Campaign Focus Area #2: Restoring Our City Block
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The 20/20 Vision Campaign will help more than 20 families find stability and hope by providing
a roof over their heads. By 2013, we plan to restore two additional properties on Hummel Street, adding value and safety to a community where mothers and their children can grow and support each other. With these properties, plus improved community space and laundry facilities, homeless families will find peace amidst the storms that brought them to BHA.
The Diener House
BHA took possession of 203 1/2 Hummel Street, a boardedup former crack house and is now about to transform it. Named after Ray Diener, a long-time supporter of BHA who was tragically killed in 2007 as he responded to a call for help, the row house will offer shelter to two homeless families. It will stand as a tribute to one who served selflessly and to a family and faith community who believe in the redemption of those most lost.
The Bartimaeus House
Bartimaeus cried out to Jesus and was given his vision
(Mark 10). This reminder of the vision, hope and healing we can receive when we step out in faith, aptly captures the mission and spirit of BHA over the years. This vision is now coming to fruition as we seek to purchase another building in our Hummel Street neighborhood. Purchasing and renovating another multi-unit row home in Allison Hill will help provide for 2-3 more homeless families.
With most of our buildings sharing a common
back yard, we can make full use of the yard space for community and recreation for families with children. We can also improve security and lighting on the entire block, a vital need in the neighborhood.
BHA's community room will be upgraded to a
more useful meeting space for life skills programs
and other events with families. This facelift will
include fresh paint, new carpeting and furniture, and more economical lighting.
The first capital project of the 20/20 Vision was
completed in 2010 when three churches collaborated
on an urban barn raising and constructed
a new service facility on our street. The facility
includes a maintenance shop, storage area for
donated furniture, and a laundry facility, a major
improvement in our participantís daily lives.
Volunteer Service House
The creation of a volunteer service house,
providing living space for full-time volunteer
staff (such as Brethren Volunteer Service or
Americorps workers), would allow our staff to
grow in an economically efficient manner as
we serve more families.
How Can You Invest In Restoring Our City Block?
Funds a comprehensive rehabilitation
of the Diener House (including value of
Will purchase and fund needed upgrades to Bartimaeus House.
Will complete Volunteer Service House renovations.
Completes the renovation of our community room.
Funds necessary brickwork improvements for the Diener House.
Provides landscaping improvements to our community yard.
Project Completed: Storage Barn: $30,000 in funding as well as $15,000 donated labor/materials.
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: 5/1/2011 1:13:48 AM