On Tuesday, May 9, 2017, The Rotary Club of Doylestown inducted a new member! Please welcome Donyale Showers, the Executive Director of Twining Village, a Continuing Care Senior Living Center in Holland, Pa.  Donyale has already been active in Rotary activities for the past few months! Thank you and welcome, Donyale!  Donyale is picture with Gail Linenberg, Club VP, and Bob Tessier, Membership Chair.
Also on May 9, 2017, the Club welcomed Florence Kowacska, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of Bucks County. Florence informed us that 103 homes have been built and 40 repaired since 1990, when Habitat for Humanity came to Bucks County. In addition, two Re-Store locations collect and resell used appliances, cabinets, furniture, books and even offer some new items (furniture from Mealy’s and new cabinets from a local supplier), as a HfH funding source.
So – who gets these HfH homes? Families who demonstrate need, can pay a mortgage and can invest 200 hours of sweat equity into the job. As Florence said, it’s a “hand up, not a hand out”. For families who cannot qualify, there is an “Almost Home” program to help them fix credit issues and learn how to save money, among other things, so they can qualify for a home. Another program called “A Brush with Kindness” helps low income families preserve their homes. Volunteers fix minor exterior problems and some interior ones. The home-owners pay part of the cost, while Habitat funds the rest and volunteers do the work. This program will be expanded in upcoming years, since there is great need for it in our county. Florence encouraged us to participate in Habitat for Humanity by taking our used items to Re-store and by volunteering to help build or fix homes. Of course, donations are very welcome, too. A big thank you to Florence for an interesting and professionally presented program!  Florence is pictured with club member Jim Dowling.