Bold Vision, Bold Brand

Dear friends,

 It is not hard to remember why we do this work in the midst of the COVID19 crisis.  We are needed now more than ever, together with partners and residents to create and strengthen affordable housing communities that are driven by purpose and passion.  

2020 kicked off its HDC’s new strategic direction for the next five years.  Although the last two months have been unlike any season in the life of HDC, we have adapted quickly to keep our residents and employees safe and healthy and position the organization to sustain itself now and for the future.  

But we also know it is important to keep our sights on our new strategic plan and 2020 goalsIn January, HDC kicked off its rebranding efforts: an essential next step to align our visual identity with our new strategic direction, vision, and valuesThis newsletter features our new logo. We are so thrilled with our new visual identity as it exemplifies the hope, opportunity and community that HDC lives and breathes into its work every day.    

HDC believes it’s our duty to do better by our community. We serve every community, every resident, and every member of our team with honor, compassion, and respect. Together we are navigating through the uncharted territory of the COVID-19 crisis. And we are taking action to break down the systemic barriers that result in the most vulnerable populations being the most severely impacted by major crises.

In this edition, you will learn more about our amazing partners and friends, who in big and small ways, have demonstrated compassion and kindness to our residents during this critical time.  You will also learn more about HDC’s leadership as we spotlight our Director of Resident Services, Debbie Gable, who is working tirelessly with her team to reach out to every resident to assess need, connect residents to available resources and ensure housing stability now and in the long term. 

Our bench is deep.  Our hearts are full.  Our will is strong.  We are on the ground getting it done, working with our partners create real change and meaningful connections, even as we social distance. 

With gratitude and hope,

 

 

 

Dana Hanchin

Leadership Spotlight: Debbie Gable

This is the first spotlight in our “Leadership Spotlight Series” to introduce you to the team of leaders working to advance HDC’s mission and vision. Meet another Leadership Team member in the next issue of The Home Front Newsletter. 

While the entire team behind HDC has been hard at work living out the goals of people-centered service and advancing equity outlined in our 2020-2025 Strategic Plan, Debbie Gable, HDC’s Director of Resident Services, has been one of the biggest advocates for this work.  

Raised in a blue-collar family where financial resources were sometimes scarce, Debbie adopted the ability to see the inherent worth of each person regardless of economic class. For her, joy and compassion can be found and fostered in every community, no matter the financial realities. This background fuels her approach to service and is the foundation for her ability to extend understanding and kindness to all.  

Debbie has dedicated her career to supporting the most vulnerable people and populations in society. Her background includes an extensive career rooted in social justice, serving as an advocate for vulnerable populations in the York County area. She has served as director of education for Planned Parenthood of Central PA, a family therapist for Family Service Partners, and an English as a second language instructor and counselor with Lincoln Intermediate Unit #12. 

 

Since joining HDC in 2011, Debbie has built a strong foundation for the organization’s Resident Services program to thrive. She sees herself not only as an advocate for residents, but the team of fifteen Resident Services Coordinators as well, ultimately raising their voices throughout the organization. She’s worked extensively to improve the reporting of success measures and analytics which helps to holistically highlight the team’s experience and expertise, and connect the work of resident services to housing as a whole. She has also worked closely with the organization’s Property Management Team to build stronger collaboration and partnership.

 

Debbie is deeply passionate about the wellbeing and stability of HDC’s residents, and has been at the forefront of HDC’s eviction prevention program, including the creation of the Michael R. Carper Hope & Opportunity Fund which was established to assist residents in maintaining housing stability through times of crises. She has also used her passion and insight to advance HDC’s work around social equity by participating in racial equity, diversity and inclusion-focused efforts and strategic planning, and is leading work for HDC to become a trauma-informed organization.

Debbie’s colleague Heather Haverstick, Resident Services Manager, describes Debbie’s dedication to HDC’s mission best: “Debbie’s desire to do the work and to be alongside people is completely engrained in her personal and professional life. She cares for everyone as she moves through the world. And regardless of how heavy the nature of things, she lives her life with a deep sense of joy that informs everything she does and everyone she touches.”  

Meet another member of our Leadership Team in the next issue of our e-newsletter.

We’re All in This Together

At HDC, we’ve built a network of partners that believe in our vision and are committed to helping advance HDC’s mission. We are better because of our partners. We know we can’t do this work alone. And honestly, we wouldn’t want to. We value our partner’s expertise, knowledge, and passion to make our communities better, safer places to call home.  

Our work does not only revolve around housing, but the many other social, economic and environmental factors that affect the health and wellbeing of our communities. Resources like access to healthy food and financial assistance contribute to the health and stability of our residents. And as we’ve all adjusted to the challenges posed by COVID-19, our partners of all types, sizes, and purposes have come together to keep our communities safe, healthy and stable. Over the past month, friends, partners, and neighbors across Pennsylvania have stepped up to provide HDC residents in need with extra resources including food boxes, grocery gift cards, meal vouchers, and masks. 

Berks County 

Chester County 

Lancaster County 

  • David and Darlene Flaud, who own a snow removal company that services Mountain View Terrace in New Holland, donated food boxes to seniors living at the community. Community Manager Jane Wilt, with the help of partner Landis Communities, distributed the food boxes to residents on April 10 so the residents could bake a holiday meal for Easter. The Flaud’s also own Premier Structures. 

Luzerne County 

  • Holy Family Church Food Pantry donated non-perishable food boxes to residents at Exeter Senior Living in Exeter. 
  • The Wyoming Library Sewing Club and a family member of a resident living at Exeter Senior Living both donated handsewn masks for residents to wear. 

Food Access 

In addition to the partnerships listed above, HDC has continued to work with the following organizations to assist in food access and security: 

 

Are you interested in helping HDC MidAtlantic? Reach out to Debbie Gable our Director Residents Services. 

 

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