Building a Thirst Brewery Ticket Book

Nine Chester County breweries have teamed up to create the Building a Thirst brewery ticket book benefitting Habitat for Humanity. Each book contains tickets redeemable for a free beer at each brewery between January 1 and September 3, 2018. Books are $40 (cash only) and will be sold at the following dates and locations:

   
     
     

Hearne Hardwoods Supports Habitat

On September 29 and 30, Hearne Hardwoods, Inc., a specialty lumberyard in Oxford, held their annual Open House event. For the past several years, the Hearne family has selected Habitat as the recipient of the funds from their raffles and wood auction held during the Open House. This year’s event alone raised over $4,700 for the construction of affordable housing in our community. As to why they continue to choose Habitat as the beneficiary of this event, Hearne Hardwood’s owner, Rick Hearne, says:

“In a world beset with so many humanitarian crises, it is difficult to decide who needs our help the most. We at Hearne Hardwoods Inc. give first to our local charities and in particular Habitat For Humanity of Chester County. Having a healthy local community gives us a stronger core to reach out into other parts of the world to share some love.” 

We are so grateful for the Hearne family’s continued support of empowering Chester County families through building decent, affordable shelter!

Hearne Hardwood Check Presentation

150th Home Groundbreaking

On Thursday, October 26, Habitat for Humanity of Chester County officially broke ground on their 150th affordable home.

Habitat supporters, sponsors, and community members gathered at the site of the future home on 400 Community Lane, Coatesville in the Cambria Terrace community to reflect on the last 149 homes and celebrate the future of the organization.  Commissioner Kathi Cozzone called the community, “an incredible return on investment” on the Community Development Block Grant that the county awarded to Habitat in 2011 in order to cover the cost of infrastructure work in the neighborhood. She then presented Habitat Executive Director, Chip Huston, with a citation recognizing the milestone achievement.

Also present at the groundbreaking and pictured above (from left to right) is Mike Boyd from State Senator Andy Dinniman’s office; Commissioner Cozzone; Habitat Board of Directors President, Charles Whitford; Amber Little, from State Representative Harry Lewis’s office and Habitat homeowner; as well as Pat Bokovitz, Director of the Chester County Department of Community Development.

At the conclusion of the groundbreaking ceremony, Wells Fargo presented Habitat with a $160,000 check to fund two additional houses in 2018.

Habitat Partners with Wellington at Hershey’s Mill

This June, staff members from Wellington at Hershey’s Mill and their partner, Caring Hospice, volunteered for two days at Habitat for Humanity as part of their first community Volunteer Initiative.

These volunteer days were part of a larger effort to encourage a giving heart and spirit of service in Wellington staff and residents. Though the weather was too hot to bring residents, they participated back at Wellington by assisting in fundraising events and making gifts for incoming Habitat homeowners. In just three months, they held dress down days, bake sales, raffles, and sold t-shirt sponsorships to raise over $1,300 for Habitat’s mission.

Habitat was chosen for this partnership as a result of the efforts of Wellington employee, Sabrina Codella, who has been a Habitat homeowner herself in New Jersey since 2008. Since spending nearly 400 hours of sweat equity building her home, Sabrina went back to school, became a RN, and is now the Director of Resident Care at Wellington Court.

Ms. Codella said the idea behind the initiative, aside from bringing staff and residents together, was to alleviate the stigma that entering into a senior facility means that a person can no longer contribute to society. She said the attitude that she wanted to impress upon residents was that, “No matter what stage of life you’re in, you can give back to the community.”

We look forward to partnering with Wellington in the future and were grateful to be a part of their first community Volunteer Initiative!

West Chester Home Dedications

On Saturday, September 17, community supporters, sponsors, and dignitaries alike converged in the East End of West Chester to dedicate the final two Habitat homes in Bolmar Place. Habitat volunteers broke ground in July 2015 on the final twin of this fourteen home community at what was once the site of the blighted brownfield property. Thanks to sponsors Westminster Presbyterian Church and First Presbyterian Church of West Chester, the funds and volunteers were in place to complete the homes in less than one year!

Though this dedication marked the end of the West Chester build, it was a joyous event that included prayer and many insightful speakers, including church volunteers; Chester County Department of Community Development Director, Pat Bokovitz; West Chester Mayor, Carolyn Comitta; and Senator Andy Dinniman.

Senator Dinniman reminded the crowd “how blessed we are that God has allowed us to participate in the repair of the world,” but that ultimately, prayer must become action. Later, Mayor Carolyn Comitta presented the homeowners with “keys to the borough.” She said she views the keys as “keys to a healthy future for West Chester,” which these homeowners represent.

After the ceremony, attendees were welcomed into the homes and treated to a plethora of food and a meet and greet with the new homeowners.

We are proud of the work of the entire community throughout this West Chester build and hold a special place in our hearts for these last two homeowners. We wish them and all of our West Chester homeowners much happiness and success in their newly completed community.

Prospective Homeowner Orientation

Do you live or work in Chester County?

Do you have a need for decent, affordable housing?

Are you able to pay a 0% interest mortgage?

 

On Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at 6 PM, Habitat will be holding an orientation for those interested in homeownership. We are looking for three homeowners for single family homes in Coatesville. These homeowners will move in to their homes in 2019. The meeting will take place at Habitat’s administrative offices at 1847 East Lincoln Highway (Business 30), Coatesville.

Applications will only be handed out at the end of this annual orientation, so it is mandatory to attend if you wish to become a Habitat homeowner in 2018/2019. The meeting will take less than thirty minutes, but there will be plenty of time at the end for questions. Space is limited and mostly standing room, so please leave your children at home.

Walk-ins are welcome, but RSVP-ing is preferred for head-counting purposes. (Due to volume, you will not receive a call back confirming that we received your RSVP.) Please click here to RSVP.

If you have questions regarding the homeownership program, please see our information page, but please keep in mind that Habitat homes are not free and you must live or work in Chester County. In order to financially qualify, you must meet a minimum income requirement based upon your family size so you can afford a 0% interest mortgage.

Family Size Minimum Annual Income
2 $35,000
3 $39,350
4 $43,700
5 $47,200
6 $50,700

 

Equal-Housing-OpportunityWe are pledged to the letter and spirit of U.S. policy for the achievement of equal housing opportunity throughout the nation. We encourage and support an affirmative advertising and marketing program in which there are no barriers to obtaining housing because of race, color, religion, sex,