Giving Tuesday 2022 Fall Front Doors

Giving Tuesday November 29th 2022 Habitat for Humanity chester county hfhcc chescoGiving Tuesday is a national day of inspired generosity and kindness, celebrated this year on November 28th, 2022. This giving season, we want to show our appreciation to you, our generous donors, volunteers, and advocates. In the last year…

  • You have saved 18.4 million pounds of waste from landfills to date by donating to our ReStores.  
  • 401 of you volunteered for a total of 11,961 hours, which has saved Habitat a total of $358,323 in labor.
  • To date, in partnership with our homeowners, you helped us build 170 homes, which has changed the lives of more than 520 people and the communities they live in.

Thank you for your continued support of our mission. Having a comfortable and safe place to call home builds confidence for a brighter future ahead. A front door symbolizes a milestone in life, being able to call yourself a homeowner for the first time ever. Handing our Habitat homeowners the keys to their forever homes is a special moment for everyone. It is heartwarming what we can accomplish together. 

Appreciation From Our Habitat Homeowners

Giving Tuesday November 29th 2022 Habitat for Humanity chester county hfhcc chescoIt is always wonderful to hear our Habitat Homeowners express their gratitude and appreciation. Meet the Weatherby, Soto, Woodward, and Holmes families! 

The Weatherbys moved into our West Grove development in March 2022. 

“Owning our own home has been a game changer in many ways for our family. Everything from having the room that we need as a family of four to knowing we have a safe, clean space that is ours. It brings a sense of pride to know that we have something to call our own. It also brings a feeling of security knowing we live in a community of people who feel the same way,” says Jessica Weatherby.

“As for what we would like to say to the volunteers and everyone involved in making these homes a possibility, we are incredibly thankful and humbled by their time and giving hearts. The work of their hands and the amount they have given to bring all of this to fruition is a wonderful thing”. – Jessica Weatherby

Giving Tuesday November 29th 2022 Habitat for Humanity chester county hfhcc chescoThe Soto family lives in our Cambria Terrace development in Coatesville.

“Our lives had changed from the moment we received the phone call that we have been accepted to the program to the day we were signing papers at settlement and receiving the key for our home. That’s an experience that my husband and I will never forget. We thank God for this wonderful blessing He has given us. My oldest daughter Liz says that she’s still in disbelief every time she comes home and looks at this view we’ve been given. She thinks, oh wow, this is where I live and that’s my house right in the center of our little neighborhood. This is really ours and we never have to move away, we actually get to stay here forever. Having our own home has not only changed my husband and my life forever but, my kid’s life as well”.

“To all our volunteers, donors, to all the wonderful people from Habitat of Humanity that we have met throughout this wonderful journey, thank you!!! Words can’t describe how grateful we are to be blessed with having our forever home. A house is made of walls and beams… A home is made of love and dreams…” – Ivette Soto Mendez

Giving Tuesday November 29th 2022 Habitat for Humanity chester county hfhcc chescoJanet Woodward and her son live in our Cambria Terrace development in Coatesville.

Janet’s story:

“I am a single mother with a seven-year-old son. I was provided with the opportunity to obtain low-income housing the same year I started Nursing school, which was in 2016. I completed Nursing school in 2018 and began to pay market-rate rent in my development. During this time, I began looking at rental properties, but I noticed that most of the nice houses were outside the budget I set for myself. Instead of allowing this experience to discourage me from moving forward, it motivated and inspired me to become a homeowner. I heard about the Habitat Homeowner program years ago from my aunt who currently lives in a Habitat home.”

“I am most looking forward to seeing my son’s reaction when I get the chance to show him ours forever home. I am hoping to make it a surprise! This entire experience will allow me to appreciate the process and hard work that goes into building homes. It is also a gentle reminder of my hard work, dedication, and perseverance. I am forever grateful.” – Janet Woodward

Giving Tuesday November 29th 2022 Habitat for Humanity chester county hfhcc chescoLynette Holmes lives in our Cambria Terrace development in Coatesville.

Lynette’s settlement announcement:

“Lynette is moving into her own safe, affordable home after a long journey of obstacles. She has battled personal health issues, worked full-time, raised three kids, and put in over 200 hours of sweat equity. It was a proud day to hand her the keys to her own home last week.

The amount of determination someone has isn’t a question on a bank loan but it’s a common factor for most Habitat homeowners. Stories of triumph like Lynette’s remind us that these homes are not a hand-out. They’re a hand-up, helping families gain strength, stability, and independence through homeownership.”

Homeownership Is A Beautiful Thing.

Homeownership is a beautiful thing and a basic human right that should be an option for everyone. Our homeowners are dedicated to the Habitat homeownership process, participating in “sweat equity” hours and paying a mortgage that is significantly less than rent prices. You, our generous volunteers, and donors make this entire process possible. Thank you for supporting our mission. 

To donate to our cause this giving season, please visit our website.

Lowes Home Revitalization Grant and ARPA Critical Home Repair Grant

Coatesville Neighborhood Revitalization habitat for humanity of chester county lowes home revitalization grant and ARPA critical home repairHabitat for Humanity of Chester County is proud to announce that we have received funding from the Lowes Neighborhood Revitalization Grant for Home Preservation and the American Rescue Plan Act Grant for Critical Home Repair. These allocated funds are dedicated to our neighborhood revitalization projects in Coatesville, Pennsylvania! At Habitat for Humanity of Chester County, we recognize having a safe and comfortable place to live as a fundamental human right. Our mission is to help our neighbors build strength, stability, and independence through homeownership.

We look forward to progressing on these exciting new projects in Coatesville, Pennsylvania!

Habitat for Humanity of Chester County was awarded $10,500 in funds from the Lowes Home Revitalization Grant for Home Preservation. With this funding, eleven families will receive an exterior “facelift” to their homes on Coates Street in downtown Coatesville. Our team at Habitat has specifically selected this block on Coates Street because we will be constructing more homes here in the near future. The block residents have communicated that they are excited about the construction of Habitat homes on their street. One homeowner states, “It will add value to my home and help to revitalize Coatesville.” 

This neighborhood revitalization project will consist of repairs to broken windows, capping of windows and fascia, replacement of gutters and downspouts, repair of porch railings, replacement of storm doors, repair of fencing, and a fresh coat of paint to the awnings and porches. 

One homeowner stated, “I am looking forward to enjoying my front porch, a place I have never been able to enjoy before.” 

Habitat for Humanity of Chester County was awarded ARPA funds to make critical home repairs on 100 homes in Coatesville. These repairs include modifications that will make the homes safer, drier, and more habitable or allow residents to age in place. These repairs will revitalize the aging housing stock in Coatesville, PA. Our goal is to provide more habitable properties for families and individuals in the area. Through the efforts of this project, we are sustainably increasing the amount of decent, affordable homes in Coatesville, Pennsylvania.

A Word From Our Current Coatesville Residents 

On Saturday, October 15, 2022, we held a Homeowner Dedication Event for three of our families in Coatesville. The event welcomed the three families into their new neighborhoods with Habitat for Humanity and was a unique celebration of their new homeownership status!

The Soto Family

Coatesville Neighborhood Revitalization habitat for humanity of chester county lowes home revitalization grant and ARPA critical home repair

The Soto Family

Introducing the Soto family!

Our lives had changed from the moment we received the phone call that we had been accepted to the program to the day we signed papers at settlement and received the key for our home. That’s an experience that my husband and I will never forget. We thank God for this wonderful blessing He has given us. My oldest daughter Liz says she’s still in disbelief every time she comes home and looks at this view we’ve been given. She thinks, oh wow, this is where I live, and that’s my house right in the center of our little neighborhood. This is really ours, and we never have to move away; we actually get to stay here forever. Having our own home has not only changed my husband’s and my life forever but, my kid’s life.

 A house is made of walls and beams. A home is made of love and dreams.” – Ivette 

The Holmes Family

Introducing Lynette Holmes! 

Coatesville Neighborhood Revitalization habitat for humanity of chester county lowes home revitalization grant and ARPA critical home repair

Lynette Holmes and Executive Director Chris Wiseman

Lynette moved into her own safe, affordable home after a long journey of obstacles. She has battled personal health issues, worked full-time, raised three kids, and put in over 200 hours of sweat equity. It was a proud day to hand her the keys to her own home.

The amount of determination someone has isn’t a question on a bank loan, but it’s a common factor for most Habitat homeowners. Stories of triumph like Lynette’s remind us that these homes are not a hand-out. They’re a hand-up, helping families gain strength, stability, and independence through homeownership.

Photo Caption: Lynette Holmes and Executive Director Chris Wiseman 

The Woodward Family

Introducing Janet Woodward!

Coatesville Neighborhood Revitalization habitat for humanity of chester county lowes home revitalization grant and ARPA critical home repair“I am a single mother with a seven-year-old son. We currently live in a two-bedroom apartment in Regency Park Apartments. I was provided with the opportunity to obtain low-income housing the same year I started Nursing school, which was in 2016. I completed Nursing school in 2018 and began to pay market-rate rent in my development. During this time, I began looking at rental properties, but I noticed that most of the nice houses were outside the budget I set for myself. Instead of allowing this experience to discourage me from moving forward, it motivated and inspired me to become a homeowner. I heard about the Habitat Homeowner program years ago from my aunt who currently lives in a Habitat home. I am happy that I can become a homeowner. I look forward to participating in the education requirements so that I am fully prepared to become a homeowner and stay a homeowner. The sweat hours that are required will provide me with the chance to not only build my home but someone else’s home, which is exciting! I am most looking forward to seeing my son’s reaction when I get the chance to show him ours forever home. I am hoping to make it a surprise! This entire experience will allow me to appreciate the process and hard work that goes into building homes. It is also a gentle reminder of my hard work, dedication, and perseverance. I am forever grateful.” 

Coatesville Neighborhood Revitalization habitat for humanity of chester county lowes home revitalization grant and ARPA critical home repair

Janet Woodward and Executive Director Chris Wiseman

Our Mission

It is heartwarming, amazing, and awe-inspiring to see how our program here at Habitat for Humanity of Chester County has such a positive impact on families and livelihoods. For many families, it is the first place they can officially call home. For many children, it is the first time they have their own bedroom. It is a milestone event that significantly impacts all aspects of their everyday lives. 

We are so excited to begin our new revitalization projects in Coatesville, PA, thanks to the grants received from Lowes and ARPA. These projects will undoubtedly impact the lives of current and future residents in the Coatesville area. We can’t wait to share with you the finished revitalization!

To learn more about how to get involved with our mission at Habitat for Humanity of Chester County, or apply to be a Habitat homeowner please visit our website

Site Lines Newsletter | Winter 2022

Winter 2022 Edition

The Soto family started the new year with a new home.

The Sotos settled on their completed Habitat home in mid-December. They now have the keys to a safe, affordable space for their family of six. Ivette and Virgilio enjoyed helping at the construction site so much that they are looking forward to helping their future neighbors build their homes.

Ivette says “Being able to work with my husband and also my oldest kids in our future home, together is an amazing feeling. Also being able to help on the other families’ houses knowing that those will be our neighbor’s homes is just wonderful. I look forward to giving my kids a home they deserve. A place they can call ‘home’.”

This family is living in a safe, warm, affordable house thanks to you! Whether you’ve donated your time, talent, or treasure to Habitat, it all adds up to making a difference for families in the community. From the Soto family and all the team at Habitat for Humanity of Chester County, we thank you for building homes, communities, and hope!

Contest for 5th graders is back in person!

On March 19, 2022, we welcome 5th graders from across the Delaware Valley back for an annual tradition. Habitat for Humanity of Chester County and Fox Roach Trident Charities are hosting the 19th Build a House Build a Dream Contest! Students are invited to design and build 3D model dream homes to be submitted in a friendly contest with their peers. The contest is a creative outlet for participants to dream big while learning the importance of safe, affordable housing.

For the past two years, the contest was held virtually, to protect the students and volunteers. We’re excited to announce this year’s event will be held in person at the Exton Square Mall. “We chose the former Sears building because of how much room there is to spread out and give everyone ample space for social distancing.” shares Marketing and Communications Manager, Becki Patterson. “We will continue to watch numbers and protect all participants by requiring masks at the event. We’ll also be supplying hand sanitizing stations throughout the event.”

Contest and raffle winners will be announced at the end of the event. Be sure to stick around for fun activities provided by local youth and family organizations like the Boy Scouts of America and more.

Since 2002, more than 6,000 fifth-grade students representing some 750 schools have participated. The contest has raised roughly a half million dollars through sponsorship to help support Habitat’s homebuilding initiatives. The contest itself is free to participants with all funds donated by generous local sponsors in the area.

Fuller Meadows moving full steam ahead!

Ten more homes are on their way to completion for Habitat families. Thanks to volunteers and corporate team builds, we have kept things moving in the winter months! The families that moved into the first five homes (phase 1) celebrated their one-year anniversary in December 2021. These homeowners keep in touch with us about how affordable housing has changed their lives for the better.

Habitat started construction of the next five homes (phase 2) of the future 40 in March of 2021. Only the final touches like flooring and paint remain before these will be ready for five more families. Phase 3 of construction started in September 2021. Another five families are working on their sweat equity hours preparing for move-in day this summer. The next steps for these homes are HVAC and plumbing before getting started on electrical work.

While all 15 of these homes are spoken for there are 25 more needing qualified applicants! 

Site Lines Newsletter | Fall 2021

Fall 2021 Edition

SHARING SCHOOL DAY SMILES

Students are heading back to school and there has been no shortage of smiles at the bus stops especially from these excited pupils.

For some, this is the first time starting school in their new Habitat home. Others are excited to be back in the classroom seeing all their friends after a hard year of learning from home.

No matter how they’re starting the school year, coming home to a safe, affordable home gives them a stable place to learn and study. This is key to being able to succeed in the classroom.

Families who spend too much of their income on housing are often forced to make critical trade-offs. This includes health care, transportation and even saving for the future.

Moving disrupts having an at-home routine, making focusing on homework a difficult task. These kids have a better chance of staying in school, getting better grades, and going on to further education. All this is because of the donors and volunteers of the Habitat community that make it possible. Thank you for all that you do!

FUTURE HOMEOWNERS HELPING OUT

Future Habitat Homeowners Jess and Katie were at the New Garden Farmers Market the other week. They spent their morning helping to educate neighbors on how Habitat helps in the community.

Jess, her husband, and her two children’s lives are all filled with hope after finding the Habitat program. The four of them currently live in a two-bedroom apartment. Jess shared, “While we are so thankful to have a place to live we are so ready to have the room that we need and a place that is ours.”

After her acceptance as a Habitat homeowner, Jess shared her family’s good news with their neighbor Katie. Katie jumped on the chance to be a homeowner after having to move around often. She says “Although I wouldn’t change my upbringing, I’ve always wanted to find a safe, stable place of my own. Having this home will also give me the ability to “switch roles” when the time comes and be able to take care of my mother.”

Jess and Katie are looking forward to the day they can call a Habitat home their own. These two inspiring young ladies share their gratitude for those that give their time, talent, or treasure to Habitat to make life safe and stable for their families.

BUILD STRONG FOUNDATIONS FOR GENERATIONS

Do you hope for a community with healthier kids, greater academics, stronger neighborhoods, and affordable homeownership? Your planned gift to Habitat’s Legacy Foundation creates a lasting impact in all these areas and beyond!

Habitat homeowner partners are strong, stable, and self-reliant. They build on the foundation of homeownership to create a generational impact—passing these experiences and virtues on to their children.

With your planned gift, you’ll join other Habitat friends in supporting a future of homeownership for the community. Your membership provides for quality and affordable homes and supports a positive impact in our neighborhoods for generations.

Legacy giving allows you to customize your giving to leave a lasting impact in a manner that is consistent with your charitable goals and financial situation. There are many options including gifts that cost you nothing now, gifts that make an impact now, gifts that provide financial benefits to you, and more.

With careful planning, you’ll be able to establish a meaningful legacy that provides affordable homeownership for neighbors in need for years to come. We can help you plan your personal legacy in a way that is right for you. Our Development Team can answer your questions on gifts donated over time and can assist you in choosing a gift option. There are many ways to give the gift of homeownership for families to come including bequests, real estate, retirement assets, life insurance, investment assets, and more.

If you’d like to learn more, visit www.hfhcc.org/plannedgiving/. We want to help you build your lasting legacy.

Join our Executive Director, Chris Wiseman, for our Quarterly Update on what’s happening at Habitat. Chris has some big news to share about the future of our affiliate as 2022 quickly approaches. Be the first to learn about big changes coming in the next several months and the impact for families throughout Chester County.

Please register at www.hfhcc.org/rsvp to be sent a Zoom link to attend the meeting. 

Three New Homes Dedicated in Cambria Terrace Development

Habitat for Humanity of Chester County hosted members of the community last Saturday in Coatesville for a dedication celebration that had been anticipated for quite some time.

Throughout the pandemic, three single mothers helped build homes that signified a brighter future for their children. Now, Jen Pursell, Veronica Ortiz, and Sheryl Carter are officially homeowners.

Ortiz and Carter settled on their homes back in December after patiently seeing what the COVID-19 crisis meant for construction deadlines. Pursell settled on her home this month, and with restrictions being lifted, HfHCC was finally able to celebrate the hard work of these women.

Michael Cappelletti, HfHCC’s Board President, led the event and invited Pastor Dan Krewson of Calvary Lutheran Church in West Chester and Patrick Bokovitz, Director of Chester County’s Department of Community Development, to share a few words. Representatives from companies that partnered financially with Habitat to complete these homes were also invited to speak.

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Carolyn Wilt and Terri Seamen of Thrivent Financial spoke of their pride in partnering with HfHCC and congratulated the homeowners on their achievements. Vernita Dorsey also congratulated homeowners as the representative from WSFS Bank, which has partnered with the nonprofit for more than five years.

Stephen Briggs of Wells Fargo presented HfHCC with a check for $20,000 to go toward continuing to build strong foundations in the Coatesville area. Also, Mike Smith from The GIANT Company made a lasting impression when he presented the new homeowners with bags of pantry staples, free delivery of their groceries for a year, and $3,500 for food shopping.

“I’m local; I’ve been at the Thorndale GIANT for 20 some years and recognize some of the faces here,” Smith said. “You’re my friends and my neighbors, and I’m honored to be here today.”

Other local dignitaries included Coatesville City Council President Linda Lavender-Norris, as well as Coatesville City Councilman Donald Folks. Charles “Chip” Houston, who served as HfHCC’s Executive Director for 17 years and is now Coatesville’s Assistant City Manager, was also in attendance. Former Board Presidents Michael Leader and Andy Signore also came out to show their support.

It was more than the completion of three houses that made the day special; it was what having a home means for the families and the building of community.

Habitat homes are not free, and in addition to an affordable monthly mortgage, each homeowner completed at least 200 hours of “sweat equity” in helping to build their home. These houses were also built completely by volunteers in the community. Dedicated individuals continued to come out to the construction site through the pandemic to help raise walls … and hope. Despite the restrictions, they always followed guidelines to help keep construction moving forward.

HfHCC is currently accepting applications for homes in the same Coatesville development. The application and qualifications can all be found online.