News 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.

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