PHOENIXVILLE — Open Hearth Inc. celebrated reaching its $1 million fundraising campaign goal with a toast to key campaign contributors and partners.
The purpose of the “Home Is Where the Hearth Is” fundraising campaign was to raise funds for the renovation of the association’s new headquarters in Phoenixville. The building, located at 701 S. Main St., will house Open Hearth’s community development programs and initiatives, with the goal of fostering a stronger, healthier community for generations to come.
A substantial portion of the campaign focus was contributed by the Phoenixville Community Health Foundation, a longtime partner of Open Hearth. Foundation CEO Tamela Luce shared that the Foundation “is proud to provide $300,000 for renovations to their new building.” She continued: “We had confidence in the board and staff to raise the remaining funds and we congratulate them for reaching this milestone. We look forward to having them in the borough and continuing to help our friends and neighbors find housing and financial stability.
Open Hearth looks forward to hosting a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house in the fall when interior renovations are complete and all exterior work is complete.
In 2019, the Open Hearth Board of Directors recognized that the organization had outgrown its current location. As the need for services increased, additional staff were added. While looking for a new rental space, Open Hearth got in touch with two Phoenixville-area residents, Janice and Paul Hartmann. When the Hartmanns learned of the organization’s needs, they decided to make the most generous donation – a 4,000 square foot building located on one acre of property in downtown Phoenixville.
“The new building will be a place of hope for our customers and partners as they will be welcomed into a place that is both accessible and inspiring,” said Kelly Raggazino, CEO of Open Hearth. “Our new home will reflect the high standards of service set by Open Hearth staff, funders and associates.”
The building needed repairs to bring it up to today’s codes and standards. Funds raised through the “Home Is Where the Hearth Is” campaign were used to carry out these essential repairs.
Located in Phoenixville, the new property offers easy access and parking, increased foot traffic and proximity to many partner agencies. In the new location, the staff will be on one floor, whereas it is currently spread over two floors and 45 steps. More meeting space and room to grow are just a few of the added benefits of the new space.
In addition to the Phoenixville Community Health Foundation, other major campaign supporters include the Chester County Department of Community Development, The McLean Contributionship, Univest and the First Cornerstone Foundation.
Those interested in learning more about the new headquarters can visit www.openhearthinc.org/2021-capital-campaign/