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Local Faith Communities Unite for Inaugural Interfaith Build Week with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles

Volunteers Put Faith into Action to Rehabilitate Two Lynwood Homes

Los Angeles, CA – November 26, 2012: The need for affordable housing brought together volunteers from the faith traditions of Baha’i, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, the Religious Society of Friends and Unitarian Universalism for the first Interfaith Build Week in Habitat for Humanity of Greater L.A.’s (HFH GLA) history. Volunteers from eight faith traditions built alongside each other November 14-17th to complete renovation projects on two homes being rehabilitated in Lynwood, which will be sold to qualified, low-income families. Faith leaders from greater Los Angeles emphasized the importance of setting aside differences in order to build hope, lives and communities in partnership with Habitat for Humanity.

“So many rich faith traditions exist in the communities we serve here in greater Los Angeles,” said Erin Rank, President/CEO of HFH GLA. “We were thrilled to bring these communities together under the common goal of affordable housing for our Interfaith Build Week and look forward to continuing our work together in the coming year.”

The Interfaith Build Week was planned to coincide with Fighting Poverty with Faith’s annual mobilization. During a two-week period, the organization encourages communities to participate in volunteer and awareness activities to address root causes of poverty like the lack of affordable housing. Fighting Poverty with Faith is an interfaith movement dedicated to cutting domestic poverty in half by 2020.

In addition, HFH GLA is one of six affiliates leading a yearlong interfaith initiative in partnership with Habitat for Humanity International. Along with New York City, Atlanta, Grand Rapids, Denver and Seattle, HFH GLA is bringing together volunteers from diverse faith backgrounds to build and rehabilitate homes, as well as advocate the need for affordable housing worldwide.

Special thanks to these faith leaders for their support of HFH GLA’s inaugural Interfaith Build Week:

 Father Alexei Smith, Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Milia Islam Majeed, South Coast Interfaith Council

Ven. Miao Hsi, International Buddhist Progress Society

Swami Sarvadevananda, Vedanta Society of Southern California

Rev. John Morehouse, Pacific Unitarian Church

Rabbi Charles Briskin, Temple Beth El

Rabbi Adam Kligfeld, Temple Beth Am

Randy Dobbs, Los Angeles Baha’i Community

Dr. Simon Simonian, Religious Society of Friends


Those interested in getting involved with HFH GLA’s interfaith initiative should contact Chris Untiet, faith relations manager, at


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 decent, 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 or call 310-323-4663. Visit our blog at


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