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Law Firm of Mette, Evans & Woodside
Retired Chair of the Board,
Harrisburg Brethren in Christ Church
Retired District Executive,
Church of the Brethren
Independent Fundraising Counsel
Independent Construction Contractor
Law Firm of Patterson Cody Taylor & Winter
Young Center for Anabaptist & Pietist Studies
Palmyra Church of the Brethren
PA Medical Society
Harrisburg City Council
QTS Performance Solutions
Assistant Professor and Fellow,
Ernest L. Boyer Center, Messiah College
Employee Benefit Specialist,
Wells Fargo Insurance Services
Director of Development
“Before BHA, I was all by myself. Being in
the program gave me someone to lean on,
and the people were like family to me.”
— JUDITH, BHA Graduate
A GLANCE BACK:
of Building Hope
BHA founded by Harrisburg First and Hanoverdale Churches of the Brethren partnering to serve the homeless with one property, caring volunteers, and
the love of Christ.
BHA enters into partnership with Delta Housing. BHA provides staff and funding for housing and Delta provides the same for case management.
BHA hires its own support staff, dissolving Delta partnership. Board membership requirements revised to invite other church denominations into the association.
BHA acquires two properties and now owns 7 of 8 residential buildings on its block, serving 8 families
with transitional housing support.
Bagwashi Circle initiative is launched to strengthen participant families with expanded volunteer support
BHA Board adopts a resolution to double the number
of families served within 5 years. Ten churches are
members of the association.
BHA launches 20/20 Vision Campaign to double its program capacity in the face of overwhelming
demand for housing and children’s services.
“For I know the plans I have for you,”
declares the Lord, “plans to prosper
you and not to harm you, plans to
give you hope and a future.”
— Jeremiah 29:11
As we celebrate 20 years, we have a vision to:
- Serve more families
- Restore our city block
- Invest in youth and long-term collaboration
With your support, we can turn this vision into reality so that BHA's light can continue to shine brightly on Hummel Street.
Will you JOIN US on this journey?
In 2009-2010, BHA had to decline services to 564 women and children because of limited capacity, a three-fold increase in need over three years.
Double our capacity to serve more than
20 families. Expand Transitions program for homeless
families and follow-up support with the new Next Steps
program. Every day 70 women, men and children will
find hope and healing through the ministry of BHA.
70% of women leaving our program achieve measurable success toward family stability and financial self-sufficiency. Over 21 years, more than 500 women and children have gained hope through BHA.
THE INVESTMENT: $1,510,000
READ MORE: BHA's plans for Serving More Families in detail.
Complete restoration of our city block and
expand facilities to meet needs of expanded services.
This provides families in our program with a stabilizing influence in a distressed neighborhood.
Rehabilitate two new properties. Complete the barn/laundry facility. Refurbish common green space and the community room. Create volunteer housing. Restore the northwest corner of Hummel and Mulberry Streets, improving security and expanding our capacity.
Over 21 years, BHA volunteers and staff have renovated 7 buildings and 19 apartments, buildings which were in danger of blight. Through volunteer labor and donations, we typically save 50% on renovation costs.
THE INVESTMENT: $450,000
READ MORE: BHA's plans for Restoring Our City Block in detail.
Invest in youth and long-term collaboration. Breaking the cycle of poverty must start at a young age, giving children hope and care. It goes beyond treating poverty’s symptoms.
Impact the next generation with new children’s programs and youth mentoring. Collaborate with other organizations to overcome barriers for childcare and employment faced by many clients.
BHA teams with other agencies on childcare, job training, parenting and more. BHA is already active in two local coalitions to strengthen homeless services and provide youth mentoring.
THE INVESTMENT: $290,000
READ MORE: BHA's plans for Investing in Youth and Long-Term Collaboration in detail.
Through these expansion efforts, we will be able to adapt our services to the diverse needs of the homeless families we serve. Up to 70 women, men and children each day will find hope through the ministry of BHA.
Invest in the 20/20 Vision:
The official registration and financial information of Brethren Housing Association may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll free, within Pennsylvania, 1.800.732.0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.
Revised: 3/11/2013 4:02:56 PM