Volume XXII, 2015
Sam Diego Habitat for Humanity
Shop the ReStore on
Saturday, February 28th!

50% off all cabinets, doors, and furniture!

Shop both locations:
10222 San Diego Mission Road, San Diego
837 Metcalf Street, Escondido 


On February 21st, ten volunteers from University of San Diego Habitat for Humanity dedicated their time and skills at the Mission Valley ReStore for the first of three Weekend Workshops that they are coordinating. This first DIY instructional event had USD students showing ReStore customers how to repurpose cabinet doors into chalkboards, and served as a fundraising opportunity for the club. "It was a wonderful opportunity for USD volunteers to work at the ReStore, learn more about the mission of Habitat for Humanity, and teach the community about the goals of USD HFH," said club Secretary Kaitlin Meyer. 

The students that participate in the Habitat for Humanity campus chapters are amazing, and provide so much great support to the Habitat mission.  Thank you, USDHFH - we're looking forward to seeing what you do next!

The next DIY Weekend Workshop is scheduled for Saturday, March 21st.  Connect with the ReStore on Facebook or email to receive more information on these and other great sales and events!
A big THANK YOU to our build partners who make homebuilding possible!

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Seeking to put God's love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope. 
Think Pink for Women Build 2015!
The countdown to Women Build is on!  With just over two months before the big event, we hope you and the important women in your life are gearing up for what promises to be a one-of-a-kind experience.  
To make the Women Build home construction possible, each participant is asked to donate or raise a minimum of $200 in support of their build day.  Your generosity helps build Habitat homes throughout San Diego County - raising more money will earn you some awesome prizes!  We have partnered with The Original Pink Box to provide everything from safety goggles to power tools for our most dedicated fundraisers, and the best part?  They're all PINK! 

So gather your friends, mothers, sisters, aunts, neighbors, co-workers, and family to join us for this unique experience!  
Now that your curiosity is piqued, check out this video with all of the highlights from last year's event, then visit our Women Build website to register and get started today!
Get Out of Your Office! Sponsor a Corporate Build Day
Is your company looking for a great team-building experience that will also help our community? Consider sponsoring your very own corporate build day! SDHFH offers an unparalleled team-building experience where you can get to know your co-workers and show your clients that you are a company that gives back!  After a day on the build site your team will be rejuvenated and ready for success and collaborative activities. Join us to help make San Diego a better place, while receiving some dynamic benefits and great promotional value.


As a non-profit organization, we depend on individual and business donations to keep our Habitat homes truly affordable. Your support goes a long way in strengthening our communities and changing lives. Visit our website for more information on how your company can help offer a hand up, not a handout, making the homeownership dreams of hardworking San Diegans a reality.

Construction Conversations with Ken
Progress in Imperial Beach 
As the Chief Construction Officer at San Diego Habitat for Humanity, I am so proud of what we were able to accomplish together in 2014.

We had an amazing Women Build event at our Imperial Beach community where over 200 women showed that they would rather build it than clean it. This was followed by our sixth Home Builders Blitz where we built three homes from the ground up in five days with the help of our partners Shea Homes, Emmerson Construction and Sempra Energy. Right on the heels of the Blitz we partnered further with Sempra Energy to execute A Brush with Kindness in Escondido where we gave a facelift to the exterior of 35 homes in Escondido.  We painted the exteriors, replaced dead grass with colored landscaping stone, and repaired and replaced dilapidated fences. We also took on our first community garden project at Rustic Park. Nearly 500 Sempra Energy and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) employee volunteers participated in the five day event. Finally, we held our third annual Habitat Off Broadway event where we framed a house at Horton Plaza in downtown San Diego to help raise awareness for the need of affordable home ownership in our community. We also completed our first Building for the Brave development in Lakeside, which will serve wounded veterans and their families. 


2015 is shaping up to be another banner year. We are hosting Women Build again in May in Escondido. This event is growing fast, and 250 spaces have already been spoken for. We are also planning our seventh Home Builders Blitz in June in El Cajon, where we will build three to four homes in five days. We have two wonderful new partners that already have agreed to take on a house - Balfour Beatty Construction and McCarthy Construction. (We have room for two more builders to sign up so if you are a residential or commercial builder you, too, can get involved in this amazing experience!) Our fourth annual Habitat Off Broadway event is planned for August.  


In addition to breaking ground in El Cajon, which will add six homes to the four that were built there in 2009 with the support of the Jimmie Johnson Foundation,  We will begin our Twin Peaks development in Poway - our largest development to date - that will consist of 28 town homes built specifically for veterans.  

The hardworking Habitat construction staff and our wonderful volunteers, partners and families make all of this happen. We thank you all, and are looking forward to another successful year!    


-Ken Kosman, Chief Construction Officer 

Encore Capital Returns to the ReStore Every Month
Our ReStore could not operate without the help of our volunteers, and Encore Capital Group has been redefining what it means to support us.  They have dedicated themselves to taking on a regular ReStore shift one day each month.  These regularly scheduled shifts are very helpful in keeping the ReStore operating smoothly because the volunteers take ownership of a project or department.

"We find the work at San Diego Habitat for Humanity worthwhile and fun because we know that our efforts go directly to helping the community and people who the group serves," said Marianne Campbell, Encore Capital Group's Director of Corporate Social Responsibility. 

We are thankful for all of the volunteers from Encore Capital Group who dedicate their time to improving the lives of countless San Diegans! If your company, congregation, military, community or school group would like to set up a monthly shift in the ReStore, please contact us.
Thrivent Builds Repairs
Thrivent is a Christian financial services company that partners with Habitat affiliates across the country to build and repair homes. Through its Thrivent Builds Repairs program, volunteers are able to work on high-impact, volunteer-friendly exterior projects that improve neighborhoods. These projects focus on maintenance of homes, and common tasks can include fixing a porch, weatherization, or building wheelchair ramps to make homes more accessible. 


In February, volunteers from Community Lutheran Church in Escondido and a team of Thrivent Financial Representatives worked on the home of a low income family within our Escondido neighborhood revitalization area. Through the Thrivent partnership, grant funds are made available to bring church group volunteers and local Financial Representatives to accomplish Thrivent's mission of living generously and Habitat's mission of building communities, homes and hope. The Thrivent volunteers are a wonderful addition to the SDHFH team, and we are thankful for all of the work they do to help preserve homes in our community.


To find out more about connecting your church with this unique Saturday build opportunity, please contact Sarah Fields at 619-283-4663 x140, or by email at SarahF@sdhfh.org.