July/August 2016

In this issue:

Become an Advocate
Meet Our New Crew Leaders 2016 LA Builders Ball
Board of Directors Annual RetreatJoin Us in Building a Greater Los AngelesUpcoming Events


Fiscal Year 2015-2016 Accomplishments

We are thrilled to ring in our new fiscal year with you!  Thanks to your support last fiscal year (July 1, 2015-June 30, 2016) we built, rehabilitated and repaired 77 homes.  In partnership with our donors, volunteers and homebuyers we supported 235 individuals who completed our Family Investment Program and assisted and partnered with an additional 3,700 potential future homebuyers to assist them in their journey to homeownership. Once again, we were able to partner with individuals from all walks of life, including veterans and youth, to build strong and stable communities.  In fact, nearly 7,000 volunteers donated over 115,000 hours of service at our construction sites, offices and ReStores. Our ReStores expanded their hours and now you can shop with us every day of the week.  Whether you volunteered, donated, shopped or advocated for our work last fiscal year, YOU made a huge difference in helping to create a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Thank you for helping with our successes last year and we hope you continue to stay involved with us throughout our new fiscal year.  


Meet Our New Crew Leaders

Stacy and Jim McDaniel have been involved with Habitat LA for a number of years and have served in a variety of capacities. "We volunteer with Habitat LA because we believe in the mission and feel that stable, secure housing and homeownership is the financial bedrock for virtually all families. We love the shared contribution model and getting to work alongside the Habitat homebuyers," Stacy says.

In retirement, the couple has found themselves volunteering on job sites quite often and have recently begun Habitat LA's crew leader training program. In addition to finding construction work mentally and physically stimulating, they are eager to become ambassadors for Habitat and lead unskilled volunteers in hands-on construction tasks such as framing, rough plumbing and electrical, drywall, painting, roofing and finish carpentry. Their training is also focused on how they can help other volunteers accomplish these tasks safely and efficiently, while having fun!

In the coming months, Habitat LA will be increasing the number of homes under construction. Skilled volunteers and crew leaders, like Stacy and Jim, are needed. If you are interested, please email Caitlin Rose, Habitat LA Volunteer Manager. 

Board of Directors Annual Retreat

Habitat LA's Board of Directors met for their annual retreat on July 16 at the beautiful Terranea Resort. Bill Blake, SVP, Southwest Executive, Zurich North America, will be stepping in as the Chairman of the Board this fiscal year. Mr. Blake joined the Board in 2013 and most recently served as the Vice-Chair of the Board and Chair of the Construction Committee, in addition to assisting with fundraising efforts for the Building a Greater Los Angeles campaign. Craig Russell of Walt Disney Imagineering and Francesc Cartanya of Grifols were also welcomed as new members of the Board, which is comprised of a dedicated group of individuals, representing a variety of fields including banking, real estate and development, accounting, hospitality and law.

The Board heard presentations on the state of our affiliate and the new brand platform from Habitat for Humanity International. The agenda also included discussions on plans for Habitat LA's future Housing Opportunity and Training Center, the Building a Greater Los Angeles fundraising campaign and the upcoming Los Angeles Builders Ball�.

Complete bios on all Habitat LA Board members can be found HERE.


Building a Greener and Greater LA

LA's booming real estate market coupled with statewide measures aimed at increasing waste diversion are currently driving business to Habitat LA's ReStores. Since January 2016, in LA County there have been more than 1,700 permits issued for new privately-owned residential buildings, totaling over $1.4 billion in construction costs. The ReStores picked up more than 10,000 donations since July 2015 consisting of reusable materials such as windows, doors, lighting fixtures, hardware, appliances, kitchen cabinets, vanities, furniture, building materials and more.

The potential for surplus and reusable materials from all of these building and renovation projects is great and many homeowners, investors and developers are partnering with the ReStores to prevent these materials from becoming waste. "The City supports the efforts of Habitat for Humanity ReStores to divert materials from going to landfills," says LA Mayor Eric Garcetti. "We highly encourage builders, contractors and others to consider donating their reusable materials as a useful alternative to landfills."  This shared commitment to building a greener and greater LA has enabled the ReStores to divert more than eight million pounds of reusable materials from local landfills since 2004 while also helping Habitat homeowners achieve strength, stability and self reliance for themselves and their families. 

If you are interested in donating materials from a deconstruction or renovation project, call 424-246-3637 or visit shophabitat.org. Free pick-ups are available!

Skyspace LA

On Thursday, July 14th, Habitat LA was the featured charity partner at the opening party for QUE Skyspace LA, DTLA's hottest, new attraction at the iconic U.S. Bank Tower. Hosted by Kendall Jenner, with a performance by Travis Scott and appearances by Kim Kardashian, Floyd Merriweather and AnnaLynne McCord, it was quite the event with over 2,000 people, many of who stopped by to chat with Habitat LA representatives and share what HOME meant to them on the banner at the end of the red carpet. Of course the star of the evening, besides Kendall Jenner, was the Skyslide! Seventy stories up and made of all glass, it was the thing to do at the party but it was not for the faint of heart. Habitat LA was honored to be a part of the event and raise awareness about Building a Greater Los Angeles. 

Join Us in Building a Greater Los Angeles

People in your community and all over the world partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. With our help, Habitat homeowners achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build a better life for themselves and their families. 

Become an Advocate

Sign up to be an Advocate for Habitat LA!

If you are interested in using your voice to support Habitat LA and help us build strength, stability and self-reliance through homeownership, we invite you to register for our advocacy updates. We will periodically send you action alerts with ways that you can support important housing issues! Click HERE to sign up today.


Save the Date - 2016 Los Angeles Builders Ball

The Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles Builders Ball is an annual event honoring our counterparts in the building and real estate industries for their commitment to building a greater Los Angeles. Sponsorships, tickets and program book ads are available for purchase HERE


  Upcoming Events

  • August 20th: St. Monica's is hosting a "Night in Vegas" from 7pm to 10:30pm to raise funds for Habitat LA's Catholic Coalition. Tickets can be purchased HERE.
  • August 27th: DIY workshop at Bellflower ReStore from 10am to noon . 
  • August 30th: Groundbreaking in Bellflower at 2pm.

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