Finding Exactly Where You Need To Be When You Least Expect It

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By Michelle Spada, Family Services Director*

Yesterday, I was walking along Cherry Street in Norristown with Brian, our newest partner family, who will move into his house this June. We were eating water ice, handing out flyers in our expanded neighborhood revitalization zone and talking about how interesting life can be. Life often hands you what you least expect. For Brian, that means moving back into the neighborhood he grew up in and owning a home for the first time as a single dad. For myself, that means moving back to the United States and working in the community that shaped and molded me as a young woman. The ease with which Brian and myself were able to connect and relate doesn’t shock me because I have come to learn, in my first month at Habitat, that this type of connection is at the core of the work and mission of Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County.

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Feel the Love

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By Nicole Pender, Volunteer and Community Relations Manager

Volunteers are the backbone of any philanthropic based organization. Fortunately, Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County has been blessed with the best! There’s much to be said about anyone who consciously donates their time towards a cause that betters the lives of others, there’s more to be said about our group here! Of course, I am completely, absolutely, certainly 100% bias, but I truly believe that the volunteers who come our way are heaven sent.

 

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Celebrating 25 Years

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By Marianne Lynch, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County

Even though the temperatures have been hovering around 20 degrees, I assure you, Spring is coming. With it, Habitat for Humanity will be celebrating its 25th anniversary – quite a milestone for a small community organization!

 To properly mark this occasion, we are hosting a fundraising “Block Party” at the Elmwood Park Zoo in Norristown on Thursday, April 23rd at 6:30PM.

 Why the Zoo? We believe a community is only as strong as the organizations that enhance it. The Zoo is one such organization, providing a valuable resource for the families of Norristown. Habitat also provides a resource to Norristown, so the partnership seemed to be a natural extension of our focus on revitalizing this wonderful community. The Zoo has a fantastic space, complete with a living roof and a fireplace, just in case we can’t shake this winter chill…

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Build Like A Girl

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By Marianne Lynch, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County

This week is Women Build, one of my favorite activities during the year!  It’s a chance for me to get out and work on-site with a group of fantastic ladies who are passionate about our mission. While I am on-site, it always strikes me that I know very little about construction. Sure, I’ve tiled a bathroom and put up drywall, but to build a house is something else entirely

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Blessings

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By Marianne Lynch, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County
One of the things I love most about my job is that I get to be part of our homeowner’s lives long after the keys are exchanged. Because Habitat holds the mortgages on their homes, we get to hear about the ups and downs of life and everything in between (sometimes for as long as 30 years!). Normally, this is reward enough for the work that we do, but every once in a while I will get an extra blessing from our connection with our partners. Yesterday was just such a day...

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