2013 Thrivent Builds Home
Welcome New Board Members
Find it. Buy it. DIY it!
Farewell AmeriCorps
Future Power Woman
Asomugha Foundation Build Day
Gifts that Pay You Income
Habitat Insider
Board of Directors 

Gerry Bross 

Hollywood Sierra Kitchens


Past Chairman:

Tom Clarke  




Daniel Burgner
Caruso Affiliated



Jennifer Livingston

Union Bank



Alan Wright

California Bank & Trust

Bill Blake

Zurich North America


Celine Cordero
 Los Angeles World Airports

Ranjan Goswami
Delta Air Lines, Inc

Mike Gipson
City of Carson


Carl Jordan 

US Bank


Eva Kalawski  

Platinum Equity, LLC 


Mike Lang

Lang Media Group


Edward Lin
Konami Digital Entertainment

John Manganiello
Bank of America Merrill Lynch


Kim McManus
Awaken Humanity

 David Mead

Southern California Edison


Arnold Ng

Apex Commercial Real Estate


Matt Petersen  

Global Green USA


Lori Raya



Craig Russell

Walt Disney Imagineering


Linda Russell   

Wells Fargo


Jay Stark

JH Stark Companies


Troy Thrower  

The Woodward Group


Ken Walker

Ernst & Young



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



June 2013



California Department of Housing and Community Development


Gold Hammer 


The Green Foundation


David and Cindy Hoag


Platinum Equity, LLC  


Silver Hammer 


The Capital Group Companies, Inc.


OXY, Long Beach Inc.


Architects Circle


Craig and Sandra Russell


*Terranea Resort 


*Waste Management


Silver Nail


Axminster Medical Group


Blank Rome


Creative Artists Agency




Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors Foundation


The Neighborhood Church 




PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP


*Tommy Hilfiger USA


Bronze Nail


Aqua Hydrate


Shari Black


Keanna and Richard Briles 


Chadwick School


Cathy and Randal Farwell


Goodwin Procter LLP


*Kind Healthy Snacks


Marcus Linden and Saskia Subramanian


*Lowe's Companies, Inc.


Mishael Morgan


*NYX, Los Angeles, Inc.


Tim and Connie Rock


Kim Romano


Russell and Leitha Schael


Rhonda Scott


Showtime Networks


St. Monica Catholic Church




*Whirlpool Corporation


*Women Build, Habitat for Humanity International


Marlene Wong



* Denotes In-Kind Gifts 

Bank of America

Beach Cities Friends

California Department of Housing and Community Development

Capital Group Companies

Faithful Central Bible Church

Mayor Bob Foster

The Home Depot Foundation

W.M. Keck Foundation


City of Long Beach

Lowe's Companies, Inc.

City of Lynwood


*Schneider Electric

*Sit 'N Sleep

John and Cindy Smet

Thrivent Financial for Lutherans

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development


The Walt Disney Company

*Waste Management

Wells Fargo


*Denotes In-Kind Gifts
JULY 2013



Greetings! We are enjoying our summer here at Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (HFH GLA) and hope that you are doing the same! We have been keeping busy with kick-offs, build days and do-it-yourself workshops at our Norwalk ReStore. Read all about it below!



HFH GLA and Thrivent Financiala not-for-profit, Fortune 500 financial services membership organization, kicked-off the 8th home to be fully funded and built by Lutheran volunteers on Saturday, July 20th. Volunteers from the HFH GLA Lutheran Coalition attended the celebration and will also contribute 50% of the volunteer hours and 10% of the funding needed to complete the home. This year's home is being built in Long Beach, another longtime partner of HFH GLA, that is helping to make homeownership possible for another new partner homebuyer. HFH GLA and Thrivent Financial will work hard to complete and dedicate the home by December 2013, just in time for the holidays.

Thrivent Builds is designed to involve Thrivent members and Lutherans in helping provide a "hand up" to people in need of affordable housing. More than 2,900 homes in the U.S. and around the world have been built with the Thrivent Builds program. To learn more about HFH GLA's partnership with Thrivent Financial click HERE to read a recent Long Beach Press Telegram article. Click HERE to see photos from the celebration.



HFH GLA's Board of Directors and senior leadership team met for a great day of strategic planning this month.  To start the day, Erin Rank, HFH GLA President & CEO, welcomed four new Board members:  Ranjan Goswami of Delta Air Lines, Bill Blake of Zurich North America, Councilmember Mike Gipson of the City of Carson and John Manganiello of Bank of America Merrill Lynch.  "We are thrilled and honored to have so many great leaders with a passion and commitment to the mission of Habitat." She also thanked Tom Clarke for his leadership as Chairman this past fiscal year and welcomed Gerry Bross as the new Chairman of the Board. 


Calling all DIYers! You can now turn to the
ReStore for ideas as well as reasonably priced items for your next big transformation! On
Saturday, August 3rd from
10 am to Noon at the
Norwalk ReStoreKim Kahrilas of Dragonfly Shops and Gardens will show you how to repurpose broken tile into colorful mosaic stepping stones! Turn indoor and outdoor spaces beautiful with broken tile mosaics using Kim's techniques for  composition, design and color!



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





Pictured from left to right: Tyler Platt, Megan Wery, Kayla Schaefer, Caitlin Rose, Stephanie Ham, Kyle Shillington and Amanda Cusumano.
The service term for our 2012/2013 AmeriCorps is wrapping up quickly. AmeriCorps and AmeriCorps VISTA are national service organizations whose members play a very important role in helping to fulfill HFH GLA's mission. Thank you to our most recent class for helping us to build hope, lives and communities in greater Los Angeles!




By Kirstin Wilder, VP/Managing Editor of Variety & Power Woman volunteer
Sophie Wilder
Sophie Wilder

As managing editor of Variety I get many invitations to industry events, but my favorite of the year is the one I receive annually from Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles for the org's "Power Women Power Tools" build event. This year I brought along my two daughters, ages 6 and 7, to participate in the kids program that runs simultaneously.


At lunch, my girls were sitting beside me eating and listening distractedly to the program when a single mother who had recently moved into her new home took the stage with three of her five children. She spoke about the process and what a Habitat home had meant to them.


During the course of her talk, one daughter knocked over her drink, so I tended to that. Then she complained that she didn't like the chicken and wanted the beef, so I went back to the buffet to appease her and keep her quiet. The other one had to go "potty" so I stepped out to help her. I put crayons in front of the first to keep her occupied. They both hit the dessert table three times. Truthfully, I knew I hadn't heard much of the lunch program and was certain my children hadn't either.


However, an interesting thing happened at bedtime that night. When I tucked in my 6-year-old and asked her to say her prayers this is what I overheard, "Dear God, thank you for Habitat and the houses they build. We just praise you for the family that got a house and that they didn't give up hope when they were told no they couldn't have a house. We are so grateful that the children now have a home of their own and a yard to play in. Please continue to bless Habitat so they can build more homes and help more people. Oh Jesus, we know you answer our prayers and we thank you for answering theirs..." And she went on like this for about 2 minutes reciting the lady's entire story from the lunch program.


I was stunned. How is a 6-year-old praying like our pastor? How had she heard all of this while eating, spilling her drink, coloring and getting up to get cookies three times? I do not have the answers other than to reiterate that God works in wonderful and mysterious ways.


To read more stories like Kirstin's visit our Building A Greater Los Angeles blog. We are also always looking for short guest blogs, so if you have a Habitat story to tell please email Ali Mullin, Entertainment, Marketing and Communications Coordinator at [email protected].





On Saturday, July 13, HFH GLA was happy to have volunteers from the Asomugha Foundation lend a hand on one of our build sites! The Asomugha Foundation works to provide educational and service opportunities for vulnerable populations, especially those in poverty. Eighteen youth from the program worked alongside Nnamdi Asomugha of the San Francisco 49ers, as well as some of his famous friends like Olympic Gold Medalist Allyson Felix and NBC/NFL analyst and former Oakland Raider Akbar Gbaja-Biamila. Nnamdi's mother, Dr. Lillian Asomugha, and brother, Chijioke Asomugha, also joined us for the build day. To view more photos from the build day, click HERE.





Did you know there's a gift that you can make to HFH GLA that returns payments to you? The IRS allows and encourages these creative gift plans that we call, "Life-Income Gifts."


In essence, you make a gift using an asset that you can afford to give away in exchange for an annual income. In many cases our donors actually realize a higher income when they create a life-income arrangement with us.


On our website we describe four plans that offer different opportunities to help meet your philanthropic and economic objectives. In addition to the potential of increasing your income, all of our life-income arrangements offer generous benefits to our donors that include income tax savings, estate tax savings, and capital gain tax savings. The amount that you save depends on the type of gift arrangement, the age of the income beneficiary, and the size of the gift.


To learn more about how you can personally benefit from making a gift that supports HFH GLA and pays you income, click HERE.



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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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