Chester County Commissioner Present Open Hearth with Check


Chester County Commissioners presented a check for $5,000 to Open Hearth, Inc. for our work in helping residents obtain affordable housing, access transportation, and learn financial skills to achieve and maintain independence.

Open Hearth helps hundreds of individuals and families each year.  “Everyone who comes to Open Hearth leaves with a personalized budget, appropriate referrals and a goal plan,” said Forsythe.  “This contribution from the Commissioners will help us to continue to meet the needs of low-income households, single parents, the elderly, and homeless individuals and families.”

There was Room at the Inn!

On a snowy afternoon last November, Open Hearth staff traveled to West Chester to meet with Barry and his family for a FIRM appointment. Barry, his fiancée Carla, and their ten-year-old daughter Alivia had utilized their first week of Gateway program support at a small hotel there. Before entering Gateway, the family was living in a cold home without heat or hot water, facing homelessness.

They Just Wanted a Little Help

Steve called Open Hearth late on a Friday afternoon looking for just a little help with a hotel stay.  Steve, his wife Becky, and their son Alex were homeless and had been staying in hotels for the past several months.  Steve was employed and had been able to pay for their hotel rooms until he missed a week of work due to a death in the family.  He contacted St. Vincent de Paul Society, who referred him to Open Hearth.