Building A Greater Los Angeles

27
Aug

Last Week, Veza founder Brandon Michaels took his first trip to visit Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles’ (Habitat LA) home build site in Long Beach, California. Veza’s collaboration with Habitat LA really started to have meaning after Brandon’s on-site visit to the current Habitat LA home in production. Brandon had an opportunity to spend a day, on location, and get a whole new meaning of partnership as he dug, sawed, mixed and nailed under the hot August sun. Being a part of the action gave Brandon and Veza an entirely new perspective on collaboration as they turned in their formal attire for sneakers and spent an entire day learning how Habitat LA makes such an impact. Later that day, Brandon had the opportunity to meet and build with Miguel, a member of the family who would ...

06
Aug

The 10th Annual “Power Women Power Tools” event was held Saturday, June 21, 2014 in the City of Lynwood. I had the privilege to work alongside strong women from different backgrounds. As we worked together to build the remaining 4 townhouses, I felt an extreme joy to know that soon my fellow Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles homeowner applicants would each have the opportunity to be homeowners of a 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom townhouse. As a homeowner applicant, I look forward to continuing to build homes, and one day look forward to owning my own home. I thank Habitat LA for allowing me to participate in this PWPT event and I look forward to next year’s event.

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 ...

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 ...

07
Sep

Guest Blogger and Volunteer: Ian HalsemaWith retirement looming on the horizon, I'd been wondering what I'd do with my time. As a soon to be ex-software engineer, I knew watching endless daytime TV wasn't the answer, and I wanted to give back to society some of my success in life.  In addition, I wanted to improve my physical and mental health (sitting at a keyboard day after day isn't good for you!).My wife, Carol, and I discussed various options, and she finally had a stroke of genius! Volunteer at Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles!  As a homeowner, I'd always maintained my house, and I've always enjoyed "This Old House" on TV, so Habitat for Humanity was a natural fit ...

18
Apr

Lawndale Kick-Off Celebration

This past Saturday was the perfect sunny, Spring day to celebrate two new homes being built in the City of Lawndale and new beginnings for the Royce and Real-Munoz families. We were thrilled to have the Mayor of Lawndale, Councillmember Robert Pullen-Miles, as well as the homes two sponsors, Beach Cities Friends and Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, on-hand for this special occasion.The Royce family will move into a three bedroom, two bath, 1282 sq. foot home with a garage and the slightly larger Real-Munoz family will be able to spread out in a four bedroom, two and a half bath, 1405 sq. foot home with a garage. Both single-family homes are being built to be energy efficient in order to save the Royce and Real-Munoz families money on their utility bills. At Saturday's ceremony, both families spoke about what it will mean to them to ...