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Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Breaking Ground on a New Vision for Hummel Street
 
We were thrilled to break ground on Thursday, January 23 on a project that will transform a blighted corner into a neighborhood centerpiece! In partnership with PinnacleHealth System and local contractors, BHA will be demolishing 6 blighted buildings at the corner of Hummel and Haehnlen Streets (below left) and replacing them with 5 townhouses (below right).

Image of blighted building at 222-224 Hummel on left and artists rendition of proposed new townhouses at the same site on right

The townhouse development was designed by Benedict Dubbs, Principal at Murray Associates. PinnacleHealth System is handling site demolition and providing project management expertise. They are also enlisting their network of contractors to help with donated labor and materials to make this "extreme block makeover" a reality. Reynolds Construction and Pyramid Construction Services are sharing subcontractor recruitment and management leading up the construction phase of the project.

About seventy-five friends of BHA, including PinnacleHealth representatives, local government leaders, and contractors, joined us to celebrate our groundbreaking and hear how to get involved over a delicious lunch provided by PinnacleHealth. Watch for updates as the project gets underway.

Michael Young, CEO of PinnacleHealth, opened the groundbreaking ceremonies at 222 Hummel Street, the future home of the Hummel Street Townhouses
Michael Young, CEO of PinnacleHealth, opened the groundbreaking ceremonies at 222 Hummel Street, the future home of the Hummel Street Townhouses

Cyndi Tolsma, BHA Board Member and PinnacleHealth Board Member, outlines how the blighted buildings to her left and right will be replaced by 5 beautiful new townhouses
Cyndi Tolsma, BHA Board Member and PinnacleHealth Board Member, outlines how the blighted buildings to her left and right will be replaced by 5 beautiful new townhouses

Roy Christ, Director of Building and Housing Development for the City of Harrisburg, shares words of affirmation for the project, both on behalf of the city and personally
Roy Christ, Director of Building and Housing Development for the City of Harrisburg, shares words of affirmation for the project, both on behalf of the city and personally

Long-time friend of BHA, Patty Kim, shares her enthusiasm for BHA
Long-time friend of BHA, Patty Kim, shares her enthusiasm for BHA's work helping homeless women out of poverty as well as revitalization of the Allison Hill Neighborhood

Harrisburg City Council President Wanda Williams brings words of encouragement and affirmation on behalf of City Council
Harrisburg City Council President Wanda Williams brings words of encouragement and affirmation on behalf of City Council

From Left: Paul Wessel (BHA Board Treasurer), Cyndi Tolsma (BHA and PinnacleHealth Board Member), Patty Kim (BHA Supporter and PA State Representative), Phil Guarneschelli (COO of PinnacleHealth), Wanda Williams (Harrisburg City Council President), Roy Christ (City of Harrisburg Director of Building and Housing Development), Josh Stroup (BHA Board President), Michael Young (PinnacleHealth CEO), Steve Schwartz (BHA Executive Director) and George Grode (PinnacleHealth Board Chair) break ground on the Hummel Street Townhouses
From Left: Paul Wessel (BHA Board Treasurer), Cyndi Tolsma (BHA and PinnacleHealth Board Member), Patty Kim (BHA Supporter and PA State Representative), Phil Guarneschelli (COO of PinnacleHealth), Wanda Williams (Harrisburg City Council President), Roy Christ (City of Harrisburg Director of Building and Housing Development), Josh Stroup (BHA Board President), Michael Young (PinnacleHealth CEO), Steve Schwartz (BHA Executive Director) and George Grode (PinnacleHealth Board Chair) break ground on the Hummel Street Townhouses

BHA Executive Director Steve Schwartz leads a lunch program and project overview for about seventy friends of BHA and PinnacleHealth, including many community leaders, following the groundbreaking ceremony
BHA Executive Director Steve Schwartz leads a lunch program and project overview for about seventy friends of BHA and PinnacleHealth, including many community leaders, following the groundbreaking ceremony

Mackendra, BHA Program Participant shares her story of coming to BHA in a time of great need and finding friendship, support and stability
Mackendra, BHA Program Participant shares her story of coming to BHA in a time of great need and finding friendship, support and stability

PinnacleHealth COO Phil Guarneschelli shares why he is so excited about the Hummel Street Townhouses partnership with BHA and how he
PinnacleHealth COO Phil Guarneschelli shares why he is so excited about the Hummel Street Townhouses partnership with BHA and how he's challenging others to get involved

Dave Angle, CEO of Reynolds Construction, invites contractors to contribute donations of labor and materials to make the Hummel Street Townhouses a reality
Dave Angle, CEO of Reynolds Construction, invites contractors to contribute donations of labor and materials to make the Hummel Street Townhouses a reality

Benedict Dubbs, Principal with Murray Associates and Architect of the Hummel Street Townhouses project, shares his vision for tying in current elements of the community architecture with a forward looking design
Benedict Dubbs, Principal with Murray Associates and Architect of the Hummel Street Townhouses project, shares his vision for tying in current elements of the community architecture with a forward looking design

Architectural drawing of the finished townhouse community at the corner of Hummel and Haehnlen Streets, designed by Benedict Dubbs, Principal, Murray Associates
Architectural drawing of the finished townhouse community at the corner of Hummel and Haehnlen Streets, designed by Benedict Dubbs, Principal, Murray Associates

PA State Representative Patty Kim does constituent outreach with her new friend Zion
PA State Representative Patty Kim does constituent outreach with her new friend Zion

Posted by Steve Schwartz   (1/29/2014 4:24:22 PM | link)


Monday, January 27, 2014
MLK Day of Service 2014: A Day On!
 
Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service is always an inspiring day in Allison Hill. This year the community came together to clean streets, rehab buildings, paint rain collecting barrels, remove bulk trash, inspire youth (and be inspired by youth) through a poetry workshop and fellowship together over lunch.

At BHA, we joined with our partners at YWCA of Greater Harrisburg, Harrisburg First Church of the Brethren, Tri-County Community Action, Brethren Community Ministries, Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Harrisburg Area and the Harrisburg Rain Barrel Coalition to welcome about 250 volunteers for our fourth and largest ever Allison Hill MLK Day of Service. Thanks everyone for making this a great day!

MLK Day: We are the Dream.

State Senator Rob Teplitz kicked off the day with words of welcome in the morning, just before he made his way to a volunteer site with his family
State Senator Rob Teplitz kicked off the day with words of welcome in the morning, just before he made his way to a volunteer site with his family

Our lunch meal and program at First Church of the Brethren was packed as Ron Tilley, Director of Brethren Community Ministries looks on
Our lunch meal and program at First Church of the Brethren was packed as Ron Tilley, Director of Brethren Community Ministries looks on

Local poet, writer and community leader Nathaniel Gadsden challenged us to live out the legacy of Dr. King
Local poet, writer and community leader Nathaniel Gadsden challenged us to live out the legacy of Dr. King

This group of youth wrote collective poetry through a workshop facilitated by Nathaniel Gadsden, then presented their poetry over lunch
This group of youth wrote collective poetry through a workshop facilitated by Nathaniel Gadsden, then presented their poetry over lunch

Hummel Street outside First Church of the Brethren served as a central site for dealing with bulk trash removal and demolition project waste
Hummel Street outside First Church of the Brethren served as a central site for dealing with bulk trash removal and demolition project waste

This group of Messiah College students helped tackle some ambitious demolition work as part of a building rehab on Hummel Street
This group of Messiah College students helped tackle some ambitious demolition work as part of a building rehab on Hummel Street

Eager volunteers helped beautify the neighborhood
Eager volunteers helped beautify the neighborhood

Posted by Chris Fitz   (1/27/2014 10:00:18 PM | link)


Friday, December 20, 2013
Growing The Family Tree: Final Campaign Report
 
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IN 2009, I SAT DOWN to put some thoughts to paper that had been gleaned from my experience and the wisdom and insights of my fellow staff and board members. That rough 20-page document became the foundation for the 20/20 Vision Campaign. Atop the page where I laid out a projected cost for the plan sat this quote by Joel Barker:

"Vision without action is a dream. Action without vision is simply passing the time. Action with Vision is making a positive difference."
What I have been blessed to be apart of these past three years is...

...continue reading "Growing The Family Tree: Final Campaign Report"...

Posted by Steve Schwartz   (12/20/2013 1:17:13 PM | link)


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