On May 11, Habitat for Humanity of Berks County will celebrate their latest home dedication on Tulpehocken Street, Reading.

Jennifer was living on Tulpehocken Street and saving for a house when she learned that her landlord was selling the home where she lived with her two children.  Her landlord didn’t want to wait until Jennifer was ready to purchase, and through no fault of her own, she found herself homeless.  Employed part-time by DoubleTree Hilton, Reading, she was allowed to stay at the hotel while she got back on her feet and her role at DoubleTree expanded to full-time. Jennifer gave Habitat Berks a call and learned about the first-time homeowner program.  It also happened that Habitat would have a home available sooner than they typically would because a Habitat homeowner had made the decision to sell his home of two and half years.

“Jennifer came to Habitat Berks credit ready and with money saved up,” said Director of Family Services Eneida Powell.  “She is going through her sweat equity hours with warp speed.”

Jennifer completed her sweat equity hours by volunteering at the Habitat for Humanity of Berks County ReStore, working at the Habitat for Humanity Birdhouse Challenge and attending financial education classes.

“We witnessed her desire and determination to become a homeowner in the City of Reading,” said Executive Director, Tim Daley. 

“The other side of this story is the Habitat homeowner who made the decision to sell,” explained Daley.  “He has advanced in his job and his family has grown so he decided to move to a bigger place.  The equity he has acquired in two and half years, has helped him to do that.”

About Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity of Berks County (Habitat) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable
organization that believes all people deserve a decent life and the power to build their own futures. Habitat exists to create affordable home ownership opportunities for moderate income families. Families who purchase Habitat for Humanity homes must contribute 200 hours of sweat equity. Habitat relies on volunteers and families contributing sweat equity for the unskilled labor needed to build the homes. Working in this way, they believe they provide families a hand up rather than a hand out, while also providing a way for people to assist hard-working families in our community. Learn more at www.HabitatBerks.org

Tim Daley
Executive Director
Habitat for Humanity of Berks County

Eneida Powell
Director of Family Services
Habitat for Humanity of Berks County
610-373-3439 ext. 307

Penny Hummel
Director of Marketing and Development
Habitat for Humanity of Berks County
610-373-3439 ext 301

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