Executive Director, Chip Huston, Steps Down

Habitat for Humanity of Chester County (HfHCC) and Executive Director Charles L. “Chip” Huston, IV, has announced that he stepped down effective December 31, 2019. Chip has served as the Executive Director for over 17 years since joining the organization in 2002 and is one of the longest-serving Executive Directors of the Habitat International Affiliates.

“My commitment to the mission remains paramount in my life,” says Chip. “It has been a trying year of personal challenges that have kept me out of the office and away from the mission I love so dearly.  Habitat needs and deserves a full-time daily leader to address the issues that arise from the operations of the business. Right now, I am not able to give that effort. Stepping away at this time allows the Board of Habitat to secure the leadership needed as construction begins in earnest in West Grove and wraps up in Coatesville.”

During his 17 years as Executive Director, Chip’s leadership and advocacy in the community helped increase the impact of HfHCC on the need for affordable housing in Chester County. During his tenure as Executive Director, Habitat volunteers and donors built over 90 homes in partnership with families in need. Habitat will continue its mission with 40 more homes currently underway in the borough of West Grove, and 10 more in the City of Coatesville. HfHCC also opened a thrift shop in Caln Township called the Habitat ReStore that is still going strong today, which supports homebuilding efforts through its sales of new or gently used donated items. Chip also initiated a “land bank,” purchasing land as it became available for future home construction while the land was both available and affordable.

Outside of Chester County, Mr. Huston and his team led two trips to Louisiana to build three homes for Hurricane Katrina victims and has worked with former President Jimmy Carter on his annual Carter Work Project in Los Angeles. “The experiences gained over the past 17 years have been invaluable to me as a leader, but also as a person. Seeing the devastation in New Orleans was heartbreaking but building those houses and helping one of the neighbors repair her house was amazing. It seems so little in the grand scheme, but to those families, at that moment, it was a huge blessing.”

“We are grateful to Chip for all that he has done to benefit our communities through the years,” says Andrew Signore, Board President. “His dedication to providing affordable housing has changed the quality of life for so many people and has strengthened our neighborhoods and Chester County. His passion, dedication and commitment have been a driving force for HfHCC.”

As for the future, Chip will be taking time off, and deciding ways that he can continue to contribute to the community. “It’s been a long year and I need to get back to my full capabilities. I am not done helping people in Chester County. It’s my home and a place I love. One of the best places to live, work and raise a family in the United States. A door is closing but God has a plan so I look forward to the window He will open.”

On behalf of the HfHCC staff, Habitat homeowners and friends throughout the community, we say thank you to our friend Chip. We wish you good health and happiness!

        

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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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.