Building a Greater Los Angeles Blog

11
Oct

Looking to spruce up your home or office with some new flooring? Habitat LA has partnered with Cali Bamboo Flooring for its Green Flooring Initiative, 2014 Green Floor Hand Up. Cali Bamboo Flooring has selected Habitat LA as the beneficiary of its 2014 Green Floor Hand Up initiative to celebrate the launch of their new Rustic line of Fossilized bamboo flooring. For every square foot of the new Rustic line sold in 2014, Cali Bamboo will donate a square foot of sustainable bamboo flooring to our ReStores, which benefits the families we serve in the greater Los Angeles area! We are extremely grateful to Cali Bamboo for their commitment to building affordable and sustainable housing. Cali Bamboo’s Rustic line of Fossilized® bamboo flooring comes in two colors: Beachwood, a fresh whitewash hue, and Barnwood, a deep, dark walnut color, both ...

10
Oct

Do you love taking selfies? On Tuesday, October 14, come help us break a world record AND get the chance to trade in your DSLR for an award-winning Samsung NX30 or NX Mini SMART Camera! Join us at Hollywood & Highland as we try to win the Guinness World Record for most selfies taken in an hour! Snapping photos right alongside you will be Nick Cannon, Julianne Hough and Habitat LA! After the world record is set, Samsung will present Habitat LA with a $50,000 contribution. When: Tuesday, October 14 Where: Hollywood & Highland Center, 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles 90028 Times: 10am - Consumer ditching begins 2pm - Registration for the World Record Attempt 3pm - Guinness World Record Attempt 4:30 - Habitat LA check presentation Wear your Habitat LA t-shirt or hat as you join us in raising $50,000 all while making selfie history! Please ...

09
Oct

Posted by Sylvia Bautista, Homeowner Relations Case Manager & Proud Habitat Homeowner: This week we celebrated World Habitat Day (WHD), a day set aside annually to recognize the basic right of all humanity to adequate shelter, and to encourage grassroots action toward ending poverty housing. For me it’s a day where words travel through social media, word of mouth, and people’s hearts about the importance of affordable housing. This year’s World Habitat Day was especially inspiring, since I had an opportunity to participate in six home dedications. Habitat LA staff and board members visited families and dedicated homes in the City of Long Beach. Through these dedications and home visits, I had the opportunity to see the true impact affordable housing has on families, children, and our community. Mr. Chanto, lives with his wife and two daughters in a beautiful Spanish style home. ...

09
Oct

We are thrilled to congratulate the first two winners in our ReStore KitchenAid Island BBQ Grills Raffle! Earnest and Allene Williams were the first winners from our brand new ReStore in Bellflower! Ron Potts is the most recent winner from our Restore in Gardena! Habitat for Humanity ReStores are located in Bellflower, Gardena and Norwalk, and each store is raffling off seven KitchenAid Island BBQ Grills. Raffle tickets are only $5 each and after only 1,000 tickets are sold we will pull a winner for the next prize. Make sure to visit your nearest ReStore today for your chance to win a brand new grill with a retail value of $2,500! Haven’t been to a ReStore yet? ReStores are home improvement thrift stores that feature new and gently used items for your home, all sold at ...

08
Oct

All proceeds benefitting Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles. Saturday, October 11, 2014 8:00am - 4:00pm Corpus Christi Parish Hall 890 Toyopa Dr. Pacific Palisades , 90272 (15100 Sunset Blvd. & Carey St.) Food and drinks available from Let’s Be Frank, "Gourmet Dogs Gone Good”! Seeking donations of the following: Artwork, housewares, designer clothes, shoes and purses, entertainment accessories, collectibles, furniture, holiday decorations, sports equipment, children’s clothes and toys, jewelry, stationary, school supplies, arts & crafts, hobby supplies, pet supplies, garden items, health & beauty, linens, CDs & DVDs, china, glassware, and costumes. DROP-OFF INFORMATION: Drop off at the Attended POD Church Parking Lot 8-8:30am, 2:15-2:45pm, M-F And before All Weekend Masses. (Limited Pick-Up Available Upon Request) Drop off also on October 10th, 10:30am - 7pm, at Parish Hall. At the end of the day, all remaining items will be donated to Charity. For more information, or if you want to volunteer, please contact Carol Sanborn ...

06
Oct

Guest Blog Post by Kim McManus, International Pastor, Mosaic LA and Habitat LA board member Today, Monday, October 6th, is World Habitat Day, a day dedicated by the United Nations to recognize the basic need for decent and affordable housing in a world where it is lacking for over one billion people.  To help fight this problem, I am in Vietnam with several others from greater Los Angeles to build Habitat homes for low income families.  Over the last six years, I have traveled to Haiti, Bangladesh, Nicaragua, and throughout greater Los Angeles seeking to put God’s love into action to build homes, communities, and hope. One thing I have learned from my experiences is that every donation to Habitat LA makes such a difference in the lives of families in need.  The Ramirez family is just one example.  For ...

05
Oct

A Prayer For Shelter

It is not uncommon for people to stop what they are doing and bow their heads in a silent moment of gratitude, of hope, or to ask for help -- otherwise known as “prayer.” This powerful tool is very familiar to us, where “Seeking to put God's love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.” Therefore it seemed only fitting that Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles has its very own Prayer for Shelter, authored by our very own Patty Lee. Originally written for 2007’s National Day of Prayer, we have continued to use this prayer over the years, and to share it with the numerous congregations who help support us in our mission. In honor of World Habitat Day tomorrow, we invite you to join us in a moment of gratitude, hope, and the ...

05
Oct

What Does Home Mean To You?

Monday, October 6th is World Habitat Day! Today we are taking a moment to recognize the basic right of all of humanity to adequate shelter and help create awareness for those who go without. Giveback Homes is a trusted network of real estate professionals, dedicated to building homes with families in need. By simply choosing to work with a member of Giveback Homes, you’ll help build a home for a family in need. Pretty simple right?! A home is where you can smell your mom’s cooking, a home is where your dog greets you at the front door, a home is where you can put your feet on the furniture… A home can mean so many different things to people throughout the world. So today we’d like you to answer a simple question… What does a home mean to you? Share your thoughts ...

04
Oct

World Habitat Day. When Maslow created his Hierarchy of Needs, the foundation for a human to achieve self-actualization is rooted in basic needs: food, air, shelter. That was in 1943. Fast forward to 2014, we are still struggling for those basic needs. Thanks to Habitat for Humanity and the UN for taking this day to recognize the need for basic & sustainable housing for all people around the world. I have been working with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles for the past five years. I’ve been blessed to see the sheer joy and triumph in a new homeowner’s face while they are working on what will become “Their Home”. As I built alongside a homeowner during this year’s annual Power Women ...

03
Oct

Posted by Karen Moore, ReStore Materials Acquisitions Manager The Habitat for Humanity ReStore is such a BRILLIANT concept! Our ReStores provide a solution for items that one person may no longer have a use for, but to another person, it’s exactly what they need. Say for example, someone is purchasing a new refrigerator, but their old one is just a few years old and in perfectly good condition. Once donated to the ReStore, the older frig is sold for a fraction of its value to someone else. Everybody Wins! And here’s the icing on this delicious cake!...The money that is made from the sale of that frig and everything else sold at the ReStore, helps us to build and renovate more homes! Actually, about 9 homes per year! It’s my job at the Los Angeles Habitat affiliate to increase the material donations to ...