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The 1920s Home was Completely Renovated by Delta Volunteers in 6 Weeks & Fully Funded by In-Flight Recycling Program

Los Angeles, CA – November 2, 2012: Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (HFH GLA) and Delta Air Lines recently celebrated the completion of the second sponsored home in Long Beach. Partner homeowner, Irma Ulloa, and daughter Vanessa, received the keys to their rehabilitated Spanish style home, originally built in 1926, in a touching ceremony attended by key staff members from both organizations and the City of Long Beach. All of the work on the 86 year-old home took place in just six weeks thanks to dedicated teams of Delta Air Lines employees who volunteered on their own time Wednesday through Saturday, building alongside new partner homeowner, Irma Ulloa.

“Delta Air Lines has amazed us with their commitment to affordable housing and employee volunteers who traveled from near and far over the last six weeks to complete this home in time for the holidays,” said Erin Rank, President and CEO of HFH GLA. “This is the second home in Long Beach sponsored by Delta Air Lines and we know the Ulloa’s will feel their love and support in the walls of this home for years to come.”

Delta Air Lines first partnered with HFH GLA in 2010 to rehabilitate a craftsman-style home for partner homeowner, Wendy Castillo, her mom and two young children. This year’s build, had a unique, green twist in that Delta Air Lines funded the rehabilitation of the Ulloa home through its Comprehensive In-Flight recycling program. In addition to putting their mission into action as a Force for Global Good locally with HFH GLA, Delta has also been busy building with Habitat for Humanity affiliates in four other cities across the country.

“All of us at Delta Air Lines were so excited to come back to Long Beach and rehabilitate a second home,” said Ranjan Goswami, Managing Director for National Account Sales, Delta Air Lines. “This build was unique because it was completely funded by our in-flight recycling program and also because we were able to complete the transformation of the home and see Irma Ulloa’s dream realized in only six short weeks with the help of the nearly 500 Delta employees who volunteered their time.”

Barry Matthews, Program Manager, Delta Air Lines, added: “I could not be more proud to be a part of an air line that is so committed to improving lives.”

HFH GLA has been honored to work closely with the City of Long Beach and HUD to provide the Neighborhood Stabilization Program. Through this program, HFH GLA is transforming foreclosed properties into affordable homeownership opportunities while strengthening neighborhoods in Long Beach.

Irma Ulloa will be able to celebrate the gift of homeownership this holiday season, which is a dream she has held close to her heart for over 15 years. Ulloa is a dental assistant and her daughter Vanessa is a student at Santa Monica College. In addition to completing her sweat equity hours building her own home, Ulloa will also pay back a zero-interest mortgage.

The dedication event also recognized partners, volunteers and all those whose contributions made the rehabilitation of the Ulloa home possible. Special thanks were given to Barry Matthews and Ranjan Goswami from Delta Air Lines headquarters; Councilmember Al Austin; Val Lerch from Congresswoman Laura Richardson’s office; Stacey Fong Toda representing Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster; and Jonathan Kraus, Chief of Staff for the City of Long Beach.

Watch Delta Air Lines volunteers in action in videos from the kick-off and from one of the build days and learn more about Delta Air Lines work with Habitat for Humanity and the Force for Global Good here.

 

About Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (HFH GLA) strives to eliminate substandard housing through advocacy, education and partnership with families and individuals in need to build decent, sustainable and affordable housing. Since 1990, HFH GLA has built and renovated more than 700 homes locally and worldwide, transforming the lives of hundreds of individuals. HFH GLA is a GuideStar® Valued Partner and has achieved the coveted Charity Navigator 4-Star rating awarded to nonprofits for sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency. For more information, please visit http://www.habitatla.org or call 310-323-4663. Visit our blog at http://buildingagreaterla.blogspot.com.

 

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Media Contacts:

Jo-An Turman

Habitat for Humanity GLA

T: 424-246-3175

jturman@habitatla.org

 

Angela Moore

Starfish PR

T: 310-429-8868

angela@starfish-pr.com

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Erin G. Rank is the President and CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (HFH GLA), which serves 112 cities and unincorporated areas in Los Angeles County. Erin has been a valued member of the Habitat for Humanity organization for more than 15 years and remains dedicated to making housing a global priority. She has served on Habitat for Humanity International’s U.S. Council, which oversees policy making for all U.S. affiliates of Habitat for Humanity.

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