Palos Verdes Bike Ride for Habitat
SBC Industry Achievement Awards
Act! Speak! Build! Week
LCDQ Legends Event
New Partnership with The American Legion
Third Annual Lent Build
Meet Michelle Cordova
HFH GLA Legacy Society
Sit 'N Sleep Build Day
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



MARCH 2013


Gold Hammer 

General Motors


Silver Hammer 

Edison International


Bronze Hammer

Million Dollar Baby

Architects Circle


American Martyrs Catholic Church


*California Public Utilities Commission


*Microsoft Corporation


*Waste Management


Silver Nail


Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.


The Bank of New York Mellon


Fannie Mae


Kilroy Realty Corp.




Transamerica Insurance & Investment Group


Bronze Nail


ASU Community Service Program


Centerfield Media


Employees Charity Organization (ECHO) of Northrop Grumman


*The Home Depot Foundation


*Jersey Mike's Subs


Latham & Watkins LLP


Minnesota State University, Moorhead


Phillips 66


St. John Fisher Catholic Church


St. Thomas More Catholic Newman Center




West Los Angeles United Methodist Church



* Denotes In-Kind Gifts 

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 'N Sleep

The Home Depot Foundation

Thrivent Financial for Lutherans

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development


W.M. Keck Foundation

The Walt Disney Company

*Waste Management

Wells Fargo


*Denotes In-Kind Gifts
April 2013



April has been an eventful month for us that has included our Palos Verdes Bike Ride for Habitat, Act! Speak! Build! Week and National Volunteer Week - just to name a few! It is especially exciting that through these different activities and outreach initiatives we have been able to engage cyclists, faith groups, youth, the entertainment industry and more in our mission. As we head into the warmer months we encourage YOU to join us on a build site, at an upcoming event, or spend a Saturday shopping in one of our ReStores!



More than 200 riders came, they pedaled and they conquered the hills of Palos Verdes - helping us to raise more than $90,000! The 2013 Palos Verdes Bike Ride for Habitat took place Saturday, April 6th and consisted of three courses all of which began and ended at the picturesque Terranea Resort. 
Board member, Arnold Ng, served as chairman of the ride and two other board members, Dan Burgner and Carl Jordan, participated as riders. We also had two employees, Alison Treleaven and Luis Carranza, who pedaled alongside other riders including 2012 Olympic Silver Medalist in Cycling, Dotsie Bausch! ABC7 Eyewitness News Health Specialist, Denise Dador, joined us for the post-ride celebration and hosted a wonderful lunch program.
Thank you to our riders, volunteers, donors and Palos Verdes Bike Ride for Habitat Committee for making our second annual ride fun and impactful! Please be sure to check out photos and a video from the day.   

This month the green efforts of our ReStores were recognized at the Sustainable Business Council's SBC Industry Achievement Awards. In addition to generating profits that support our mission to eliminate substandard housing, the ReStores are also doing important work improving the communities where we live and build. Our two ReStores divert millions of pounds of materials from landfills each year, as well as reduce disposal costs for builders and homeowners all while providing inexpensive materials for home improvements. We were thrilled to have a presence at this year's SBC Awards, which highlighted progressive leaders and programs in the region.


Our ReStores are open 5 days/week (Tuesday - Saturday, 9am-6pm) 2 Locations:


17700 S. Figueroa St.

Gardena, CA 90248


11029 Alondra Blvd.

Norwalk, CA 90650







We believe it is never too early to start engaging youth in affordable housing awareness, which makes Act! Speak! Build! Week one of our favorite times of the year. We  kicked off the week at our "Empowering Communities through Service" build day event where seven schools dedicated the day's work to the memory and vision of Cesar Chavez.


Additionally, the award-winning documentary "The Pruitt-Igoe Myth" was screeened at the University of Southern California and at King Drew Medical Magnet High School. Other student-led activities that took place  included a postcard campaign, awareness building art projects and Nickels for Nails where students donated spare change to go toward The House that Youth Built.



We are honored to again be the beneficiary of LEGENDS, a three day celebration of design staged by the La Cienega Design Quarter (LCDQ). This year's theme is Time Capsule: The Past, Present and Future of Design. Many of the design shops and galleries in the LCDQ will be transformed by the nation's most prominent designers to reflect the theme. Other events will include receptions, keynote panel discussions, cocktail parties, exhibitions, book signings and more. LEGENDS VIP passes are already on sale at lcdqla.com/legends-2013. Proceeds from the passes will help us to serve more hardworking, low-income families in greater Los Angeles. In addition to benefiting from the VIP ticket sales of LCDQ, we will also benefit from an online sale being hosted by Beverly Hills showroom, One Kings Lane

HFH GLA is working alongside Veteran Community Partners to serve those who have served our country through the Habitat for Heroes program. We are pleased to add The American Legion to our list. 
The American Legion is a social and mutual-aid veterans' organization for members of the United States armed forces. The American Legion is working to support Habitat for Humanity International's Veterans Build Initiative on a national level and HFH GLA is working closely with local American Legion posts to promote our Home Repair program. 
Mark Gutierrez, District Commander of American Legion Post 272 in Montebello, currently serves on the HFH GLA Veterans Advisory Council and is a strong advocate for HFH GLA in the veteran community. HFH GLA has also worked with the local American Legion Auxiliary, a social and mutual-aid organization for veterans' friends and family members. 




Our third annual Lent Build brought together 20 churches of different sizes and denominations who helped build and renovate 13 homes. This year, many new partners joined veteran churches returning for their third year in a row. All of the volunteers put faith into action and exemplified the theme from Ephesians 2:21: "In Him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord."



Michelle Cordova first learned about Habitat in 2001. Michelle decided to attend one of the Habitat homeowner orientations and learned that she could not apply without a credit score.  So she left, worked on her credit, and ten years later in 2011, after dealing with difficult housing situations, returned to Habitat and applied for a home.  Today, she is one of our hardworking partner homeowners, as well as a dedicated volunteer and advocate.



Even after completing her sweat equity hours and moving into her home, Michelle continues to volunteer on construction sites and at Habitat's many events, including home dedications and special builds.  


In volunteering with HFH GLA, Michelle has seen time and again the incredible love people can have for one another. Her most memorable part of this experience thus far has been meeting so many different people.  She says, "My fellow homeowners are and will always be friends.  They have stories just like mine."




You may already be a member of the HFH GLA Legacy Society and not know it. The Legacy Society recognizes those individuals who have included HFH GLA in their estate plans. This is relatively easy to do. If you have a Will and have included a simple bequest to HFH GLA, you qualify for membership. All you have to do is tell us that HFH GLA is in your Will.


For more information about the Legacy Society click HERE.


For a copy of our bequest language to share with your attorney, or to learn more about how you can personally benefit from making a planned gift from your estate contact Jennifer M. Wise, Vice President of Resource Development, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles, 17700 S. Figueroa Street, Gardena, CA 90248, or call: Direct: (424) 246-3627, [email protected]





National Volunteer Week took place April 21-27. Volunteers from Sit 'N Sleep came out to volunteer during the week and were able to build alongside some of the partner homeowners who will be benefiting from the company's generous donation of mattresses this year for all 2013 partner homeowners. The build day was even covered by Good Day L.A. Thank you to Sit 'N Sleep for a wonderful partnership and for providing our new partner homeowners with a restful place to sleep in their new homes.


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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!   


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