HFH GLA Construction Staff Gives Back

Posted by Jo-An Turman, Senior Director of Communications & Marketing

Helping others have a decent, safe place to live is our mission at Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (HFH GLA). On Tuesday, January 25th a handful of our construction staff took the opportunity to volunteer for another worthy cause in Westchester, CA.

Gloria Dresser, a long-time resident of Westchester is battling cancer and has Cerebral Palsy. Due to her physical limitaions, Ms. Dresser's home was in need of major repairs especially her aging roof which had a two foot hole in it. When the Rotary Club of Westchester heard about the Dresser home they decided to assist as they have done in the past for so many other individuals and families. The club raised over $100,000 in funds and in-kind donations in order to make the necessary repairs!

While the repairs were being made to the home, the Rotary Club sent Ms. Dresser and her daughter on a week-long vacation so that they would have a big surprise upon their return home. A call for volunteers went out in local newspapers and that was were the HFH GLA staff felt compelled to act and join Ms. Dresser's neighbors, local business owners, contractors, friends and local volunteers with the home make-over.

The HFH GLA construction team built a new patio deck onto the back of the home. The team included: Billy Gifford, Norman Hilario, Kathy Sasaki, Noah Swann and Lisa Tanaka. When Ms. Dresser returned home and saw that her home had been completely made-over, she was in absolute shock. Ms. Dresser said, "It is really beautiful and overwhelming. Thank you so much to everyone that helped to make this possible."

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