In the Fall 2013 I was like any other College Senior, I was trying to figure out what I was going to do for the rest of my life. I was refining my resume, going to major cities on Job Interviews in heels that I had no business being in. I distinctly remember walking out of an interview in Reston Va, removing my shoes and walking barefoot back to my car thinking to myself “what I am doing here, I don’t belong in the city! I belong at the beach in my flip flops. I belong at home.”
When I went back to southern Delaware for a Fall Break that year, I shared my struggles with a neighbor. For the last 4 years I was part of a very special community at Virginia Tech, one where we had a culture of giving back to our Blacksburg community, university and each other. I have never volunteered so much in my life and was always so proud to wear my Orange and Maroon and lived by our university motto, Ut Proism, that I may serve.
I craved for that sense of community to continue throughout the rest of my life, and when my neighbor suggested that I look into Schell Brothers, a local building company in our area, I admit I raised an eyebrow to her. I couldn’t fathom that a company that shared the same principles I had for the last 4 years existed right in my back yard. I spent the rest of the day on the company website, watching the various videos which showcased the pride these people had in their company and their mission. I watched the Extreme Home Makeover Schell edition, where they rebuilt a home and soup kitchen for a local family during a literal hurricane, and they were excited to do so. I was hooked, I needed to be part of this mission, this community, this company!
For the last 7 years I have been with Schell Brothers and honestly couldn’t imagine myself anywhere else. I have found my place continuing to help others enrich their lives in the new home build process. During one of my first weeks here, I got to witness a Homeowner get the keys to their new home at Independence. Their home in New Jersey was decimated by Hurricane Sandy. The building of her new home was just not a simple rebuild of property, it represented a new safe start. She cried when she got her keys to her new home. I’ll never forget how happy she was, and it was then when I realized this process represents so much more to people. It is not Tier III granite countertops and hardwood floors. It’s an improvement of a situation. It’s the beginning of the next stage in someone’s life. It’s the culmination of all the hard work over the course of a lifetime that has resulted in not just a dream home, but a dream itself. Nothing in this world gives me more satisfaction than seeing that dream come true for our homeowners.
Outside of work, I am your average Southern Delaware girl. I love being outside, long bike rides on the Breakwater Trail, and being barefoot about 90% of the time (they make me wear shoes to work ;) ) In the summer you can catch me at the drive on at Cape Henlopen State Park with my fiancé, Josh and our two pups, Ollie and Stoley. I would say that I love surf fishing because we do it so often, but I am actually terrified at the notion of actually catching something and having to touch it—I leave those tasks up to Josh.
I love Southern Delaware, and honestly couldn’t imagine myself anywhere else. I knew back then that awful pant suits and heels weren’t for me, and every day I know I am blessed when I can wear flip flops on a regular basis. Delaware is my home and I can’t wait to share all the wonderful things about Southern Delaware with you. And if you are a fellow Virginia Tech fan, be sure to greet me with a boisterous “Go Hokies!” and I’ll know that we can talk about how sad we both are that Beamer officially retired.
I know that a new home search can be a huge undertaking but I look forward to both getting to know you while we go through this very special process together. I look forward to showing you what this process should be and of course having fun along the way!
- Grace Reardon