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NEWSLETTERDecember 2011


It has been a busy and exciting time for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (HFH GLA)! Just in time for the holidays, HFH GLA has had the honor of dedicating 4 homes in the past month and will dedicate 8 additional homes before the end of the year. Thank you for helping us welcome home these partner families. The magic of the season is here and it would not be possible without all of you. We invite you to read more and to continue helping us build hope, lives and communities. May you have a blessed holiday season with family and friends. 


Martha Partida and her four children have a lot to be thankful for this holiday season. On November 15, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (HFH GLA), the City of Long Beach, Merck, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, HGTV's Carter Oosterhouse and dozens of supporters, volunteers, family and friends hosted a very special home dedication for the Partida family.  

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The Partida Family Ribbon Cutting

The Partida home was built in partnership with Merck and the Build Smart, Breathe Easier national asthma education program and incorporates asthma healthy features using building techniques, materials and ventilation systems. This is especially important to Martha and her family who have struggled with difficult living conditions in their home, including poor insulation and mold. These issues have become health hazards for two of Martha's children, Johnathan (6) and Cindy (15) due to their struggles with asthma. Martha looks forward to living in a home that will benefit all of her children and help them lead a healthier life.


The dedication celebration began with remarks by Erin Rank, HFH GLA President & CEO followed by Laura Storke, Board Member of the Long Beach Housing Development Company; Joe Mulvey, Regional Development Director of Habitat for Humanity International; Carter Oosterhouse, host on HGTV and Jan Grothe, HFH GLA site supervisor. Reverend Charles Ensley of Bay Shore Community Congregational Church ended the program with a very special site blessing.  


After the ribbon cutting, Carter Oosterhouse led the family on the first tour of their completed home, highlighting the asthma-healthy features that will have a lasting impact on their lives. "I am sincerely thankful to have been a part of the Build Smart, Breathe Easier program and am thrilled to move my family into our new home," said Martha Partida.  


If you would like to attend an upcoming home dedication please contact Patty Lee at [email protected].  



Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (HFH GLA) is excited and proud to announce the launch of our Habitat for Heroes program! Habitat for Heroes is a joint program of HFH GLA and The Home Depot Foundation to provide critical home repairs for U.S. military veterans and their families.


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Herman & Blondean Smith (center), Erin Rank, President & CEO, HFH GLA (left), Congresswoman Laura Richardson (right) and volunteers from The Home Depot Foundation.

On Wednesday, November 10, volunteers from the U.S. Army, The Home Depot Foundation, HFH GLA staff and Congresswoman Laura Richardson kicked off the program at the home of WWII Veteran Herman Smith, 87. Mr. Smith, who was drafted into the army in 1943 as an anti-aircraft machine gunner 979th Quartermaster Service Co., has lived in his Carson home for more than 13 years and was unable to keep up with the repairs needed. With the winter season approaching, Mr. Smith was in critical need of a new roof to repair leaks throughout the home. Habitat for Heroes was honored to do the home repairs and with the help of volunteers and support from The Home Depot Foundation, the roof of Mr. Smith's home was replaced, the exterior painted and their fence repaired in just one week! 


Mark Burke, a Desert Storm veteran who volunteered for the project, said, "Veterans need our help the most, I Leapwood Schoolbelieve. This is like doing something for a member of my family. When we all retire, we're all the same. We have a brotherhood. And the veterans do deserve more than they get." The exciting day was made even more special with a surprise visit from the students of Leapwood Avenue School who decorated the front yard with patriotic signs and presented letters they had written to Mr. Smith, thanking him for his service. He was overwhelmed by the support of his community and said that the repairs to his home made him "very happy".  


This program is a part of HFH GLA's overall Veteran's initiative to engage local veterans in its work by providing employment, volunteer, home repair and homeownership opportunities. To find out more about our Veteran's initiative or the Habitat for Heroes program call 310-323-4663, ext. 118 or e-mail [email protected].

Mayor's Build Dedication

On Friday, November 18, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (HFH GLA) dedicated its 36th home built in the City of Long Beach! It was a special occasion celebrated by dozens of people who all came to celebrate with the Lopez family. 


HFH GLA, the City of Long Beach, the Long Beach Housing Development Company and Mayor Bob Foster partnered to build this new home sponsored by Gold Hammer Sponsor, Edison International, Silver Hammer Sponsor Union Bank and sponsors, OXY, AECOM, JetBlue, BNSF, Meridiam, SA Recycling and Keesal, Young & Logan. Mayor Foster owned this project from the beginning by helping raise funds to purchase materials, bringing new community partners to the table and even putting in volunteer hours himself by installing carpet in the new home - a trade he was familiar with having been a carpet installer some 30 years ago. "After many months of construction, I'm delighted that we are finally handing the keys to the Mayor's Build House to the Lopez family," said Mayor Bob Foster. "I want to thank the many volunteers and sponsors for all of their help. We not only built a home, but also built a stronger community by bringing in people like the Lopez family to set roots in this neighborhood.


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Erin Rank, HFH GLA President & CEO (left), the Lopez Family (center) and Mayor Bob Foster (right).


Enrique, Sonia, and their three children, Angel, Anthony and Adan look forward to spending the holidays in their new home. Enrique and Sonia have been saving for many years with the dream of one day providing a home for their children and were overwhelmed by the outpouring of love from volunteers, corporate sponsors, HFH GLA staff and community partners that had put their time and energy into the building of their new home - more than 450 volunteers donated more than 6,000 hours during the eight months of construction! Welcome home to the Lopez family!

Help Us Help Charles! 
A resident of Long Beach for 43 years, Charles has lived his entire life with cerebral palsy, a neurological condition that has greatly impaired the function of his arms, legs and vocal cords. For years, he has struggled with his physical disability, buthas never lost his determination to live a full and engaged life. Charles
Charles Dixon
Charles Dixon  
is an active member of his church and goes to the gym four times per week to work on his arms and legs. He has e-mail and Facebook accounts, and stays in contact with family and friends by typing on a keyboard using a pen held between his teeth.


A few months ago, we visited Charles' home in Long Beach. His home presents many challenges. For example, he must be lowered into the tub with the use of a pulley, and has no wheelchair ramp, making entering and exiting his home an exhausting process. HFH GLA is committed to constructing a fully accessible bathroom and installing a wheelchair ramp for Charles. These two simple modifications will have an immeasurable impact on his quality of life. But we need your help!  


We've posted a 90 second video about Charles on our website at http://www.habitatla.org. Please take a moment to learn more about Charles and consider making a contribution to help us modify his home and others like him in need of critical home repair. On behalf of Charles and others we serve, thank you.


Looking to purchase a home?
Want to make improvements to your current residence?
Having trouble with credit?

Don't miss the inaugural Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles Homeownership Resource Fair on Saturday, February 4, 2012, from 9am - 4pm at Cal State University, Dominguez Hills in Carson.

Partida Home
The Homeownership Resource Fair, sponsored by First Bank of California and Caring Realty, will provide valuable resources for low-income, hardworking families and individuals who want to learn more about Habitat for Humanity programs and services. And for potential homeowners that have completed the first step of the Habitat for Humanity application process, there will be on site services to help prepare you for the next steps!  In addition, the fair will offer workshops on Habitat's home preservation programs for low-income homeowners and veterans, educational sessions to prepare individuals for homeownership, and a vendor fair.

The Homeownership Resource Fair is an amazing opportunity that provides a one-stop-shop for those dreaming of owning or preserving their own home. Don't miss it!

For more information, call Homeowner Relations at 310.323.4663 ext 118.  
Although joyful, the holiday season can be especially stressful on families struggling to make ends meet during these tough economic times. Join HFH GLA in sponsoring one of our hardworking, low-income families with a donation of $250. Through our Holiday Adopt-A-Family program, you can help ensure that every child can experience the magic of the holidays. Beginning now through December 14, you can help by providing a monetary donation of any amount or a gift card for a family in need. Gift cards will be packaged in beautifully wrapped gift baskets and will be distributed at a holiday party on December 18. All gifts (cash and gift cards) can be sent to HFH GLA at the address below. Checks should be made payable to Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles.  

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles
Attn: Adopt-A-Family Program
17700 S. Figueroa Street
Gardena, CA 90248
Royce family

The Holiday Adopt-A-Family program is only possible through the generosity of people like you, people willing to open their hearts and provide the resources necessary to make the holidays possible for those less fortunate.
For more information, please visit www.habitatla.org or call Sylvia Bautista at 310.323.4663, ext. 118.


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