Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Youth United's Kate Sim Interviewed on PBS' Tavis Smiley Show

Check out Kate Sim, HFH GLA's Youth United steering committee president, on the Tavis Smiley show.  Great job Kate!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Cast Members of General Hospital Thank YOU!

A couple weeks ago we had our build day with General Hospital cast members and their fans. It was definitely one of the highlights of our ongoing "The House That General Hospital Fans Built" campaign. The rain was coming down hard here in Los Angeles, but it did nothing to dampen our spirits - the energy on the build site was electric. The electricity carried on throughout the day amongst the fans who traveled near and far to be there, the cast members themselves (many of which had never built before) and all the volunteer crew leaders who transformed many framing novices into pros in just a few hours.
Everyone sat down for lunch at big, long tables together - cast members, fans and Habitat for Humanity G.L.A. partner families. During lunch Betty Monroy, our most recent homeowner, gave a speech and nourished everyone with her beautiful words. Brandon and Lisa also spoke and it was clear from what they said that they (and many of their cast members) had caught what we like to call "Habititis."
In fact many of the cast members said it was the best General Hospital event that they could remember and took some time to make this video to thank everyone who has contributed in any way to this campaign.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Final Opportunities to Apply for Homeownership in Lynwood Announced for January


We have reopened the selection process for prospective low-income families to apply for homeownership at our brand new Lynwood neighborhood. All applicants are required to attend a homeownership orientation and the final two are on January 5th and 9th, 2010. Hard-working, low-income families, living in substandard conditions, are invited to attend the orientations to determine if they may qualify for homeownership in partnership with Habitat for Humanity.

WHEN: Tuesday, January 5, 2010 at 6:00 pm AND
Saturday, January 9, 2010 at noon

WHERE: Bateman Hall
11330 Bullis Road, Lynwood, CA 90262

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles makes homeownership possible for hardworking families earning less than 80% of the median household income. Habitat partner families that qualify must pay back a zero interest loan; agree to give 500 hours of “sweat equity” building their home or their neighbors’ home and currently live in substandard conditions. Homeowner orientations are the first step in the application process and are mandatory. Applicants will be considered for ten homes currently under construction in the City of Lynwood.

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 and renovated over 600 homes locally and worldwide, transforming the lives of hundreds of individuals. For more information, visit or call 310-323-4663.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas Gives A Brush With Kindness

Yesterday, we were joined by Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and the Second District Empowerment Congress at our A Brush With Kindness Dedication Ceremony in Lynwood. Five hundred hours of service from the Second District and other volunteers went into the restoration of the home. Our A Brush With Kindness Program offers free exterior home repairs to low-income homeowners. If you know someone who could use A Brush With Kindness contact us.

Read more stories about A Brush with Kindness below:

Monday, December 21, 2009

Join Faithful Central Bible Church (FCBC) for a Year-End Praise Party on New Years Eve

Faithful Central Bible Church (FCBC) will host a year end Praise Party on December 31, 2009 at the historic Great Western Forum in Inglewood.

With appearances by award winning artist Kelly Price, Bishop Kenneth Ulmer, Donivan David, Donald Lawrence and the FCBC Choirs. FCBC will end 2009 and bring in 2010 with praise, prayer and music while raising funds to help renovate ten homes for deserving low-income families, seniors and persons with disabilities in the Los Angeles/Inglewood area through Habitat's "A Brush with Kindness" (ABwK) program. This free home repair program includes exterior painting, landscaping, fence repairs, roofs and other safety repairs for homeowners in need.

We applaud FCBC on their commitment to raise $100,000 to sponsor ten homes for the ABwK program and for helping to Build Hope, Lives and Communities. The events title sponsor is Nissan. For more information about the Praise Party and how to purchase your ticket please call Dr. Barbara Allen, Minister of Music, at FCBC at 310-310-330-8000, ext. 3234 or visit

Our faith team is looking for alternate Christmas ideas. Please contact Patty Lee or Chris with your ideas and for more information at 310-323-4663 ext. 106.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Celebrate The Spirit(s) of Giving at Pourtal Wine Bar in Santa Monica

Tonight through December 31, 2009, Pourtal Wine Bar in Santa Monica will be donating 15% of all sales during Angel Shares Happy Hour, Mon-Fri, between 4-7 pm to Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles! Wine-Not take advantage of this great offer!

And join us there on Monday, December 21st for a special night of celebrating - all proceeds will benefit us during this event. We are so grateful for the generosity of everyone at Pourtal!

104 Santa Monica Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Enjoy and please share this with your friends!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

New Habitat for Humanity Homeowner Talks to Volunteers During Special Build Day

Meet Betty Monroy, single mom of 3 and brand new Habitat for Humanity Homeowner in Downey, California!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Welcome Home Monroy Family - Your Habitat Home is Built with Love

On December 11, we surprised Betty Monroy and her 3 children with the keys to her new Habitat home. She thought it was going to be a routine walk-thru with our construction team, but it turned into the first day in her new home. A home Betty built with her son and hundreds of volunteers, sponsored by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Subaru Donates & Builds With Habitat For Humanity & So Can You

Buy or lease a new Subaru between now and January 4, 2010 and you can designate a $250 donation to go to Habitat for Humanity! We are very grateful to Subaru for its Share the Love Event for the second year.

We are also excited to have Subaru volunteers out to our Green Lynwood Build site next week!
Read more here.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Viceroy Santa Monica partners with Causecast and Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles to help eliminate poverty housing


This December, Viceroy Santa Monica invites Angelenos to raise their glasses for a great cause with the latest installment of their “Cause on the Rocks” series. Throughout the month, the hotel will partner with Causecast and Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (HFH GLA) to raise money through the sales of The Cranberry cocktail. Featuring vodka, cranberry liquor, lemon juice, and simple syrup served on rocks for $10, 100% of the proceeds from this holiday-inspired libation will be donated directly to HFH GLA. The Cranberry cocktail will be available on the cocktail menu every day throughout the month of December and the hotel is hoping customers will get in spirit and exceed the over $4000 raised for Stand Up for Kids in November.

On Tuesday, December 8 from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m., Viceroy Santa Monica will host “Cause on the Rocks: Blended,” featuring a DJ spinning poolside and speakers from Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles. Guests will also have the chance to win a free cabana and a bottle of champagne at Viceroy Santa Monica. Viceroy is hoping to replicate the success of their “Cause on the Rocks: Blended” event which took place on November 10, 2009 and drew a crowd of over 300 attendees. The hotel plans to continue the “Cause on the Rocks” series in January with a new, seasonally-inspired signature cocktail and local charity partner.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Reminder to Obtain eBay Giving Works Tax Receipts for Your Donations

Thank you to all the supporters who have donated to us this year via eBay Giving Works...we truly appreciate your generosity. We hope you will visit our blog and Facebook page often to see how your kindness is changing lives in Los Angeles and around the world.

And, as the year comes to an end, don't forget to visit eBay Giving Works to get your 2009 tax receipts, here's how:
  • Sign-in to your My eBay account (with your eBay ID/password)
  • Click into your Donations Account
  • Select Donation History
  • Search for the 2009 Tax Year in the drop-down menu
  • Click Request a Tax Receipt
We wish you a very healthy & happy new year!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

1st Annual Building Transformations – Community Event (Guest Blog)

Guest Blogger & Volunteer, Sara Downes of Pacific Office Interiors:

Our company recently hosted a memorable Habitat for Humanity build day in Lynwood. The event was so special and every one of our volunteers truly appreciated the experience I have been sharing our experience with everyone we network with in hopes of bringing more attention to the great work of Habitat and how we all can become involved. We were fortunate to bring together associates from many prominent L.A. architecture firms, as well as USBGC-LA!

Here’s more about the build day:

Our 1st Annual Building Transformations – Community Event was held on Saturday, November 7, 2009. This unique and memorable event offered our industry associates, and partners in the architectural and design community the opportunity to start the giving season early as they helped build the first USGBC LEED Certified homes in the City of Lynwood.

We would like to thank each and every volunteer that joined in this special day! Special thanks to sponsors: Haworth, ASID UCLA Extension Student Chapter, Environmental Contracting Corporation,, as well as our friends from; Wolcott, Wirt Design Group, Shlemmer+Algaze+Associates, Zimmer Gunsul Frasca, Walt Construction, NBBJ, IA Interior Architect , VIDA Los Angeles, USGBC-LA.

This special event was planned in conjunction with the launch of Pacific Office Interiors’ new Leadership Center and Community Blog site, to transform participants and certainly some deserving homeowner’s life.

For more about Pacific Office Interiors click here.