National Women Build Week 2013
ReStore in the News
Interfaith Outreach Dinner
LCDQ Legends Event
Celebrating Disney VoluntEARS
Home Repair Program
Wells Fargo Build Day
Is Your House in Order?
Habitat Insider
Board of Directors 

Tom Clarke 



Past Chairman:

Craig Russell  

Walt Disney Imagineering 



Mike Lang
Lang Media Group



Jennifer Livingston

Union Bank


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
Konami Digital Entertainment


Kim McManus
Awaken Humanity

 David Mead

Southern California Edison


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



April 2013



Lowe's Companies, Inc.


Silver Hammer 

Union Bank

Architects Circle


Bank of America


*The Dow Chemical Company


The Employees Community Fund of Boeing


The Ruth/Allen Ziegler Foundation


Georgene Urbanek


*Waste Management


*Whirlpool Corporation


Zurich North America


Silver Nail


The Bank of New York Mellon


*The Bike Palace


*Bradford Renaissance Portraits


*McCormick Ambulance


McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP


Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp, LLP


Parkcrest Christian Church


*Peta Phipps


Sony Pictures Entertainment, Inc.


*Spectrum Clubs


Theory of a Deadman, LLC.


Bronze Nail


Bay Shore Community Congregational Church


*Bentley Prince Street, Inc.


Daniel and Cathy Burgner 


Cathay Bank


Mindy Cotton


Sachi Fujita


*Hunter Douglas


Pacific Palisades Presbyterian Church


Herald and Linda Ritch


Masood Sohaili and Dina Tecimer


St. Matthews's Episcopal Church


*Whole Foods Market



* Denotes In-Kind Gifts 

Bank of America

Beach Cities Friends


California Department of Housing and Community Development

Capital Group Companies

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
May 2013



With Memorial Day having come and gone, summer is officially upon us! We hope that you enjoyed some time off to spend with friends and family, as well as remember the service men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. We are looking forward to some exciting builds in June and hope that you can join us!

We would also like to acknowledge the communities in Texas and Oklahoma that were impacted by the spring tornadoes. One of them struck a community in the Granbury area, where an estimated 120 homes were damaged or destroyed including 61 Habitat for Humanity homes. In light of this news, HFHI is launching a $5 million fundraising initiative to help rebuild homes and communities affected by the tornadoes. Please help us rebuild homes and hope by clicking HERE to make a donation.



Earlier this month more than 10,000 women volunteered to build with Habitat for Humanity all over the country as part of National Women Build Week (NWBW). Now in its sixth year, NWBW challenges women to spend a day helping to build affordable housing in their local communities.
This year the National Women Build spokeswoman was actress Holly Robinson Peete and we were thrilled to have her join us in renovating Roman Tesfaye's home in Long Beach, CA. She, along with volunteers from local Lowe's stores, Roman and her daughter, Helen, started demo on the home's interior, built a new exterior fence and began painting the outside of the home.
Roman emigrated from Ethiopia and has been living in Los Angeles for the last 11 years. She works as a nursing assistant while Helen is following in her mother's footsteps and studying to be a nurse at California State University, Los Angeles.
We had a great time getting to know each other, celebrating service and empowering others to get involved through social media. Our twitter feed was almost as loud as our power tools and hammers! Check out pictures and video from the day! 


When you walk through our two ReStores it is impossible not to wonder where all of the great merchandise comes from! A recent article in the L.A. Times highlights the great partnership that exists between the ReStore and many local studios. Read it HERE and be sure to shop the ReStores often! You never know when you will find your own piece of movie or TV history!


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






It is exciting to see our Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles interfaith community evolving in partnership with Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) and alongside Habitat affiliates in New York, Atlanta, Grand Rapids, Denver and Seattle.  


On May 1st, the night before the National Day of Prayer, seven different faith traditions representing 18 different congregations gathered at the Baha'i Center in Los Angeles for dinner and to discuss how we can all work together to build and renovate homes here in Los Angeles and around the world. The energy in the room that night was palpable and we are looking forward to seeing the different ways Los Angeles' diverse faith community will rally around our mission in the months ahead.    


We were 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 was Time Capsule: The Past, Present and Future of Design. Many of the design shops and galleries in the LCDQ were transformed by the nation's most prominent designers to reflect the theme. Other events included receptions, keynote panel discussions, cocktail parties, exhibitions, book signings and more. Proceeds from the LEGENDS VIP passes netted more than $20,000 and 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 also benefited from an online sale that was hosted by Beverly Hills showroom, One Kings Lane and raised more than $7,000. 

As part of this year's 30th Anniversary of the Disney VoluntEARS program, The Walt Disney Company funded HFH GLA with a $20,000 grant to support our mission. The company was on-site with HFH GLA May 15-18, engaging a total of 60 Disney VoluntEARS to help repair a local veteran's home in greater Los Angeles.

The Disney VoluntEARS focused on exterior home repairs for Mr. Roger Dowell and his wife, Mary Harris, who have resided in their home for 28 years. Originally from Memphis, TN, Roger left home at the age of 19 and spent four years with the US Marine Corps. After the service, he had a long career as a certified security officer. Mary worked as an LAUSD librarian  for many years before retiring as a result of health issues.

The recent build with the Disney VoluntEARS is a great example of HFH GLA's Habitat for Heroes program in action! The program provides veterans and active military members with a wide variety of opportunities that benefit their physical, emotional and financial health. This initiative, which was launched in 2011, has provided veterans and military members with the full scope of HFH GLA services, including opportunities for homeownership and home repairs, financial literacy and homeownership training, basic construction training, leadership, advocacy and volunteerism, as well as opportunities to engage their children in a variety of HFH GLA youth programs.



If you are a fan of great food and giving back you have to check out LivnGiv. This new social platform combines the best of both worlds allowing users to donate to their favorite causes while enjoying delicious food at their favorite restaurants. HFH GLA has partnered with this new social platform and you can click HERE to view our LivnGiv page.

Previously known as A Brush with Kindness and Critical Home Repairs, our two former home repair services have been combined to fall under a singular program known as HFH GLA's Home Repair Program (HRP). Through HRP, low-income homeowners can receive help with both interior and exterior home repair needs. HFH GLA has targeted a completion of 32 HRP projects by June 30th and we are planning for 21 of these projects to assist veteran homeowners who have selflessly served our country. 

Mr. Sylvester Brooks is one veteran homeowner who HFH GLA recently partnered with to provide kitchen and bathroom plumbing repairs, as well as rebuilding a wooden picket fence. Sylvester has lived in his Compton, California home for more than 57 years. He is retired after working as a Manufacturing Engineering Planner for Rockwell International for 38 years. Before beginning his career, Sylvester served in the United States Air Force. He spent the majority of his time in active enlistment and three years as an active reserve in the medic's dental department. By his third honorable discharge, Sylvester had earned the rank of Staff Sergeant and held a WWII Victory Medal amongst his honors. As a disabled Veteran, Sylvester has had difficulty keeping up his home both financially and physically.

To find out more about the HRP, eligibility requirements or to download an application, visit our website at www.habitatla.org or call 310-323-4663. Applications are processed on a first come, first serve basis. Program funds vary per applicant and homeowner selections are limited. 




Over the last month we have had many great companies and organizations volunteer with us on our build sites throughout greater Los Angeles. One such company was Wells Fargo. On the 15th the Wells Fargo El Segundo branch worked on rehabilitating a property in Long Beach and on the 17th volunteers from various divisions and branches completed work on a rehab property in Compton. Thank you to all of our Wells Fargo volunteers for helping us to build hope, lives and communities!



At HFH GLA home is a place where your family is protected. Protecting your family means taking the crucial steps to plan for the future. Having a will is one option you can utilize to create a plan.
An important piece of planning an estate and getting your house in order is to appoint someone who will know the location of all of your important documents. We encourage you to:

* Visit our web site. We have some tips to help you, "Get your house in order." For a sample list of documents that should be located and put into one place click here: http://habitatla.plannedgiving.org/habitatla/articles/104.html.

* If you would like information about making a bequest to HFH GLA, click here: http://habitatla.plannedgiving.org/habitatla/articles/6.html. Here you will find a wealth of information about estate planning in general and specific language for making a bequest to HFH GLA.

For additional information about how you can benefit from making gift to Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angles contact Jennifer M. Wise, Vice President of Resource Development, call: Direct: (424) 246-3627 or email [email protected]. 



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: