Latest News & Events

Interfaith Housing becomes North Star of Chester County

Event date: July 1st

 

We are so excited to finally share our plans for the future of Interfaith Housing. Beginning July 1, 2018, Interfaith Housing Assistance Corporation of Chester County will be known as North Star of Chester County! 

This year, the agency celebrates its 25th anniversary helping working single parent families. Our old name served us well for 25 years, allowing the organization to expand its reach to serve families throughout the County. But just as Chester County has changed during that time, so have the problems facing the families we serve. We wanted a new name that communicated the breadth of services we offer the participants in our program and clear up any confusion caused by our old name. While our name is changing, our mission and dedication to our families is not.

For centuries, the North Star has been a guiding force for those looking for help when they needed it most. From sailors navigating by the stars to members of the Underground Railroad going north for freedom and a new life, the North Star showed them the way. Through our structured program of ongoing rental assistance, case management, and educational workshops, we guide our struggling families toward financial independence. 

This page is just a temporary home while we build our new website at northstarofcc.org which will launch alongside our name change on July 1, 2018.

We look forward to continuing to serve this community for many more years

Senator Casey’s “Grandparents Act” Passes Senate, House Vote Incoming

United States Senator Bob Casey of Pennsylvania passed the “Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Act” last month, a bill he co-authored with Maine Senator Susan Collins. The Act creates a national task force to support grandparents who have adopted their grandchildren. The rise in grandparents becoming care providers of grandchildren has grown alongside the ongoing opioid crisis. The Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Act seeks to give these grandparents the same level of rights and access to resources as parents. Senators Casey and Collins estimate more than a million grandchildren are being raised by their grandparents. The Act passed the Senate in late March, 2018. Now, the House is set to to vote on it, with Senators rallying support to get the bill to the President’s desk. 

Are you, or do you know someone, who is raising their grandchildren as a result of the opioid crisis? Parents caught in the throes of addiction are leaving children behind through incarceration, rehab, or death. Providing grandparents who have stepped in to take care of their children with access to the support they deserve is a critical component of this legislation. 

History of MLK Day as a Day of Service


Martin Luther King Jr. Day honors the life and memory of the civil rights leader, first observed in 1986 after legislation was passed making it a national holiday in 1983. The national holiday gives kids a day off from school, banks close, and many businesses shut their doors in remembrance. In 1994, however, the holiday became much more than a day off when congress passed the King Holiday and Service Act. “The MLK Day of Service is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service,” writes the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. “It calls for Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems.” 

If you want to learn even more about the process of turning this national holiday into a day of service, read President Clinton’s reflections on signing the King Holiday and Service Act here.

Since 1994, the day of service initiative has grown and participation has increased as non-profits, corporations, and other organizations rally on the third Monday of January to give back to their community. We’d love to hear from people who are using this holiday as a day of service. How are you giving back this year and honor the memory of MLK? Share your story on our Facebook page!

Interfaith Housing Receives Grant from Wells Fargo’s Community Connections Program

Interfaith Housing recently received a generous grant of $1,000 from Wells Fargo through the company’s Community Connections Program. The Wells Fargo Community Connections Program is an annual program where each of its retail banking branches explores the needs of their local communities and selects a nonprofit organization or school to receive a $1000 grant. This year, Wells Fargo will award more than $300,000 in grants to nonprofit organizations and schools throughout Pennsylvania and Delaware. 

The grants are part of the company’s broader support of its communities. In 2016, Wells Faro and its team members invested more than $9.1 million in nonprofit organizations and schools and team members volunteers more than 31,000 hours across Pennsylvania and Delaware.

“At Wells Fargo, we know that small acts can yield huge results and we are committed to supporting programs and organizations that we believe are important to the future of our communities vitality and success,” said Lauren Tobiassen, Wells Fargo Delaware Valley Region Bank President. “So we are proud to support Interfaith Housing with this grant.”

Interfaith Housing Executive Director Joyce Lacy attended the event to accept the award on behalf of the agency.