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Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Merry Christmas from BHA!
 
BHA Kids sitting in front of Christmas Tree
BHA Kids sitting in front of Christmas Tree
BHA Kids sitting in front of Christmas Tree

Posted by Steve Schwartz   (12/15/2015 2:50:35 PM | link)


Monday, November 02, 2015
Give the Gift of Dignity This Christmas
 
Christmas Workshop Logo including Christmas Tree and Images of Sample Gifts

In partnership with Living Water Community Church in Harrisburg, BHA is again seeking to bless low-income and homeless families this Christmas with the CHRISTMAS WORKSHOP! We have seen parents gain dignity when they can provide gifts for their own families.

We have seen parents gain dignity when they can provide gifts for their own families. BRAND NEW donated items and gift cards will be marked with a nominal price so that BHA families (and other homeless and low-income parents) are able to select and purchase items to give in their own family. Parents may also volunteer with the Christmas Workshop and earn store credit toward their purchases.

We seek donations of brand new items and gift cards such as:

  • Gifts for Infants/Toddlers/Kids/Teens: Including Toys, Games, Sports Equipment, Books, and Educational Toys
  • Gifts for Moms and Dads: Including Cookware, Curling Irons/Hairdryers, Tools and other Household Items
  • $10-$25 Gift Cards for CLOTHING STORES: such as Old Navy and Kohl’s (where Mom and Dad can shop for clothing for their family)

HOW TO TAKE PART: Contact Marilyn Bellesfield, BHA Case Manager, at (717) 233-6016 or mbellefield@bha-pa.org to arrange delivery of your unwrapped donations this holiday season. All donations should be received at BHA by Monday, November 23!

Click here for PDF Flyer that can be used as a handout (162k)

The Bible tells us that it is more blessed to give than to receive (Acts 20:35). You can help homeless and low-income parents know the joy of giving gifts of love to their own children this Christmas season!

NOTE: This idea originally came from Bob Lupton, a favorite author of ours and thinker on urban ministry issues. Bob is author of Toxic Charity: How Churches and Charities Hurt Those They Help, And How to Reverse It and founder of FCS Urban Ministries in Atlanta. Here you can read his story of the value of the Christmas Workshop and how the idea came about.

Posted by Steve Schwartz   (11/2/2015 7:32:45 AM | link)


Sunday, November 01, 2015
Help Stock our Supply Closet
 
The families we serve live on a tight budget. You can share a helping hand with donations of the following to our supply closet, through which we help homeless moms stretch their monthly budget.

  • Dish detergent
  • Large trash bags
  • Paper towels
  • All purpose cleaners
  • Mops
  • Brooms/dustpans
  • Women's deodorant
  • Women's razors
  • Soap/body wash
  • Shampoo/conditioner (Note: it is to helpful to have some specific brands for women of color such as Pantene Relaxed and Natural For Women of Color, Motions, or Dark and Lovely.)

If you would like to donate any of the above, please contact Crystal Baxter, Associate Executive Director of Housing and Programs, at 717.233.6016 or cbaxter@bha-pa.org.

Posted by Steve Schwartz   (11/1/2015 1:22:31 PM | link)


Monday, October 26, 2015
Celebrate Hope!
 
BHAs Hope Banner, revealed at the 2015 Night of Renewal

PRESENTING SPONSOR
Saul Ewing Logo, Presenting Sponsor
On October 6, over 240 people celebrated hope with us at our 2015 Annual Celebration: A Night of Renewal. It was both a fun and inspiring evening. New this year were our interactive stations featuring a little magic, hands-on art, some dress-up and a bit of carnival fun that helped guests learn more about homelessness and BHA's work to help families transition out of it.

Special thanks to all of our sponsors and donors and all who joined in the fun! Together, we raised over $65,000 for the work on BHA! A celebration indeed!

A large crowd enjoyed the mingling...
A large crowd enjoyed the mingling...

A large crowd enjoyed the delicious food...
...delicious food...

A large crowd enjoyed the silent auction.
...and silent auction.

Greg Davidson Laszakovits and his daughter Julia take a turn at the Hummel Street photo booth
Greg Davidson Laszakovits and his daughter Julia take a turn at the Hummel Street photo booth

BHA graduate Joelle shared her inspiring story mixed with poetry and song
BHA graduate Joelle shared her inspiring story mixed with poetry and song

Pastor Woody Dalton of Harrisburg BIC Church inspired the masses while sharing his memories of BHAs founding and observations on its growth over the years
Pastor Woody Dalton of Harrisburg BIC Church "inspired the masses" while sharing his memories of BHA's founding and observations on its growth over the years

Dauphin County Commissioner George Hartwick (right) proclaimed October 6, 2015 as Brethren Housing Association Day in Dauphin County
Dauphin County Commissioner George Hartwick (right) proclaimed October 6, 2015 as Brethren Housing Association Day in Dauphin County

Paul and Jan Wessell were honored as recipients of the 2015 Hope Builder Awards, along with Evelyn and Loren Frantz, Ed Good and Thurman Grossnickle
Paul and Jan Wessell were honored as recipients of the 2015 Hope Builder Awards, along with Evelyn and Loren Frantz, Ed Good and Thurman Grossnickle

As guests arrived they were invited to add their thumbprint to the tree at our Build Hope station, which later was revealed to be...
As guests arrived they were invited to add their thumbprint to the tree at our Build Hope station, which later was revealed to be...

The centerpiece of the Build Hope banner created by the families and staff at BHA prior to the event. The banner was revealed as a surprise near program close by Steve Schwartz, Executive Director (left) and Crystal Baxter, Associate Executive Director of Housing and Programs (right)
...the centerpiece of the Build Hope banner created by the families and staff at BHA prior to the event. The banner was revealed as a surprise near program close by Steve Schwartz, Executive Director (left) and Crystal Baxter, Associate Executive Director of Housing and Programs (right). (See close-up of tree below.)

Close up of tree inside the letter O of the Hope Banner

See more photos in our Facebook photo albums:

Special Thanks to Our Sponsors!
 
PRESENTING SPONSOR
Saul Ewing Logo, Presenting Sponsor
 
Auction Sponsor
ImageVision.Net
 
Program Sponsors
Susquehanna Bank
A Friend of BHA
 
Dessert Sponsors
Kreiser’s Garage
Sun Motor Cars
Capital Blue Cross
The Hess Agency
 
Audio/Visual Sponsor
FInal Focus Productions
 
Celebrate Moms Sponsors
Fredericksburg Family Eyecare, P.C.
Hamilton & Musser, P.C.
Harvey W. & Eleanor M. Kuntz
Dennis & Ann Saylor
Friends of Patty Kim
Hollinger Services, Inc.
 
BHA Friend Sponsors
PRworks, Inc.
George F. & Ruth Pickens
PinnacleHealth System
J Robert & Marialice Hollinger
Woody & Doris Ziegler
Steve & Elizabeth Schwartz
 
Patrons
ABC Fuel Oil Co Inc.
BRP Entertainment
Off the Hook – Margie Fultz
Sylvia Weinstein & Leslie Weaver
Christine & Josiah Ludwick
John N. & Barbara A. Benner
Anna M. Belser
David & Barbara Teets

Thank you to all who contributed to make the 2015 Night of Renewal an amazing success!

Posted by Steve Schwartz   (10/26/2015 3:43:19 PM | link)


Friday, September 25, 2015
Night of Renewal Update: Silent Auction Catalog Now Online
 

Samples from BHAs Silent Auction CatalogSilent Auction Catalog NOW Online

Join us! www.bha-pa.org/celebrate

Posted by Steve Schwartz   (9/25/2015 3:12:32 PM | link)


Saturday, August 15, 2015
Join us for A Night Of Renewal
 
BHAs Night of Renewal Reception and Auction is held October 6, 2015 at the Sheraton Harrisburg Hershey

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AT THE SHERATON HARRISBURG HERSHEY
4650 Lindle Road, Harrisburg, PA 17111

5:30 pm: Doors Open; Silent Auction Opens
6:00 pm: Hors D’oeuvres Reception; Interactive Stations
7:00 pm: Silent Auction Closes; Program Begins
8:30 pm: Program Concludes

Join us as we reflect on 26 years of Building Hope, Transforming Lives, and Engaging Community at BHA

A Special Night of Renewal featuring:

  • Stories of building hope, transforming lives, and engaging community throughout the evening
  • An hors d’oeuvres reception, silent auction, and dessert social
  • NEW THIS YEAR: An interactive evening of multi-sensory fun and reflection

To speak with a BHA Celebration committee member, call the event hotline (717) 508-7242 or contact celebrate@bha-pa.org.

Posted by Steve Schwartz   (8/15/2015 1:58:37 PM | link)


Friday, June 12, 2015
Ribbon Cutting Highlights
 
Thank you to everyone who joined us as we celebrated the ribbon cutting of the Hummel Street Townhouses.

Phil Guarneschelli, COO of PinnacleHealth, shares PinnacleHealths vision for partnering in making the Hummel Street Townhouses project a reality
Phil Guarneschelli, COO of PinnacleHealth, shares PinnacleHealths vision for partnering in making the Hummel Street Townhouses project a reality, then cuts the ribbon on the new homes

Phil Guarneschelli, COO of PinnacleHealth, cuts the ribbon on the new Hummel Street Townhouses

(See more pictures in our Facebook photo album.)

Watch WHTM's coverage of the event...thanks WHTM!:

Posted by Steve Schwartz   (6/12/2015 3:48:21 PM | link)


Tuesday, June 02, 2015
You're Invited!
 
Hummel Street Townhouses Ribbon Cutting Invitation

Posted by Steve Schwartz   (6/2/2015 3:27:35 PM | link)


Friday, May 01, 2015
Hummel Street Townhouses Update
 
Hummel Street Townhouses Image as of April 2015

The Hummel Street Townhouses are nearing completion! They are looking beautiful inside and out. Remaining work includes exterior concrete work, interior flooring and other minor finish work, and exterior landscaping. We've had some delays in getting the water connected so we can finalize plumbing hookup. Stay tuned for news on our ribbon cutting!

We're so thankful to PinnacleHealth Systems, Pyramid Construction, Murray and Associates, Reynolds Construction, McClure Company, H. Edward Black and Associates, Quandel Construction, The Kline Foundation, The PinnacleHealth Foundation, The Stabler Foundation and so many other contractors, donors and funders who have made this project possible.

Posted by Steve Schwartz   (5/1/2015 9:51:07 AM | link)


Saturday, April 11, 2015
Poetry Book Published to Support BHA!
 
Cover of The Lost Paradise by Janice KeilholtzJanice Keilholtz Landis was a supporter of BHA. Sadly, she passed away in early 2014 after a battle with cancer.

After her passing, her husband Wesley and their grown daughters Leann and Jennifer were cleaning out a closet when they came across a box. Wesley knew of the box, for Janice had told him "this is my box, and you don't look in it." He never did, and his daughters never even knew the box existed.

But after her passing, they opened the box. Inside they found scrapbooks. One was filled with poetry, with the first poem written when Janice was in 6th grade. Wesley and his daughters never knew Janice had written poetry. Then, also in the box, Wesley found a newspaper clipping of an article about how to get your poetry published. Janice never did, but now Wesley knew he had to make his wife's dream come true.

So Wesley found a publisher, and with his daughters help, compiled a book of Janice's poetry alongside beautiful nature pictures. The book is called The Lost Paradise. What a beautiful symbol of love and devotion! I got choked up when Wesley first told me the story!

Janice loved BHA, so Wesley wants all proceeds from the sale of the book to go to BHA. He is donating the books to BHA to sell for $20 each, with all $20 going to fund our work with homeless single moms.

Would you like a copy? It makes a beautiful coffee table piece, or a gift with Mother's Day just around the corner.

Perhaps Wesley's story of honoring his wife's dream is something you would like to give as a gift to a special loved one or loved ones...and what better gift than giving the women you love this book AND telling them that their gift is giving new hope to homeless single moms this Mother's Day.

Click Here to order The Lost Paradise

Thank you, Wesley and Leann and Jennifer, for your example and your generosity!

Grace and peace,
Steve Schwartz,
Executive Director

Posted by Steve Schwartz   (4/11/2015 8:25:53 AM | link)


Monday, December 29, 2014
This Is Home: Video Debut
 
Home. That's what BHA is to many formerly homeless women and children.

Listen to Bethe tell what it means to her in our new video. This is what your support has done in 2014 and will continue to do in the new year.

It gives a place to call home. It gives hope for a brighter tomorrow.

WATCH IT FULL-SIZE: This is Home on Vimeo.

Special Thanks: To Jay Basinger, Videographer, for donating his services to tell Bethe's story.

Make A Difference in the lives of Bethe and many others...
...visit www.bha-pa.org/ThisIsHome

Posted by Steve Schwartz   (12/29/2014 6:51:42 PM | link)


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