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. 

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: