Spring 2019 Newsletter

County Commissioners Kick Off Construction in West Grove

On Thursday, May 16, West Grove Mayor Stephen Black joined Chester County Commissioners Michelle Kichline, Kathi Cozzone, and Terence Farrell in a ceremonial groundbreaking at Habitat’s West Grove site. The infrastructure work will conclude this summer, with new home construction starting later this year.

We are accepting applications for families interested in living in the West Grove community. This is an exciting opportunity for 40 hard-working families who struggle with the high cost of rent to have a home they can call their own. The application, along with further qualifications for homeownership, can be found at www.hfhcc.org/westgrovesite.

2019 Driving to Build Golf Outing

The 16th annual Driving to Build golf outing has been postponed until July 15th due to inclement weather. The outing will still be held at French Creek Golf Club, Elverson, with a shotgun start at 10:30am. While we are disappointed at having to reschedule the event, we hope the delay will allow for more participants to join us for a fun day on the links! If you or someone you know would like to participate in this year’s outing, please contact Jason Pyrah for registration details. He can be reached at jason@hfhcc.org or 610-384-7993, ext.12. For more information online, visit https://hfhcc.org/2019-driving-to-build-golf-outing/.

Thrivent Helps Build Faith and Homes in Coatesville

Thrivent Financial, a not-for-profit insurance and financial services organization, has partnered with Habitat for Humanity of Chester County to fund the construction of a home in Cambria Terrace. Thrivent has partnered nationally with Habitat for Humanity International since 2005 and continues to be the largest non-government supporter of our homebuilding efforts. Thrivent Choice provides a platform for members to have a financial impact on the causes and nonprofits they care about. If you are a Thrivent Financial member please consider directing your Choice Dollars to HfHCC in support of the Faith Build at 320 Community Lane, Coatesville.

Volunteers from all faiths and backgrounds are welcome to raise funds, walls, and prayers to help the future homeowner family to build their home at 320 Community Lane starting in July.

A Successful Year for Build a House… Build a Dream!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Saturday, March 23, nearly 150 fifth-grade builders, artists, architects, and engineers from across the Delaware Valley competed in the 16th annual Build a House…Build a Dream contest for kids presented by Fox & Roach/Trident Charities and Habitat for Humanity of Chester County. This was a record number of attendees for the annual fundraising event and a wonderful turnout from the community.

The goal of Build a House…Build a Dream is to raise awareness about the need for affordable housing throughout the Delaware Valley. The contest also raised over $20,000 to benefit Habitat’s home building program in Chester County.

We would like to thank founding sponsor, Fox & Roach/Trident Charities for their continued sponsorship of this fundraising event, Bill Henley, meteorologist at NBC10 Philadelphia, for emceeing the festivities and kudos to all the students and their families for setting the bar high for next year’s entries. We’d also like to recognize the volunteers who helped set up, assisted students, and judged homes. We truly appreciate all of those who made this a terrific day!

Congratulations to our winners!
1st place: Giana and Sofie from Swarthmore Rutledge Elementary
2nd place: Sophia and Ceri from Garnet Valley Elementary
3rd place: Lila from Swarthmore Rutledge Elementary

Volunteer Spotlight: David Mushrush

David Mushrush has volunteered at the Habitat ReStore for five years. During that time he has made rounds in the community picking up corporate donations from places like Target, Lowe’s, and T.O. EPPS.

David served our country in the Marine CORPS from 1967 to 1970. Following that, he served in public works for various municipalities including Caln township, West Goshen, East Bradford Township, and the Borough of West Chester.

After retiring, he spent a few months working for Lowe’s and then decided to volunteer his time in the community. His commitment comes from his wife’s years of service as a Red Cross Mental Health responder and volunteering as a committee member that created the Coatesville Youth Initiative at the Brandywine Health Foundation. David was inspired by her good deeds and joined Habitat in January 2015 after she raved about her volunteer build day on the construction site.

David loves to see what people create with items they purchase from the ReStore and notices how it changes one’s perception of a piece that doesn’t have a lot of appeal at first. When asked why he spends his time at the ReStore, he replied, “Why not? I’m able to help so I will.” David’s nametag reads “Justa Volunteer” but he is so much more to us that “just a” anything! We are so thankful for all that he gives including his time, stories and jokes.

 

2019 Driving to Build Golf Outing

Join Habitat for Humanity for a day of golf on Monday, July 15 at French Creek Golf Club in Elverson. Designed by renowned architect, Gil Hanse (designed the 2016 Olympic Golf Course in Rio), French Creek is a challenging, exclusive, and scenic course. Proceeds from the outing benefit the construction of affordable homes in Chester County.

Where: French Creek Golf Club, 4500 Conestoga Road, Elverson

When: Monday, July 15, 2019. Registration opens at 9 AM, shot gun start at 10:30 AM.

Registration: $400 for an individual golfer or $1,500 for a foursome and two tee signs. Includes a continental breakfast at registration, on course food stations for lunch, and gourmet food and cocktails, a silent auction, and awards to follow after golf.

To register and learn about sponsorship opportunities, see our brochure. Questions? Contact Jason at 610-384-7993, ext. 12.

 

16th Build a House…Build a Dream Contest a Huge Success!

On Saturday, March 23, nearly 150 fifth-graders from across the Delaware Valley competed in the sixteenth annual Build A House…Build A Dream contest for kids presented by Fox & Roach/Trident Charities and Habitat for Humanity of Chester County. This was a record number of attendees for the annual fundraising event and a wonderful turnout from the community. In this competition, students worked individually or in pairs to build their own three-dimensional, model dream home. Contestants then brought their models for display and judging at Church Farm School on March 23. Judges and spectators remarked at the extraordinary level of detail and ingenuity seen in this year’s houses, which included a house built with books, houses built in the trees, and houses built with green technology!

Congratulations to our winners!
1st place: Giana and Sofie from Swarthmore Rutledge Elementary
2nd place: Sophia and Ceri from Garnet Valley Elementary
3rd place: Lila from Swarthmore Rutledge Elementary

The goal of Build A House…Build A Dream is to create awareness of the need for affordable housing throughout the Delaware Valley. The contest also raised over $20,000 to benefit Habitat home building programs for low-income families in Chester County. Since 1989, Habitat for Humanity of Chester County has served 151 hard-working families and continues to build 2-6 houses a year.

We would like to thank Fox & Roach/Trident Charities for their continued support of the fundraising event and also Bill Henley, meteorologist at NBC10 Philadelphia, for emceeing the event. A BIG thank you to all the participants and their families for participating in this year’s event. You truly set the bar high for next year’s students! We’d also like to thank all the volunteers that came out to help setup, help students, judge homes and clean up after the event. We truly appreciate your time spent with Habitat for Humanity.

Another big thank you to all our corporate sponsors including Univest, Bentley Systems, PAX Partners of Raymond James, Bryn Mawr Trust, St. Gobain, RKL, The Martin Architectural Group, Giant, and Bernadon. Thank you to Church Farm School for hosting the event and NBC10 Philadelphia and YMCA of Greater Brandywine for being our event partners. Additionally, we had food, drink and raffle items donated by the following companies. A huge thank you to them as well! Downingtown BJ’s Wholesale Club, West Chester Philly Pretzel, Herrs Food Inc., Turkey Hill, Wawa, The Home Depot, Color Me Mine, Crayola, Currie Hair, Skin and Nails, Dave & Busters, Delaware Natural History Museum, Fellini Cafe, Oasis Family Fun Center, Palace Bowling, Philadelphia Flyers, Philadelphia Soul, Philadelphia Wings, Philadelphia Union, Philadelphia Rock Gym, Picaboo, Reading Fightin Phils, Treehouse World, Tyler Arboretum and Walt Disney World. 

2019 Build a House…Build a Dream Event Info

Frequently asked questions for the day of the event:

Q: What time should students arrive?

A: Please arrive between 8:30am and 9:00am on Saturday March 23rd to register and setup your dream homes. The competition will begin at 9:00 am with three rounds of judging. The event will conclude at approximately 12:00pm.

Q: Where is the event being held?

A: The competition will be at the Pavilion at Church Farm School in Exton. Located at 1001 E Lincoln Hwy, Exton, PA 19341. Visit https://goo.gl/maps/P43hxjbXJXJ2 for Google Map location. There will be signs and attendants helping with drop off and parking. Please do not park right in front of the entrance to the pavilion. We leave this space open to make dropping off dream homes easier. Below is a map of the campus.

Q: Will there be refreshments available?

A: Each student will receive a free drink and free snack. We will have other snacks and drinks available for purchase. Snack items are priced at $1 so please bring cash, we won’t be able to accept card payment under $10.

Q: What other fun things are happening?

A: NBC10’s Bill Henley will be emceeing the event this year as he has done in the past and we are excited to have him back! We will also have a free raffle for students to enter with chances to win bowling passes, rock climbing tickets and more! Our adult raffles have some amazing prizes as well. This year, Disney graciously donated 6 one day park hopper passes to be used in Walt Disney World! The YMCA of Greater Brandywine will also have an activity table along with build kits from Home Depot for kids of all ages.

If you have further questions, please email info@hfhcc.org or call 610-384-7993 extension 19. Looking forward to seeing everyone there!

 

Building a Thirst fundraiser continues with more brewery ticket book sale dates

Whether you missed a fundraising date or have used up your coupons, we have you covered! We have several more dates coming up at these great local craft breweries. Come out to support Habitat for Humanity of Chester County along with great craft beer.

A quick reminder of the fundraiser; Each book contains tickets redeemable for a free beer at each brewery between January 1 and September 2, 2019. Books are $40 (cash only) and will be sold at the following dates and locations:

Locust Lane Brewing, 50 Three Tun Rd., Suite 4, Malvern
Thursday, March 14, 4pm-7pm

Rec Room by Conshohocken Brewing, 230 Bridge St., Phoenixville
Thursday, March 21, 4pm-7pm

Crowded Castle Brewing, 242 Bridge St., Phoenixville
Thursday, March 28, 5pm-8pm

Root Down Brewing Company, 1 North Main St., Phoenixville
Thursday, April 4, 4pm-7pm

Check out our Facebook events page for more info! https://www.facebook.com/chescohabitat/events/

Special thanks to all the breweries participating: