Open Hearth Receives $25,000 Donation from Univest Financial

UnivestFrom left to right, Open Hearth CEO Kelly Raggazino and board members Laura Keen and Ed Santiago accept a generous donation to their capital campaign from Univest's Ed Gallagher, Betsy Roush and Karen Soffa (Submitted Image, Photo by Nettie Wolfe Silva)

PHOENIXVILLE, PA — Open Hearth, Inc. announced a $25,000 donation from Univest Financial to assist in the renovation of their new headquarters. Together, and with this funding, Open Hearth and Univest Financial will continue to strengthen and improve the quality of life in our community.

“This investment from Univest Financial will benefit the 800-plus clients served each year by Open Hearth. The newly renovated building will be a place of hope for our clients and partners as they are welcomed into a location that is both accessible and inspirational,” said Kelly Raggazino, Open Hearth’s Chief Executive Officer. “Our new home will reflect the high standards of service set by Open Hearth’s staff, funders, and collaborators.”

“Univest strongly believes in giving back to the communities it serves and we are excited to support Open Hearth and the important work they do to improve the quality of life in Montgomery and Chester Counties,” said Jeff Schweitzer, President and CEO of Univest Financial. “Open Hearth’s innovative approach to creating access to affordable housing and transportation, and, ultimately, helping people achieve financial stability aligns with Univest’s 145-year history of serving the financial and philanthropic needs of the local community. We look forward to the great work that will come out of their new headquarters.”

The goal of Open Hearth’s capital campaign, “Home Is Where the Hearth Is”, is to raise funds for the renovation of the nonprofit’s new headquarters located at 701 S. Main Street, in Phoenixville, Pa. To date, Open Hearth has raised over $785,000; close to 80 percent of its $1 million capital campaign goal.

The new property will provide easy access and parking, increased foot traffic, and proximity to many partner agencies. In the new building, staff will be located on one floor, whereas they are currently divided between two floors and 45 steps. More meeting space and room to grow are just a few of the additional benefits of the new headquarters.

Open Hearth began renovations of the property in June of 2021. The project is expected to be complete at the start of 2022.

Those interested in supporting Open Hearth’s work to end homelessness and financial instability can do so by visiting www.openhearthinc.org/2021-capital-campaign/.

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