The film “It’s a Wonderful Life” is considered to be one of the greatest Christmas movies of all time. The message of family loyalty, doing good for others, the importance of friendship and community, and that in life, it’s ok to accept help from others, are strong themes woven throughout the storyline.
There is another message in the movie that might get overlooked: the preservation of affordable housing. At one point in the movie George Bailey, says to a desperate crowd “Because he (Potter) wants to keep you living in his slums and paying the kind of rent he decides.”
Many families in our homeownership program have shared stories of their poor living conditions previously as renters. Families have expressed landlords that don’t attend to the upkeep of the property, neighborhoods that are unsafe, and rents that are unaffordable with the threat of frequent increases.
As a Builders’ Club member, you are uplifting families that are faced with many challenges while they pursue to dream of homeownership. In LA County the average home sells for close to $800,000 – will your children be able to afford this? This is an unattainable price for most residents in the San Gabriel Valley. When you become a member of the Builders’ Club, you are taking an active role in helping combat the affordable housing crisis by supporting SGV Habitat as we advocate for more affordable homeownership, and you are directly helping families afford safe, and secure housing.
Builders’ Club members serve as leaders and role models for people who want to make an investment in their community and in the lives of hard-working people. When you become a Builders’ Club member you make an impact on families all year long. You offer a hand-up that goes beyond the house itself—you are creating the foundation for a better life, a brighter future, better health, stronger communities, and long-lasting generational benefits.
Builders’ Club members choose the reoccurring monthly donation that they wish to give. With every monthly donation you are altering the trajectory of family’s lives. A better life and a brighter future will become a reality for so many families because of your generous donation.
To make your monthly donation go even further, hundreds of companies match employee’s charitable donations. Check your employee handbook or ask your human resource manager to learn if your company will match your donation.
For more information on how you can join the Club, please click HERE,