A Letter from our Executive Director

Exciting times continue at Habitat for Humanity Allegheny Valley. Since presiding over the post as Executive Director for the organization as January 1st, I am proud to state that the accomplishments of the organization achieved through its dedication of staff and volunteers, continue to spawn growth and development for underserved members of our communities. Over the course of 2016, the organization has concentrated its efforts to cultivate development program initiatives that work to best ensure achievement of our mission while creating more sustainable impacts on our shared communities and residents alike. Additionally, the organization has focused on collaborative efforts that unify community resources to more systematically address the systemic issues that challenge the growth and development of our underserved neighborhoods.

During 2016, the organization has dedicated itself to three home rehabilitations, eight Brush with Kindness projects, along with continual development and site improvements to its ReStore retail location. Our ReStore not only generates revenue for our programming initiatives, it also places specific emphasis on reuse, recycle, and repurpose, and has diverted over 175,000lbs from area landfills. Additionally, each of these activities has engaged diverse members of our collective communities to share their passion to serve their neighbors. Such opportunities, have created in-roads to connect with other non-profit organizations in the region to synergistically utilize resources that unify and strengthen community capitals.

As we proceed into the 2017 calendar year, we look forward to continue our efforts to more optimally achieve higher levels of success and mission obtainment that provide hope and opportunity throughout the region, while further engaging the collective stakeholders within the Allegheny Valley to empower and enhance our shared community capitals.


John Tamiggi
Executive Director


Contact Us

John Tamiggi | Executive Director

225 Freeport Street
New Kensington PA 15068
Phone: 724-594-1051
E-Mail: john@habitatav.org

Katherine Counihan | Volunteer Coordinator

E-Mail: kathyc@habitatav.org

Board of Directors

First Name Last Name Position/Committee
KatherineCounihan, MDPresident
ErnestDiazFundraising, Restore
JamieDillonFamily Support
ScottDillonTreasurer
GlennGrossAdvisory Board
LynneGrossAdvisory Board
CarolHarrisPresident Emeritus
BryanHeylFundraising
W. JamesLegge, Dr, Rev.President Emeritus
HughRumbaughEvents
KarenSnairFamily Services Chair
LisaSlongoPR Publicity
GerryVaerewyckPresident
LorraineWolosencukRestore Chair

Our Valued Partners

Vere Inc.

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Walmart

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Emerson

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Law Offices of Robert Liotta ESQ

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Lowe's

Lowe

Ace Hardware

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Home Depot

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Pittsburgh Penguins

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Sheetz

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Scott Electric

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Oakmont Bakery

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Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

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UPS

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FAQS & Myths

Myth

Habitat gives houses to poor people

Fact

Through volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, Habitat builds and rehabilitates simple, decent houses with the help of homeowner (partner) families. Habitat houses are sold to partner families at no profit and financed with affordable loans. The homeowners’ monthly mortgage payments are used to build still more Habitat houses.

Myth

Habitat builds houses for minorities.

Fact

Habitat doesn’t build houses FOR anyone. It builds houses WITH people in need without regard to race, creed or ethnic background.

Myth

You have to be a Christian to be a Habitat homeowner

Fact

Habitat was founded as, and remains a Christian ministry, but homeowners are chosen without regard to creed. Habitat also welcomes volunteers from all faiths — or no faith — who can actively embrace Habitat’s goal of eliminating poverty housing from the world.

Myth

Former President Jimmy Carter started Habitat for Humanity International.

Fact

Habitat for Humanity International was started in Americus, Ga., in 1976 by Millard and Linda Fuller. Former President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, have been longtime Habitat supporters and volunteers who help bring national and international attention to the organization’s house-building work.

History

Affiliated and Incorporated in 1996 – started by the Allegheny Valley Association of Churches as they searched for a housing ministry to help families in their interfaith Hospitality Network that were looking for affordable places to live. First house began construction in November 1997 and completed one year and three days later. We recently completed our 20th home and moved our ReStore!