Sam Diego Habitat for Humanity
Save the Date!

SDHFH's newest ReStore location in Escondido will be hosting its Grand Opening celebration on Saturday, April 26th! Join us for food, raffles, music, games, workshops, and a store-wide sale! 

New ReStore Hours
The ReStore now has new hours! Both San Diego ReStore locations, including Mission Valley and the new  Escondido location, are now open Tuesday-Saturday, 9am-6pm and are closed on Sunday and Monday.

Make sure to stay up to date with ReStore happenings, special events, and products available at both ReStores by joining our
ReStore email list. 
Hammers & Hairspray
As a kick-off to Women Build, volunteers enjoyed an evening of pampering and fun with SDHFH at Glo Beauty Bar on March 5th. The women in attendance enjoyed salon services as they learned about the upcoming Women Build and anticipated the exciting event ahead.

It's not too late to sign up for Women Build and join in the fun.Thank you, Glo Beauty Bar for hosting such a great event!
Cox San Diego Connection 
San Diego Habitat for Humanity Executive Director, Lori Holt Pfeiler, talks with Salvador Rivera about local housing issues on Cox San Diego Connection. Click here
to view other episodes of San Diego's public affairs talk show and click the video below below to see the feature on housing.
Cox San Diego Connection - Housing

Tune In
Habitat for Humanity is a regular Thursday guest on the Mike Litton Show on KCBQ AM1170! Tune in weekdays from 7-8pm to get Mike's expertise on all things real estate and hear updates on Habitat, too!

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Volume XIII, 2014

The Wall That Heals
San Diego had the honor of hosting The Wall That Heals this month. The traveling half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. was open to the public at Tuna Harbor Park from March 13th through March 16th.  It is sponsored and coordinated by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, The USS Midway Museum, and the Port of San Diego.  Habitat volunteers, active duty military personnel from Marine Air Control Squadron 1: Detachment B (MACS-1  Det B ) helped set up the memorial that will make its next stop in New Mexico.  

Since Veterans Day of 1996 the exhibit has traveled to over 350 cities and towns across the United States. The Wall has succeeded in providing strength and peace to thousands of veterans, invoking the healing process in the comfort of their own communities. The effect was no different for local San Diego veterans, 350 of whom gave their lives in the Vietnam War. San Diego Habitat for Humanity was honored to have been a small part of this event to ensure that such deeply moving ceremonies could take place.

More information on The Wall That Heals can be found here.



Meet The Casas Family


All of the donations, hours, and support that come from volunteers, friends, and family of Habitat for Humanity go towards changing the lives of families just like the Casas family. Like many families in America, they have been trapped in an inadequate living situation. The family of five lives in a two-bedroom apartment in a crime-ridden neighborhood. Although Jose and Maria work hard to support their family, their low-wage jobs have made it impossible to move. Their situation began to worsen when the apartment faced theft, vandalism, and maintenance issues leaving them without hot water.


The Casas family's story turned around when their application for a Habitat house was approved. Finally, the family was given the life-changing opportunity of owning a home - a dream they never thought possible. 


"The first moment we saw the house, we liked the house. Then, when we qualified for the house, we couldn't believe it. We were crying. I was crying. We were so happy. This is unbelievable. Something really big is going to change our lives." -Jose Casas 


The Casas' devotion to moving into their new house is obvious. The family completed their 500 hours of sweat equity in just 10 weeks - a San Diego Habitat for Humanity record!  All members of the family volunteered their time - sometimes up to 60 hours a week. Much of their sweat equity took place at our new ReStore location on 837 Metcalf in Escondido, making a huge difference in its opening weeks. On behalf of the ReStore staff and the rest of the staff at Habitat we give the Casas family a BIG thank you for all of this hard work!


We are so excited for the Casas family to have a home they deserve and grateful to supporters like you for helping to turn their dreams into reality.


A Look at Our Newest Community

In honor of Women Build, we'd like to shine a spotlight on our Imperial Beach build site, the same site where hundreds of women will share in the fun of building homes and changing lives! 
The project at 10th and Donax in Imperial Beach will consist of a six-unit townhome development. One of these six units will be handicap accessible (ADA) and reserved for a wounded veteran and his/her family. All of the units will be 1,356 square feet with three bedrooms. The ADA unit will consist of two bedrooms and a bathroom on the second floor as well as a bedroom and a full bathroom on the first floor.

These townhomes have been designed with energy efficiency and water conservation in mind, so they will be helping the environment as well as helping families. Rain water will be diverted to an underground holding tank located in the driveway as well as planters in the front of the units. In addition to this, the orientation of the roof system has been designed to maximize solar panels.
Made possible by a partnership with the City of Imperial Beach, many generous building sponsors and of course, the participants of Women Build, SDHFH anticipates completion in the summer of 2015.
To sign up for Women Build, or for more information on the event, click here.

For questions, contact:


Shandy Arwood, Community Engagement Manager

619-906-4488 or

Partner Spotlights


Habitat had the joy of working with San Diego Young Philanthropists (SDYP) at its job site in Lakeside. SDYP was formed for the purpose of utilizing the talents and skills of young philanthropists to positively impact the community through volunteerism, education, and support of valuable charities.


SDYP's goals include fundraising and building awareness for nonprofit organizations and providing networking opportunities for young philanthropists so they can socialize and personally grow. Thank you, SDYP, for your support! For more information on this outstanding group of young people, visit their website.


Thrivent Builds Repairs


San Diego Habitat for Humanity would like to thank our partner, Thrivent Financial, for helping further carry out change through our Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative. Through Thrivent Builds Repairs, Thrivent Financial has been able to better homes and neighborhoods with external repair efforts through Habitat's neighborhood revitalization program. Thrivent helps provide volunteers of every skill-set with the opportunity to work with Habitat for Humanity on neighborhood revitalization efforts, reaching beyond just one individual home, to make a lasting impact by working projects that better the whole community. Thanks to Thrivent Builds Repairs program, Habitat for Humanity is able to make a difference where it is needed. 


Thrivent Financial for Lutherans is a not-for-profit membership organization that provides resources and volunteers to fuel Habitat for Humanity in changing America's neighborhoods. For more information on the program, click here.


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