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Volunteers Completely Rehabilitate a Home for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles in South Gate During 2nd Annual Lent Build: 40 Days of Building on Faith

Home Completion Celebration Took Place Saturday, April 14th

Los Angeles, CA – April 19, 2012: A little over a month ago, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (HFH GLA), Rt. Rev. Alexei Smith, Director of Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, and volunteers gathered at a home in South Gate to kickoff the 2012 Lent Build: 40 Days of Building on Faith. On Saturday, April 14th volunteers returned to the home to celebrate its completion, as well as the culmination of the second annual Lent Build event. The 2012 Lent Build: 40 Days of Building on Faith successfully brought together volunteers from congregations crossing denominational lines all across Greater Los Angeles to help HFH GLA build and renovate homes for hardworking, low-income partner homeowners.

“This was a true celebration of what can be accomplished when people come together to build and put their faith into action,” said Erin Rank, President & CEO of HFH GLA. “Our Lent Build volunteers furthered progress on several of our sites and completely finished renovations on the South Gate home.  By giving of their time and talents, they’ve change the lives of these homeowner families for generations to come.”

In addition to raising $25,000, over 15 congregations volunteered their time to build on HFH GLA sites throughout Greater Los Angeles and completely finished one home in South Gate for a future HFH GLA partner homeowner. The Lent Build began last year as a way for congregations of all denominations and sizes to acknowledge the Lenten Season by serving others in the community, just as Jesus and his disciples did 2,000 years ago.   Congregations interested in building and partnering with the organization may contact Chris Untiet, HFH GLA Faith Relations Manager, at chrisu@habitatla.org or 424-246-HOME (4663).

Habitat for Humanity is an ecumenical Christian Housing Ministry. Propelled by the belief that everyone has the right to adequate shelter, Habitat for Humanity has completed 500,000 homes worldwide. In Los Angeles, HFH GLA has built and renovated more than 700 homes locally and worldwide and is committed to green building practices. HFH GLA homes give back to the environment, as well as to partner families by providing them with long-term savings.

About Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (HFH GLA) strives to eliminate substandard housing through advocacy, education and partnership with families and individuals in need to build simple, sustainable and affordable housing. Since 1990, HFH GLA has built and renovated more than 700 homes locally and worldwide, transforming the lives of hundreds of individuals. HFH GLA is a GuideStar® Valued Partner and has achieved the coveted Charity Navigator 4-Star rating awarded to non-profits for sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency. For more information, please visit http://www.habitatla.org or call 310-323-4663. Visit our blog at http://buildingagreaterla.blogspot.com.

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Media Contacts:

Jo-An Turman

Habitat for Humanity GLA

O: 424-246-3175

C: 310-749-6613

jturman@habitatla.org

 

Angela Moore

Starfish PR

C: 310-429-8868

angela@starfish-pr.com