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about us

Stable, affordable housing is critical to education, health, and economic success across our area. Habitat’s unique homeownership program allows hardworking, low-income families to build and buy a home with 0%-interest mortgage after completing 250 sweat equity hours.

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for families in the Lehigh Valley

Habitat Lehigh Valley is made up of a volunteer board of directors, a dedicated paid staff, volunteer leadership committees, hundreds of homebuilding volunteers and parents and children working together to secure homeownership for families who are in need of affordable, decent housing.

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what we do

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.

In the City of Allentown Habitat LV is deeply involved in neighborhood redevelopment. This work is done in partnership with CADCA and the Promise Neighborhood. The renovation of four homes and the placement of four families is made possible through a grant from the Harry C. Trexler Trust.

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our mission

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.

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habitat international

Habitat for Humanity of the Lehigh Valley is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization operated on Christian principles that seeks to put God’s love into action by building homes, communities and hope. Habitat for Humanity was founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a simple, durable place to live in dignity and safety, and that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all.

As a matter of policy, Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliated organizations do not proselytize. This means that Habitat will not offer assistance on the expensed or implied condition that people must with adhere to or convert to a particular faith, or listen and respond to messaging designed to induce conversion to a particular faith.

Habitat for Humanity International was founded in Americas, Georgia, USA, in 1976. Habitat for Humanity today operates around the globe and has helped build, renovate and repair more than 600,000 decent, affordable houses sheltering more than 3 million people worldwide.

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.

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meet the team

Board of Directors

Brian Dillman
Chair

Bob Reinhardt
Vice Chair

David Dunn
Treasurer

Debbie Matelan
Secretary

Kelly Berfield

Hal Black

Chris Donigan

Annette Drobil

Andrew Elmore

Jane Long

Chris Porecca

Nancy Silver

Hank Zorman

Charlie Hochstedler

Ron Jerdon

Steven Mertz

Staff

Holly Edinger
Executive Director

Casey Gatchel
Director of
Construction

Elise Smolinski
Director of Financial
Services

Jessica Elliot
Director of
Community Relations

Nate Dorshimer
Marketing Support

Nancy Dobil
Staff Accountant

Danielle Fugate
Re|Mix Coordinator

Stephen Hughes
Construction Project Manager

Alli Ingram
ReStore Procurement Manager

Susan Karper
Business Manager

Robin Kulesa
Development Manager

Emily London
ReStore Operations Manager

Evan McKee
ReStore Associate

Joe Polizzotto
Construction Manager, New Construction

Camille Urbano
Volunteer Coordinator

Yadeliz Velez
Office Coordinator

Steven West
ReStore Donation
Center Supervisor

Starr Zagrodnik
ReStore Donation
Scheduler