Audrey McMichael

A Letter from our Executive Director


Dear Friends,

When life’s challenges yield darkness, a spark of light can often shine new hope and comfort on those who need it the most. The power of light knows no bounds – and can illuminate new opportunities, regardless of age, disability, or life circumstance.

With nine enlightening projects closed over the past year – each a unique bright spot for individuals seeking affordability, independence and stability – is it any wonder that this year’s annual report theme highlights “Sparks of Light in the Community?”

Several of our projects this past year serve the unique needs of low or moderate income, aging populations. Barley Square Apartments in Reading and GALA Senior Housing in Philadelphia both fill a need for affordable housing for seniors ages 62 and older. Residents can maintain their independence with access to healthcare services. Additionally, The Summit House in Jenkintown features affordable housing for low-to-moderate-income seniors ages 62 and older. 

Catering to low-income families and individuals of all ages are Susquehanna Square and the Willows at East Greenville. Sitting on more than four acres of land, the Willows at East Greenville was a historic factory dating back to the 1800s that has been transformed into a modern community for families. Additionally, Susquehanna Square in Philadelphia is proud to partner with Grands as Parents to target grandparent-headed households looking for an affordable place to live.

A shining light for women and their families, Lillia Crippen Townhomes was carefully designed with mothers and children in mind. The Women’s Community Revitalization Project (WCRP) included the Philadelphia community in the process to ensure the affordable homes would meet their needs.

To foster life skills among individuals with intellectual disabilities and autism, BARC Development Services acquired three new group homes: one in Perkasie and two in Quakertown. BARC provides services and supports that help residents reach their full potential and build self-sufficiency.

Valley Youth House in Allentown also builds independence and creates a foundation for future growth, but focuses on youth. When youth experience some of their darkest times such as abuse or homelessness, they can turn to the Valley Youth House for emergency shelter, stable housing, counseling, and life skills training.

Hope and spiritual comfort is illuminated by The Peacemaker Center in Downingtown. Regardless of income or ability to pay, the counseling center provides clinical care and Biblically-based therapy to all ages.

Whether the project serves seniors, youth, women, or families, each one positively impacts the community, and it has been a joy for Community Lenders to provide financing for them. Thank you to our member banks and the organizations that made these sparks of light possible!

Best Regards,

Audrey McMichael
Executive Director

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