HABITAT FOR HUMANITY FRESNO COUNTY BUILDING HOMES, BUILDING HOPE Coming Together For A Common Cause! When generous businesses and caring In the spring of 2007, the Ayala family individuals join together for a common of Fresno was selected to partner with cause, they make beautiful music. Habitat for Humanity Fresno County to County music star Reba McEntire is one build their home, making a lifelong of those caring individuals. Her Key to dream come true. On August 24, the the Heart concert series, sponsored by Ayala family, Habitat staff and Whirlpool, came rolling into Fresno this volunteers attended Reba’s “Key to the past summer. The mission of the tour Heart” tour, held at Chukchansi Park. was to raise awareness and funds for Habitat for Humanity! The Chukchansi Gold Casino also obtained an amazing Arlen Ness In collaboration with Chukchansi Gold Casino, (who provided motorcycle to be sold through an auction with the proceeds the venue), Jeffrey Scott Advertising (fundraising), KISS helping to offset the cost to build the Ayala family home. Country (promotion), the McCaffrey Group (suspense), and of Jeffrey Scott Advertising, Chukchansi Gold Casino’s ad course Reba, (incredible talent), Fresno country music fans agency, will promote the auction online. Naturally, with enjoyed a night of amazing music with a message. Together country music’s leading lady Reba McEntire in town, KISS we can raise awareness of the affordable housing crisis and Country was front and center with promotional support and help eliminate substandard housing in the United States. tickets for fans. Tony Miranda, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity Fresno County, was given the Reba’s passion for the cause of affordable housing led her to opportunity to talk to KISS Country radio listeners. He Habitat’s doorstep in the mid 1990s where she organized three shared information with the listeners about Habitat and the consecutive all-woman builds with Habitat for Humanity in variety of opportunities for volunteer involvement. Tennessee. Because of her commitment, in 1999, Whirlpool asked Reba to team up with them and use her beautiful voice In an amazing twist of fate, one of Fresno’s finest home as a vehicle for bringing the issue of affordable housing and builders, the McCaffrey Group, wanted a meaningful way to the mission of Habitat for Humanity to the music-loving give back to their community. They came to the concert in public in America. support of Reba and Whirlpool, with a surprise for this affiliate - $10,000! Whirlpool Corporation shares Habitat for Humanity's belief that every family deserves a home, a safe place to put down “Habitat for Humanity exists because the people believe in roots and nurture a hopeful future. Since 1999, Whirlpool what we do and how we do it. McCaffrey is a strong family Corporation has contributed more than $34 million in company in our community and as others see great donations and cash to support Habitat's mission to eliminate organizations such as theirs support our efforts, they poverty housing. recognize the value we offer. I believe their efforts (the McCaffrey Group) illustrate why a belief in Habitat for Currently, Whirlpool donates a range and an ENERGY-Star Humanity is important,” stated Tony Miranda, Executive qualified refrigerator to every new Habitat home built in North Director of Habitat Fresno. America and will support every new Habitat home globally by 2011. Beyond simply being one of Habitat's leading global To learn more about the online auction for the Arlen Ness corporate partners, thousands of their employees volunteer to motorcycle, go to www.cmarket.com and enter a Fresno zip pitch in every year Together, Reba and Whirlpool are a force code. The auction is open until November 5th at 9 a.m. for change as they inspire a nation of local communities to join the cause to eliminate poverty housing. And the circle of change begins. Coming Together for a Common Cause Inside this quarter’s newsletter: The Carrillo Family Unlocks House # 50 IN THIS ISSUE: Habitat Stikes It Rich – California Style Warner Co. Jewelers Creates In-Kind Donors ~ page 2 Memories FALL, 2007 Voice of a Volunteer: Notes from New Orleans ~ page 3 Universal Design With Universal Appeal Habitat Rolling ReStore isInternational’s Voice of a Volunteer ~ page 5 Online Youth Programs HABITAT FOR HUMANITY FRESNO COUNTY BUILDING HOMES, BUILDING HOPE THE CARRILLO FAMILY OPENS THE DOOR TO HOUSE # 50 On Saturday August 25th, Habitat for Humanity Fresno County dedicated their 50th home. In partnership with Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, Habitat and the Carrillo family built the new three bedroom, two bathroom home totaling 1212 sq. ft. Located in the Habitat for Humanity Crossroads Subdivision in southwest Fresno, this house is the second home sponsored and built by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. “This dedication marks an important milestone for Habitat Fresno,” said Tony Miranda, Executive Director for Habitat for Humanity Fresno County. “As we dedicate the 50th affordable Habitat home for the Carrillo family, it’s a good time to reflect on the generosity of the community, and organizations like Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. They have not only donated more than $185,000 to provide two families with an opportunity to own an affordable home, but also have donated over 50 percent of the man power needed to build these homes, truly making this partnership something to remember.” Councilmember Cynthia Sterling spoke at the dedication, along with Anita Olvera, the project leader for Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. Mr. Carrillo addressed the audi- ence and gave great thanks for the support and kindness the volunteers have shown his family. The Carrillo family, like many other Habitat families, has a story to tell. Raul Carrillo and his wife Armida immigrated to the United States in 1979, seeking a better life. Mr. Carrillo is employed as a milker and Mrs. Carrillo works seasonally in a packing house. Currently they live in cramped, employer-provided housing at the dairy. When asked what the first thing they will do as they are presented the keys to their new home Raul stated, “Give thanks to God, and prepare our first meal in our new kitchen!” THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES EMILY—YOU WILL BE MISSED! Habitat for Humanity Fresno County has benefited in so many ways thanks to a wonderful volunteer named Emily O’ Donnell. Emily has volunteered with us since 1998 and in July of 2007, we said goodbye. Her husband was accepted into the U.C. Davis Veterinarian School and they have relocated to Sacramento. Over the years, Emily did it all! She was an integral part of the Family Selection Committee and so many of the families living in their Habitat homes have benefited from her wisdom and compassion. She was a job site volunteer and performed just about every job necessary for building a house, in the heat and the cold! She never hesitated to learn a new skill which is just one of the things we loved about her. She was an SAF (a partner family liaison for Habitat) for three families who all grew to love her as much as we do. She served on the hospitality committee and always had delicious ideas for us. But, her dedication to Habitat was never ending! Emily worked for Beazer Homes and she had an idea that the Beazer Homes subcontractors could donate supplies and labor to help build a Habitat home. That idea is now a reality and we will break ground on this home in October of 2007. There are not enough words to express our gratitude for her commitment to the families, volunteers and staff of Habitat for Humanity Fresno County. We wish her the best of luck in her new adventure but our hearts will always miss her. HABITAT FOR HUMANITY FRESNO COUNTY BUILDING HOMES, BUILDING HOPE HABITAT STRIKES IT RICH – CALIFORNIA STYLE! The California Department of Housing and Community Development recently awarded Habitat for Humanity Fresno County $180,000 to create affordable housing opportunities in Fresno County. This funding was made available by the voter approved Proposition 46 in 2002. These awards were distributed in 44 counties to provide housing opportunities for some 13,500 Californians. With these funds, Habitat for Humanity Fresno County will partner with nine new families within the next 12 months. “Without the support of the California Department of Housing and Community Development and the generosity of the people of California, our ability to add additional affordable housing opportunities in Fresno County would face greater challenges than it does now because of this profound partnership,” said Tony Miranda, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity Fresno County. By the end of 2008, Habitat for Humanity Fresno County will have completed its 89-unit subdivision in Southwest Fresno. The subdivision, better known as the Crossroads, will house over 520 family members. None of this would have been possible without the support of partners like the State of California, the City and County of Fresno, the City of Clovis, our corporate sponsors, individual donors and volunteers. Because of YOU, our mission is at work to provide decent and affordable housing to the people of Fresno County. WARNER CO. JEWELERS UNIVERSAL DESIGN WITH CREATES MEMORIES UNIVERSAL APPEAL Warner Co. Jewelers have been Universal design incorporates home design features that in the business of creating make a home safe and comfortable for everyone, young or memories and client relationships old, whether they have a disability or not. It’s making a in the Central Valley since 1880. home for all ages. Their new design studio, located at the corner of Palm and Because of recent partnerships with Lowe’s and the City of Herndon Avenues, is home to an Fresno—Housing and Community Development Division, unparalleled display of exquisite Habitat for Humanity Fresno County and the Her family timepieces, jewelry and home furnishings. Yet, will break ground on this the heart of their business is not the beautiful pieces new design feature in the themselves, but the opportunity to be a part of so many Fall 2007. This design special occasions in the lives of their clients. feature calls for wider corridors and doorways, No where was this more evident, than on August 16, 2007, lower kitchen counter tops, when Warner Co. Jewelers hosted a reception to benefit a level, no-step entryway, Habitat for Humanity Fresno County. Everyone who and grab bars in the attended the event was greeted as a treasured friend by their bathrooms. These unique, expert staff. From the delectable eats to the incredible treats, universal features are of special significance and each guest was encouraged to touch, feel and try on beautiful importance for the Her family since Mrs. Her suffered a pieces from the most exclusive designers. stroke last year. When the home is complete, Mrs. Her and her family can live safely and comfortably together in their Ticket revenues and a portion of the evening’s sales directly affordable and more accessible home. benefited this affiliate. Habitat for Humanity would like to thank Warner Co. Jewelers for their generous support and Habitat for Humanity Fresno County is well aware of the continuing partnership in the mission to build affordable necessity of building homes that include universal design housing in Fresno County. features so that our homes truly welcome the greatest number of people in the community. Our commitment to universal design will extend beyond the Her family home. Future developments will include these same universal design features. HABITAT FOR HUMANITY FRESNO COUNTY BUILDING HOMES, BUILDING HOPE HABITAT’S RESTORE IS ROLLING! ReStore has been a great success since its debut on July 7, 2007. Open every Saturday from 8 AM to 2 PM, ReStore has earned $14,000 in sales to date. Combined with other ReStore related efforts, we have now generated over $23,000 in ReStore activities! These funds have allowed us to purchase our first Habitat Fresno delivery truck! Twenty feet long with a lift gate, our “new” truck will start making pick-ups and deliveries to ensure customer convenience. With the purchase of the truck under our tool belt, we are moving forward to obtain two other necessary items—industrial shelving and a large scale to weigh donations. We are grateful to the community for its strong support of ReStore. Many local businesses have donated materials and we are well stocked with caulking, sinks, toilets, doors and windows, and electrical and plumbing supplies. We even received a large donation of inventory from a hardware store in Biola that recently closed its doors. With our amazing increase in inventory, the City of Clovis has once again shown their dedication to Habitat and donated an additional 3,000 sq. ft. for storage, directly behind the current store. ReStore’s total square footage is now more than 7,000 sq. ft.! ReStore benefits not only Habitat for Humanity Fresno County, Habitat homeowners and volunteers, but also the Central Valley environment and community at large. Caring donors who don’t want to see their useable supplies and materials end up in landfills, and do-it-yourselfers who want to buy unique and inexpensive construction supplies and materials now have a readily accessible source. Searching for something meaningful to do on a Saturday? Consider volunteering at ReStore. Please call Joan Cook at 559-237-4102 for more information. The store is located at 3415 Clovis Ave., on the Northeast corner of Clovis and Dakota at the north end of the old Winery building. For information on how to donate, call Habitat for Humanity ReStore today at (559) 333-3101. VOICE OF A VOLUNTEER—JIM AVELLAR I have always had an admiration for those in the construction field. I am what you may call a “Weekend Warrior” - I love doing home improvement projects. I have been blessed with many talents and abilities, and I want to use them to be a blessing to others and bring glory to God. Due to circumstances in my past, I found myself homeless for a couple of years, so I can easily relate to those people who don't have proper housing or a home, for that matter. It's great to be a part of an organization that has a heart to help those who may not have the opportunity to own their own home. I was drawn to Habitat through my employer, Pelco, and the Charitable Volunteer Program they provide. I thought this would be a perfect fit for me. I remember the first day when I called Joan at the office to volunteer. She said I would get hooked and she was right. I am hooked! HABITAT FOR HUMANITY FRESNO COUNTY BUILDING HOMES, BUILDING HOPE Habitat Awarded Best Non-Profit! Buckaroos for Habitat Many thanks to Sequoia Equipment, a Case Construction Equipment dealership in Fresno County, for their $1,000 donation to Habitat for Humanity Fresno Union Bank of California and their local partners selected Habitat County! The donation for Humanity Fresno County as the recipient of their 2007 Fresno was made during the Salute to Small Business Award: Best Non-Profit Business. This Sequoia Case Rodeo competition held on Saturday, annual competition recognizes small business leaders who have September 15th. “We find it quite fitting, as we made important contributions to the community and the economy. celebrate 14 years of business in the Fresno area, that Union Bank of California recognizes that the activities of small we develop a partnership with Habitat for Humanity businesses keep our neighborhoods vibrant, supply valuable job Fresno County. Their organization gives hope to our opportunities and deliver the goods and services that make our community every day with no strings attached. We are lives a bit easier. Habitat was honored September 27th at a special honored to be a part of the work they do,” said Dennis luncheon ceremony. Monahan, President of Sequoia Equipment. Sequoia Equipment’s donation will help fund the On The Fence... building of decent and affordable homes in Fresno County. “We are truly excited to partner with Sequoia Equipment,” said Tony Miranda, Executive Director The Fence Company has been a long time supporter of Habitat for for Habitat for Humanity Fresno County. “Without the Humanity Fresno County, generously donating all of the labor and support of companies like Sequoia Equipment and materials needed to build the backyard Dennis Monahan, Habitat would have a much harder fences for every Habitat house. When time in securing the needed funds to achieve the Rick O'Daniel, site manager for Habitat mission of building homes in Fresno County.” Fresno calls The Fence Company, they pull into the subdivision the next day with a truckload of wood, hammers and a smile! OUR COMMUNITY PARTNERS—THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT! Chuckchansi Gold Resort and Kiss Country radio station The McCaffrey Group Whirlpool generously donates Casino donated an Arlen Ness promoted Reba McEntire’s donated $10,000 to an ENERGY-star refrigerator Motorcycle that will be auctioned August 24th concert and Habitat for Humanity and stove to each Habitat off to help build one Habitat home. provided airtime for Habitat to Fresno County! Fresno home. address Valley listeners. Non-Profit Org. BUILDING HOMES, BUILDING HOPE U.S. Postage PAID Permit No. 2359 Fresno, CA 2219 San Joaquin Avenue Fresno, California 93721 Donate On-Line www.habitatfresno.org Before you start your next project, check out ReStore! STOP BY OFTEN AND TAKE ADVANTAGE OF OUR CHANGING INVENTORY! Bring this coupon to ReStore any Saturday between 8 am and 2 pm and receive 10% off your entire purchase. ReStore is located in the old Winery Building at the northeast corner of Clovis and Dakota Avenues at 3415 Clovis Avenue. Coupon expires on November 24, 2007.