Habitat Lehigh Valley partners with local breweries to raise funds, and walls, for a local family!
Leading affordable housing organization Habitat for Humanity of the Lehigh Valley (HFHLV) is dedicating its 121st home, thanks in part to the generosity of local breweries on Saturday, October 12, 2019 from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm at 406 Keystone Avenue, Bethlehem, PA 18018 . Aptly titled the “House that Beer Built,” after the community wide fundraiser that helped with its construction, this house in Bethlehem will become home to a hardworking mother and her two children.
HFHLV started the House that Beer Built fundraiser in 2017 in partnership with local breweries around the valley. The breweries agreed to donate beer vouchers to be compiled into a coupon book and sold by HFHLV to raise funds for the construction of affordable housing. Now in its third year, HFHLV prints and sells up to 400 coupon books annually, with vouchers good for one year (July 4 – July 3).
In the 2018-2019 year, the House that Beer Built fundraiser brought in approximately $10,500 for one home in particular; a three bedroom, new construction twin on Keystone Avenue in Bethlehem. This home will be dedicated to new homeowner Yolanda Gordon. Yolanda has been hard at work since partnering with HFHLV, investing hundreds of hours of her own labor, called sweat equity, working alongside volunteers and other future Habitat homeowners. To Yolanda and her children, this home is a testament to the work she put in, as well as a foundation upon which to build their futures.
Participating breweries in the 2018-2019 year who made this possible include: Bonn Place Brewing Company; Lost Tavern Brewing Company; Yergey Brewing; HiJinx Brewing Company; Funk Brewing Company; Fegley’s Brew Works; Weyerbacher Brewing Company; Seven Sirens Brewing Company; Two Rivers Brewing Company; and TAPS Tavern. For the 2019-2020 year, Saucony Creek Brewing Company, Cave Brewing Company, Pocono Brewery Company, and The Colony Meadery have signed on as well.
About Habitat for Humanity Lehigh Valley: Habitat for Humanity is an international non-profit organization driven by the vision that everyone deserves a decent place to live. Habitat for Humanity of the Lehigh Valley (HFHLV) is the local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, and has served the Lehigh Valley area since 1989. Since then, the organization has provided a hand up, not a hand out, to 121 lowincome, hardworking families. Families and individuals in need of decent, affordable housing partner with HFHLV to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Through financial support, volunteering, or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, we empower. To learn more about Habitat Lehigh Valley and find out how you can get involved, visit www.habitatlv.org and like us on Facebook @ Habitat Lehigh Valley.