Volume XXIII, 2015
Sam Diego Habitat for Humanity


The ReStore now has its very own blog!   

Whether you are a ReStore shopper, DIY enthusiast, repurposer, weekend warrior, or bargain hunter, you'll want to follow the ReStore blog to be among the first to know about the great offerings of the ReStore!


There is already some interesting and appealing content, including an interview with a longtime ReStore customer artisan Chuck Petersen who creates vintage hand-painted signs from ReStore cabinets, and a tutorial on how to create cute breakfast trays from the very same cabinets!   


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We are proud to report that on March 10th, Escondido ReStore employee Ronald Post was inducted into the U.S. Army.  He is currently in Boot Camp at Fort Jackson in Columbia, South Carolina.  Ron has been with the ReStore since it opened in February 2014, and has a made an impact with his great work ethic and sense of humor.  "I saw him come in as an eager to learn young man, and watched him grow into a mature, self-assured man," said Rick Rodriguez, SDHFH ReStore Manager.  The entire SDHFH family wishes Ron the best of luck in his new endeavor and thanks him for his service.
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. 
SDHFH Recognized for Excellence in its Volunteer Program!

San Diego Habitat for Humanity is pleased to announce that it has been certified as a Service Enterprise. A Service Enterprise is an organization that fundamentally leverages volunteers and their skills to successfully deliver on their social mission.  SDHFH has been recognized for the outstanding engagement of volunteers like you in helping to make the homeownership dreams of hardworking San Diegans a reality.


With this certification, SDHFH becomes one of the first organizations in California to be recognized as a Service Enterprise by CaliforniaVolunteers, the state service commission in California.  Less than 15% of organizations nationwide can be characterized as Service Enterprises, and we are honored to receive this distinction.


Research conducted by the TCC Group, a national program and evaluation firm, found that organizations operating as Service Enterprises outperform peer organizations on all aspects of organizational effectiveness, and are more adaptable, sustainable and capable of scaling their work.  For every $1 invested in effective volunteer engagement, Service Enterprise organizations can expect up to $6 in return through more effective program delivery, which represents a 600% return on investment.


SDHFH completed an extensive assessment, training/consulting, and certification process that led to this recognition. By achieving this level of excellence and certification, SDHFH is now better equipped to utilize the time and talent of volunteers in continuing our mission to help offer a hand up, not a handout, to San Diego families.


For more information on how you can get involved with SDHFH, please visit  Volunteer Hub or contact Shandy Arwood at shandya@sdhfh.org. For further information regarding the CaliforniaVolunteers Service Enterprise Initiative, please visit: www.CaliforniaVolunteers.org.

Women in Construction Week

Women make up less than 10% of the workforce in the construction industry, but the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) is working to change that.  According to NAWIC, construction related jobs account for approximately 66% of all jobs in the U.S., with men holding 90.4% of these positions.  In an effort to highlight women as an integral component of the construction industry, NAWIC comes together during the first week of March each year to celebrate Women in Construction Week.  This annual event allows NAWIC's thousands of members across the country to raise awareness of the opportunities available for women in construction and to emphasize the growing role of women in the industry.


On March 4, the local chapter of NAWIC held a Hard Hat Happy Hour at Slater's 50/50 to celebrate Women in Construction Week.  Six members of the SDHFH team participated in the hard hat decorating contest, and chose to decorate their hats as ladybugs with the theme "Catch the Women Build Bug." 


In addition to being a lot of fun, this event was a great opportunity to continue cultivating relationships with women in the construction industry.  Two Women Build teams include NAWIC members, and we look forward to working with more NAWIC members in the future.
Sponsor Spotlight - Harrah's Resort Southern California

Harrah's Resort Southern California is a generous and committed partner to San Diego Habitat for Humanity.  Harrah's was the exclusive lunch sponsor of our Home Builders Blitz in 2014, feeding more than 1,200 hungry volunteers and builders.  Not only do they donate food representing the unique and varied tastes of the many delicious restaurants that the Valley Center resort has to offer, their employees have dedicated themselves to Habitat's mission by volunteering on our job sites.  Watch this video of their Heroes Program in action in Escondido.


"One of the ways Harrah's Resort Southern California demonstrates its leadership as a socially responsible company is through property philanthropy, which includes funding, in-kind donations, and employee volunteerism", said Janet Beronio, Regional President and General Manager, Harrah's Resort Southern California.  "We are passionate about being part of the communities we are privileged to serve. It's a way of engaging, developing ourselves as individuals, understanding the needs of others and also, having fun."   


Harrah's is coming through for SDHFH once again as the lunch sponsor for the upcoming Women Build event in May, donating food for nearly 600 participants and volunteers. They will also send a team of volunteers to build side-by-side with us.    


"We are proud and excited to be part of Habitat for Humanity's Women Build not just as donors but as volunteers; and look forward to rolling up our sleeves and doing our part in this wonderful event", said Beronio.   


Thank you, Harrah's, for all that you do in our community, and for being devoted to bringing about real change for hardworking families in need!  
Spring Cleaning Tips

Spring is here again, and with it comes an opportunity for a fresh start.  This is the perfect time to do a little spring cleaning, and The Cleaning Authority has some tips to help you get started!  


De-clutter your home. The single most effective way you can clean your home is to eliminate clutter.  In addition to looking disorganized, clutter can actually cause you to feel more stressed and less focused.  Additionally, a study by the National Soap and Detergent Association showed that getting rid of clutter would eliminate 40% of housework in the average home.   


Purge, purge, purge: Recycle or throw away items you are no longer using.  Those items that you are holding onto "just in case" end up taking valuable space in your home.  If you haven't used it in the last year, it is time to let it go. 


Give back to the community: Household items that are in good condition, like appliances, furniture, and building materials can be donated to the Habitat for Humanity ReStore.  Your donations not only help to keep materials out of landfills, but the proceeds benefit SDHFH's mission to build homes, communities, and hope.


Have a plan of attack: After de-cluttering, it will be easier to clean the rest of your home.  Make a list of everything you want to get done, and attack the biggest jobs first.  Split the work between all of your family members, and your house will be beautiful in no time!