September 2018 Home Dedications

On Saturday, September 22, Habitat for Humanity of Chester County homeowners, volunteers, partner families, donors, and other community supporters gathered to celebrate the dedication of two new homes on Community Lane.

The new homeowners were presented with gift baskets provided by the Chester County Food Bank. Wendy Gaynor, Director of Food Security Initiatives, presented the gift baskets to this year’s four new Habitat homeowners, including two whose homes were dedicated in the spring earlier this year. “It’s an honor to be here. And we want to do our part to welcome you to your new home and make sure your home, hearts and pantries are full” was the message Wendy delivered at Community Lane.

Other speakers included Director of Chester County Department of Community Development, Pat Bokovitz, who spoke of going to a lot of different events in Chester County, “but there is nothing like a Habitat celebration. Celebrating good people getting new homes is great stuff,” said Bokovitz.

This ceremony brought a first for Habitat for Humanity of Chester County. As new homeowner Marcus spoke of how much he believes in Habitat’s mission, he explained why he went above the required “sweat equity” hours. “I put in more hours because I believe in the mission. I believe in building this community up,” Marcus stated.  As he wrapped up his kind words about Habitat, he started to express his gratitude for his partner, Maryann. The crowd stood in awe as Marcus spoke of how Maryann has blessed his life and the love she has for him. He ended down on one knee, with a ring in one hand and asked her to marry him. Maryann said yes, Habitat supporters cheered and some shed tears. We were thankful to be a part of their big moment.

We are confident that Tonia and family as well as Marcus, Maryann and family will be a great addition to Community Lane.  Thanks to all our wonderful supporters who make this important work possible!

Home is the Key

Here at Habitat, we believe that everyone deserves a decent place to live. Many Americans live in inadequate housing conditions, creating barriers to opportunity, success, stability and growth. One in four households in the US pays more than 30% of their income on housing, leaving less money for necessities like food and clothing. Because Habitat mortgage payments are so much lower than rent in many areas of Chester County, after moving into a Habitat home, families have more disposable income that they can use for their health, education, and children’s needs.

Through shelter, Habitat empowers homeowners to achieve the independence they need to build a better life for themselves and their families. Decent shelter is something all of us need to thrive. This year, we are excited to officially welcome five families into Habitat homeownership, giving them a stable and bright future. Unlock a family’s future by donating to Habitat today.

 

Unlock a family’s future

Why We Build…HfHCC Family Spotlight

We build so children can have healthy, safe homes where they can learn and grow to their full potential. We build to break down barriers and establish vibrant neighborhoods. We build to open doors to new opportunities. We build for the promise of a new start and a better life. Habitat houses provide stability for families searching for a way to help themselves and their neighbors.

Habitat stories don’t end when our partner families become homeowners. Arguably, that’s where they begin. One hundred thirty-seven families have created wonderful stories about their journeys from living paycheck-to-paycheck to financial security, because of donors’ and volunteers’ contributions over the past two decades. This family’s story is just one story that offers a glimpse of Habitat’s impact in the Chester County community.

Charmelle Hatfield

Charmelle says when she first got the call that she was approved she couldn’t believe it, and ran around her office screaming.  She found out about the Habitat program when originally researching housing programs online. Charmelle’s favorite part of the process was getting to see the process of building a house from the ground up.  She also enjoyed learning all of the information at the financial literacy courses.  She would like to thank all of the donors and volunteers for the “valuable time and involvement.”
We wish Charmelle and her family all the best and hope they are fully enjoying their new home!