2019 Fall Newsletter

BUILDING MOMENTUM IN WEST GROVE

We are making great progress at our West Grove community. Roads and stormwater management systems are complete and ready for construction to begin. We are now officially accepting families into the program, and are very excited about providing 40 families with the opportunity for homeownership in a newly constructed home. We have been able to provide these opportunities thanks to our partnership with the USDA which offers low-interest mortgages for families who qualify. Families of one to four members must earn between $43,700
and $69,900, and families from five to eight members must earn between $57,000 and $92,250.

Habitat will bring to bear all of its resources, volunteers and generous contributions from the community, along with USDA’s extremely low-interest rates, to make these homes affordable to families who want to invest in their future. If you or someone you know is interested in applying for a home, be sure to visit www.hfhcc.org/westgrovesite to download and complete the application. If you have any questions while completing the application, our Director of Family Services, Bobette Meeter can be reached by email at bobette@hfhcc.org or by phone at 610-384-7993, extension 14.

SETTLEMENTS

We welcomed three new families to the Cambria Terrace neighborhood in July. Courtney, Rachel, and Daniel & Dawn moved in after a long process of finance classes and “sweat equity,” helping to build the houses they now call home. Your generous support—prayers, volunteer time and financial gifts—made it possible for these three hard-working families to achieve their dreams. On their behalf, please accept our sincere appreciation!

GOLF OUTING SUCCESS

 

After a rain postponement, we were thankful for such a beautiful day at the 16th annual Driving to Build Golf Outing on July 15th. 87 golfers joined us on the greens of French Creek Golf Club for some friendly competition. With added longest drive, straightest drive, closest to the pin and chipping contests, we kept participants on their “A” game. Thanks to sponsors, donors, and players, Habitat was able to raise $32,000 that will support our mission of building decent, affordable housing in Chester County. An enormous thank you to all that came out to make such a successful event and a wonderful day!

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS
Bentley Systems Inc. | The Bilotta Family | Ted Peters, Bluestone Financial
Institutions Fund | The Bourbon Trailblazers | Brandywine Valley Heating
and Air Conditioning | Martin J. Cappelletti Custom Builders Inc.
Communications Test Design, Inc. | Fox Rothschild LLP | Rick & Robin
Gasloli | Gary & Kitty Knox | MacElree Harvey, Ltd. | Phillips Mushroom
Farms | PJM Interconnection | Rainer & Company | T.O. Epps & Associates
Viwinco, Inc. | WSFS Bank | The Law Office of Jack Wuerstle

THRIVENT HOUSE TAKES SHAPE

 

Thanks to the generous support from the Chester County faith community and Thrivent Financial, a hard-working family will soon be able to call this house, home. We are very close to meeting Thrivent’s dollar for dollar match challenge but still need the prayers, volunteers and donations from local churches. Westminster Presbyterian, St. Paul’s Lutheran, Calvary Lutheran and First Presbyterian Church of West Chester have all signed on as Thrivent partners. If you belong to any of these churches, please consider donating to help us meet our challenge. If your church is not yet a partner, contact us and we are happy to meet to provide information about this mission and outreach opportunity. Thrivent is not-for-profit insurance and financial organization serving the Christian community. More information on the services Thrivent offers can be found at www.thriventfinancial.com.

JOEY ANN FOWKES JOINS THE FUNDRAISING TEAM

Habitat for Humanity of Chester County is pleased to announce that Joey Ann Fowkes has been appointed Chief Advancement Officer. Fowkes brings a wealth of nonprofit experience in the management of development programs, charitable gift planning, and major donor relations. Most recently, she was Director of Charitable Estate Planning for the American Heart Association (AHA) for a five-state region including Pennsylvania. There, she served as the organization’s expert in planned giving, helping donors to make significant charitable gifts that ensure a meaningful personal legacy.

“We are thrilled to welcome Joey to our team at this pivotal and exciting point in our history,” says Andrew Signore,
President, Board of Trustees. “Her experience, enthusiasm and mission-focus will be a great asset as we celebrate 30 years of service to our community and move forward to have an even greater impact in the coming years.” Fowkes will work with Board members, philanthropic and community leaders, donors, volunteers, and friends to secure the funds needed to increase the organization’s impact on the growing need for affordable housing in Chester County.

Fowkes is an alum of Alaska Pacific University where she graduated Summa cum laude with a Bachelor’s in Organizational Management. Professionally active, her membership activities include Partnership for Philanthropic Planning of Greater Philadelphia; Financial Service Providers (FSP); Chester County Estate Planning Council; and Montgomery County and Philadelphia Estate Planning Councils (PEPC) where she also served as Committee CoChair for The Women’s Initiative.

3 WAYS THE RESTORE MAKES A DIFFERENCE

  1. The ReStore Helps Families: The money raised by the ReStore helps families build a decent and affordable place to call home. When the items you donate to the ReStore are sold, the profits help families achieve the strength, stability and independence they need to build a better future.
  2. The ReStore Helps the Environment: The ReStore diverts hundreds of tons from landfills each year, accepting hard-to-dispose-of items including new and used furniture, appliances and surplus building materials. In many cases, free pickup service is provided for large items.
  3. The ReStore Provides Low-Cost Home Solutions: The ReStore is a unique blend of part home improvement store, part home goods store, and part resale store. Each ReStore has a wide selection that changes often. You benefit because you get fantastic new and gently used items below retail prices.

FOND FAREWELLS AND MORE NEW FACES

Dan Allard joined the Habitat construction team in 2014 after volunteering on the site. The team quickly saw that his patience, great skill and attention to detail would make him a perfect fit for a leadership position. We can’t thank Dan enough for all the time and hard work he put into building with us over the years. We will miss his quiet but always friendly face and wish him the best of luck on his new adventure!

Milby Thorington is one of the newest members of the Habitat team as a Construction Lead. Milby attended Northeastern University graduating in 2019. He started his career in fraud management and risk analysis, but changed direction to construction in 2011 and joined Habitat in July of this year. We are excited to have Milby on board as we start building at the West Grove construction site!

Jim Marshall is another great addition to the construction site, also joining Habitat in July. Jim retired in 2015 after teaching chemistry and coaching various sports for 33 years. He grew up working on construction sites with his father and retained that passion throughout his career. After retirement, Jim led construction projects with disaster relief teams and Habitat for Humanity of the Middle Keys. We are thrilled to have Jim bring his experience to the Coatesville site!

 

Build A House…Build A Dream 2020 Registration

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Participants will receive a confirmation email within 2 business days of registering. As we get closer to the event, you will receive an email with final details. It is important that you add becki@hfhcc.org to your email contacts, as our .org email addresses oftentimes get sent directly to your email’s spam folder.

There will be a photographer on the premise who will be taking event photos. By entering this contest, parents and guardians are allowing photographs of their children to be taken and used for publicity and/or news purposes.

Entries will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, as space constraints may limit the amount of entries accepted. The deadline to register is March 1.

Home Dedications set for September 14th

Join us for Habitat home dedications!

We invite you to help us welcome three families to the neighborhood. For months they have been taking financing classes and putting in “sweat equity” by volunteering at the construction site. After a dedicated journey, they can finally call these houses homes. Visit our Facebook even page to RSVP and for more information.

Join us September 14, 2019
At 9:00 AM at
320 Community Lane
Coatesville, PA 19320

Joey Ann Fowkes joins Habitat as Chief Advancement Officer

Habitat for Humanity of Chester County is pleased to announce that Joey Ann Fowkes has been appointed Chief Advancement Officer.  In this newly created position, Ms. Fowkes will be responsible for the organization’s Comprehensive Development Program and will coordinate a major campaign to fund the expansion of Habitat programs to allow more families to have affordable homeownership in Chester County.

Fowkes brings a wealth of nonprofit experience in the management of development programs, charitable gift planning, and major donor relations.  Most recently, she has served as Director of Charitable Estate Planning for the American Heart Association (AHA) for a five-state region including Pennsylvania.  There, she served as the organization’s expert in planned giving, helping donors to make significant charitable gifts that ensure a meaningful personal legacy.  She held a similar position at the American Cancer Society (ACS) for Southeastern Pennsylvania where, as Director of Estate and Asset Planning, she was awarded the High Achiever Award and Global Citizen Award for her exemplary work.  Prior to assuming that role, she served as Program Manager, Quality of Life, for the American Cancer Society in Anchorage, Alaska where she worked with healthcare organizations and volunteers to spearhead the opening of the first Cancer Resource Center in the State of Alaska.  In addition to her nonprofit experience, Fowkes worked with various global for-profit tech companies in management, sales, programs, and operations, bringing both leadership skills and strong business acumen to her new position at Habitat for Humanity of Chester County.

Now in our 30th Year, Habitat for Humanity of Chester County is significantly expanding our current level of construction through the initiation of a 40-unit housing program in West Grove and increased construction activities in Coatesville.   “We are thrilled to welcome Joey to our team at this pivotal and exciting point in our history,” says Andrew Signore, President, Board of Trustees.   “Her experience, enthusiasm and mission-focus will be a great asset as we celebrate 30 years of service to our community and move forward to have an even greater impact in the coming years.”  Fowkes will work with Board members, philanthropic and community leaders, donors, volunteers, and friends to secure the funds needed to increase the organization’s impact on the growing need for affordable housing in Chester County.

Fowkes is a graduate of Alaska Pacific University where she graduated Summa cum laude with a Bachelors in Organizational Management.  Professionally active, her membership activities include Partnership for Philanthropic Planning of Greater Philadelphia; Financial Service Providers (FSP); Chester County Estate Planning Council; and Montgomery County and Philadelphia Estate Planning Councils (PEPC) where she also served as Committee Co-Chair for The Women’s Initiative.

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.