Merger FAQs

Organization Name

  • The post-merger organization will consolidate under the existing 501c3 and name of Harford Family House.
  • The emergency shelter will retain the Welcome One name.

Leadership Team, Board and Staffing

  • Current Harford Family House CEO Robin Tomechko will serve as CEO. Prior to joining HFH in 2016, Robin spent nearly 30 years with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Chesapeake, working her way up to president and CEO. Under her leadership, HFH’s net income has grown 328% and has seen a 95% success rate among its programs.
  • Following three and a half years on the Board and five and a half years in her current role, Welcome One Executive Director Liz Tutino will be retiring on June 30, and will continue to actively support the post-merger organization both financially and as a volunteer.
  • All Board members will be invited to serve on the new organization’s Board.
  • All staff members from both organizations will be retained and eligible for benefits through the new entity. A new Senior Director of Homelessness Services will focus on ensuring continuity and integration between HFH and the Welcome One Emergency Shelter, while an existing staff member will transition into the role of Workforce Development Specialist, working across the organization on job training and placement.

Timing

• The merger will become effective with the start of the new fiscal year
for both organizations, July 1, 2022.

Contact Information

  • Phone: 410-273-6700
  • Website:  harfordfamilyhouse.org or harfordhomelesshelp.org
  • Mailing address: 53 E. Bel Air Ave. Suite 3, Aberdeen, MD 21001
    Welcome One Emergency Shelter residents will continue to receive mail at the physical address of the shelter.
  • Gifts: All checks should be made payable to Harford Family House and online donations will be processed through the website above. Recurring donations will automatically switch.

About Harford Family House

  • In 1989, the nine Episcopal churches in Harford County banded together to provided support to homeless families through what was then known as Holy Family House. 
  • In 2004, the name was changed to better reflect the many community partners who supported the organization.
  • In 2009, HFH was designated a Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO).
  • Today, Harford Family House is the largest provider of transitional housing for families with children experiencing homelessness and unaccompanied adults ages 18-24 in Harford County and is among the only organizations in Harford County capable of keeping an intact family, including father, together during the crisis of homelessness.
  • HFH has 31 apartment units and offsite properties that provide up to six months of temporary housing to families in need, as well as permanent supportive housing for families who need additional time due to a diagnosed disability.
  • Since its inception, HFH has served more than 600 families with children, transforming the lives of more than 1,900 individuals.   

About Welcome One Emergency Shelter

  • Welcome One got its start in1999, when local Christian churches began rotating to provide shelter each winter to individuals experiencing homelessness.
  • Originally known as Faith Communities and Civic Agencies United (FCCAU), in 2006, DSS and Harford County Community Services aided the organization in opening a permanent shelter located in the Riverside Business Park–the Welcome One Emergency Shelter, which is now the primary moniker by which the organization is known.
  • The Welcome One Emergency Shelter is the only year-round homeless shelter in Harford County.
  • The shelter has 26 beds for men and 6 beds for women, and operates at 96-97% capacity.
  • Since the shelter opened in 2006, more than 2,000 people have passed through its doors.


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