March 15, 2016 [Upper Macungie Township, PA] – Congratulations to Kelly Berfield, Senior Vice President, Colliers International-Allentown on being appointed Board Chair for the Habitat for Humanity of the Lehigh Valley.
This is Kelly’s 5th year working with Habitat for Humanity of the Lehigh Valley. Leading up to this, she was on the property committee, worked on job sites, and has been on the Women's Build committee for the last three years where she was part of a fundraising initiative to have a house built by women. Habitat’s main fundraiser is a luncheon in May in which they host a women's nail hammering contest.
“My favorite part of being affiliated with Habitat is our home dedications,” said Kelly. “To see the dreams of home ownership come true for the partner families who have worked so hard for their home, makes me smile and cry tears of joy every time! (No, seriously... I cry every time!) That's what it's all about at the end of the day!"
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About the Lehigh Valley Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity of the Lehigh Valley is a non-profit organization that works to build simple, decent homes for hardworking, disadvantaged families in the Lehigh Valley. We are an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI), a global organization that has provided housing for more than 2 million people in communities in America and around the world. As one of 1,500 U.S. affiliates, Habitat Lehigh Valley embodies the mission and goals of HFHI at the local level.
Founded in 1989, Habitat Lehigh Valley brings together people from all walks of life to help others. Habitat Lehigh Valley works by partnering with local businesses, individuals and faith-based groups to build and renovate housing for families in need in our community. Our objective is to provide our families with a decent home in a safe neighborhood. Additionally, our families help to revitalize neighborhoods and increase the local tax base.
The Habitat mission is to offer families in need a hand up, not a hand out, and to walk alongside them as they realize the dream of home ownership. Each of our families contributes 250 hours of sweat equity to help build their home and the homes of their neighbors. Once in residence, they make monthly mortgage payments. Since most of our families are new to home ownership, HLV stays in contact with them, guiding them and providing support to ensure their successful transition to home ownership.
The Habitat Home Ownership program provides deserving families and children with a stable home and a safe neighborhood in which to grow and thrive. Studies indicate that the children of homeowners are more likely to attain higher academic achievement. They have a 25% higher probability of finishing high school and a 116% better chance of graduating from college. Additionally, children of homeowners are 59% more likely to become homeowners themselves.