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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)

Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Celebrate Motherhood

Welcome to Mamas Diner graphic, with four ways to support BHA Link to BHA Golf Tournament Site link to Spring Thaw Bike Tour Site Link to Spring Thaw Trail Walk site Link to make a donation in honor or memory of a special woman

Posted by Steve Schwartz   (4/14/2015 10:18:14 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)

Friday, March 20, 2015
A Very Special Visit
Adalyn and Steve Schwartz high five after Adalyn delivered her carload of toiletries and cleaning products

There were a lot of great moments around BHA in March, but few sweeter than this. Adalyn, niece of our Executive Director Steve Schwartz, asked her family and friends to collect toiletries and household supplies for the families at BHA instead of buying her birthday presents. Adalyn is five. And a sweetheart. And incredibly generous.

Thank you for brightening our month, Adalyn!

Posted by Steve Schwartz   (3/20/2015 5:40:47 PM | link)

Friday, January 30, 2015
Celebrate! 212 Hummel Street Ribbon Cutting
212 Hummel Street Ribbon Cutting as seen on WHTM Channel 27 News

We are excited to announce the opening of 212 Hummel Street, our newest apartment building for homeless families. We saved this historic building from foreclosure and possible neglect, beautifully renovating it into three new apartment units. Now, three homeless families will have a home on Hummel Street (two of the apartments are already filled!) and are able to work with our staff and volunteers on life-changing goals surrounding employment, education, parenting, budgeting and housing.

Special thanks to:

  • All of our volunteers who worked so hard to rehabilitate this building
  • The following funders: The Josiah and Bessie Kline Foundation, The Lawrence and Julia Hoverter Foundation, and the Greater Harrisburg Realtors Foundation
  • Dennis Saylor, our long-time Property Manager for his leadership on the project
  • And WHTM for featuring our ribbon cutting on the evening news! (watch video below)
And special thanks to all of our other supporters who make this work possible year after year!

BHA Program Director Crystal Baxter shares about the impact these new apartments will have, helping homeless families building a brighter future with the support of BHA staff and volunteers
BHA Program Director Crystal Baxter shares about the impact these new apartments will have, helping homeless families building a brighter future with the support of BHA staff and volunteers

BHAs long-time Property Manager Dennis Saylor, who managed the renovation of 212 Hummel Street, cuts the ribbon to officially open the beautifully restored building
BHA's long-time Property Manager Dennis Saylor, who managed the renovation of 212 Hummel Street, cuts the ribbon to officially open the beautifully restored building

A good time was had by all
A good time was had by all

Former BHA Board Member Paul Wessell (left) discusses the project in the 1st floor kitchen with Executive Director Steve Schwartz
Former BHA Board Member Paul Wessell (left) discusses the project in the 1st floor kitchen with Executive Director Steve Schwartz


Posted by Steve Schwartz   (1/30/2015 10:12:23 AM | link)

Thursday, January 22, 2015
MLK Day of Service 2015: A Big Thank You!
MLK Day of Service LogoWe were excited to be one of the host agencies for Central PA MLK Day of Service! This past Monday, over 175 people came out to honor the legacy of Dr. King by working together to make our community a better place, where justice and opportunity are available to all.

At BHA, we were able to move forward on several renovation projects, prepare an apartment for a new family, and do some "spring" cleaning. Thanks everyone!

MLK Day of Service: 175 people gather for the opening program

MLK Day of Service: Two men doing renovation work
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MLK Day of Service: Two men carrying a door
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Posted by Steve Schwartz   (1/22/2015 9:53:25 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...

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

Monday, December 29, 2014
Last Chance to Invest in 2014
As the year winds down, you have one last chance to give before the clock strikes midnight on December 31.

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If you prefer to mail your donation, make sure it is postmarked by December 31, 2014 for your tax receipt to be dated in 2014. Mail your check to: BHA, 219 Hummel Street, Harrisburg, PA 17104

Thank you! Your support makes our work possible!

Posted by Steve Schwartz   (12/29/2014 3:01:56 PM | link)

Monday, December 29, 2014
We're Hiring
We're hiring a Director of Development (full-time) and Volunteer Coordinator (part-time). Visit our Job Postings page for application instructions and to view the job descriptions.

Posted by Steve Schwartz   (12/29/2014 2:00:29 PM | link)

Monday, December 29, 2014
Townhouses Update
Where once stood six blighted buildings, now a row of beautiful new townhouses is taking form. After watching the foundation be laid, the frame go up, the roof go on...we were intrigued in the weeks leading to Christmas to watch the brick layers do their work. This is what the building looks like today!

The Hummel Street Townhouses on December 29, 2014

Thanks to PinnacleHealth System, our key partner in this project, many area contractors and funders are rallying along with dedicated BHA supporters to make this project a reality. We've raised almost 80% of the funds needed, but still have about $150,000 yet to raise to cover the construction portion of the project. Want to invest in Hummel Street? Join the transformation! Mark your gift for the "Hummel Street Townhouses."

Posted by Steve Schwartz   (12/29/2014 1:53:19 PM | link)

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* Dates and times of workdays are subject to change. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Dennis Saylor, our Property Manager, at 717.233.6016 or to confirm work day is continuing as planned.