2020 Driving to Build Golf Outing

Join Habitat for Humanity for a day of golf on Monday, September 14 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.

We want to assure all of our participants that HfHCC and French Creek Golf Club are adding extra steps to ensure the safety of everyone involved with the event. In order to provide a safe, enjoyable golf outing experience, the event, including dining, will be held outdoors. Carts will be sanitized prior to usage and hand sanitizer will be provided to all golfers for use as needed on and off the golf course. Masks will be required when traveling on golf carts and when entering the golf club for any reason. Masks can be removed while on the green, provided golfers are able to maintain the CDC’s recommended 6ft of social distance between other players as well as while eating outdoors. All food will be served or in self serve containers to eliminate contact. 

Where: French Creek Golf Club, 4500 Conestoga Road, Elverson

When: Monday, September 14, 2020. Registration opens at 9 AM, shotgun start at 10:30 AM.

Registration: $400 for an individual golfer or $1,500 for a foursome and two tee signs.

To register for as a foursome, individual golfer or sponsorship:

1. Click here to visit the online registration form.

2. Select if you would like to register as a foursome, individual golfer, or as a sponsor.

3. In “Payment Information” select how you would like to submit payment for your registration.

4. Click the “Donate Now” button to complete and submit your registration or sponsorship agreement.

Sponsorship Information

17th Annual Build a House Build a Dream Contest Postponed

We have been monitoring the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation closely with the health and safety of all our participants at the highest concern. With that in mind, we have come to a decision that we will be postponing the Build a House event (date to be determined). We will be working diligently to find a future date that is sensible for all the participants and within a reasonable time frame. We will communicate a decision on the postpone date for the event by the end of April.

We have also decided to postpone the Pastor Lunch that was scheduled for Monday, March 16th and our Coatesville construction site. We will be in touch with the rescheduled date as soon as possible.

It was a difficult decision to come to for both events but felt it was in the best interest of everyone involved. We will keep you informed as more information comes along with where and when we can showcase the student’s hard work and efforts.

We appreciate your understanding and thank you for your support of Habitat for Humanity of Chester County.

February 2020 | What’s Happening at Habitat

Build a House… Build a Dream Welcomes Back Bill Henley

NBC 10 meteorologist Bill Henley joins us again as the emcee for the 17th Annual Build a House…Build a Dream contest. We’re excited to welcome him back and for the fast-approaching event! There is still time to register a 5th grader or sign up to volunteer at the event.

Click here for more on the Build a House…Build a Dream Contest

Homes take Shape at the West Grove Construction Site

  

We are still looking for future homeowners for our West Grove site! These spots will continue to fill up so now is the time to apply for a home.

“This is an incredible opportunity for people of more modest means to be able to live in a four-bedroom, two-bath house with public sewer and water in a growing community like West Grove and very near great schools – all for a mortgage that will average about $925 a month,” said Bob Norris, Vice President of the Board of Directors for Habitat for Humanity of Chester County. “Where else in this area can you find a four-bedroom home for under $1,000 a month, with no down payment required and a one percent mortgage?”

For more information on applying for a home in West Grove, visit www.hfhcc.org/WestGroveSite

HfHCC Welcomes the Faith-Based Community to an Open House

       

We invite you to visit a completed faith-built home and learn about this partnership to help us raise walls, funds, and prayers to make a difference here in Chester County. Join us to learn how God’s grace and the generosity of the Chester County faith community are making a local affordable housing impact for many hard-working families. The open houses will take place on March 10th from 8 AM to 10 AM and on March 16th from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM. Please follow the link below to register for either date.

Click here to Register

Welcome to the Habitat Team: Susie James

  

Susie James is welcomed to the team as Director of Family Services. Susie is excited about getting to know our future homeowners and be part of their journey. Send Susie a hello at susie@hfhcc.org!

Getting ready to spring-clean your home or business?

Don’t discard your unwanted items; donate them instead! Donating your new or gently used and reusable furniture, appliances and building materials keeps them out of landfills and stocks your local nonprofit Habitat ReStore. Bargain shoppers, DIYers, and treasure hunters find deals at a fraction of the retail price, and the proceeds help Habitat partner with local families to build, rehabilitate and repair homes in your community.

January 2020 | What’s Happening at Habitat

Build a House Build a Dream Competition in March

We’re 8 weeks away from the 17th Annual Build a House Build a Dream Competition! We are currently looking for volunteers, judges, and students to participate in this year’s event.

Click here to register or volunteer for the event.

New Year, New Home in West Grove

We are still looking for future homeowners for our West Grove site! These spots will continue to fill up so now is the time to apply for a home.

“This is an incredible opportunity for people of more modest means to be able to live in a four-bedroom, two-bath house with public sewer and water in a growing community like West Grove and very near great schools – all for a mortgage that will average about $925 a month,” said Bob Norris, Vice President of the Board of Directors for Habitat for Humanity of Chester County. “Where else in this area can you find a four-bedroom home for under $1,000 a month, with no down payment required and a one percent mortgage?”

For more information on applying for a home in West Grove, visit www.hfhcc.org/WestGroveSite

Chip Huston Resigns as Executive Director

After more than 17 years serving the Chester County area, Chip has stepped down. On behalf of every family, staff member, and volunteer, we thank Chip for all that he’s done for each of us.

Click here for more information

Sign Up Today for Spring Team Builds!

Companies are invited to arrange a day for their employees to participate on the construction site as part of  Team Build. Working outside of the corporate environment on the Habitat construction site shows groups how to achieve goals that at first seemed impossible. Habitat helps to build stronger teams, improve team decision-making abilities, and helps individuals within teams develop a new appreciation for collaboration. Spring is right around the corner and a perfect time to get out of the office and help the community!

Visit our Team Build page to let us know you’d like to participate!

Donating, Shopping and Volunteering at the ReStore Helps Build Homes.

The Caln ReStore is a great place to donate, shop and volunteer! All proceeds from the store help build affordable housing in Chester County. Visit the links below to donate, shop and volunteer at the ReStore! Check out the links before to get involved with the ReStore!

Donate
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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!