Erin Rank's 15th Anniversary
Global Builds
Meet the Ray's
HFH GLA's Challenge Coin
John Marshall High School
Lent Build 2013
NFLPA Build Day
Palos Verdes Ride for Habitat
Employee Spotlight
Habitat Insider
Board of Directors 

Tom Clarke 



Past Chairman:

Craig Russell  

Walt Disney Imagineering 



Mike Lang
Entertainment Executive



Jennifer Livingston

Union Bank


Travis Barr
Merrill Lynch/B of A 


Gerry Bross

Hollywood Sierra Kitchens


Daniel Burgner

Caruso Affiliated


Celine Cordero
 Los Angeles World Airports


 Ron Frank

Burke, Williams & Sorensen, LLP


Carl Jordan 

US Bank


Eva Kalawski  

Platinum Equity, LLC 


Edward Lin
Warner Bros. Entertainment


Kim McManus
Awaken Humanity

 David Mead

Southern California Edison


Jeffrey Moore
Community Bank


Arnold Ng

Apex Commercial Real Estate


Matt Petersen  

Global Green USA


Lori Raya



Linda Russell   

Wells Fargo


John Smet

Capital Group Companies

Masood Sohaili 

DLA Piper 


Jay Stark

JH Stark Companies


Troy Thrower  

The Woodward Group


Ken Walker

Ernst & Young


Alan Wright 

California Bank & Trust


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.


Quick Links



DEC. 2012 - JAN. 2013


The Capital Group Companies Charitable Foundation 

City National Bank

Bank of America 


Harry J. Krokus, Jr. Revocable Trust

Greg and Kim Snodgrass 



Susan Booth

Mark and Donna MacDonald


Capital One

The Ruth/Allen Ziegler Foundation


The Sweat, Dustin Blood Trust

Mark R. Sayson

Eleanor K. Eck

Roberta Turner and Edward Adams

Michael Vukadinovich and Janet Bregar

Randall T. Wallace

A & E Networks

The Cecile & Fred Bartman Foundation

F + W Media, Inc.

John and Hilda Arnold Foundation, Inc.

Lava Bear Distribution Co., Inc.

Rolling Hills United Methodist Church

Sermoonjoy Entertainment, Inc.

Teles Properties

Zimmer Gunsul Frasca 


Daniel and Cathy Burgner

Barry P. Sween

Los Altos United Church of Christ

Orbach, Huff and Suarez LLP

Pacific Palisades Presbyterian Church

Telesign Corporation

West Los Angeles County Thrivent Chapter

William Morris Endeavor Entertainment

Anthony Anderson

Scott Boughton

Sam H. Chao

Cheryl Perkey and Neil Canter

Biosense Webster, Inc.


Oarsmen Foundation


Time Warner Inc.


Julian and Pamela Bieber


Jack and Mary Tanagho Ross


Boston Private Bank & Trust Company


Greater Los Angeles Combined Federal Campaign


Houlihan, Lokey, Howard & Zukin, Inc.


Diana and Robert Walker


Manhattan Beach Community Church


Hunter Douglas*


Brentwood Presbyterian Church


Sheila Gold Foundation


Annette Crump


Emeline F. Davis


John and Darla Finnucan


Ruth G. Jervis


Victoria K. Mortensen


Glenn and Eleanor Padnick


Cindy Quane and Gregory Breen


Ruth Weil


William and Winifred Weisinger


Sandi Wise


The Ant Farm


Law Offices of Charles B. Baumer, Inc.


Damon Capital LLC


Bank of America

Beach Cities Friends

Bentley Prince Street*


California Department of Housing and Community Development

Capital Group Companies

City of Lawndale

City of Long Beach

City of Lynwood


Faithful Central Bible Church


John and Cindy Smet


Lowe's Companies, Inc.

Mayor Bob Foster


Schneider Electric*

Sit and Sleep*

The Home Depot Foundation

Thrivent Financial for Lutherans

US Department of Housing and Urban Development


W. M. Keck Foundation

The Walt Disney Company

Waste Management*

Wells Fargo

Whirlpool Corporation*

*Denotes In-Kind Gifts

January 2013



Happy New Year from all of us at Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (HFH GLA)! This year is shaping up to be a busy one and HFH GLA is looking forward to serving more families, individuals and veterans here in Los Angeles. As you map out 2013, please consider joining us! Volunteer to build, donate to our ReStores and keep in touch via TwitterFacebook and our 


This year marks Erin Rank's 15th year with Habitat for Humanity. HFH GLA Staff gathered at the beginning of January to ring in the New Year with a surprise celebration for our President and CEO. A commemorative frame with a number of photos representing highlights from her 15 years of service was presented to Erin during the celebration. Please join us in congratulating Erin and to enjoy photos from that frame click HERE.
Erin was a volunteer for three years prior to becoming the first and only staff member in 1998. Erin now leads and inspires a staff of more than 80! Her incredible passion for seeing hardworking, low-income families and individuals realize the dream of homeownership is reflected in HFH GLA's incredible growth over the years. From 1998 to 2006, we built 10 homes. To date, HFH GLA has built and renovated nearly 800 affordable homes both locally and worldwide.




Habitat for Humanity has been at work in Haiti for more than 28 years. The 29th Annual Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project (CWP) returned to L�og�ne, Haiti for the second year in a row in November 2012. Jo-An Turman, HFH GLA's Director of Entertainment Industry Partnerships, and Jeff Moore, HFH GLA board member and his wife, Wendy, represented our affiliate at the weeklong build which Moore described as, "innovative, adventurous, unpredictable and gratifying." 

They worked alongside Haitian homeowners, as well as volunteers from all over the world including the Carters, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood to build 100 homes. The homes are simple, but colorful and each block of 14 homes opens to a large yard which the residents can use for various purposes. To date, the CWP has completed 250 new homes on this site. Habitat for Humanity is partnering with complimentary organizations to provide training in agriculture and art handicrafts, so residents can grow or make products to sell.



To view more photos from CWP, click here.








Alison Treleaven, HFH GLA's Vice President of Entertainment, Marketing and Communications, also accompanied HFH GLA board members Kim McManus and Carl Jordan to Bangladesh for the "Friendship Build." Habitat for Humanity has been in Bangladesh since 1999, but this year marked the first large-scale build in the country. Over the course of a week, 70 volunteers from around the world worked to complete 10 brick homes for members of the Tripura community, a small minority within Bangladesh. Carl Jordan summarized the trip as, "The most enjoyable, memorable and life changing experience I have had. I thank all of the wonderful people in Bangladesh for a great experience and helping change my view of life and the way I live it."  The Friendship Build played an important role in helping Habitat for Humanity Bangladesh with its goal of serving 4,000 families by 2014.


To view photos from the Friendship Build, click HERE.

For more information on Global Build Trips, click HERE.


Farra, Noy and their two children Kayla, 14, and Jalen, 7, live in one of our rehabilitated homes in Long Beach. Farra and Noy have been Long Beach residents for more than 14 years and were happy to put in their sweat equity hours to make their dream of homeownership, in a city they love, a reality. Farra, who works in a warehousing distribution office, enjoys watching her children thrive in their new home. Kayla likes to spend time drawing and playing keyboard and her favorite subjects in school are art, drama and math. Jalen excels in reading and math. To Farra and Noy, owning their home has brought a level of security that they have never had before. For more photos of our partner homeowners, visit our Flickr page HERE


HFH GLA was recently presented a "Challenge Coin" by the Office of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa for our participation in planning the City of Los Angeles' Veterans Appreciation Festival on Veterans Day 2012.  Exchanging Challenge Coins is a military tradition that originated with a unit fighting overseas during WWI. For HFH GLA, the coin symbolizes continued collaboration between HFH GLA and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa in planning the Veterans Appreciation Festival, an annual event that saw its inception this past November on the USS Iowa in San Pedro.  HFH GLA looks forward to saluting and celebrating our veterans throughout the year as we work to build hope, lives and communities amongst our local veteran population.  For more information about HFH GLA's Veterans Outreach Initiative, please contact: [email protected].


The HFH GLA Campus Chapter at John Marshall High School in Los Angeles recently raised $600 for Habitat for Humanity.  The students donated $300 to HFHI for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts and decided to put the other $300 towards HFH GLA's Youth House


Campus Chapters are student-run, student-led organizations on high school, or college, campuses that partner with a local affiliate.  Campus Chapters perform four major functions: building, fundraising, educating and advocating.  We're very lucky at HFH GLA to have such great youth in our local communities who are eager to spread our mission.  If you know any high schools, or colleges interested in starting a campus chapter, please contact [email protected].


Congregations of all denominations are invited to observe this year's Lenten season by volunteering to renovate HFH GLA homes throughout greater Los Angeles. The 2013 Lent Build: 40 Days of Building on Faith will take place February 13 through March 31 with opportunities to put faith into action every Wednesday through Saturday from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm. Weekday Group Build donations are $500 and Saturday Group Build Day donations are $2,500. Space is limited, so contact Chris Untiet, HFH GLA Faith Relations Manager, at [email protected] to register and receive your Lenten devotional calendar! Please click HERE for more information. 


HFH GLA has two home-improvement thrift stores, called ReStores. The stores accept donations of new and gently used items including furniture, appliances, lighting, building materials, cabinets, bricks/block, flooring, windows, doors, hardware and tools! Shoppers purchase these items at a discounted price and HFH GLA then uses the proceeds from our ReStores to help build more affordable and sustainable homes. 


Come SHOP and DONATE! We are open 5 days/week (Tuesday - Saturday 9am-6pm)

2 Locations:


17700 S. Figueroa St.

Gardena, CA 90248


11029 Alondra Blvd.

Norwalk, CA 90650


Call us to schedule a pick-up of your donations! 424-246-3637. Click HERE to read more about our ReStores and click HERE to buy a $10 Groupon for $20 worth of building materials, furniture and more!


HFH GLA recently got some help rehabilitating a home in Lynwood from some very strong volunteers! College players from the 2013 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl American Team came out to build with us as part of the NFL Players Association's One Team, One Community program day of service.


Our construction team tasked the players with some fence work, as well as moving large items such as lumber, bags of bark and scrap fencing. The players did not seem phased by all of the heavy lifting, but were visibly moved after hearing from one of our partner homeowners.




Some of our HFH GLA staff also attended the Collegiate Bowl Game the next day. HFH GLA is looking forward to seeing more of these players, who are hard workers on and off the field!

To see more photos and a video from the day, click HERE.  


HFH GLA will host its 2nd Annual Palos Verdes Ride for Habitat for Humanity on Saturday, April 6. This event is a great way for the community to support us while enjoying a ride along the scenic Palos Verdes Peninsula. There are three spectacular routes to choose from, which all begin and end at Terranea L.A.'s Oceanfront Resort. Expert and intermediate riders are encouraged to pedal for a purpose and join us on April 6!


For more information and to register early for $65, click HERE.


This month we did a Q&A with one of our employees. Do you know who this employee is? Email your best guess to [email protected] and be eligible to win a small prize. We will post the name of the mystery employee in next month's eNewsletter!


How long have you been an HFH GLA employee?

I have worked with HFH GLA since the summer of 2012, first as a volunteer and then later as a temp.

What is your favorite thing about Habitat?

Habitat's mission interpreted as: Help hard working families to move into beautiful housing which they otherwise could not afford.

Where were you born?

I was born in a small village close to Nijmegen, called Malden. You can look it up. Enjoy the search!

What are some of your favorite hobbies?

I like to play squash, which I play competitively with my team USC Angels in Downtown L.A. My regular club is Trifit, Santa Monica. Travelling is my main passion, and I try to go and see new things every weekend.

Where did you go to college and what did you study?

I went to university in Tilburg graduating with my Bachelor's and Master's in Business Economics.


Like us on FACEBOOK or follow us on TWITTER and learn about how you can become an ADVOCATE for hardworking, low-income families in your own community. 


There are various ways you can DONATE to HFH GLA!   

Your donations change lives - from a monetary gift to donating your car (via Cars for Homes) or donating household items to our ReStores - you can help eliminate substandard housing.


Pick up your hammers and join us as a VOLUNTEER on site today! No construction experience is required - just a smile  

and a willingness to help!   


 To become part of the solution today call or visit us: