Help Stock the Pantry,
Meet Our New FSS Coordinator,
The History of ServeFest and MORE!
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The History of ServeFest
ServeFest is Saturday, April 23rd

ServeFest is a day when churches partner to serve their communities in practical and meaningful ways. The event began as separate events held at churches in Howard, Anne Arundel, and Harford counties, but has grown each year and now brings together over 4,000 people and 120 churches across five counties and Baltimore City.

This year, ServeFest has a two-pronged focus. As in past years, there will continue to be tons of projects all around each participating county/city—projects that anyone can join in to serve the community. In addition, because ServeFest is aimed at igniting a movement of people who live a life of serving in Jesus’ name, everyone should feel empowered and encouraged to serve their own neighbors in whatever way God is leading you.

The beautification of the Somerset Manor neighborhood is one of the ServeFest projects again this year. To take part, visit

2016 Events:

Mark Your Calendars for these Important HDGHA Events:
April 23, 2016
ServeFest Community Beautification Project
Painting, Mulching, Planting and Lawn Maintenance
from 8:00am to 12:00pm

April 26, 2016
Poverty Walk
Step into a firsthand simulation of life for a low-income family
10:00am – 2:00pm.

June 11, 2016
Summer Jam Community Resource and Job Fair 
Outdoor Fun for the entire family from 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Vendors Reserve your Table Here

November 4, 2016
Beacon of Hope Gala
Dinner, dance and fundraiser at Bulle Rock from 7:00 to 11:00pm
News from Habitat for Humanity Susquehanna

The HHS Home Maintenance Program will start in March. These classes are free and open to the public and will help individuals and families learn how to do minor repairs in their own residence. 
HHS will open its first ReStore nonprofit home improvement store on May 7th. The ReStore will be located at 1013 Beards Hill Road in Aberdeen and will sell new and gently used furniture, home accessories, building materials and appliances and more. All items are donated and funds raised will help HHS build and repair homes in the community. To donate call 443-567-7698. 
February 2016
Show Some Love this Valentine's Day and
Donate to our Stock the Pantry project

Thank you to everyone who has donated to the Stock the Pantry project so far! Some of your contributions of canned and boxed food, paper goods and health and hygiene supplies were already put to use when our residents were housebound due to the historic snow produced by Winter Storm Jonas. That means we are still in need of donations and will continue to collect items to help the low-income families of HDGHA and the surrounding community. The residents of Somerset Manor appreciate your generosity!

Donations collected through Valentine's Day, February 14, will count towards Sydney Biggs' Stock the Pantry Project, and can help her achieve her Girl Scout Gold Award!

You can help Stock the Pantry in one of two ways:
  1. Bring a donation of items (see our website for a list of needed items) to the lobby of the Housing Authority Administration Building (101 Stansbury Court, Havre de Grace, MD 21078 • 410- 939-2097) during regular business hours. Special pickups may be arranged.
  2. Make a tax deductible cash donation directly to the Housing Authority. All donations will be used to stock the pantry.  
If you run or work in a local business and are interested in supporting the Stock the Pantry project, you can either pick up a collection box at HDGHA or we can deliver one to your workplace. Please call the office for more info. 

Introducing Ellen Kunzelman
Ellen is our new Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS)
Program Coordinator

Ellen started with HDGHA in January. She comes to us from the Harford Community Action Agency where she was a financial case worker, and before that a food pantry coordinator at an organization in New York.  That highly specialized experience will be put to good use in her new role of FSS program coordinator!  Ellen will work with participating families and community partners to provide the tailored services, education and training they need to be economically self sufficient without government subsidies or assistance.  

She says, "As a dedicated caseworker with 7 1/2 years of experience working with non-profit organizations, I have helped many families gain financial independence through goal achievement, credit repair and homeownership. I am passionate about helping low income families and excited to help the residents of HDGHA achieve their goals, too."

PCC Spotlight:
Meet Our Community Partners
by Yvette Valentin, Family Services Coordinator for Habitat for Humanity Susquehanna

The Habitat for Humanity Susquehanna (HHS) Homeownership Program provides an opportunity for families or individuals who may not be eligible to purchase a home through conventional lenders to own their own home.  As Family Services Coordinator at HHS, Yvette helps guide potential homeowners through this program. 

One of the ways HHS checks to see if a potential homeowner qualifies is to pull their credit report. Financial counselors make a huge impact in this area, as they can decipher what the reports mean & advise potential homeowners on the best way to move forward. 

Yvette says, "Owning a home offers so much more than stability and security to people; that's why our partnership with the Havre de Grace Housing Authority’s Family Self-Sufficiency program is so important. FSS workshops are FREE to attend so participants can get help from counselors and learn how they can achieve their goal of owning a home no matter what their credit report shows.  We are grateful for the FSS education and training which keeps clients on track when their circumstances seem overwhelming."
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