New Beginnings!

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By Marianne Lynch, Executive Director

It’s spring – finally! Even though it’s been a warm winter, it feels like spring has taken its time to arrive. At Habitat Montco, we have anxiously been anticipating spring’s arrival for many reasons. For us, spring is a time of new beginnings, lots of activity, and great ways to get involved.

Tuesday, March 29 marks the beginning of our second eight-week session of Almost Home. Our newest program, a financial literacy and life skills class based on Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University, Almost Home will help 15 families on their path to financial stability and perhaps one day, to homeownership. With 15 families participating, we’ve outgrown our meeting space here at 533 Foundry Road and will be hosting the spring session at the OIC in Norristown. If you are interested in learning more about the curriculum, becoming a financial coach, or helping to support the families with meals or babysitting as they commit to these eight weeks of classes, please contact Michelle, our Director of Family Services, at mspada@habitatmontco.org.

April is an active month for construction and Neighborhood Revitalization here at Habitat. We are kicking off Neighborhood Revitalization in Pottstown focused on the 300 and 400 blocks of Walnut, Beech and Chestnut Streets with a Rock the Block community repair and clean-up day on Friday, April 15. The event is modeled after our Rock the Block event held each September in Norristown, and Habitat has partnered with 11 organizations as part of the Pottstown CARES day. We will be cleaning, painting, repairing and feeding the community that Friday. If you would like to volunteer, we still have a few slots open and would love to have you!  Cara, our Volunteer and Community Relations Manager, would be happy to help you sign up to volunteer for Almost Home or at Rock the Block - contact her at cara@habitatmontco.org.

April is also a big month at the ReStore! For Earth Day, we will celebrate our connection to the environment, our customers, and our diverting of two million pounds of materials from landfills over the past 6 years. On Saturday, April 23, there will be a big sale and an Upcycle Challenge. Customers, bloggers and “Reduce, Reuse , Recycle” enthusiasts alike are challenged to repurpose an item from the ReStore. During the sale on the 23rd, these items will be on display and customers can vote on their favorites. Come out and see what a creative customer base the ReStore has! Courtney has information on the Challenge and how you can get involved – csullivan@habitatmontco.org.

As we move from April to May and June we re-focus on the families that are starting their new beginnings with Habitat Montco. On Tuesday, May 3, Habitat will be hosting a breakfast for those interested in learning more about four new homes planned in Bridgeport. If you are interested in supporting the project with materials, volunteers, or funding, I encourage you to attend. Please contact Liz at ebowers@habitatmontco.org for more information and to RSVP.  Saturday, May 14 at 10AM, will continue the celebration and focus on our newest project as we break ground in Bridgeport, beginning the transformation of Green and Ford Streets. I hope you will join us in a place that will mean so much to four families in need of safe, decent, affordable housing.

Finally, spring is a great time to welcome new families home! Saturday, May 21 at 10AM, Habitat will welcome Annette and her family home to 130 Wayne Avenue in Norristown. I always say that these are the best days at Habitat and they truly are. Giving keys over to families who’ve worked so hard is the best this organization has to offer. I invite you to share the magic and the joy of this day.

If you are unable to make it to Annette’s home dedication, I hope you can join us on June 25 as we welcome Helen and her family home to 52 W. Basin Street in Norristown. Again, this will be a wonderful opportunity to witness lives being changed with the stability of a home.

It’s a busy time at Habitat, but a great time to get involved and perhaps make a new beginning of your own - helping families achieve homeownership, financial stability and safer, cleaner neighborhoods.