  Widely known as makers of “The World’s Best Cheddar,” Cabot is owned by the 1200 dairy farm families of Agri-Mark, the Northeast’s premier dairy cooperative, with farms located throughout New England and upstate New York.  A complete 2014 Cabot Community Tour schedule can be found at



The Cape Fear Cyclists bring together individuals having a common interest in bicycling and are a voice for cyclists in this area.  The club is located in Wilmington, NC and serves New Hanover, Brunswick, and Pender counties.


For more information about CFHFH, please visit or call Jessica Loeper, 910-762-4744.





Contact: Kitty Yerkes,Development Director

910-762-4744 x102



(Wilmington, NC) –PPD has answered a “Call to Action” with support including volunteer labor to construct a Habitat home, just miles from the PPD world headquarters. This is the first, fully sponsored Habitat home supported by PPD, demonstrating the company’s philosophy to give back to the community.


Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity and PPD held a Ground Breaking on February 15, 2014 at 1308 King Street, Wilmington, NC 28401. PPD volunteers will continue building the home for the next four months! The Dedication for the PPD sponsored home is scheduled for June 2014.



Habitat for Humanity has a tried and tested partnership approach that makes families in need of affordable housing a key part of their own housing solution. We work hard with volunteers and donors who invest time and money into the partnership—so that families can help build, then buy, their own home on terms they can afford.



Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity with the support of many corporate sponsors has been able to meet the challenge of providing safe, decent, and affordable housing for more than 150 families in New Hanover and Pender County.


PPD is a leading global contract research organization providing drug discovery, development, lifecycle management and laboratory services. PPD’s clients and partners include pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, academic and government organizations. With offices in 46 countries and more than 13,000 professionals worldwide, PPD applies innovative technologies, therapeutic expertise and a commitment to quality to help clients and partners accelerate the delivery of safe and effective therapeutics and maximize the returns on their R&D investments.


To sign up as a volunteer or for more information about Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity, please visit or call Kitty Yerkes, 910-762-4744.




Turkey Trot 5k


Contact: Kitty Yerkes

October 21, 20132                                                                                  

910-762-4744, x 102 office

910-619-9681 cell




Register at


Thanksgiving Morning, Thursday, November 28, 2013

Wrightsville Beach Park at “The Loop”

7:30 AM Registration, 8:30 AM 5KMile Run/1 Mile Walk


First 300 registrants receive a free T-shirt! Still time—register TODAY!


$25 Runner Preregistration

September 1 – October 31, 2013


$30 Runner Preregistration

November 1 – November 25, 2013 12:00 Noon

On-line registration closes at 12:00 Noon, November 25, 2013


$35 Runners

November 25 – November 28 Race Day


1 Mile Walkers – Always $15

Children 10 and under free

In order to be timed, children must be registered and pay as an adult


This is the most popular race in our area. Open to all levels—from the fastest disciplined runner to those who want to run their first 5K, including the couch to 5K folks and families running together with their children or walking the track with strollers and the family dog.


Early packet pick up Nov. 26 at Try Sports, Mayfaire, 925 Town Center Drive, Wilmington, 28405, 4-7 PM

Early packet pick up Nov. 27 at Cape Fear Habitat, downtown Wilmington, 20 N 4th St, Suite 200, 28401, 9 AM – 12 Noon


We expect hundreds to gather, some in turkey and pilgrim costumes, at the Wrightsville Beach Loop for a wonderful morning to benefit Cape Fear Habitat. Join the race/walk event get outdoors in the beautiful Wrightsville Beach park, burn some calories and get a fitness booster before sitting down to your Thanksgiving feast with family and friends. You’ll be glad you did. All proceeds will help build a Habitat home in our community.


Habitat for Humanity has a tried and tested partnership approach that makes families in need of shelter a key part of their own housing solution. Habitat works hard with volunteers and donors who invest time and money into the partnership—so that families in need of housing can help build, then buy, their own home on terms they can afford.


For more information about the Turkey Trot visit

Or more about the work of Cape Fear Habitat, call (910) 762-4744

Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity Celebrates World Habitat Day

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                            Contact:               Kitty Yerkes

September 9, 2013                                                                                

910-762-4744, x 102 office



Saturday, October 5, 2013

502 Clay Street

Wilmington, NC 28401

8:00 AM Opening Prayers

12:00 Noon Cultural Lunch


On October 5, Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity will observe World Habitat Day with a unique volunteer opportunity. Volunteers from various faith communities will pray and work together on the construction site to provide safe, decent and affordable housing for a local family.


Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity is asking each faith community to provide 6-8 volunteers to have a work force of around 30 people. On-site supervisors will direct the work and be available with instructions as needed, so no previous construction experience is necessary.


Currently, Temple of Israel, Tauheed Islamic Temple, First Baptist Church, and Wat Carolina Buddhajakra Vanaram will be on site.


The workday will begin at 8 AM on Saturday, October 5, 2013 with opening prayers from a representative of each faith in attendance. After the opening ceremony, volunteers will be “raising the walls” at the future home of Shiletter and Family at 502 Clay Street. The day is expected to last until 2 PM. At around noon, food from the various faith communities will be served.


Habitat for Humanity has a tried and tested partnership approach that makes families in need of shelter a key part of their own housing solution. Habitat works hard with volunteers and donors who invest time and money into the partnership—so that families in need of housing can help build, then buy, their own home on terms they can afford.


For more information about the World Habitat Day, the Inter Faith Build Day or the work of Cape Fear Habitat, please contact Kitty Yerkes or call 910-762-4744 x102.


We’re breaking ground with First Baptist Church!










Join us this Saturday!!

You are cordially invited to attend the Groundbreaking Ceremony for

Shiletter and Family

502 Clay Street, Wilmington, NC 28405

Saturday, September 7 at 8 AM

Please join us for this celebration, when we will offer thanks to God

and seek His blessing upon this family and their new home.

My Journey with Habitat

Hey Everyone!

My name is Haley Peterson and I wanted to share my journey so far with Habitat for Humanity!  This is my second summer volunteering with Habitat.  One of the main reason I was able to have the opportunity to volunteering here is because of a scholarship I receive from college.  I go to Mars Hill College, which will soon be Mars Hill University, and I am a Bonner Scholar there as well as a member of the Mars Hill Women’s Soccer team and a double major in biology and psychology. Mars Hill is located in the mountains near Asheville, NC. Through my Bonner Scholar I need to complete 140 hours of service hours each semester.  I also have to complete two summers of service work with 280 hours for each of the two summers.  The Bonner Scholar is to help support a student  who has a financial need for schooling and to help the student be actively involved with the community around them.  Throughout the program the students and supervisors participate in community service opportunities and social justice issues.


My first summer with having to do Bonner Scholar service work, I did not know what I was going to do.  My first placement that I was planning on working at had fell through and I was almost left without a placement until I had learned about Habitat for Humanity.  As soon as I had learned that there was one in my hometown, I found all the information I needed and called Melanie that day.  Melanie was very helpful, nice and very willing to work with me.  Even though it was very last minute, I was able to work with my supervisor and Melanie to get all the paperwork I needed filled out before I left to come home for the summer.


My very first experience with Habitat was with my freshman Bonner group.  We had an end of the year Freshman Bonner Retreat to Birmingham, Alabama.  We spent a week  there helping with a Habitat for Humanity of Greater Birmingham Blitz Build where they built ten houses in one week.  This was the very first time I have helped with Habitat and I was able to learn one the things I would be doing during the summer.  And I absolutely loved it and I was so excited for my new journey with Cape Fear Habitat for the summer of 2012.


The first week I helped with Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity a collegiate group of students from Saint Joseph’s University.  It was a very long and hot week of working at the construction site everyday, but it was a lot of fun!  This was the best way for me to start my  journey with Habitat.  I was able to meet new people who were all super nice and willing to help out.  The first week I helped out was also the of the first weeks for the new site leaders.  While working with the collegiate group, they all made me feel apart of their group, even though I wasn’t.  Later that week,  a group of AmeriCorps came for a good portion of the summer.  Just like the collegiate group, the AmeriCorps made me feel apart of their group as well.


I had learned so much useful information the first few weeks on site thanks to the site leaders along with all the other volunteers who have been coming out for years.  Each one of them have came up to talk to me about my schooling and future plans before we started working for the day, on breaks, or when we were done, but once it was time to work, they all jumped right in and showed me the way to do each task the right way.  All of the volunteers have all been so extremely helpful and welcoming to me.  I am so very grateful to have had this opportunity to meet all of the regular volunteers!


Throughout my first summer I had worked between the construction sites, the ReStore, and the office.  At the Restore I helped clean the donations that had been dropped off at the store and then put them out on display.  I also would straighten up the aisles and talk to customers to answer any questions they might have had while in the store. In the office, I would help with different projects people had, such as making flyers for important dates coming up or calling future homeowners and many other tasks.  Everyone in the office and the ReStore have all been so very nice, helpful, welcoming and willing to teach me new aspects of what Habitat does.  At the construction site, I would help build various parts of the house, whether siding, sodding, building walls, putting in windows, etc.  I was able to help some with the Blitz build here at Prices Lane in 2012 where they built 5 houses in a week. This was another great experience I was able to help with.


I think one of the best part of volunteering with Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity is meeting the future/present homeowners and their families.  Hearing their stories and what they have been through makes it even more worthwhile of helping out.  All of their dedication they show while working on houses, even if it is not their own house, makes me glad to have joined the volunteer group here instead of somewhere else.    It also makes me want to be more involved with programs similar to Habitat to help those who need it.  Everyone who is a part of this program are all great people and I am so glad I have gotten the chance to work and continue working with them all.


This summer (summer of 2013)  I am back again to help out at the construction site, the ReStore, and the office.  I am very excited to be back again to help out at all three places!  And I am excited to see what the summer holds for me to continue my journey with Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity.