Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas Giving a Day with Habitat & Disney VoluntEars

Thank you Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas for attending, building and supporting our new 10 homes in Lynwood. We love this video that Supervisor Ridley-Thomas posted today:

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Local Coverage of Today's Exciting Build Day- Walls Raised In Lynwood, Desperate Housewives' Stars, Muppets & A Surprise Announcement From Disney!

Today, we were joined by Americorps volunteers, Lynwood City Officials and employee volunteers of Disney Parks, Southwest Airlines and L.A. Works to raise the first walls for our new green neighborhood in Lynwood. Disney, also had a big surprise announcement to make - their "Give A Day, Get A Day" program to celebrate volunteerism. President/CEO of The Walt Disney Company Bob Iger was on hand to spread the news, along with Teri Hatcher, James Denton and the Muppets! Check out ABC7's coverage below!

Give us a Day & Get a Disney Day in 2010

We are so thrilled to be a participating volunteer partner for this promotion - we look forward to seeing you on a Habitat Build site very soon. Visit Disney Parks website for details.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Featured on ABC News: Charity Finds Positive Use for Foreclosures

We are thrilled to have been featured nationally on ABC News last night bringing light to our Neighborhood Stabilization Program. Together we can rehabilitate foreclosed homes for hard working families, uniting communities along the way. Click this link to view the piece on ABC:

Charity Finds Positive Use for Foreclosures

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Thursday, September 17, 2009

A Brush With Kindness Home Dedication On CBS/KCAL!

Yesterday, it was a pleasure to share the evening with Lynwood homeowner, Marna McKinney, the city of Lynwood and my staff at our A Brush With Kindness Home Dedication.

A Brush With Kindness is a relatively new program, launched in 2007, that offers free home repairs to homeowners who are unable to make exterior and safety related repairs to their homes because of  finances, age, family circumstances, or disability.

We met Marna when we were building three, new Habitat homes next store. She was such a wonderful neighbor and patiently put up with all of the noise and debris that comes with construction. That's why when we found out she was in need of new windows, a new garage door, fence repairs and a paint job - we jumped at the chance to help her through our A Brush With Kindness program and I must say her house looks beautiful!

The very sweet, Rita Garcia, from CBS2/KCAL also joined us and covered the event! You can check out the segment that aired here and to learn more about A Brush With Kindness click here.

Read more stories on A Brush with Kindness program below:

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

A Win-Win: Bid on Once in a Lifetime Celebrity Experiences

Want to meet your favorite celebrities and support Hollywood for Habitat for Humanity at the same time? You can! Visit (or click on the button to the right) and you can bid in the HOLLYWOOD FOR HABITAT FOR HUMANITY FALL VIP EXPERIENCE AUCTION, which features once in a lifetime experiences with superstars of film, music, television and sports. 100% of proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity families served by HFH GLA.

Hugh Jackman, Ricky Martin, Linkin Park, Green Day, Ray Romano, Keith Urban, Britney Spears, Lauren Conrad, Brandon Barash and Lisa LoCicero, the LA Kings, the casts of American Idol, How I Met Your Mother and My Boys are just a few of our HFH supporters that you can get up close and personal with! We’re auctioning off meet & greets, premiere tickets, television show set visits, front seats for concerts, the chance to be behind the scenes on video shoots, the chance to walk the red carpet, attend a sound check party, lunch with the one or more of your celeb faves and much more. Hurry up and bid at, the auction launched this morning and closes on October 6 . . . don’t miss out!

Want to know more? Here’s a sample of what you can bid on . . .

* Meet Hugh Jackman after sitting in his personal seats for his new Broadway play “A Steady Rain”
* Roll up to the Staples Center in LA like a rock star for the Britney Spears show
* Be behind the scenes of a Ricky Martin video shoot and get a behind the scenes glimpse at how videos are made
* Meet Ray Romano in Las Vegas before his show at the Mirage Hotel+ spend two free nights at the Mirage
* Be one of a handful of people in a stadium that seats tens of thousands as you watch Green Day warm up for their gig that night at an intimate, exclusive sound-check party
* Walk the red carpet at the launch of Lauren Conrad’s new clothing line for Kohl’s, wearing one of her designs
* Have lunch with daytime’s hottest couple, General Hospital’s Brandon Barash and Lisa LoCicero or with Kyle Howard and members of the cast of My Boys
* Hang out on the set of Linkin Park’s new video, meet the band, and watch as they create
* Have lunch with film star and recording artist Emmy Rossum or House’s Jennifer Morrison and find out what really goes on as films and television are created
* Visit the set and meet the casts of Cougar Town, CSI Miami or How I Met Your Mother or attend a table read of Seth McFarlane’s newest animation hit “The Cleveland Show
* Attend the red carpet premieres of “Kings of the Evening” (and meet the film’s star Glynn Turman) or “Armored” (and meet the film’s star, Amaury Nolasco”)
* Be up close and personal with Alejandro Sanz, Keith Urban, Wisin y Yandel or Juanes during their world tours during meet & greets and sound checks and then sit up front as their personal guests
* Visit the set of the "The Young and The Restless" and learn more about “Genoa City” from the soap’s leading lady, Kate Linder
* Meet the LA Kings after the game, after you sit close enough to be cold

We are very grateful to our INCREDIBLE team of celebrity supporters and entertainment industry partners who have donated experiences to help us raise funds for Habitat GLA, and we hope you win a chance to get closer to your faves! Please bid now (then bid again often!) at And, be sure to follow me at @habitatali on twitter for continual updates on last minute additions to the list…you never know who may show up!!

Friday, September 11, 2009

9/11: National Day of Service & Remembrance

Our affiliate has been chosen to Partner with "United We Serve" on this 1st Annual Day of Service & Remembrance, an honor we don't take lightly. Today at 3 of our locations in Greater Los Angeles, we honored those lives affected by the events of September 11, 2001, with a moment of silence, a day of service and this devotion:

Loving God,

We pause today together as one family to remember and honor the hero’s that gave so sacrificially this day eight years ago.

Because of this tragedy, we have been bound together by a silver chord of hope and brotherhood and sisterhood. What was meant to drive us apart has drawn us together. May we always remember.

Today we ask, God, that you would wipe the tears of all in need of comfort. That you would warm the heart of the one who would grow cold from bitterness. That you would lift the head of the one who is bowed down in sadness.
That you would touch the discouraged and remind them that love will always conquer hate.

We thank you, God, for making us such a resilient people. And we pray now for strength to overcome the evil that would try to destroy and separate us; we pray for the strength today to be a light of hope and peace as we honor those we remember and as we serve our community. We pray that you would motivate us and give us the courage to continue finding ways to be an instrument of your peace through serving each other and you.

We thank you for uniting us together here today at this location to serve with a purpose of building hope, lives and communities.


Friday, September 4, 2009

Meet Rachel, Youth United Advocate & Princeton Freshman

Over the past two years, Rachel Harris has been a faithful volunteer with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles. She was part of our founding Youth United Steering Committee and an integral leader among HFH GLA youth volunteers. Rachel has a truly compassionate heart and used her time and energy to focus on the affordable housing crisis in greater Los Angeles, drawing attention to the need and being part of the solution through Habitat for Humanity’s Youth Initiatives. Watch her video to find out what she did and why she volunteered.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Mark Van Lue on CNN

VP of Construction, Mark Van Lue, speaks with Brad Pomerance on CNN Local Edition: