A Letter from our Executive Director

Greatness beckons Habitat for Humanity Allegheny Valley. Through the endless support of our passionate staff, board, and volunteer base, the organization continues to grow leaps and bounds, as we have spawned growth and development for underserved communities throughout the region. Over the course of 2017, 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 in our shared communities. Additionally, the organization has placed major focus 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 2017, the organization has dedicated itself to three home rehabilitations build project, four Brush with Kindness home repair projects, ten Strokes with Change initiatives, a multitude of community revitalization projects, along with the continual development and site improvements to its ReStore retail location.

One of most successful progressions forward during 2017 was to share and collaborate with various local non-profit organizations in the area. Our collaborative efforts were able to create transformative change in our shared communities by addressing some of the most challenging issues facing the region. Some of the most impactful initiatives were the opportunities to collaborate on projects that addressed blighted properties of elderly and family homeowners through restoration projects that engaged local residents that are currently going through the addiction recovery process , the design and completion of a neighborhood unification wall to protect and ensure the safety of the residents and children of Natrona, and S.T.E.A.M projects that engaged our area youth in dynamic learning opportunities that were synchronized with community connectivity.

As we proceed into the 2018 calendar year, we possess great excitement to continue efforts and mission obtainment that redefine the Allegheny Valley’s paradigm, while further mobilizing the collective stakeholders to empower and enhance our shared community.


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
RichKulbackiPresident
DennisMialkiVice President
ScottDillonTreasurer
DianaBiordiSecretary
CarolHarrisPresident Emeritus
W. JamesLegge, Dr, Rev.President Emeritus
BryanHeylBoard Member
KatherineCounihan, MDBoard Member
GerryVaerewyckBoard Member
ErnestDiazBoard Member
LynnWeddellBoard Member
HughRumbaughBoard Member
KarenSnairBoard Member
LorraineWolosencukVP of ReStore Operations

Our Valued Partners

Vere Inc.

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Walmart

Walmart logo

Emerson

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Law Offices of Robert Liotta ESQ

Law Offices of Robert Liotta ESQ logo

Lowe's

Lowe

Ace Hardware

Ace Hardware logo

Home Depot

Home Depot logo

Pittsburgh Penguins

Pittsburgh Penguins logo

Sheetz

Sheetz logo

Scott Electric

Scott Electric logo

Oakmont Bakery

Oakmont Bakery logo

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review logo

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!