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Volume XXVI, June 2015
Sam Diego Habitat for Humanity

Did you know that SDHFH has many programs specifically designed to support the needs of veterans in our community?


Homeownership: SDHFH offers simple, decent and affordable homeownership for veterans and their families.


Critical Home Repair: SDHFH can help make the homes veterans already own safer, more accessible, and energy-efficient.


Volunteerism:  Looking for a way to help others? We invite our local veterans to join us through our many volunteer opportunities-on a job site, in our office, or in the ReStore.


To find out more information about any of our veteran programs, contact Anne Marie Conte at



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 Builds 4 Houses in 5 days in El Cajon!
We did it!  San Diego Habitat for Humanity's seventh Home Builders Blitz took place last week In partnership with Balfour Beatty Construction, Clark Construction, McCarthy Builders, and RQ Construction, we built four homes - from the ground up - in five days.
These homes are part of an expansion of the Foundation Lane community in El Cajon, built in 2009 with generous support from the Jimmie Johnson Foundation.  SDHFH was honored to have substantial financial support, once again, from The Jimmie Johnson Foundation, Lowe's, The City of El Cajon, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), for this second phase of the community.


Habitat's partner homebuilders leveraged their relationships with subcontractors to arrange for donated labor from hundreds of skilled workers all week.  Building materials and event support donated by over 100 local and national vendors such as James Hardie, Simpson Strong Tie, Helix Electric, Whirlpool, Valspar, GB Sales, and Pepsi made the event possible.


A visit from NASCAR Champion and El Cajon native, Jimmie Johnson, and his lovely wife, Chandra, really made the week unforgettable. 


There were so many event and material sponsors that made this event a success.  As always, we are incredibly grateful for the generosity and dedication of our supporters in helping to make the homeownership dreams of our partner families a reality!


Channel 8 Blitz Story


To watch more news footage from the event, please visit our
YouTube Channel

Partner Family Spotlight: The Munoz Family
Elizabeth, Zoey, and Aurelio

Aurelio, Elizabeth, and Zoey (3) have lived in a mobile home rental for the past two years. It is very old and the landlord allows it to be in perpetual disrepair. Part of Aurelio and Elizabeth's bedroom floor is caving in, and the ground beneath is closing in. The roof leaks, the home is always damp, and there is a problem with mold, causing painful sties to form on little Zoey's eyes.   


Aurelio works very hard, and has recently been able to leave two very low-paying fast-food jobs to become a journeyman in the construction industry, learning a good trade and providing
more stability for his family. Although he is making strides in his career, the reality is that he and Elizabeth would never be able to purchase a home without the opportunity that Habitat for Humanity can provide.   


The Munoz Family is looking forward to truly thriving in their new home. Zoey will have a backyard to play with her beloved Barbies, and the space to grow up healthy and happy.  


Their new home was built during the Home Builders Blitz, and they are looking forward to completing their sweat equity and moving in! 

How Do Habitat Partner Families Qualify, Anyway? 

Have you ever wondered how families end up in their Habitat homes, or been interested in becoming a Partner Family yourself?  SDHFH's unique program partners with hardworking families to offer the opportunity to own a simple, decent and affordable home of their own with an affordable mortgage payment. Habitat Partner Families go through a selection process that seeks homeowners based on their level of need, their willingness to become partners in the program through performing "sweat equity" in the building of their home, and their ability to repay an affordable mortgage. 


Families who are interested in applying for a San Diego Habitat home first attend an orientation meeting where they get more information about the process and the financial qualification parameters.  This is the only place that potential Partner Families can obtain an official application.

Habitat for Humanity's Family Selection Committee reviews all of the applications and selects families who qualify based on income and credit requirements. These families will have a home visit by members of the Family Selection Committee, which is a time to meet the family and assess the current living conditions and need.   

Families who qualify after the home visit will meet with the entire Family Selection Committee, where they are scored on objective criteria, including financial capability, need, and willingness to partner with Habitat.  The Committee recommends final families to the Board of Directors of San Diego Habitat for Humanity, and a partnership/purchase agreement is executed after their approval.  Now, the family can begin their sweat equity hours, building their home, the homes of other Partner Families, or volunteering in our administrative offices or in the ReStore. 

If you or someone you know are interested in starting the application process, please visit our upcoming events calendar to find out about upcoming orientation meetings.

For more information on qualification guidelines and the application process, please visit our homeownership page, or contact Shayna Hensley at
Rhea Stumm Joins the Volunteer Services/Development Team!

Rhea Stumm has been the ReStore Escondido Assistant Manager for the past year and a half and she now joins the Volunteer Services/Development Team as the Community Engagement Coordinator.  Rhea has done an excellent job with volunteers in the store and has a real passion for Habitat for Humanity!  Rhea loves to spend her weekends at the beach or lake, jet skiing and taking her dog out on walks.


Welcome to the Volunteer Services/Development Team, Rhea!  We are so excited to have you in the office!  You can reach Rhea at

AmeriCorps NCCC Team Helps SDHFH in June

We've been so lucky to have an AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) team working with us this month.  AmeriCorps NCCC teams strengthen communities and develop leaders through direct, team-based national and community service projects.  They partner with local nonprofits, schools, and government organizations to complete various projects throughout their 10 months of service.


During their time with SDHFH, the NCCC team has served in multiple capacities.  The team was incredibly helpful in the preparation and execution of our Builders Blitz event.  They've also helped with Neighborhood Revitalization projects, working on four repair projects in Imperial Beach.  Additionally, the team has helped serve as ambassadors for SDHFH and AmeriCorps NCCC at various community events including the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Survivors Celebration, Operation Engage America, and the Imperial Beach Harvest Celebration and Resource Fair.
We could not have made such an impact on the community this month without the help of the AmeriCorps NCCC team, and we are so grateful for their decision to serve with us!
Welcome to Our Newest Board Members
SDHFH is honored to welcome new members to our Board of Directors. We'd like to introduce you to them!  

Rev. Dr. Paul Cunningham 
Pastor/Head of Staff 
La Jolla Presbyterian Church 

Andrea Petray 
Marks, Finch, Thornton & Baird, LLP