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.

 

2nd Building A Thirst Brewery Ticket Book Fundraiser

We have recruited nine Chester County breweries to participate in our 2nd Building a Thirst brewery ticket book 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
Friday, January 18, 5:30PM-7:30PM
Stable 12 Brewing Company, 368 Bridge St., Phoenixville
Wednesday, January 23, 6PM-10Pm
Rec Room by Conshohocken Brewing, 230 Bridge St., Phoenixville
Tuesday, February 5, 6PM-10PM
Levante Brewing, 208 Carter Dr, Ste 2, West Chester
Wednesday February 6, 6PM-9PM
La Cabra Brewing, 642 Lancaster Ave., Berwyn
Tuesday, February 12, 6PM-9PM
Crowded Castle Brewing, 242 Bridge St., Phoenixville
Saturday, February 16, 7PM-9PM
Root Down Brewing Company, 1 North Main St., Phoenixville
Thursday, February 21, 6PM-10PM

For more sales dates and information visit our events page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chescohabitat/events/

Or email info@hfhcc.org

Special thanks to all the breweries participating:

                            

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!