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Thank you for Building Hope!

Thank you for Building Hope!

On Thursday, May 4 at the Building Hope Luncheon, 1,117 guests came together to support Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia and our mission.

In 90 minutes, we heard from Darrell Hendricks, who will open the front door to his new home on June 24 (and you're invited...stay tuned for more details on this Diamond Park block party).

Keynote speaker Matthew Desmond, Pulitzer Prize winning author of Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City gave context to our work in affordable housing and how evictions are ultimately a cause of poverty rather than a symptom.

Executive Director Frank Monaghan shared our growth as an organization, as we continue to expand our Neighborhood Revitilization efforts. Thanks to an incredible partnership with the Philadelphia Housing Authority, we will complete 42 home repairs and build 21 new homes in the Sharswood neighborhood. Thanks to the Home Depot Foundation, we continue to serve veterans like the McAndrew family throughout Philadelphia.

We honored John Keenan and Sally Poliwoda with the 2017 Patrick Monaghan Good Neighbor Award, for their work above and beyond the call of duty with Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia. Both regular volunteers, John spends close to 1,000 on site each year doing the electrcial work for our homes. Sally founded our Ride for Homes benefit bike tour, which has raised enough money through the years to build a Habitat house. 

Nikkia Plunkett and her daughters Jayana and Anayah spoke about the comfort, quiet, and convenience that their new Diamond Park home provides. The space in their new home allows them to be a better family. While Nikkia made sacrifices to get them to where they are today, Jayana and Anayah are proud and grateful for all their mother has done. 

Thanks to a display of radical generosity, a humbling $420,823 was raised so that more families will know strength, stability, and self-reliance through their Habitat homes.