Sam Diego Habitat for Humanity
Get Inspired at the ReStore!
Habitat for Humanity encourages using your hands to help others, so why not put your hands to work on a project for your home while benefiting the community? Look no further than your local ReStore to find inspiration to create one-of-a-kind creations for the home. The projects ReStore customers take on vary in time and expertise needed, so no matter what your limits, there is a project for you! Check out some of our favorites: 



Repurpose and old drawer into a vintage-looking bookshelf.

Use a door as a place to keep wet towels and swimsuits.

Turn a chair into a unique bathroom or kitchen fixture.   
Big news for volunteers! Exciting new opportunities have opened up on Habitat's volunteer website.
Check out the calendar for dates and sign up for a shift or two. Help is always needed! 

For more information contact Shandy Arwood, Community Engagement Manager, at (619) 283-4663 x116 or

San Diego Habitat for Humanity's Building for the Brave program is looking for wounded veterans interested in purchasing a home in Escondido, Lakeside, or Imperial Beach. San Diego has one of the highest concentrations of veterans in the country, and Habitat helps provide affordable homes to those wounded veterans and their families who need them. 


For more information please contact Shayna Hensley, Family Services Manager at (619) 283-4663 x114 or

A BIG "thank you" to our recent sponsors who make our home-building possible! 


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Volume XV, 2014

Home Builders Blitz!


If you have never seen three homes built from the ground up in five days, you have got to mark your calendar for the 2015 Home Builders Blitz!  During this year's event from June 2 - 6, Shea Homes, Emmerson Construction and Sempra Energy came together with their subcontractors and employees to construct homes for Habitat families on North Elm Street in Escondido.  About 400 volunteers and event sponsors played an important role in ensuring success.  It was a busy week and by Friday, a home dedication and ribbon cutting was held to celebrate the huge accomplishment.



          Day One - Wall Raising                         Day Five - Home Dedication 
2014 Home Builders Blitz
Watch Video of the 2014 Home Builders Blitz
Women Build 2014 a Sold Out Success


The success of Women Build was overwhelming. During the event's five days, nearly 300 participants helped to raise over $62,000. Whether a mom, grandma, daughter, sister, aunt, friend, or co-worker, everyone was a part of the Women Build family. 


Women Build is a fundraising event that challenges women to donate their time and treasure to help build homes and better the lives of San Diego families forever. This unique event consists of a lot of construction and a little pampering - participants worked hard and enjoyed cold spa towels, chair massages, and aromatherapy when they needed a well-deserved break. The response was incredible and San Diego Habitat for Humanity cannot thank the volunteers enough. The unique event garnered quite a bit of media attention - read the U-T article and view the news coverage.


A big thank you and congratulations goes to the top fundraisers! Team Saws 'n Stilettos raised over $7,400 and won the coveted Diamond Hammer Trophy. Individual fundraiser,Mary Jane Kemp raised over $2,600. Great job to all the ladies!  


Another big thank you goes to our event sponsors - Lowe's, Northrop Grumman, and Classic Home Improvements. Massages, food, drinks and more were provided courtesy of Jersey Mike's, Colure Hair Care, The Chopra Center, Stone Brewery, Vons, Blistex, Neutrogena, Cafe 67, Bread & Cie, Azusa Safety, Starbucks, Pepsi, Project Pie, Einstein Brothers, Escondido Disposal, Bellus Academy, Island Prime/C Level, Corner Bakery, and South Bay Physical Medicine.   


All of our Women Builders are amazing - every hour worked and every dollar raised makes a difference. Because of you, more families can realize their dream of home ownership.

 Thank you to all of our strong Women Build volunteers! 
Partnership with The Home Depot Foundation Supports Veterans


The Repair Corps program is designed to provide much-needed repair to the homes of veterans to give them a better living environment. Since this partnership with the Home Depot Foundation launched just two short years ago, the funding provided has made a world of difference in the lives of local heroes. Here are just some of ways that the funding has helped: 

  • Replaced the HVAC system just in time for a newborn with medical needs to come home from the hospital
  • Replaced old carpet that was a trip hazard with laminate flooring that made a huge difference in mobility around the house for an 89-year-old veteran with Alzheimer's
  • Installed a walk in tub for a severely disabled veteran that helped his sole caregiver, his wife, give him baths
  • Made critical electrical, plumbing and other needed safety repairs in the home of a veteran and her five adopted special needs children
  • Installed new windows in the home of an elderly couple, making their home comfortable
  • After putting $15,000 in critical repairs on a home where children were suffering from asthma, taught the family how to repair and replace the rest of their home

This partnership allows for Habitat to provide so much more to the veteran community in San Diego.Thank you to the Home Depot foundation for improving the lives of San Diego veterans and their families. 

Playhouse Program Provides New Opportunities


Habitat for Humanity's new Playhouse Program offers a new way for local companies to give back without ever setting foot on a Habitat job site!
Often, busy employees of great local companies are unable to take a whole day away from the office to come to a build site.  Let Habitat bring the build to you!  The Playhouse Program offers a great alternative where people can take a half day to work on a project right outside their workplace - and it's just as important to the community as building a home. 
Habitat recently saw success with its first local Playhouse partner, Cox Communications. Cox employees took time out of their busy days to help build and decorate playhouses that are being donated to deserving families through a partnership with The Children's Initiative. Not only has Cox donated the time of its employees, it has also committed financial support which is vital to continuing the Habitat mission. Take a look at the news coverage of this event here. 

Cox Communications employees participate in the first Playhouse build day.

We Value Our Volunteers!

According to the new "value of a volunteer" calculation, Habitat volunteers contributed the equivalent of $1.1M over the past year! Volunteers are the backbone of the Habitat mission, and we couldn't build affordable homes without you.


As a non-profit organization, Habitat relies heavily on the support and work of volunteers. Habitat events such as Women Build and the Home Builders Blitz would not happen without volunteers. Volunteers save the organization thousands of dollars; the money that is saved goes towards buying the supplies needed to build homes for deserving families! 


Volunteering does more than just benefit Habitat. It helps build a stronger community, gives people a sense of purpose, and much more. Our volunteers' work is something that truly cannot be measured. An article in The NonProfit Times quotes the report's authors who say, "It is very difficult to put value on volunteer time. Volunteers provide many intangibles that cannot be easily quantified."  To read the full article covering the report about the hourly value of volunteers, click here. 


Volunteers are always needed, so contact us for more information about how to join today! 


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