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Volume XXIX, September 2015
Sam Diego Habitat for Humanity
CARS FOR HOMES


To anyone else, it looks like just another old car.  But you remember all the adventures, good times, the important moments you shared in it. LET THAT OLD CAR MAKE NEW MEMORIES! Recycle it now and let it become good used transportation for another family. It can help repair the roof on a senior's house, or it can help build a decent, affordable home for kids who have never had their own room to play in.

Donate your car to Habitat for Humanity's Cars for Homes Program today, and make new memories.

877-277-4344 or
 www.carsforhomes.org
ReSTORE ROCKSTARS NEEDED!


The ReStores in Mission Valley and Escondido are in need of volunteers! The ReStore is a home improvement center that provides critical funds for Habitat for Humanity's mission. ReStore volunteers are part of a team that works to provide excellent customer service while assisting with processing donations.

We need volunteers Tuesday through Sunday to help us with sorting, organizing, pricing, and selling donations. Volunteer with us to give back to the community and meet new people! Schedule is flexible, but a weekly or biweekly commitment is preferred!
 
Please contact Samar Naamo at samarn@sdhfh.org to learn more and sign up for a shift at the ReStore!
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Seeking to put God's love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope. 
World Habitat Day

On World Habitat Day, the first Monday of October, Habitat for Humanity joins the United Nations and organizations around the world in raising awareness, and educating and mobilizing individuals and communities to take action on the current global housing crisis. 
Housing is central to ending the cycle of poverty. We want to see a world where everyone has a decent place to live, and so, on World Habitat Day, we call for programs, policies and systems that would make that world possible.

Global need 
  • Today, 1.6 billion people live in inadequate shelter around the world; 1 billion of those live in informal settlements. More than 100 million people worldwide are homeless.
  • About one in four people live in conditions that harm their health, safety, prosperity and opportunities.
  • By 2030, UN-HABITAT estimates an additional 3 billion people, about 40 percent of the world's population, will need access to housing. This translates into a demand for 96,150 new affordable units every day and 4,000 every hour.
  • By 2050, 70 percent of the world's population is projected to be living in urban areas, causing slums and unplanned settlements to swell.
  • Estimates of homelessness in the United States vary from 1.6 million to 3 million people. Most studies conclude that about one-third of the homeless are children.
 
The impact of adequate housing 
  • Adequate shelter is a critical foundation for breaking the cycle of poverty.
  • Adequate housing is vitally important to the health of the world's economies, communities and populations.
  • Homeownership is a form of wealth accumulation through equity and forced savings from mortgage repayment.
  • Good housing attracts economic investment and development.
  • Decent shelter contributes to thriving school systems, community organizations and civic activism.
  • Safe homes and neighborhoods help to build social stability and security.
 
Policy needs and access to land 
  • To succeed in eliminating poverty housing around the world in our lifetime, we must promote smart policies that advance access to adequate, affordable housing.
  • Lack of access to land is often at the heart of poverty housing; to build a shelter and make it a home, a family needs to know they have rights and won't be evicted.
  • Access to land - meaning the laws about who owns and has rights to land - is one of the top priorities for the Habitat network. Removing current barriers to access would benefit millions of people around the world. Improvements would include greater gender equality, increased disaster resilience and decreased slum conditions.
  • Improving access to land can increase economic growth, address inequalities and reduce poverty.
 
Habitat for Humanity's response 
  • Every four minutes, Habitat serves a family in need of better housing.
  • Habitat has helped more than 5 million people since our founding in 1976.
  • Habitat works in more than 1,400 communities in the United States, and in more than 70 countries worldwide, from Argentina to Zambia.
  • About 2 million volunteers work with Habitat every year worldwide.

Watch this video to find out how to #UseYourVoice to make a change today! 

Sponsor Spotlight - Encore Capital Group


On September 26, a total of 75 volunteers from Encore Capital Group in San Diego came together with San Diego Habitat for Humanity to help build a home for a family in need in El Cajon.
 
The effort was part of the international finance company's third annual Global Volunteer Day, with more than 400 employees across the United States and around the world building homes with Habitat for Humanity.
 
"Strengthening, and in this case, helping literally to build communities, is one of the goals of Encore's corporate social responsibility efforts," said Sheryl Wright, Senior Vice President of External Affairs at Encore Capital Group. "We are pleased to support Habitat for Humanity in its efforts to provide housing for families in need through significant cash donations and volunteer hours."
  
Encore's Corporate Social Responsibility program, launched in 2013, focuses on economic empowerment and strives to help improve communities through better education, job training and basic support services.
 
"When you provide a family an opportunity to purchase their own home, you transform that family for generations to come," said Lori Holt Pfeiler, President/CEO of San Diego Habitat for Humanity. "We bring hardworking families, dedicated volunteers, and generous sponsors together to build simple, decent, safe and affordable housing for local families in need. This mission is possible because of the support of great partners like Encore Capital, and we are so grateful that they are joining us once again toward this goal."
Habitat's Economic Impact in San Diego County
Spotlight on Sponsors Luncheon
Habitat held its 2nd Annual "Spotlight on Sponsors" luncheon on September 15th. We were so honored to celebrate our corporate sponsors and to introduce them to an amazing Habitat homeowner, Pavel Consuegra, who spoke about his rocky journey to the American Dream.  Delana Bennett, co-host of STAR 94.1 FM's morning show, talked to us about her "hand-up" story in a moving keynote address, and guests were treated to musical numbers by the cast of  Coronado Playhouse's "Thoroughly Modern Millie".  A huge thank you to our event sponsors, The Irvine Company, NBC San Diego, Continental Catering, EDCO, El Pollo Loco, Einstein Bros. Bagels, MSI, EasyTurf, Signarama, and Westfield, who saved the day by allowing us to move our luncheon inside at Horton Plaza when the rainy weather threatened to ruin the entire function!