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Delmarva Home Relief in Running for National Grant

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SALISBURY, Md.- In today's tough economy, more and more families find themselves facing foreclosure. In fact, Maryland ranks as one of the top five states for foreclosure, affecting one in every 566 homeowners. But one small Salisbury business, in operation since 2011, is not only helping struggling Delmarva families stay in their homes, it is also giving back to the community. And a national grant could help carry that mission into the future.

When Ken Stachowski walks into the Princess Anne home he almost lost, he does so with more appreciation than ever.

"Work got slow, and then I ended up in trouble with that," he explained. "Then we had a house fire. Things went pretty rough with that. We were under-insured, and it caught us."

Facing foreclosure, he and his family nearly gave up, after spending money on lawyers who never came through.

"Snakes in the grass," Stachowski said. "All these lawyers coming out, or so-called lawyers, taking money and preying on people that didn't have it. The whole experience was hard to go through."

Then came the answer to his family's prayers, when he stumbled upon information about Delmarva Home Relief.

"If God wouldn't have put us in touch with Mike, we'd probably be on the street right now," he noted. "My wife is able to keep a roof over the children now. They're able to stay in school, stay around their friends. They don't have to be uprooted."

Delmarva Home Relief operates with a small staff of five people, and an average of 100 clients at any given time. As a benefit corporation, it is somewhat of a for-profit, not-for profit hybrid; helping people keep their homes, with no upfront fees, and also serving a social cause, by working with and contributing to different non-profits.

Now, the business is in the running for a $250,000 Chase Mission Main Street Grant.

"Real estate agents, government officials and even some support from our local legislators, have pushed for what we're doing," explained Delmarva Home Relief president and CEO, Michael Nolen. "Who, whether or not we get the grant, I think that the support from our community is a reward in itself, is a gift."

Nolen said the reward of a profit is needed to keep the lights on, but at the end of the day, helping people like Ken Stachowski and his family stay in their homes is the biggest reward of all.

Chase is currently in the process of reviewing the grant applicants. Delmarva Home Relief is up against several hundred other small businesses across the country. The 12 winners will be announced in January.

For more information about Delmarva Home Relief, visit their website by clicking here.

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