2015 was a great year for HDGHA!
We are proud of the many things we achieved last year including:
Hosting a successful ServeFest. In April, residents worked side by side with members from area churches to beautify our community.
Great attendance at our annual Spring Open House and Friend-raiser. In May our targeted direct mail campaign and emails resulted in new partnerships with area businesses.
Huge turnout for the Summer Jam Block Party & Community Resource Fair.
In June a record crowd turned out for this fun event, and many vendors signed up for this year's event already.
Holding the 2nd Annual HDGHA Youth Bike Ride.
In July children of all ages took part in this free event and received bike helmets, snacks and safety tips.
First press coverage for our National Night Out.
Our annual August block party made the news
this year, and we continued to strengthen our strong relationships with law enforcement.
Launching The SUCCESS Project.
This affiliate of the HDGHA is open to low-income individuals and families in all of Harford County, not just residents, and teaches life skills to encourage personal economic self sufficiency. Hear Nicki Biggs talk about it in this Comcast Newsmakers interview
Establishing the Susquehanna Affordable Housing Corporation.
This new non-profit affiliate of HDGHA was established is committed to developing affordable housing in areas of opportunity throughout Harford County. Once the state approval process is complete, SAHC will be the only community housing development organization in Harford County focused on affordable rental housing.
Celebrating achievements of 12 residents in our Family Self Sufficiency program.
Those who have taken steps towards financial independence by participating in various educational sessions received certificates at the Beacon of Hope Gala in November.
Developing a NEW and IMPROVED website.
The new site
went live in October and offers easy to find features plus lots more info about our programs and community.
Fantastic support for the Beacon of Hope Gala.
In November the community showed its support at our annual dinner-dance. Through ticket sales and bids on auction items, guests' generosity provided winter coats to the children of Somerset Manor, helped stock our pantry and will offset costs of field trips and camps in 2016.
Giving community youth a helping hand.
Children in Somerset Manor received school supplies in September and 22 winter coats in November.
Adding Jackie Shaffstall to the HDGHA staff.
Jackie joined us in December as Operations Manager. (Read more about Jackie at left.)
But at HDGHA, our accomplishments aren't something to rest on, they're something to build on.
Already in 2016 we celebrated the success of our first resident to complete the Harford Grant Academy (see photos here) and look forward to expanding our resident programs and further enhancing the community of Somerset Manor under the leadership of our new Family Self-Sufficiency Coordinator, Ellen Kunzelman. Look for more about Ellen and other plans for HDGHA in the next issue of The Beacon.