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Our Mission

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles builds and renovates homes in partnership with God and people everywhere with a goal of eliminating
substandard housing
by making decent,
affordable housing a matter of conscience and action in our communities.
As we end our fiscal year we are excited about all the wonderful projects we have scheduled for the new year. We hope you will join us on this journey of building hope, lives and communities. Read more about our latest efforts and other exciting Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (HFH GLA) news.
A New HFH GLA ReStore is Coming In August!
ReStore opening
Matthew Hanson, President of The Centennial Group, was the first President of the Board of Directors at Habitat for Humanity South Bay/Long Beach, which later merged and became HFH GLA.  He played a critical role in establishing the organization and helped the affiliate build its first few houses.  While it was a challenge to lay the groundwork for the affiliate in the early 1990's, Matthew's tenacity and dedication created a strong foundation. 
To help celebrate HFH GLA's 20th Anniversary, he is undertaking a new challenge.  He and swimmersix of his friends will be swimming from Catalina Island to the Long Beach Yacht Club, a 22 mile journey, on July 31, 2010.  The group will leave Catalina around 11 p.m. on July 31 and plan on swimming in a relay team to arrive on the mainland in Long Beach by noon on August 1. 
Because of the early morning hours, the group dubbed themselves the "Dawn Patrol".  They will be raising money for three charities during this swim, one of which is HFH GLA.  For more information and to support this effort, please visit their website at: www.theswim2010.com
HFH GLA Honors Past Board Chairs!
As one of the 20th Anniversary celebration activities, HFH GLA hosted a Past Board Chairman luncheon. The event was held at a Platinum LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified former smog certification station in West Los Angeles.  The Smog Shoppe now hosts elegant events for the environmentally conscious. 

Past chairsOver a dozen former HFH GLA board chairs attended the luncheon.  They were greeted by Habitat for Humanity's current Board Chair, Walt Disney Imagineering's Craig Russell and HFH GLA's President and CEO Erin Rank and it was a wonderful reunion for all.  (Pictured from L to R:  David Lin, Jack Barringer, E. Felicia Brannon, Dave Neary, Erin Rank, Wes Murray, Craig Russell, Matthew Hanson, David Reed)

HFH GLA's first board chair Matthew Hanson ('92) and his wife, Kirsten were appropriately the first to arrive.  Other past chairs joined them shortly thereafter.  The afternoon's agenda included a delicious lunch donated and served by The Garden of Eating and a stiring five minute video reflection of the affiliate's history was shown to the group.  Each past Board Chair shared a personal reflection of their time with Habitat for Humanity.  The afternoon ended with Craig Russell sharing the current vision for HFH GLA with the past visionaries.  Every guest was given a 20th Anniversary President's Circle China plate as a thank you gift for their years of service.  A commemorative plaque with each of the past board chair names on it will be hung in the lobby of the HFH GLA offices.
Remembering Sumner Gambee
HFH GLA would like to pay tribute to Mr. Sumner Gambee, a long-time donor and friend who recently passed away, for all his contributions and generosity over the years. Mr. Gambee was a charitable man, who had been an active supporter of Habitat for Humanity since 1993 and many other worthwhile organizations, until his passing on March 18, 2010 at the age of 80 years old. Mr. Gambee lived a life dedicated to God, his family and to service.

Mr. Gambee was born in New Jersey, graduated from Princeton and went into the U.S. Navy OCS. He was the devoted husband of Nancy Gambee, who partnered with him in life and service for almost 58 years. After moving to San Pedro, he worked as hard at his job as the Associate Dean for Student Affairs and the Coordinator of Financial Aid for the California State University System, as he did for his new Californian community.
When Mr. Gambee and his wife retired in 1987, they grew even more active, especially with their church. As members of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Sumner and Nancy became a thriving part of the church's Christian Service ministry while working with Habitat for Humanity, Toberman Center, Cabrillo Marine Museum, Harbor Interfaith, and South Bay Literacy Center, where Sumner was the chair.  When HFH GLA was Habitat for Humanity South Bay/Long Beach, Sumner and Nancy served on the Family Selection and Nurturing Committee. The Gambees have pledged and donated over $61,000 to HFH GLA, improving the lives of several hard-working, low-income families. We thank them for their generosity and loving hearts and send special blessings to the Gambee family. The impact of his contribution to the world is immeasurable.
D2D Tees Again
D2DOn a beautiful brisk spring morning, 16 golfers tee'd off just after dawn for the 4th annual Dawn-2-Dusk Golf Marathon.  The golfers had a great time playing until dusk at El Caballero Country Club in Tarzana.

Many golfers played over 70 holes to raise funds for HFH GLA.  Golfers raised awareness and funds in support of a house under construction at the Imperial Highway site in Lynwood, and in partnership with Youth United. Over the past 4 years, the D2D Golf Marathon has raised over $300,000 in support of building hope, lives and communities with HFH GLA.  This year's event added to their support of Habitat for Humanity's work globally and a portion was raised to support rebuilding efforts in Haiti.  We thank the golfers that committed their time and resources to help us build homes and serve our Partner Families!  You can still support D2D golfers at www.habitatla.org/events.  We would love to have you join us next year! For more information, please contact Patty Lee at 310-323-4663 ext. 106.