Kelly Raggazino, Executive Director of Open Hearth, has been with the nonprofit organization for 19 years. Open Hearth’s mission is to provide innovative programs to help people end the cycle of homelessness and achieve financial self-sufficiency through its own direct provision of services, as well as an established network of other nonprofits, so the families they serve can acquire affordable housing, a means of transportation and financial viability. Kelly was appointed Executive Director in January 2015 after holding several positions within the organization, starting with direct service work. Kelly has been instrumental in Open Hearth’s growth and development. Open Hearth started with just one program but now the organization has grown to administer a total of 13 programs to meet the various needs of our community in the area of housing, transportation, financial management, and community building efforts. Through Kelly’s leadership, in the last two years, the organization started several new partnerships, added four programs, and more than doubled its operating budget.
Outside of her executive role at Open Hearth, Kelly is the Vice President of The Community Coalition, an innovative model of collaboration among five Chester County non-profit organizations dedicated to fundraising together and sharing resources. She also co-chairs the Phoenixville Area Cross-Systems Partnership, focusing on the mission to reduce barriers of those experiencing homelessness and she serves on the board of Gateway Housing Group, whose mission is to provide programs and financial assistance to help people with a mental health diagnosis, drug/alcohol, or serious medical issue acquire or maintain housing in order to assure the best opportunity for success while actively engaged in formal treatment.