Already raised more than 65 percent of $1M goal
SPRING CITY, Pennsylvania, (September 1, 2021) – Open Hearth, Inc. is announcing the public phase of its capital campaign “Home Is Where the Hearth Is” to raise funds for the renovation of the nonprofit’s new headquarters in Phoenixville, PA. The building, located at 701 S. Main Street, will serve as home to Open Hearth’s programs and community building initiatives, with the objective of fostering a stronger, healthier community for generations to come. To date, Open Hearth has raised over $650,000; more than 65 percent of its $1 million capital campaign goal.
In 2019, Open Hearth’s Board of Directors recognized the organization had outgrown its current location. As the need for services has expanded, additional staff have been added. While searching for a new rental space, Open Hearth connected with two Phoenixville residents, Janice and Paul Hartmann. When the Hartmanns learned of the organization’s need, they decided to make the most generous donation—a 4,000 square foot building located on one acre of property in the center of Phoenixville.
“The new building will be a place of hope for our clients and partners as they are welcomed into a location that is both accessible and inspirational,” said Kelly Raggazino, Open Hearth’s Executive Director. “Our new home will reflect the high standards of service set by Open Hearth’s staff, funders, and collaborators.”
The building is in need of repairs to bring it up to today’s codes and standards. Funds raised in the “Home Is Where the Hearth Is” campaign will be used to make these critical repairs.
Located in Phoenixville, the new property provides easy access and parking, increased foot traffic, and close proximity to many partner agencies. In the new location staff will be on one floor, whereas they are currently divided between two floors and 45 steps. Additional meeting space and room to grow are just a few of the additional benefits of the new space.
Lead supporters of the campaign include The Phoenixville Community Health Foundation, Chester County Department of Community Development, The McLean Contributionship, Univest, and First Cornerstone Foundation.
Open Hearth began renovations of the property in June of 2021. The project is expected to be complete in late fall 2021.
Those interested in donating can do so by visiting www.openhearthinc.org/2021-capital-campaign/
ABOUT OPEN HEARTH As Open Hearth celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, they remain committed to meeting the needs of vulnerable members of the community from diverse racial, cultural, and geographic backgrounds. Along with other programs, Open Hearth’s staff helps low-income families and individuals find and maintain permanent housing; develop personalized budgets that create financial stability; or work towards the purchase of a car, higher education, or a first home. Open Hearth serves residents of Chester County and portions of western Montgomery County. As a recent client shared in appreciation of the assistance they received, “Thank you so much for everything you have done for me…you really have made a difference in my life.”