News and Musings:
Monday, April 25, 2016
BHA Bike and Walk Tour
Join us on June 11th for the BHA Bike and Walk Tour to make the mission of ending homelessness in Harrisburg possible. Your mission, should you choose to accept it is to bike the Capital Area Green Belt or enjoy a walk to City Island. All riders/walkers are encouraged to collect sponsors for their route. Set a fundraising goal of at least $200 and waive the registration fee. Funds raised will be used to provide housing and life changing supportive services for families who are experiencing homelessness. Tour the block to see first hand the impact BHA has had on the community. For more information or to register click here.
Posted by Crystal Baxter (4/25/2016 12:23:34 PM | link)
Monday, April 11, 2016
Have you been asking around or looking for more information about our annual Mother’s Day Weekend Golf Tournament? This year, Brethren Housing Association will not be hosting the Golf Tournament. However, there is still great opportunity for you and your fellow golfers to come out and help raise funds and awareness for BHA! This year, Builders Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) has selected BHA as the featured charitable organization for their Golf Tournament. It will be held on Tuesday, May 10th at Dauphin Highlands. As the featured organization, proceeds from this event will benefit BHA, so get your team together and come out to golf and support BHA! The deadline to register is May 1st. For more information about how to register click here or call our office at 717-233-6016 to request a brochure.
Posted by Abbey King (4/11/2016 1:12:13 PM | link)
Thursday, February 18, 2016
Brethren Housing Association Announced as a 2016 Finalist
Brethren Housing Association is pleased to announce that along with a select few charitable organizations in the region, BHA will be recognized as a finalist in the 2016 Nonprofit Innovation Awards program.
An awards breakfast will be held on Friday, February 26, 2016, from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Wyndham Gardens York to recognize 35 central Pennsylvania nonprofit organizations and their leaders for developing creative ways to help the region’s citizens with limited resources.
During the program, the winning organization in each category will be revealed and they will receive a check to continue their good work in our community.
Everyone is welcome to attend the event, where they can congratulate and network with the honorees. Seats and tables can be reserved online at www.CPBJ.com/events.
The 2016 Nonprofit Innovation Awards are made possible by a partnership of the Central Penn Business Journal, the Lancaster County Community Foundation, The Foundation for Enhancing Communities (TFEC), and the York County Community Foundation. The presenting sponsor of the program is WellSpan Health. Other program sponsors include: Maher Duessel; Metro Bank; Philadelphia Insurance Companies; Temple University Harrisburg; and Engle Printing & Publishing.
Posted by Crystal Baxter (2/18/2016 11:30:48 AM | link)
Monday, December 21, 2015
New Release: Steve Schwartz, Head of Brethren Housing, Steps Down
HARRISBURG, PA Brethren Housing Association announced today that Steve Schwartz, Executive Director for the past 11 years, will step down effective December 31, 2015. The board and Schwartz mutually agreed that it was time for new leadership at BHA. Crystal Baxter, associate director of property and programs, will serve as interim executive director while an executive search is conducted.
BHA is a faith-based organization located in Harrisburg, PA, providing secure housing, supportive casework services and loving relationships to help homeless and low-income individuals and families achieve their God-given potential.
In announcing this change, Josh Stroup President of BHA, said, “Steve has been instrumental in Brethren Housing’s growth and stability these past 11 years and he leaves big shoes for a successor to fill. He has led our ministry with vision, determination and deep dedication to the women and families we serve. During his tenure, families served and staff have doubled and that has been due in no small part to Steve’s ability to dream what a future with hope could look like for the women and families who come through our doors, and to share that dream effectively with our staff, volunteers and contributors. He will be sorely missed.”
“It has been my privilege to serve BHA and the women and families who have participated in its programs, and to be associated with the staff and many volunteers and donors who contribute so significantly to the mission of Brethren Housing,” stated Schwartz. “I think it is good for any organization to have fresh leadership from time to time and after 11 years with BHA as Executive Director, I am looking to new challenges in my professional career. After some rest and time with my family, I hope to continue to be active here in the Harrisburg area in the nonprofit community.”
Brethren Housing builds communities of care for those they serve and with whom they work, and cultivates relationships among congregations, community leaders, foundations, government, educational institutions, human-service organizations, and businesses. They serve not only their participants, but also raise awareness of and strive to address the realities underlying poverty and homelessness in our society. Brethren Housing is located at 219 Hummel Street, Harrisburg, PA. www.bha-pa.org .
Posted by Abbey King (12/21/2015 12:00:00 PM | link)
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Merry Christmas from BHA!
Posted by Steve Schwartz (12/15/2015 2:50:35 PM | link)
Monday, November 02, 2015
Give the Gift of Dignity This Christmas
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 firstname.lastname@example.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
- 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 email@example.com.
Posted by Steve Schwartz (11/1/2015 1:22:31 PM | link)
Monday, October 26, 2015
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...
...and silent auction.
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
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
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...
...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.)
See more photos in our Facebook photo albums:
Special Thanks to Our Sponsors!
A Friend of BHA
Sun Motor Cars
Capital Blue Cross
The Hess Agency
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
George F. & Ruth Pickens
J Robert & Marialice Hollinger
Woody & Doris Ziegler
Steve & Elizabeth Schwartz
ABC Fuel Oil Co Inc.
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
Silent 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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.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, then cuts the ribbon on the new homes
(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
Posted by Steve Schwartz (6/2/2015 3:27:35 PM | link)
Friday, May 01, 2015
Hummel Street Townhouses Update
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!
Janice 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,
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...
Posted by Steve Schwartz (12/29/2014 6:51:42 PM | link)
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