of Cecil County and of Harford County have merged to create a new entity: Habitat for Humanity Susquehanna.
In a statement released Tuesday, executive director Joanne Blewett said the move is intended to help Habitat for Humanity better serve those who need them.
“We will partner with more communities, build and repair more homes and ultimately serve more families through this merger,” she said.
Development associate Caroline Adolph told Patch on Wednesday that the move will benefit each affiliate.
"There's been a need in both counties," Adolph said.
She said the move makes sense; both groups have worked together in the past, and of the two, only Harford County had a full-time staff while Cecil relied exclusively on volunteers.
The group said the change won’t affect the way the organizations are run. The two affiliates will combine employees and members of their boards of directors. Pam Ruff will serve as board president and Blewett will continue as executive director.
Founded in 1976, Habitat for Humanity helps low-income families achieve home ownership and get needed home repairs. Since 1993, the Cecil and Harford affiliates have served more than 150 families by building 62 homes and repairing 127 others.
Habitat for Humanity Susquehanna will celebrate the merger with a public dedication at 23 Cherry Lane in Elkton—the site of the first home built by the newly-merged affiliate. The event is set for 10 a.m. Sept. 9.