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Q&A: Habitat for Humanity’s Coleen Middleton

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Coleen Middleton, Folsom

New Executive Director, Habitat for Humanity of Delaware County

An attorney by training, Coleen Middleton has spent a lot of time in the public sector. But she’s happy to now dedicate herself to a cause full time. “I strongly believe in Habitat’s mission, and I strongly believe in Habitat for Humanity of Delaware County,” Middleton says. The organization has a variety of events planned for its upcoming 25th anniversary next spring. “We’re hopefully going to be working with professional sports teams and partnering with them on various events,” she says.

What she does as executive director: I recruit volunteers, supervise the staff, manage the $700,000 budget, raise funds, coordinate the mortgage process and the sale of properties, and more.

What you might not know about Habitat for Humanity: We’re now focusing on transforming neighborhoods, serving more families, and repairing more homes for [those] affected by age, disabilities, or family circumstance. Our [new] focus areas are veterans, people with disabilities, and senior citizens. I’m looking forward to the support of the community, which is tight-knit and loyal to the diversity of the county.

From Left: Viman Thai Cuisine in Folsom, Mrs. Marty’s Deli in Media.

Favorite breakfast spot: Mrs. Marty’s Deli in Media. It’s a cozy atmosphere, and the staff is very welcoming. 

The Main Line’s best-kept secret: The arts and culture. Folks tend to go to Philly and tend to overlook the institutions that are flourishing here. 

Best local restaurant: I haven’t been in the area a long time, but I do enjoy Viman Thai Cuisine in Folsom. 

Where she shops: I’m an online shopper—and I’m addicted to Williams-Sonoma. 

From Left: Gotham Unbound: How New York City Was Liberated From the Grip of Organized Crime, the Philadelphia Zoo.

Favorite spot to take her niece and nephew: I love the Philadelphia Zoo [3]

Best chance of getting stuck in traffic: The Blue Route is so unpredictable. 

Where she shops for groceries: Whole Foods Market near the Philadelphia Museum of Art. 

If she had 30 minutes to herself, she’d: Read. I coauthored a book with a New York University professor on the mafia called Gotham Unbound: How New York City Was Liberated From the Grip of Organized Crime [4]. I like organized-crime books.