Our Partnership With Help Build Hope

We are excited to announce our partnership with Help Build Hope, Lima United Methodist Church, and Covenant United Methodist Church! Help Build Hope will provide lumber for the walls of our phase 5 homes in West Grove, PA. We are so grateful to have support from local partnerships like Help Build Hope. Together, we can strengthen the community by building affordable and safe homes. To learn more about Help Build Hope, our partnership event, and our mission at Habitat for Humanity of Chester County, keep reading!

Help Build Hope

Help Build Hope is a unique program within the parent company CrossRoads Missions. The Help Build Hope program works with organizations like ours to provide walls for affordable housing projects. Their mantra is, “We build frame walls by building partnerships, building relationships, building community, and building homes, bringing the event to your organization’s parking lot.” The walls provided by Help Build Hope allow our organization here at Habitat for Humanity to reduce costs and complete the construction of our Habitat homes quicker for families in need. This unique partnership between Habitat for Humanity and Help Build Hope fosters a loving community by providing first-time homeownership opportunities quickly and efficiently. To learn more about Help Build Hope, please visit www.helpbuildhope.com

Our Partnership

Our partnership with Help Build Hope will contribute to constructing 40 homes at our site in West Grove, PA. The construction of our Habitat homes takes place in phases, and within each phase, a set of 5 homes is constructed. Help Build Hope will provide lumber for the walls of our phase 5 West Grove homes. This event will take place the weekend of September 23rd-25th, 2022. By Friday, September 23rd all lumber materials will be delivered to the Lima United Methodist Church parking lot to prepare for the lumber cut process. On the afternoon of Friday the 23rd, the lumber will be cut, stacked, and marked by volunteers to prepare for the build on Saturday. On Saturday the 24th, volunteers will construct the first floor of five homes in the church parking lot. On Sunday, the 25th, a church service will be held at Lima United Methodist Church to sign and dedicate the walls of these new homes. After worship, the final walls will be loaded onto the Help Build Hope truck and taken to West Grove, PA, where our volunteers will use them to build a set of townhouses for people in our region who need safe and secure housing. Providing and dedicating these walls to new homeowners is a beautiful process made possible by our partnership with Help Build Hope and the valiant efforts of all volunteers involved. We are so thankful for the many people supporting our affordable housing mission. To learn more about becoming a Habitat homeowner, visit https://hfhcc.org/homeownership/

West Grove Construction 

As previously mentioned, the construction of our Habitat homes takes place in phases. The Kitchen cabinets for our phase 3 homes are delivered, and framing for our phase 4 homes is moving right along! Exterior doors and windows have been delivered for our phase 4 homes this month and are ready for installation. The progress of our phase 4 houses in West Grove over the past few months appears here. We are excited to make extensive progress in the next few months on our phase 5 homes, thanks to the support from our partners at Help Build Hope. To learn more about getting involved on the construction site, visit https://hfhcc.org/volunteer/.

Support Our Mission 

We at Habitat for Humanity of Chester County believe every family deserves a comfortable, safe, affordable home. Every volunteer, donor, and supporter makes a difference in the lives of a family in need. To learn more about our mission at Habitat for Humanity and how to get involved with our organization, please visit www.hfhcc.org

3rd Annual Building A Thirst Brewery Ticket Book Fundraiser

We are excited to have 11 Chester County breweries sign on for our 3rd annual Building a Thirst fundraiser! We will be out and about selling brewery ticket books this fall and winter, each containing tickets redeemable for a free beer at each brewery. Tickets are valid from January 1, 2020, until September 7, 2020. These books will be available during designated happy hours at each brewery leading up to the holiday season, making great gifts for the craft beer lover in your life!

Current Happy Hour Dates:

In addition to these happy hours, beer ticket books will also be available at our ReStore location from December 12th to the 21st! The Restore is open from 9am-6pm Monday through Saturday, giving you extra time to stop in and purchase a book while seeing what’s new at the store. The store is located at 1853 E. Lincoln Highway, Coatesville, PA 19320. Click here to RSVP to the Facebook event and receive updates!

Want to be the first to know when we add another happy hour? Click here to sign up for our Building a Thirst Newsletter for updates and happy hour dates! For any additional questions, please email us at info@hfhcc.org or call 610-384-7993 ext. 19.

Special thanks to these 3rd year participating breweries:

                            

And a warm welcome to this year’s additions!

               

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