Habitat Welcomes Megan Briggs, New Family Services Director

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By Megan Briggs, Family Services Director

 

I am thrilled to have recently joined Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County in the role of Family Services Director. I am joining the team here after working in the Philadelphia non-profit sector for over ten years. I have worked in a wide-range of organizations, both grassroots and city-wide, whose missions have varied from youth workforce development to urban gardening. My positions within these organizations have also been wide-ranging – I’ve been the boots on the ground, led teams through multiple transitions, and built programs from the ground up. During this time, I’ve learned an incredible amount of knowledge from my colleagues, non-profit leaders, and most importantly from the people served through programming. Throughout these separate roles, the passion that drives my work is equity. I am always seeking to be an authentic ally in the advancement of equity.

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My Favorite Time of Year

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My Favorite Time of Year

By Matt Sepe, Former Family Services Intern

 

The Holiday Season is an incredibly special time for me and it is by far my favorite time of the year. The excitement and the general feeling of happiness which seems to encompass everyone and everything can sometimes feel a bit overwhelming, but I nonetheless love it. Nonetheless, what truly makes the holiday season my favorite time of the year is the fact that I get to finally be home with my family.

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Home Is Where the Heart Is

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Home Is Where the Heart Is

By Darell Daniels, Family Services Coordinator

For me, home is much more than just four walls. Home is support, love, understanding, safety, and so much more.

During the holiday season “home” takes on an entirely different meaning. It becomes more than just a space, it becomes a feeling. They say that home is where the heart is, and for me that is with my children. I know that the meaning of home lies in my greatest accomplishments and for me, that is my children. No matter where we are, whether be a house, an apartment, or any other temporary housing condition, as long as we are together we are home!

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Going Home for the Holidays

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Going Home for the Holidays

By Elizabeth Hefner, Director of Development and Communications

After digging through my basement, I finally found my holiday decorations in the very back behind my camping gear.  I love this time of year!  Lights twinkle in the night sky with a familiar glow that reminds me of my childhood.  The crisp air reminds me that winter is on its way, and festive cheer makes any problem feel a little smaller.

As I decorate my home, I remember the history of each decoration and tradition, I celebrate the year that is coming to a close, and I look forward to the potential of the new year. I am so grateful that I have the ornaments I made out of Popsicle sticks when I was in first grade, and the snowman that guards the front door that came from my grandma.

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A Note From Habitat's Executive Director

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A Note From Habitat's Executive Director

By Marianne Lynch

There is something about the presence of the holidays that always fills my spirit with gratitude. During this joyous time of year, I am reminded of all the ways that I am blessed, and the opportunities I will have to continue to support my family and friends.

At Habitat Montco, the work we do allows families to have a safe space to share these special holiday moments with their loved ones. With the help of our donors, volunteers, and sponsors, we look forward to expanding our impact on families throughout Montgomery County.

We extend a warm thank you to all who have contributed to the Habitat mission, and we encourage you to join us in celebrating the gift of generosity by giving back to your community this season. 

 

 

 

Supporting Our Volunteers

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Supporting our Volunteers:

By Cara Przybylowicz, Volunteer and Community Relations Manager

Do you want to help Habitat Montco out, but are unable to volunteer? Not a problem! There are other ways for you to help our organization and support our volunteers.

 Here are the TOP 5 ways you can help Habitat accommodate our volunteers:

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An Almost Home Testimony

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By: Almost Home Alumni, May 2016

 

Eight weeks ago, I walked into that classroom feeling skeptical about the mission of Habitat for Humanity and whether I would benefit from the Almost Home program. Now I am firm believer in the mission of Habitat for Humanity and have benefited tremendously from the Almost Home program.

Eight weeks ago, I was living check to check and had no savings. According to Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University, there are several baby steps to take in order to achieve financial peace. One step is to have at least $1000 in an emergency fund.  During class, we brainstormed ways to save up the $1000. I temporarily stopped my 401k in order to contribute that money into an emergency fund. I stopped buying coffee from fast food restaurants and bought a coffee maker. I packed my lunch. I even put of some money from my incomes taxes to reach my goal of putting $1000 into an emergency fund. I am happy to report that I have reached my goal and I am now prepared for a rainy day.

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What is ReStore Montco? A Q&A

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By Elizabeth Hefner, Director of Development and Communications

 

If you’ve ever wondered exactly what is a Habitat ReStore, how the stores support Habitat Montco, or just about any other Habitat ReStore related question, you’re in the right place.

 

What is Habitat for Humanity ReStore?

Habitat ReStores are nonprofit home improvement stores and donation centers. The items they sell are for the public and are similar to what you may be familiar with seeing in other home good stores. But Habitat ReStores have their own purpose.

The purpose of Habitat ReStores in Montgomery County is to contribute to the work of Habitat Montco. When you support your local ReStore by shopping, donating or volunteering, you are not only supporting your local community but also helping the Habitat Montco provide decent shelter.

Because the stock of the ReStore depends on donations, you never know exactly what you’ll find. It could be the brand new box of tile you’ve been needing to complete a bathroom project, or a vintage treasure you won’t find anywhere else. You can expect to find both new and gently used items throughout the store.

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