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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.


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May 2013





Silver Hammer 


US Bank

Architects Circle


International Lease Finance Corporation


5th Annual Legends of La Cienega Event 


*Waste Management


*Whirlpool Corporation


Silver Nail


Albert & Elaine Borchard Foundation, Inc.


*Bradford Renaissance Portraits


Dal-Tile Corporation




One Kings Lane


Seyfarth Shaw LLP 


St. Bartholomew Catholic Church


Alan Stern


Swinerton Builders


Bronze Nail


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Community Bank 


*The Container Store


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DIRECTV Incorporated


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Harlyne Norris


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Susan Peters


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Jozy and Charles Soderstrom


Maya Soderstrom


Turner Construction Co.


USC Sigma Nu Fraternity


Westwood Presbyterian Church


Ziffren Brittenham LLP



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Bank of America

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California Department of Housing and Community Development

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City of Long Beach

City of Lynwood

Faithful Central Bible Church

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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


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JUNE 2013



Greetings! Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (HFH GLA) kicked off summer with one of our most exciting build events of the year - Power Women Power Tools! We are looking forward to continuing the fun all summer long as we work hard to build and renovate homes and engage partners as well as the community in our work. We hope to see you soon on a build site or in one of our ReStores. Until then, keep reading for the latest news!



More than 200 celebrities, entertainment industry professionals, corporate executives and event volunteers came out for our Power Women Power Tools build event on June 15th at Sony Pictures Studios. Donning the event's signature pink hardhats, the power women volunteers framed 120 walls for future Habitat for Humanity homes alongside partner homeowners. Some of this year's more recognizable volunteers included Tia Carrere, Kristina Guerrero, Shanola Hampton, Mya Harrison, Kate Linder, Missy Peregrym, Tom Shadyac and Alicia Witt.
The annual build event began in 2005 and has engaged thousands of women from various sectors who have helped to build affordable homes and, most importantly, propel our mission forward.
Volunteers heard from Culver City Vice Mayor Meghan Sahli-Wells and the Hon. Jan Perry, Los Angeles City Councilmember for the 9th district. In addition, they heard from two HFH GLA partner homeowners; Gloria Alfaro got volunteers into the building spirit during the morning program while Zalikah Templeton moved the crowd to tears at lunch. 
Thank you to Lowe's, Union Bank, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Variety for sponsoring this year's event and to our volunteers for making the 9th Annual Power Women Power Tools one that we will always remember! Click HERE to see and share photos!

Calling all DIYers! You can now turn to the ReStore for ideas as well as reasonably priced items for your next big transformation! Beginning in July, the Norwalk ReStore will host three fun and informative workshops focusing on reinventing, repurposing and restoring items commonly found at the ReStore. Join us and get ready to put your craft skills to the test!


Saturday, July 20, 2013

Learn how anything can be a planter

Instructor: Christy Wilhelmi



Saturday, August 13, 2013

Mosaic stepping stones

Instructor: Kim Kahrilas



Saturday, September 14, 2013

More details coming soon!


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






As a single mother to three boys, Gloria Alfaro is thrilled to be purchasing a home in Lynwood, CA. She knows that owning a home will provide so many benefits including privacy and safety.
Gloria has worked as a word processing technician for 13 years. She also volunteers as a youth teacher at her church. Her oldest son, Carlos, joined the Marines eight months ago. Carlos is currently working in the Gardena ReStore to help his mom complete her sweat equity hours before he leaves on assignment with the Marines. Gloria also has two younger sons. Daniel is a senior in high school who loves math and English and is looking forward to a career as a veterinarian. Her youngest, Miguel, is five. He loves to play soccer and is on the art committee at his school. Click through to learn more about HFH GLA homeownership opportunities!



Help HFH GLA build a home by going out to eat! By joining LivnGiv you can dine at some of L.A.'s best restaurants and 20% of your bill will be donated to HFH GLA - at no extra cost to you. Sign up for  LivnGiv today and help us make greater Los Angeles a better place one bite (and home) at a time! https://www.livngiv.com/habitat/ 





Your retirement funds may be one of the best assets to consider donating when making a charitable bequest. Did you know that assets left in retirement funds are subject to income tax and potentially estate taxes at the time of your passing?


The only way to avoid either tax is by making a bequest to a charitable organization such as HFH GLA. Charities are tax exempt and therefore are not subject to paying either tax when assets of this type are donated to the charity and subsequently redeemed by them.


You can also provide for an heir by making a bequest from your estate directly to a charitable trust using assets from your retirement fund.  These assets can provide your heir with an income for life. Upon the death of the income beneficiary of the trust, the assets are then transferred to the charity. An income tax is only imposed on the annual income received by the beneficiary not the lump sum contained in the trust. 


To learn more about  making a gift from a retirement fund and how it works, click HERE. You can also contact Jennifer M. Wise, via phone at  (424) 246-3627 or email at [email protected].


*The information in this article is not considered as legal or tax advice. The reader should consult with his or her tax accountant or legal counsel.


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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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