Monday, December 31, 2007

Keys for a family

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles gave a set of keys to new home owner Maria Lopez and her Family. On December 8th the family celebrated their new home with volunteers and those at Habitat during their key ceremony and with a special Tree lighting ceremony as well. This was the first year that the Lopez' have ever had a Christmas photo with a family tree in the background. Congratulations to Maria and her four amazing children on all of your hard work and your new home!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Jo-An Turman is the new VP of Marketing at HFHGLA

JO-AN TURMAN, Director of Marketing & Communications, brings a passionate enthusiasm for helping others to her new role at Habitat for Humanity. She’s spent her entire career help others as Real Estate Broker she assisted first-time home buyers; as former teacher she worked with at-risk youth, ultimately founding the non-profit children’s organization IX Winds Ranch Foundation’s “Camp Gid D Up” where she still serves as a camp director along with her husband, actor Glynn Turman. Turman was most recently Director of Marketing & Communications for the L.A. Neighborhood Housing Services. “Working with an organization like Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles has always been a goal of mine. I have always respected the work they do and I am so proud and honored to be associated with such a worthy organization that literally improves the quality of life of fellow human beings.”
Both Van Lue and Turman will play key roles in the Building A Greater Los Angeles campaign, which is the most aggressive plan the affiliate has announced yet. The three-year campaign will actively address the region’s affordable-housing crisis by implementing multiple programs aimed at people from all walks of life to become proactive on this issue. Specifics of the campaign include Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles’ “A Brush with Kindness” program, which will rehabilitate homes for low-income families; “Nickels for Nails,” which encourages Los Angeles-area school children to raise funds to build a youth sponsored habitat house and advocate for Habitat for Humanity; a housing symposium that brings together community leaders to address Los Angeles-area housing issues; along with additional outreach, education, volunteer and fundraising initiatives.

Meet Mark Van Lue Joins Habitat of Greater L.A. as V.P. of Construction!

MARK VAN LUE, Vice President of Construction & Real Estate, has been with Habitat for Humanity since 1999 as Construction Manager for the St. Joseph County, Indiana affiliate and more recently as Director of Construction and Environmental Resources for Habitat for Humanity International. With over 25 years construction experience and a love for helping people, Van Lue believes he is in the right place at the right time. “I am inspired by people who care about others and more so when they do something about it. I feel blessed to have been given skills and leadership talents to be able to help others in such a monumental way and I believe fate has brought me to Los Angeles to be a part of a wonderful team who wants to think big and increase their capacity to build in the toughest housing market in the country.”

Two new Exec's appointed at HFH Los Angeles


Greater L.A. Affiliate Taps New VP of Construction/Real Estate & Director of Marketing/Communications as “Building A Greater L.A. Campaign” Kicks Off

Los Angeles, CA – December 10, 2007: This year’s Jimmy Carter Work Project in Los Angeles was the largest for Habitat for Humanity in its twenty-four year history. Hosted by Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles, the event attracted over three-thousand volunteers from all over the world and built and rehabilitated nearly 100 homes. Mark Van Lue, Vice President of Construction and Real Estate and Jo-An Turman, Director of Marketing and Communications, joined the affiliate just weeks before the event began on October 28. The build week kicked off the “Building A Greater Los Angeles” campaign, which is top priority for Van Lue and Turman, who are committed to meeting the affiliate’s goal of building 250 homes in three years.
“We are thrilled with the addition of Mark Van Lue and Jo-An Turman to our executive team, said Erin Rank, President/CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles. “Their background and passion for the mission of Habitat for Humanity is sincere. They have already made a tremendous impact on our work and the addition of these two positions will be instrumental in our future growth. “

Monday, December 10, 2007

'tis the season to be building!

Just because it's cold outside doesn't mean Habitat for Humanity volunteers stay inside! We are always looking for volunteers, and what better way to join in the spirit of the season by taking some time to give to those in need? Help us build homes with our partner families~ Contact the Habitat for Humanity of Greater LA by e-mail ( or call us at 310-323-4663. We look forward to building with you.

Friday, December 7, 2007

Local Family receives keys to new home in time for The Holiday Season!


The Lopez Family to Receive Keys in Housewarming Ceremony Saturday

Los Angeles, CA – Dec. 8, 2007: Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles ( and three Los Angeles area Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Chapters have completed their work on a home in partnership with The Lopez Family. On Saturday, December 8th Habitat for Humanity representatives, Thrivent Financial representatives, Lutheran volunteers, and the Lopez family will gather to celebrate homeownership for Maria Lopez and present her family with keys to their new home.

WHO: Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans & Habitat Partner Family, the Lopez family.

WHAT: Home Dedication Featuring Short Presentation, Tree-Trimming And Home Tours

WHEN: Saturday, December 8, 2007
10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Presentation begins at 11:00 am (40 min.)

WHERE: 434 112th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90061

WHY: Maria Lopez, a single mother of four who was living in a converted garage, will be moving into her new home and celebrating homeownership thanks to a partnership with Habitat for Humanity and Thrivent Financial. The Thrivent Builds program partners with Habitat for Humanity to build safe, affordable housing nationwide. The Lopez’ home is the second to be fully-funded by the organization in Los Angeles in just two years. Volunteers broke ground last March and the home is now ready for the Lopez family to move in, just in time for the Holidays!

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles strives to eliminate poverty housing through advocacy, education and partnership with families in need to build simple, decent affordable housing. Since 1990, HFH GLA has built more than 230 homes, transforming the lives of hundreds of individuals. For more information, visit

About Thrivent Financial for Lutherans
Thrivent Financial for Lutherans is a not-for-profit membership organization helping nearly 3 million members achieve their financial goals and give back to their communities. As a not-for-profit fraternal benefit society, Thrivent Financial sponsors national outreach programs and activities that support congregations, schools, charitable organizations and individuals in need. Thrivent Financial has main offices in Minneapolis, Minn., and Appleton, Wis. For more information, visit

Monday, December 3, 2007

Habitat's Nickels For Nails Youth Advocacy Program in the News

Read about Habitat for Humanity GLA's Nickels for Nails program in this month’s issue of Los Angeles Family Magazine. The article was also published in the San Gabriel Family, South Bay Family, Ventura Family and Santa Clarita Family magazines.

Building a Greater Los Angeles Families Can Take Pride In
Angels Among Us
by Jill Weinlein

Remember the children's story The House that Jack Built? In the greater Los Angeles area there is The House that Youth Built. Habitat for Humanity's, "Build a Greater Los Angeles" three-year goal is to build 250 homes to address the city's housing crisis. Co-chairmen Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa have joined to combat this ever-growing problem.