COVID-19 Resources | Keeping the Community Connected

The pandemic continues to make life difficult for our families, friends, and neighbors. Habitat for Humanity of Chester County is committed to keeping our supportive community connected with information to help with mental health, vaccine distribution, and other support resources.

Facts about the vaccine in Chester County

Chester County is currently administering the Moderna vaccine which is approved for use in individuals age 18 and older. Chester County and Delaware County CANNOT administer the vaccine to anyone ages 16-17.

The health department only schedules vaccine appointments on a weekly basis, based on the amount of vaccine they have actually received. They are also allocating enough of the vaccine received to ensure second doses will be available to all those who received their first dose.

You can pre-register at https://www.chesco.org/4822/COVID19Vaccine. For those in Chester County without access to the internet or who need assistance with registration, you can call 610-344-6225. If you live in Delaware County, the number is 484-276-2100.

In need of a referral for accessing services or other resources in Chester County? Please call 2-1-1 for free, confidential assistance that is available 24/7.

Wellness and Support Resources

Resources directly from Chester County for keeping spirits up through quarantine, self-isolation, and social distancing.

If you have been laid off, the Economic Transition Grant might help you. It provides money for training and funds to cover housing, food, transportation, childcare, and more.

Video resources to help with worry, anxiety, sleeplessness, relaxation, and more.

Attend free virtual wellness classes from Chester County Hospital including how to prevent heart disease, planting an herb garden, or attend a session on better sleep for better health.

Executive Director Update – December 2020

Gratitude. Joy. Tears. Those are the reactions that I shared with our newest homeowners at Habitat for Humanity of Chester County. In the past month, we welcomed 7 new families home. Handing them their keys, being in that moment, you could feel the impact of lives being changed. The beauty of a journey that comes from hard work, focus, and shared effort. The end product of a community of volunteers, donors, and staff working together to give others a hand up.

Looking forward to next year, we are on a path to hand those keys to more families than any in our history. The impact of the work you support radiates out from the family to the community and beyond. The growth of Chester County is directly linked to the ability of individuals to live in high-quality, affordable homes. I often tell small business owners that “you create employment, we create the employees”.

Finally, let me say how incredibly grateful I am to all of you that give of your time, talent, or treasure to support the mission of Habitat. We simply could not do it without you. I included some additional information below about how you can have a greater impact on a year-end gift to Habitat based on CARES Act.

Thank you and see in you 2021!


Chris Wiseman
Executive Director

Year-End Gift
For the 2020 tax year only, the CARES Act provides two new tax benefits for charitable giving: 1) allowing donors an income tax charitable deduction for cash gifts of up to 100% (up from 60% in previous years) of their adjusted gross income and, 2) for non-itemizers, an “above-the-line” deduction of $300 for individuals ($600 for married filing jointly). Also, although required minimum distributions from retirement accounts are suspended for 2020, donors who are 70 ½ and older may still make a qualified charitable distribution to charities like Habitat for Humanity of Chester County.

Executive Director Update – October 2020

Executive Director Update – October 2020

Stability through shelter

That’s at the heart of Habitat’s mission. Stability is the foundation that allows for growth. Without it, we are unsteady and unsure. Our vision shrinks to only see the risk in front of us and hinders our ability to plan for the future.

Now more than ever, our homes have become a shelter from the storms raging through our country. Safety from the spread of the disease, a space for families to talk about the social injustices in our society and a place to learn and work. At Habitat for Humanity of Chester County, we are working to bring shelter and hope to everyone in our community.

Shelter is the foundation and Building Strong Foundations Starts with You. This month we are reaching out to the community to ask for your help in securing the funding needed to place 16 families into new homes this year. It takes the generosity of donors, volunteers, and advocates to make that goal a reality. Please visit our website, www.hfhcc.org, to learn more about the incredible work Habitat is doing in the community and how you can help.

Sincerely,

Chris Wiseman
Executive Director at Habitat for Humanity of Chester County

Executive Director Update – September 2020

Executive Director Update – September 2020

How do you measure impact? We often get this question as we apply for grants or ask donors to support our work. Is it simply the number of houses we build? Is it the number of families that realize the dream of homeownership? Is it in the number of volunteer hours or donations to the Restore? How do you measure the change in the trajectory of a family’s life? How do you measure the impact of a safe, affordable home for a child who has had neither?

We are close to completing 5 new homes in West Grove and 3 in Coatesville. We are reviewing applications for families as we plan to build 8 more homes in the next year. When the final nail is hammered in, we will have completed 16 homes in a single year. We will have built 170 homes since Habitat for Humanity of Chester County was founded.

I was blessed to sit with two individuals who had fulfilled their mortgages and now fully owned their homes. With a safe place to raise their children, living in a community with shared values, and through hard work and determination, they had each overcome challenges to fully realize the dream of homeownership. How do you measure impact? Is it the number of homes and families, or in the tears of joy and laughter and hugs? It’s all those things.

To all of our volunteers, donors, homeowners, and continued supporters, we send you all well wishes during these continually challenging times. Take care of yourselves and each other.

Sincerely,
Chris Wiseman
Executive Director at Habitat for Humanity of Chester County