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North Star Receives Generous Grant from Vanguard


North Star of Chester County is delighted to announce it has received a generous gift of $25,000 from Vanguard Hometown Grants, to continue its homelessness prevention and self-sufficiency program for working single parent families. The funding comes at a critical time, when the needs of vulnerable households are greater than ever. Funding from Vanguard Hometown Grants will be used to provide ongoing rental assistance, to keep local families stably housed, in addition to case management services, to guide program participants toward self-sufficiency.


“We are honored by the continued support from Vanguard,” said North Star Executive Director Donald Neimetz. “This gift makes a substantial impact in the lives of the families we serve throughout Chester County.”


North Star has served working single parents for more than 28 years, offering qualified families as much as three years of rental assistance to avoid homelessness, in addition to guidance and education to help them achieve self-sufficiency. “Our approach to homelessness prevention combines ongoing financial assistance, to support and stabilize families in the short term, while three years of guidance from our case managers prepares them to be financially independent and successful in the long-term,” said Neimetz.


Vanguard Hometown Grants Program provides community grants to nonprofit agencies

in the communities near and around where Vanguard operates. Funded by the

Vanguard Group Foundation, the program is run by local Investment Committees made

up of crew (employee) volunteers, who select and vet the giving strategies. Vanguard

Hometown Grants Program currently operates out of Vanguard’s Greater Philadelphia,

Greater Charlotte, Greater Phoenix and London offices.


Since 1993, North Star has helped hundreds of families avoid homelessness including more than 100 parents and children throughout the pandemic. None of the families enrolled in the program faced the threat of eviction in the last two years. Support from organizations like Vanguard ensures more families will continue to have the hand up they deserve.

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