Building a Greater Los Angeles Blog

28
Jul

Posted by guest blogger: Roxana Sanchez Somewhere in the swirl of senior year, a former teacher turned mentor, posted a link on my Facebook wall. The link read: Bank of America Student Leaders Program. Though Bank of America was on my radar, I didn’t know they performed other functions outside of banking. In the Student Leaders Program, Bank of America sponsors students who are involved in their communities, to work an 8-week paid internship at a local non-profit. Also as part of the internship, Student Leaders are required to participate in an all-expense paid trip to Washington D.C. for a week-long leadership summit. So in January 2014, I submitted my application and continued on with my life. Months after, when I least expected, I got an email from Bank of America congratulating me. A few days later I was informed of ...

25
Jul

We are so thrilled to partner with Southern California Edison to build homes and this week they took their support to a new level by donating more than 200 framed pieces of art to our Los Angeles ReStores.   The artwork is available for purchase in our local ReStores in Gardena and Norwalk.  Thank you SCE for your generous support! Visit us for Restore hours and learn how you can donate furniture and other items to be put back into homes in the local Southern California community. Related Posts: New ReStore Blog Showcases Treasures and DIY Projects

21
Jul

    Posted by Ashley Noel I shot these interviews while on site in Malawi, for my first Global Village build with Habitat for Humanity. I wanted to capture my team and document everyone's feelings, emotions and revelations. It was so beautiful to see these 15 strangers come together with the common goal of building homes and giving these families a solid foundation to build their future. By the end of the trip, we were truly a family, not just with each other, but with the homeowners and the village as well. Our team keeps in touch and we want to continue to support our village in any way we can. Hopefully we can go back in a few years to do a follow up trip! In the meantime, I'm already looking forward to my next Global Village trip next year! God Bless!

18
Jun

On Saturday, June 14, KFRN reporter Suong Tran talked with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles President and CEO Erin Rank. The interview, aired on the station’s “Focus on the Issues” program, covered everything from current building projects, Habitat’s extensive network of volunteers, and the ReStores, to home remodel projects, sustainable L.A. housing and how to become a Habitat Partner Homeowner. Click below to listen to the full interview on the KFRN family radio network in Long Beach CA and learn more about everything HFH GLA: Listen to the KFRN interview

12
Jun

We love our partner homeowners and it’s an honor to share their stories about how homeownership has enriched their family’s lives. On Saturday, June 7th 2014, we had the pleasure of attending the graduation ceremony for Maywood Academy High School for Tanya Silerio and Luis Delgado Jr., held at East Los Angeles College. Last March, the Silerio family received the keys to their new Habitat home and it was a day they had all been anticipating. They were overwhelmed with joy and started planning how to decorate long before moving in. This past weekend, The Silerios experienced another joyful moment as daughter, Tanya Silerio graduated from Maywood Academy High School. Luis Delgado Jr. also graduated from Maywood Academy High School this past weekend. The Delgado family  became Habitat partner homeowners this past year, after 15 years of renting a two-bedroom house. ...

12
Jun

We are thrilled to share this video produced by Now You Know about our ReStores. This was filmed at our Norwalk ReStore, however we have another location in Gardena and we will be opening our third location in Bellflower this summer. Find out more info about our ReStore used material operations. Related Posts: Don't Dump It, Donate It & Deduct It Discovering Hidden Treasures at ReStores Deconstructing with Ed Begley, Jr.

07
Jun

Viven el sueño americano

Recently the Garcia family  was interviewed by La Opinion. They are one of our amazing and inspiring families who have paid off their mortgage. Martín y Carmela García nunca creyeron que tendrían su propia casa. Habitat for Humanity los ayudó a que se ese sueño se cumpliera. Hace 22 años, Martín se enteró del programa ofrecido por esta organización cristiana sin fines de lucro que le permitiría aspirar a convertirse en dueño de una casa. El programa ofrece una hipoteca, sin intereses, a los futuros propietarios, por lo que las mensualidades resultan económicas y cómodas de pagar. "Estamos muy felices y nos sentimos muy bendecidos. No tenemos manera de expresar como nos sentimos al tener nuestra propia casa", dijo Martín García. "No necesitamos ganarnos la lotería. ¡Ya la ganamos!", añade emocionado. A. Jo-An Turman, representante de la fundación, destacó que en los 24 años de fundada, Habitat for Humanity Los Ángeles ...

23
May

Written by Spokesperson for Habitat for Humanity’s National Women Build Week,  Holly Robinson Peete Growing up my parents instilled in me the importance of giving back. To this day, one of my favorite quotes is, “service is the rent that we pay for living” by Marian Wright Edelman. Rodney and I work hard at raising our kids to be service-minded and one of the ways we do this is through example. I have been blessed to be able to lend my name in support of many wonderful organizations that work to improve the lives of women and children. Habitat for Humanity’s work in this area is empowering and necessary. A home provides a safe place for children to grow up confidently and thrive academically. Each year, during the week leading up to Mother’s Day, Habitat for Humanity’s National Women ...

03
May

We would like to give a special thanks to everyone, celebrities and fans alike, who came out and participated in the 5th Anniversary of our General Hospital Fan Build Day. We have been receiving such wonderful feedback that we decided to share! This was a letter we received ...

02
May

Here at Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles we are working around the clock to build hope, lives, and communities. We are able to do this with help of volunteers, donors and through our ReStores. If  you have not yet visited one of our ReStores, they are home improvement thrift  stores that serve the community and help us generate additional funding to  build more homes. ReStores were established to be a self-sustaining funding source for Habitat for Humanity affiliates, as well as to provide local communities with low-cost building and home improvement materials. The ReStore sells donated materials including new and gently used furniture, appliances, lumber, hardware, vintage and unique items to the public. All of these items are available to the public for at least 50% off retail value.