Wednesday, January 26, 2011


This morning we invited partners and future partners to take a HabiTour and learn more about our affiliate by viewing some of our different types of properties. The tour began bright and early at the Weingart Foundation. We took some time to take in the breathtaking view of downtown Los Angeles and enjoy breakfast as people arrived.

Everyone was eager to board the bus and get a firsthand look at the important work we are doing in our local communities. At about 8:00 am we departed for the cities of Lynwood and South Gate - where we have several homes in various stages of rehabilitation and construction. The time on the bus provided us with the opportunity to cover a lot of information and answer questions. We discussed how we select properties and  homeowners, as well as volunteering, green building and programs like A Brush with Kindness.

Our first stop was at a home being rehabilitated in Lynwood. It is a beautiful home with two brick fireplaces and an expansive yard dotted with orange trees. Touring this home was a special treat because the homeowners were the ones to proudly guide us through.

We then returned to the bus and continued with "Habitat 101" and two brief stops at acquired properties that will soon undergo renovations. When we are rehabilitating a home, one of our primary undertakings is to ensure that the home is energy efficient. We accomplish this by installing new windows, insulation, roofing, etc.

The next home that we walked through was in South Gate. The home is on a corner lot, with charming craftsman details. Our construction team and volunteers have done a wonderful job making upgrades to the home while preserving its character.

Before we knew it we were back on the bus and en route to our final stop - our new, ten home neighborhood in Lynwood! These homes are new construction and are nearing completion. It was great for our guests to be able to see an example of new construction and realize the scope of our capabilities. Our COO, Mark Van Lue, gave a brief, yet informative, overview of our commitment to green building and how sustainable features in our homes benefit partner homeowners. Each home on the Imperial site will have solar panels and receive at least LEED Silver certification.

We ended our HabiTour with a bang! On our way back to the Weingart Foundation, Jose Tobar spoke. While Jose was in high school his family partnered with Habitat during the Jimmy Carter Work Project in Los Angeles and moved into one of the homes that Jimmy Carter himself helped to build. Having a home greatly affected Jose's life and he went onto college and has recently purchased a home of his own in the same neighborhood as his parents. His sister and her family have also been positively impacted by Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (HFH GLA), she is one of our partner homeowners in Lynwood!

A lot was accomplished during this tour and we are already planning the next one. A HabiTour is a great way to learn about HFH GLA, but one of the best ways to experience the essence of our organization is by volunteering! To learn more about our volunteer opportunities click here.

Check out videos of our HabiTour!
HabiTour - Green Building
HabiTour - Growing Up In a Habitat Home
HabiTour - Rehabilitating a Home
HabiTour - New Partner Family
HabiTour - Craftsman Rehab

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Friday, January 21, 2011

5 Construction Tips all Habitat Volunteers Should Know

Posted by Megan Kelly, Marketing Coordinator:

I started with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles just 3 short months ago. Now let me preface this by saying that the closest I had been to a construction site in my life pre-Habitat was when I was 5 years old, accompanying my parents to the site of our new home and coloring on what I thought was the perfect canvas - drywall. Needless to say, I have a lot to learn about construction and I'm loving every minute of it. So for those of us who may be new to construction but want to get out there and help build homes with the best of the boys, I have put together a list of helpful tips because...


...hand-eye coordination has never been so crucial (hammer, nail, thumb - you get the picture) must know and accept that hardhats and tool belts are your new accessories – and they don’t have to match toed shoes and high heels on the construction site will only bring unwanted attention

...a stud-finder is not what you think it is the end of the day if you only have a thin layer of dust on your body you were probably just in the way

…a broken nail, a couple bruises and randomly placed swatches of paint on your clothes is a sign of a great day!

So, if a girl like me can do it, so can you! And we need your help! I promise that after just one day on a build site, you will surprise yourself at how much you are capable of that you never thought possible! In fact, I may just re-tile my bathroom floor this weekend for fun! If my story sounds all too familiar but you want to spend a day learning something new and having a great time doing it, then check out our volunteer opportunities

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Thursday, January 20, 2011

The Unforgettble Moment when a Family Receives the Keys to their New Habitat Home

Recently we had the privilege to give the keys to a new Habitat home to Betty Coreas and her children. Although it was a very wet, cloudy day, for Betty and those of us who witnessed the dedication, it's nothing but clear skies ahead!

To find out how Betty built and purchased her own home with Habitat for Humanity, visit our website.

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Volunteers Celebrate MLK Day Building Habitat Homes in Greater Los Angeles

We will celebrate the historic 25th Anniversary of MLK Day on Saturday, January 15, 2011, by dedicating all volunteer activity in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  We are thrilled to have over 100 volunteers working with us throughout the city, including Lynwood, Southgate, Long Beach, Garden and Norwalk.

The MLK Day of Service is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service and is a part of United We Serve, the President's national call to service initiative. It calls for Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems. The MLK Day of Service empowers individuals, strengthens communities, bridges barriers, creates solutions to social problems, and moves us closer to Dr. King's vision of a "Beloved Community."

Though we, at Habitat for Humanity, celebrate volunteerism everyday; on Saturday we are proud to honor the legacy of Dr. King and what he envisioned for America.

“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live the meaning of its creed: that all men are created equal.” ~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., August 28, 1963