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The Story of a Movement 30 Years in the Making.

One story for every impactful year.

Since 1990

Thousands of people have had a hand in creating safe, decent and affordable housing in Northeast Los Angeles, Glendale, Pasadena, and the San Gabriel Valley. Despite the housing crisis still being a significant problem in our state and country, the impact that these people have had is substantial and generational.

Through the compassion and generosity of people from all walks of life, what was once a dream for Ace and Mavis Cain, the founders of San Gabriel Valley Habitat for Humanity, has turned into a movement of housing for all – powered by the same community it serves – one nail, one brushstroke – one story at a time.

Join us as we look back at three decades of stories from people in your community involved in making home a possibility – for everyone.

Ofelia

Proud Homeowner and Board Member

Ofelia is no stranger to the impact of what having an affordable home can do for a family – in a state where 1 out of 5 people pay 50% or more of their income in rent.

Ofelia and her two sons, Andres and Jesus (above), moved into their Pasadena home in 2018 and have since seen dramatic changes in their lives. Having the security of an affordable and stable mortgage, Ofelia was able to purchase reliable transportation for her family.

Andres and Jesus have blossomed in their new home. With a quiet and stable place to focus on their studies, they’ve become great achievers in school. In fact – Andres is heading off to college in the upcoming semester.

Aside from being forever grateful, Ofelia says she “will always continue to pay it forward and do anything I can do to make this dream possible for other families.”

Cynthia

Single Power Mom and Habitat Team Member

Cynthia is fairly new to the SGV Habitat family. As a single mother of two, Cynthia was looking for a job that she and her daughters could be proud of.

After her time as a temporary administrative assistant was over, Cynthia left thinking her time with Habitat was over – but lucky for us, that was not the case! Just one week after leaving, she came back to fill one of our dedicated ReStore Donation Coordinator positions and now makes a difference in her community by processing all incoming ReStore donations and managing our ReStore social media pages!

Since joining the family, she’s been able to expand her knowledge of what the cost of home means for families including her own and has become a true ambassador for the communities she serves. Cynthia recalls her favorite memory so far with SGV Habitat:

“I was fortunate enough to be a volunteer during a home dedication ceremony. I helped set up and volunteer at the event and was blown away by the homes. What I wasn’t prepared for was the emotion that I witnessed. As the extended family of a homeowner toured their family member’s new home. Her arms outstretched for an embrace, I heard through the tears in her voice, “You have a home!” That’s when it hit me, we are changing the lives of families for generations to come.”

Cynthia’s Habitat story is proof of the impact one person can have on an entire community. As the face of our ReStores, she’s brought awareness of the good our ReStore donors and shoppers do for families all over the San Gabriel Valley – each and every day! Want to see more of her? Follow our Azusa and Atwater ReStore Instagram pages!

Ricardo

Habitat Volunteer and Life-Changer

Ricardo’s story is one of perseverance and compassion. Growing up, he lived no differently than other struggling families in our world today. He has gone from having to sleep on the floor on a stack of blankets to serving his community as a Habitat volunteer. His struggles, like those of many, are what made him who he is today.

“I came from a family of nine kids…we grew up in the outskirts of South Central Los Angeles. We were latchkey kids. My dad worked two jobs and my mom worked one job. For the most part, the kids looked after each other.”

Despite the circumstances his family lived under, Ricardo was taught to be respectful and to give back to those who were less fortunate.

“My mom was always considerate of others. She would always think of those who were less fortunate. She always taught me to be respectful and was always giving back.

“I grew up with very strong Catholic Christian values. One of the passages in the Bible that speaks volumes to me is the parable of the Good Samaritan – where it says if you see someone suffering, you do something about it. You don’t just walk by and leave them suffering on the road.

“There is something bigger than myself. People are important. We need to take care of others who are less fortunate.”

Ricardo’s journey with Habitat was by coincidence, but it was something he knew he needed to do – and it started with an invitation from a group at work to volunteer with Habitat to build a home.

“I always wanted to do something like this. There is nothing more important than to provide someone with shelter. When I go home, I have a very comfortable house. There are lots of people out there who don’t have homes. I thought – what greater gift than to help someone have a home.”

What keeps Ricardo coming back? The experience and the people.

“They were so welcoming, so polite, and so friendly. […] What really impressed me was the way that they cared. They believe in what they are doing. There is a sense of family, cohesion, partnership, and friendship. That was the catalyst that made me want to be engaged with Habitat forever.”

The moment Ricardo cherishes most is no surprise. As many of our supporters have said, the home dedications are among the most emotionally charged events that leave a lasting impression.

“To see the families go into their [completed] homes for the first time – I could tell how excited and happy they were. That brought everything full circle. I could see the fruit of everyone’s labor. The expressions on their faces, their happiness, their sense of disbelief. Just seeing those emotions on their faces was very fulfilling.

“I’m proud to be part of the Habitat legacy because I can put my Christian values into action. It is one thing to be able to talk the talk and the other is to walk the walk. When your actions match the words and you’re doing something you believe in and helping others at the same time, there is nothing that makes me prouder.”

Sayaka

Habitat Team Member and Proud Mom

Sayaka is no stranger to Habitat’s mission. In fact, she’s been an SGV Habitat employee since January 2007! As our Director of Finance, her Habitat story is one of determination, adaptation, and 13 years of dedicated service to families all over the San Gabriel Valley.

In 2007, Sayaka was job searching with no luck. “I came to study in the United States […] and received my MBA. As a non-native English speaker from Japan with limited work experience, it was so hard to find a job,” Sayaka said, but that didn’t stop her. “After applying for so many jobs, I got an offer to join the Habitat team!”

Once onboard, Sayaka leveraged her education, honed her skills and grew with Habitat – first as accountant, then as senior accountant, and, eventually, as director of finance! “I’ve learned so much about Habitat and fell in love with my job because it touches all aspects of what Habitat does to help families. I love the mission and the staff! I get to work with people who are just as passionate as I am to help families in my community every day.” Among the many things she loves about Habitat, the traditions are what she enjoys most.

It is Habitat tradition that once a project is completed, a home dedication takes place where public officials, donors, and other supporters join the new homeowner families as they receive the keys to their new homes. When Sayaka’s son, Aiden, was born, she couldn’t wait to bring him to home dedications. He is now a regular at Habitat events—hardhat and all!

“Every time I bring him to the home dedications, he really enjoys and plays with the homeowners’ kids. At the Desiderio home dedication, he kept going back to one of the houses and saying ‘I love this house so much!’”

When Sayaka reflects on her years as a Habitat employee, she encourages everyone take part in this tradition. “Go to the home dedications. There is nothing more precious than celebrating, with everyone, the moment a family gets their keys.”

Greg

Dedicated Long-Time Habitat Volunteer

Greg has been a Habitat volunteer for over ten years. He has impacted the lives of families throughout the San Gabriel Valley by lending a helping hand and a lot of elbow grease at our home repair and new home construction projects.

“I started volunteering with Habitat for Humanity’s home repair projects in Temple City, Azusa, Altadena, San Gabriel and El Monte. It was a way to keep busy after retiring from the Los Angeles County Fire Department. I also worked on new home construction projects like the Kenwood, Geneva, Chestnut and Lomita condominium builds as well as the more recent home construction sites – the Desiderio, Manzanita and Collegian projects.”

Greg was inspired to volunteer with Habitat after learning more about our home repair and homeownership programs. He appreciates the skills that homeowners are able to achieve when building or repairing their own home.

“I choose to volunteer with Habitat because I truly believe in the principle of sweat equity and affordable homeownership for first-time homebuyers. I have met great people through volunteering and have built strong relationships. I’ve enjoyed meeting the first-time home buyers and helping new volunteers develop some skills along the way.

“I would tell anyone that is considering volunteering to just do it!  Everybody has something to contribute. And it is very satisfying to know that you are helping these deserving families acquire their first-time home and have a new beginning.”

Being on time is important to Greg, but he recalls the days when he wasn’t as timely. This was just one of the many fun moments he had out on the construction sites.

“Being a volunteer, it’s very important to be on time for work. It was especially important to the superintendent. As each year passed, my ‘on time’ promptness began to lag; prompting one of my friends to faithfully greet me with, ‘What happened? Did your alarm clock fail again?’ To which, I replied, ‘What’s an alarm clock?’”

Greg continues to volunteer when he can – and we asked him what keeps bringing him back.

“What I appreciate the most about San Gabriel Valley Habitat for Humanity is the friendships that I have developed with volunteers and staff. I especially enjoy the small group of volunteers I call, ‘The Regulars.’ We have been working together for many years. We usually work on the same projects, helping and relying upon each other when needed.”

There is no doubt that over the years, Greg’s impact on families has created a ripple effect of self-reliance and independence. His Habitat legacy is a 10-year effort of giving back – and one that will last for generations to come.

Crissy

Women Builder and Habitat Volunteer

Crissy’s three-year story with Habitat starts before she moved to California.

“I wanted to work specifically with Habitat for Humanity. Having been personally involved in some ambitious home restoration projects that were very satisfying, I was very excited to have the opportunity to work on a home construction project.  I wanted to go big and wanted a weekday, hands-on volunteer project that resulted in an outcome that I could see and touch. [Habitat] was a great fit for me.”

“I continue to support [Habitat’s] mission in a number of ways. I worked on the Lomita and Manzanita homesites and completed some home repair and painting projects in Pasadena.

“I am a member of the Women Build Planning Committee where I offer staff a volunteer perspective and enjoy my duties helping to recruit and coordinate crew leaders for the event. I am also really thrilled about volunteering at the new ReStore in Duarte.  You can bet I’ll be there as a customer as well as a volunteer!

“I also feel very fortunate to be a member of the Builder’s Club. I feel really good about giving monthly because I know those dollars are going to help support the mission and strengthen our community.”

Some of her favorite moments with Habitat have been at construction sites – where the magic really happens.

“I have had the opportunity to not only meet but work side-by-side with several of the homeowners. They are so grateful for the opportunity to obtain homeownership through Habitat and appreciate the help of volunteers. They take pride in working on not only their own home, but the project as a whole – as a community. This is what it’s all about – giving back.”

As a parting thought, Crissy has this to say to potential volunteers and donors:

“A safe and secure home provides stability for families, it is an investment in the health of the family and is a foundation for the success and future of children. We see first-hand living in the current pandemic that we have an obligation to help one another. Now more than ever, investing time and financial support in Habitat is so important to help meet the housing needs of families and to help strengthen our community.”

Elaine

Home and Relationship Builder

Hailing from Toronto, Canada, Elaine Wilkerson began her planning career in the private sector. Elaine’s commitment to excellence and passion for public service opened new opportunities for her as a consultant, city planner and community development professional in Canada and the United States.

In 2005, as part of her work as Planning Director for the City of Glendale, Elaine attended a San Gabriel Valley Habitat for Humanity home dedication on Pacific Avenue where she and hundreds of attendees celebrated the completion of four new homes. After Elaine retired in 2006, she became a Habitat volunteer. “The wonderful experience I had at the home dedication of watching families open the doors of their new homes inspired me to get involved,” said Elaine. “With Habitat, I knew I could help make a difference in the housing crisis.”

Elaine fully invested herself in helping families, in need, become Habitat homeowners, as she moved from the site selection committee to the SGV Habitat board and the homeowner selection committee. In 2012, she was appointed to board of directors. In 2014, her leadership propelled her into the role of Board President.  Just as in her professional career, Elaine approached each of her volunteer roles at Habitat with the same tenacity and persistence. Habitat staff, donors, supporters, and homeowners would agree!

“Something I will always remember about Elaine is her leadership and commitment. Elaine would show up at the construction site nearly every morning at 7:50 am to thank the volunteers and give the usual morning talk. No matter how many times she’d give her talk, her speech never grew old. It was so inspiring that volunteers would start their shift with a smile and end their day inspired to come back.”

– Alejandra, Habitat Homeowner

“When I was on the design review board for the City of Glendale, [Elaine] was planning director. I can’t tell you how much she supported me and helped me. When I ran for city council, Elaine was my campaign manager. She got me elected. If it wasn’t for Elaine, I wouldn’t be where I’m at right now. In terms of my political life, she is the foundational woman in my political career.”

– Laura Friedman, Habitat Advocate & California State Assembly Member (District 43)

Elaine retired from the board of directors in 2018, but her legacy and involvement continues to this day. Thanks in part to her efforts, more than 50 families, including Alejandra’s, live in safe, decent and affordable housing in the San Gabriel Valley region.

Jonathan

Educator and Dream Maker

From Sierra Madre, Jonathan has supported San Gabriel Habitat for Humanity for decades. A dedicated community member and Director at Polytechnic School in Pasadena, Jonathan’s journey with Habitat started off in a unique way – beginning with a group of empowered high school students!

“Over twenty years ago, I was a faculty advisor for a program called Habitat for Humanity High School initiative. This program was a consortium of high school students that got together to raise money to build entire houses for Habitat.

“These kids were actually raising enough money to fund an entire house and would go on the weekends to work on a house. When the program ended, I started working directly with San Gabriel Valley Habitat on the board of directors for a number of years and was the board president for one year. I have been a donor for the last ten years.”

His love for Habitat is deep – and for so many reasons.

“You’re doing so much more for a family than just affecting how much food they’re getting at a particular time, you’re affecting their entire life and the trajectory of their children. We know that when folks have stable and safe housing, their level of income will increase and their children are more likely to go to college, so you’re making a profound effect on a family.

“All donations, whether that be time or funds, go towards the building of a house for a family. ReStore [sales] fund the organization and then anything left over goes towards the actual mission of building houses and creating good living situations for families.”

Jonathan’s most memorable moment during his time with Habitat was actually before he even started as a board member – while he was still the faculty advisor for the Habitat for Humanity High School Initiative.

“These kids raised 80,000 to 100,000 dollars each year. The fact that they saw they could do it and the effect they could have was very gratifying to see. Not many high school kids come together and raise that much money and do that much good work – it empowered them.”

He has this to say to potential San Gabriel Valley Habitat for Humanity supporters:

“Look at the mission that Habitat has and what it does. There’s a misconception that Habitat builds houses and then gives them away – which it doesn’t do. It provides the [affordable] mortgages and the families put in their own time and effort on their houses. It is not just an organization that hands out houses to people, it’s an organization that creates affordable housing and increases the stability and success of families through empowerment.”

Jonathan’s commitment to advancing affordable housing and serving the community has impacted several generations of families throughout the San Gabriel Valley.

Nick

Habitat Family Member and Community Builder

Nick’s (Pictured Right – Rear) life is an example of how a stable home can lead to brighter futures. As the eldest of five born in Manila, Philippines in 1986, he and his family immigrated to the United States in 1994. As successful as he has become, however, his family didn’t always have it easy.

“We [used to] moved around often. The factors that usually contributed to my parent’s decision to move included rising rent, relocating to a better school district, and finding more space for a growing family.”

Like so many families, overcrowding was also a challenge, but his parents tried their best to make a better life for their children and relatives.

“We usually had my aunt or grandmother also staying with us. My parents worked very hard to make sure we had the essentials.

“It was difficult finding quiet times to study when living in a crowded room. There were plenty of times when it was easier to do homework in the very early mornings or the very late evenings when everyone else was sleeping in order to help me focus.”

Living in these conditions was difficult – but then things changed for the better after moving into their Habitat home.

“Our home certainly solved the practical day-to-day concerns such as making sure we had adequate space to study, but I know that it also alleviated stressors and concerns that burdened their thoughts.

“My parents were patient with me and helped me understand that this was far from ‘charity’ and that Habitat’s mission was to provide a ‘hand up’. Moreover, being involved in the actual build process of our home only solidified this notion and helped me gain a unique perspective to home ownership.“

After moving into his new home, Nick got more involved with SGV Habitat, including participating in a six year term on the board of directors.

“My time on SGV Habitat’s board was my way of paying forward all the amazing things the organization has done to help my family and the community. I look back at my time on the board as a reminder that for meaningful, worthwhile things to happen – people need to come together and dedicate their time to solve complex issues that usually don’t have a clear path forward.”

Nick was able to flourish in his own career as well.

“I graduated from the USC Marshall School of Business and Leventhal School of Accounting. From there, I started my career as a CPA with EY before moving on to PwC as a management consultant in its Deals Advisory group. Following my stints in the financial services industry, I moved on to the media and entertainment industry, where I’ve largely worked in finance and strategy teams.

“In 2017, I moved to Singapore with my wife as she pursued a career opportunity. I was fortunate enough to find a role in The Walt Disney Company as part of its strategy and business development teams overseeing efforts across Asia Pacific.”

Throughout his life, Nick has seen the value of stability at home. Today, he shares his story and encourages others to get involved.

“I can’t think of a more effective way to raise current and future living standards, increase opportunities, and elevate the trajectories for families than giving them a chance to own their own homes. Families are increasingly excluded from the chance to own a home, whether it be for economic or regulatory reasons. Habitat is fighting that uphill battle to try to remedy this less than optimal situation.

“there are few missions that organizations strive to achieve that directly improve the lives of families and the community at large. Housing, especially in California, is a dire need and Habitat is working towards bridging the gap. There is no price that can be given to the peace of mind home ownership can give to a family.”

Donna

Dedicated Habitat Volunteer and Affordable Housing Advocate

Donna’s life was certainly not without its challenges. She grew up in a home with limited resources, but resilience prevailed – and she has devoted herself to a life of service and to her community.

“I grew up not having the world handed to me, and I’m very fortunate that I was able to make a success out of my life.”

As a Monrovia resident and local real estate agent, Donna knows first-hand the importance of affordable housing. For nearly three decades, Donna has built Habitat homes locally and abroad.

“Working with Habitat is a very rewarding experience. I get to see people in need […] live in and afford their very own home…”

In the early 90s Donna helped San Gabriel Valley Habitat wherever she could, including stuffing envelopes. She even organized the first-ever Women Build event, an initiative that  has since grown into our largest annual event where women from all walks of life come together to solve the housing crisis right here in San Gabriel Valley!

Eventually, Donna advocated for the successful construction of four Habitat homes in her hometown of Monrovia, and even volunteered as a plumber at a Carter Work Project in Thailand.

“85 houses were being built in a week’s time to honor the 85th birthday of the king of Thailand. 3,000 people from 57 different countries were involved. Our team built two houses! That was one of the best experiences of [my] life.”

Back home, Donna served on the family selection committee, a group of volunteers responsible for processing homebuyer applications. Through her involvement in the committee, she selected the families that now live in the Burkett Homes in El Monte.

“That was a really eye-opening experience to be involved like that. I learned so much about Habitat offering a hand up and not a handout.”

Donna continues to grow in her commitment to serve and help others. Today, Donna serves on the affordable housing committee she helped create in Monrovia and is never shy to return to her Habitat roots as a volunteer.

Alan

Son of Habitat Homeowner

Alan was 12 when his family moved into their Habitat home in El Monte. It was struggle to find safe and stable housing for the first few years of his life. 

“The conditions that we were in before were very cramped. We didn’t have a creative space of our own or privacy” 

All was not lost however. Thanks to donors and volunteers, the family was able to build and purchase their own home. The family did not hesitate to put their personal touches on their forever home when they moved in. 

“My dad […] finally had a yard of his own. He was able to create something. My mom was very hands on – decorating and designing. They were both able to explore their creative outlets” 

Their lives changed dramatically thanks to their new home. 

“[Our home] definitely allotted us a bunch of new opportunities that we would not have had otherwise. 

“I was able to find a group of friends and individuals that lived close by. We were able to push ourselves to take the next step in choosing our careers as we cultivated a sense of community that we didn’t have before our Habitat home.”

Alan’s home provided inspiration for a future in hospitality. Thanks to the abundant space, he could study and create a successful career for himself in the field. 

“I fell in love with [hospitality]. Once we moved into the new house watching my mom entertain and host her birthday parties and get togethers, she was proud to show off.  

“It inspired me to follow a career in hospitality. My father’s attention to detail tending his garden and projects around the house helped me develop the care I put into my work.” 

Today, he is grateful to Habitat supporters for their dedication to families.  

I would like to tell donors and supporters that [my home] has been the biggest blessing we could have ever asked for; we want to thank all the donors who donated time and money to make my whole family’s dream come true.  

Having a safe and stable home is incredibly important especially in the times we live today. So many families struggle [in] a safe environment to live in due to economic difficulties. [Supporters] have been able to give so many [families] a sense of security that is desperately needed in low-income communities.  

I would like to encourage people to keep supporting Habitat. They can keep helping others achieve not just the dream of homeownership, but also the American dream.  

Bill

Habitat Volunteer and Dream Builder

After retiring from a long career in banking, Bill was looking for a fulfilling way to get involved.  

“I was a banker with Union Bank. When I retired, I was looking for something to do and knew enough about Habitat that I just walked onto the jobsite and they put me to work right away – and I’ve stayed busy.” 

So busy in fact, Bill has helped build over 50 homes! Today, he continues to volunteer to build the walls of homes that will one day provide the strength and stability the families within them need. The bandages on his fingers have a story to tell. 

According to him, “the hammers always seem to get in the way of my fingers! 

When asked about what inspires him most about the entire experience, Bill says: 

“The smiles from the families as they participate in the initial groundbreaking and the handing over of the keys to their new homes. 

“The warmth you feel from the homeowners from those of us that have helped is really rewarding for a volunteer.”  

While the smallest form of gratitude, the hugs and handshakes he gets from each homeowner that he has impacted are the most memorable moments for him.  

Suffice it to say that while he impacted the lives of so many families for generations to comehis heart is impacted just as much.  

Diane

Flourishing Habitat Homeowner Family Member

In 1995, Maria and Jose Lopez were struggling to pay their monthly rent which had just increased. Their family of four lived in a one-bedroom apartment with two sleeping on the couch and two sleeping in the small bedroom. The family prayed for better living conditions.  

Unable to move because rents were too expensive, Maria and Jose continued to live in their overcrowded apartment. They worried about their stability and wanted bright futures for their two daughters, Tracy and Diane. They wanted to see them graduate from high school and go on to college. 

Jose, Maria, Tracy and Diane moved into their Habitat home in Duarte along with 15 other families between 1996 and 1998 – and their lives were never the same again. Even as an eight year old, Diane recognized what having a stable home meant for her family. 

“I have a sister. Her name is Tracy. My sister and I are good sisters. Sometimes we fight, but you know, sister fights. We do lots of things together, like we go camping with my dad, and we go to services with my mom. We used to share a room, but now we get our own rooms.” 

Tracy attended Citrus College and found work in the Sheriff’s Department. Diane graduated from San Diego State University and the California Western School of Law in San Diegoand on May 1, 2015, she received her Juris Doctor degree 

Realizing the valuable impact of living in a Habitat home, Diane reached out to us and shared her great news. She sent an invitation to her graduation ceremony and a personal handwritten note.  

“Thank you so much for everything you’ve done for my family since I was a little girl. Now I’m done with law school and so much of my success can be attributed to the fact that I had a roof over my head and a warm home.” 

Thanks to donors making the dream of homeownership possibleMaria and Jose went from struggling to keep a roof over their heads to owning their home mortgage-free. Not just that, like so many children in Habitat families, Tracy and Diane were able to build their own destiny – and it all started with a safe and home.  

Gonzalo and Margarita

Habitat Homeowners and Hard-Working Parents

Gonzalo Sr. (middle) is a hard worker, a dreamer, and a planner. For many years, he worked in the United States, away from his wife and children. He sacrificed heavily, working long hours with an electrical company because he wanted to create a better life for his five children. The day after Christmas in 1993, his family was reunited.

The family of seven settled in Glendale, CA in a one-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment with very little room in which to move. Gonzalo and his wife, Margarita, slept in the living room while the children slept in a cramped bedroom. Rent was costly, but they could not afford anything else. Gonzalo worked night shifts while Margarita also became employed to help create a better home for her family.  

“We knew how important it is for at least one parent to always be present, so we decided that I’d work during the day so that Gonzalo could be with the children.”  

It was this kind of love and dedication that kept the family strong. As the children grew up, the stress of living in a small apartment grew, and it was increasingly difficult for the children to focus on school. Gonzalo decided that he had to make a move. 

Just as their landlord gave them a 30-day notice because the building had been sold, the family’s fortune changed. The family was selected to build and purchase one of the four Pacific homes in GlendaleGonzalo, Sr. and Margarita’s determination, faith, and sacrifice had paid off.  

After volunteering more than the required 500 sweat equity hours, on Thanksgiving Day 2005, the family moved into their beautiful new home. Their new home was a drastic difference when compared to their old living situation. Gonzalo was especially grateful. 

“I paid $940.00 to rent a one-bedroom apartment, and now I pay $720.00 to own my own home, a house my family and I helped build.”  

Gonzalo and Margarita now witness daily the fruit of their dreams and hard work in their children.  

“We are truly grateful and will always volunteer because it’s changed our lives,” shared Jose, now an adult and graduate from CSU Long Beach. 

Their new home afforded the next generation of the family their own space – which allowed them to grow with less stress, more peace, and plenty of light and laughter.  

“If it were not for Habitat, things would have been very different due to the different environment  

we would have had.” The eldest son, Gonzalo Jr.became a police officerMiguel, also followed in his older brother’s footsteps. Juan, their youngest, also pursued his dreams, and it started with the catalyst of a safe and stable home., as Tttheir daughter Esperanza puts it best:  

Haydee

Civil Servant, Construction Worker and Ceiling Breaker

If you’ve been to our construction sites in recent years, you might recognize Haydee. She has been hard at work with San Gabriel Valley Habitat for Humanity for nearly ten years.  

While Haydee has worked side-by-side volunteers and Habitat homebuyers for many years, her service to the community spans decades. Haydee went from serving the community in uniform, to serving her community by building homes and brighter futuresfirst as a volunteer, and eventually as a full-time member of the construction team. While she has been building walls for years, she has been breaking glass ceilings for much longer. 

Born in East Los Angeles and raised in Baldwin Park, Haydee has deep roots in San Gabriel Valley. She has been involved in her community since the beginning. 

“I started my career at a young age in law enforcement. Back then, It was a very male-dominated career. I moved up the ranks as a detective in investigations and was one of the very few women in the investigations bureau. 

“You really had to prove yourself. When I [retired from] law enforcementmy choice to follow a different career path brought me to Habitat. 

“I started a program in interior design. One requirement was to do an internship. I did one with Habitat because I wanted to learn what was behind the walls [of a home] so I would have an understanding of what it takes to make the outside beautiful.” 

While the internship was supposed to be temporary, Haydee quickly realized she loved construction! And while the field is still male-dominated, she feels strongly about inspiring others to do more and achieve their goals, no matter their gender. 

She has a few memories from her many years at Habitat, but working with Omar and Natalia, one of the Pasadena homeowner families, has been her favorite so far.  

“They went beyond the required hours they were supposed to do, showed up because they loved working with us, and wanted to learn what it took to put these houses together to carry on that knowledge once they moved into their homes.” 

To this day, Haydee still keeps in touch with the Habitat homeowner families with whom she’s built both homes and strong bonds. 

“We text each other, send Christmas cards, and even stop by every once in a while” 

Juan and Maria

Habitat Homeowners and Community Builders

We often say the moment Habitat families move into their homes; their lives begin to change. This was certainly the case for Juan, Maria, and their three children, Juan Jr., Vanessa, and Aaron (not pictured) 

As Juan Sr. put it best, “[it] birthed our new life – a new home, new neighbors, new friends, and new opportunities.” 

When you walk into the Glendale home, you are embraced and intrigued by the rainbow of colors on the walls.  For parents Juan and Maria, these colors represent important values and moments in their lives.  The entryway is painted red for love, of which there is an abundance in this family.  Love for their childrenlove for their family, love for their friends, and love for their community. 

Prior to moving into their Habitat home, the family was living in an apartment much too small for their family of fiveThey could not imagine owning decent home in a good neighborhood.  Juan Jr. was sleeping in the kitchen and there was no room for the family to have guests over.   

Moving into their new home, the children had dedicated space to study and thrive. Juan and Maria were able to entertain, and the prospect of a higher education for the children became a reachable goal.  

The family is so grateful that they have committed themselves to giving back.  As Juan says, “I may not have much money, but I do have time to give to the community and make a difference.”   

Shortly Juan and Maria moved into their Habitat home in September 2007, they were awarded the Carol Jean Felkel Community Volunteerism Award by the Committee for a Clean and Beautiful Glendale for their involvement in the Adopt-A-Block program.  Adopt-A-Block is a program in which groups and individuals target a particular neighborhood for beautification. 

It has been years since the family moved into a new home and a brighter future, but they continue to give back to Habitat wherever they can. Together, they have volunteered at construction sites and raised funds for other projects.  

For Juan and Maria, having faith and giving back will forever be important in their family’s life: “Our home is a miracle and inspires us.  [It] made us better citizens and gave us the keys to live a healthy, wholesome life that brings us happiness and makes our dreams come trueWe are committed to Habitat for life because Habitat birthed our new life!” exclaimed Maria. 

Jonathan

From Troubled Youth to Community Builder

Jonathan was a troubled youth, even ending up in juvenile hall, but then he turned his life around.

Today, Jonathan is a construction trainer for Compton Youth Build (CYB) by EntreNous, a nonprofit organization that assists at-risk youth. In this program, participants can choose to engage in construction, culinary arts, or workforce and leadership development training 

The purpose of their program is to involve their members in meaningful learning opportunities that expand their understanding of the world they live in. In addition, they provide youth with the tools necessary to create a sustainable life for themselves, their families, and their communities. 

The partnership between CYB and Habitat is a natural one. Just as their program creates better communities, the homes created by this partnership generate flourishing families and communities.  

Jonathan is a big part of this partnership. He brings teens from different backgrounds to our construction sites to develop skills and learn important life lessons.   

These [groups] are taken through a lot of different types of construction skills, from framingplaster work and concrete, to simple things like digging ditches. Along the way, they learn the hard work ethic it takes to graduate this program and enter into a union. 

“We hope the hands-on training encourages them to look into a career in construction” 

But construction isn’t all the program is about. Through a holistic approach, CYB helps at-risk youth find their own paths. Jonathan, like the individuals he now helps, has been through his own struggles.  

“I like to show them life lessons [by means of] the things I have been through. I was a youth that had been through juvenile hall and things like that. Just to be able to succeed and show them they have the ability [to succeed], with hard work – by the time they get to my age, they will be living a good life. 

“That is my main objective – to make sure they can see there is a future in the life they want to live.” 

Jonathan’s story is proof, that with the right tools, success is all but guaranteed. A stable home is one of those very important tools.  

Justin

Habitat Volunteer and Future Doctor

Many of our volunteers have deep-rooted connections to Habitat. Others, like Justin, happen to come across us when looking for a meaningful opportunity to make a difference! Justin, Azusa resident and long-time office volunteer, started with us when he was in high school. Today, he is studying hard to obtain a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Chapman University. His inspiration to join Habitat came from other volunteer opportunities he had participated in.

“I was volunteering at my local library and church, but I wanted to help an organization that would affect a greater amount of people. Habitat was the perfect place to do just that. 

“I was searching online for opportunities to help local organizations, and Habitat was the first to pop up. Surprisingly, the office was just a 3 minute drive from my home. I inquired and have been volunteering there ever since.  

I knew Habitat was the right organization for me to partner with the moment I first stepped into the office. 

I believe that a stable home is essential, since it protects people and helps them flourish.” 

While Justin’s focus has shifted to his studies, he still stays in touch and continues to be a strong advocate for affordable homeownership 

“I would encourage every person, no matter what age, to come out and volunteer. There is always something engaging and productive to do, and it is an amazing environment to work in. I know that every task I do when I volunteer impacts so many people.  

Macha and Melissa

Habitat Homeowners and Awesome Parents

Macha and Melissa are proof that you can have a graduate degree and still have a difficult time finding a permanent home. In fact, in LA county, only 30% of residents can afford to buy a home on the open market.  

Macha and Melissa moved into their Pasadena Habitat house in 2018. Since then, they’ve been thriving. Before moving into their home, like many of us, they had fulfilling careers, but were still finding it difficult to find safe and stable shelter. Macha gave us a little background into how he and Melissa met. 

“I was born in Tokyo, Japan. I moved to La Crescenta, CA with my family in 1988 when I was 9. I graduated from Azusa Pacific University (APU) with a BA in Studio Arts and Claremont Graduate University with an MFA in Sculpture. I started teaching art and design while I was in grad school in 2005, and I have been teaching ever since.  

“Melissa grew up in Apple Valley, CA. She also graduated from APU where we met. She went on to receive an MS in Child Life from Loma Linda University. She has worked as a Child Life Specialist at Loma Linda Hospital […] to working with children on the Autism Spectrum. 

We got married in 2008, we had our daughter Maika in 2011, and our son Ren in 2013. 

Their careers, while rewarding, were still not enough to purchase a home in California, where prices were constantly out of reach. 

“In the first ten years of our marriage, my wife Melissa and I moved just about every year looking for safe and affordable homes. With an inconsistent income of an adjunct professor and fine artist, it was difficult to find a decent place to live in the post-recession Southern California. We ended up in [undesirable] living conditions with mold infestations and exposure to lead. It was difficult to build a stable home for our two kids.” 

Their new home they built and purchased has changed that.  

“It all comes down to our sense of safety and stability. This house has provided that for us even in these uncertain times. We are thankful to have the space for our kids to play in, especially in the yard. […] Now that we are homeowners, we actually get to make improvements to really make it our home!” Macha stated. 

Macha ended his time together with us with the sentiments below. 

“Creating affordable housing opportunities cultivates more diverse communities. Our Habitat neighbors include those who volunteer countless hours and are well informed about our city and its needs. They are active in the city’s churches and schools. They exhibit incredible hospitality, show up early, and stay late. The richness of our community would be lost without these friends and neighbors that could not otherwise afford to live here. I believe that affordable housing benefits us all.” 

Maria and Jose

Habitat Homeowners and Loving Grandparents

Maria and Jose are the perfect example of a blended family. Jose met Maria, a single mother at the time, and her children. They eventually became a tight-knit family, growing together in love and happiness. Their living situation as a family of seven was a difficult one however. Jose recalls one of their first homes – a mobile home in Glendale. 

“We lived in a trailer for two years. After we had paid it off, the lot was put up for sale. We had to sell it because the city said the area was not safe for the families living there.” 

Desperate to find a place to live, they moved to a cramped one-bedroom apartment and eventually moved into a two-bedroom apartment.  

“All four kids were sleeping in the bedroom. We had to share the living room with our youngest. 

“When we moved into the two-bedroom, we were a little better off because we had the two rooms and the living room”  

They knew, however, that the space was not big enough for such a large family and would need to find a better solution.  

Space was not their only problem. One early morning, an explosion jolted Maria and Jose awake. Bright light and white smoke flooded the room. They jumped out of bed, squeezed between a couch and the wall of their tiny living room, and it didn’t take long to find the faulty outlet that had melted and damaged their television set. Add to that the constant cockroach issues – there was no doubt a change needed to happen.  

That big change was Habitat. They remember the first time their children heard that they would be building their very own brand new home and how excited they were to have separate boys’ and girls’ rooms. How they would beg to sit in front of their not-yet-finished home to eat dinner. 

Fast-forward to today, well over ten years since the family moved into one of the Gardena homes in Glendale. Their children are now living on their own. In fact, they’ve even been able to purchase their own homes on the open market – showing the generational impact a stable home can have. 

Jose and Maria are now empty-nesters, but their grandkids have taken the reigns of the household.  

Millie

Habitat Supporter and Community Builder

Millie has been part of our history for the last couple years – and while she is a supporter, she can also relate to the problems so many families face as they struggle to find a safe and stable home. 

“I was once housing insecure. My parents made a modest income, but gave me a safe home most of my life.  

“Along the way, [my parents] made some financial mistakes. When I was 17, we were in a position of losing our home. I was one class away from graduating high school when my father dropped the news.”  

“All of these thoughts rolled through my head. Would I quit school and find a job? Would we find a small apartment or would my family split up to live with extended family? Would I still go to college? 

Thankfully, Millie’s father found the help they so desperately needed to keep them from being displaced, but the difficulties of her past continue to guide her in a positive direction. 

“I’ll never forget the look in my father’s eyes of stress and defeat. It affected me to my core. I’ve never taken housing or financial literacy for granted. 

“…it has impacted the career and education choices I’ve made, and this is why I am doing the work I do” 

Today, Millie is the Community Relations Manager for Bank of America.  

“Bank of America supports San Gabriel Valley Habitat for Humanity because their work in affordable housing is a critical step towards economic mobility and financial stability for hard-working people. 

“All of us live and work in these communities, so their success is key to the success of our organization” 

Phyllis

Legacy Homeowner 

Phyllis was one of the two first Habitat homebuyers in our history. She paid off her mortgage back in December 2012, having achieved the American dream of owning her home – free and clear.  

Before moving into her Pasadena home, Phyllis was a single mother of two living in an apartment with her young son and daughter. Uncertain of what the future might hold for her and her two small children, Phyllis sought to make a change for her family.  

Being a single mom to two children and having a full-time job filled Phyllis’s life with “must do’s” and “can’t do’s,” and even some “wish I could’s.” Yet Phyllis remained undaunted in her commitment to her family’s future – but then, she got the opportunity to build and purchase her own home. 

Among more than 100 families (a number surpassed by the 250+ applications in our last application period) who submitted applications, Phyllis was selected to be a Habitat homebuyer. The Pasadena home was built from the foundation up thanks to a $40,000 donation from the San Gabriel Valley Habitat for Humanity founder, John “Ace” Cain. 

“It [was] exciting knowing that God has answered my prayer. As a single parent of two children, I […]always wanted the security of owning my own home. With the cost of rent going up every year, I didn’t know what to expect.” 

At the time, the selection committee saw the “fierce commitment to her children and her determination to see that they got a good education.”  Phyllis’s investment in her family has since paid off.  

Today, with the dream of homeownership and the American Dream now very much a reality, Phyllis still reflects on her experience with immense gratitude.  

“This home has been a blessing for my family.  

Her two kids are now grown, have graduated from college, and are working towards their own dreams. After years of working hard to provide for her family and relief of not owing a mortgage, Phyllis’s main priority these days is to “concentrate on Phyllis,” and really enjoy the life she has made for herself. 

“I’m planning to stayThe way things are, I’m content. It’s paid for. The kids are grown. Now I’m going to enjoy it. 

We are living in a day and time where dreams of your future are being put on hold, but […] my dreams have become a reality.”  

Scott

Habitat Board Member, Volunteer, and Dream-Maker

With the last name of Carpenter, it was Scott’s destiny to get involved with Habitat. Scott Carpenter’s journey actually starts at the very beginning of the last three decadesHis Habitat roots run as deep as they come – starting with his parents. 

“My mother worked with John ‘Ace’ Cain […] and my father helped build Habitat homes for many years.” 

If the name “John ‘Ace’ Cain sounds familiar – it should! He was one of the founders of our chapter. Scott has continued the legacy his parents started. He has volunteered at several sites, including the Chestnut homes in Glendale back in 2016. 

In an effort to get more involved, Scott joined the board of directors and eventually became board president, giving his time and talents to help families build and purchase their own homes. Today, he continues to do his part to help families. The collective effort of everyone involved keeps him inspired. 

“I’m inspired by what can be accomplished through the hundreds and thousands of people who volunteer their time and resources to make a difference.” 

Of the many memories Scott has, his favorite memories come from the home dedications. 

“The home dedications are one of my favorite events. When the families receive the keys to their new homes after all of their hard work, the joy that they have is very uplifting and meaningful. It makes it all worthwhile.” 

Tom

Attorney and Longtime Habitat Supporter

Tom has a rich Habitat history that connects to one of our founders, Pat Myers. He graduated from Princeton University and received his J.D. from the University of Southern California. Just as many of our volunteers give their time and talents, Tom was quick to offer help as an attorney.

“My friend, Pat, told me about what she was doing and I said I might be able to provide some legal assistance. She called me within days asking if she could send me a document. That was the beginning!”

Eventually, Tom got more physically involved, but his first time constructing a home was actually abroad.

“Many years later, I had the chance to build a home in Nepal […]. Fresh from that rewarding experience, I was asked to serve on the board. How could I say no?”

Among Tom’s many contributions was serving on our board of directors. He also presented house keys to one of our other 30 for 30 story families, Shane and Andrea!

“After working side-by-side with Shane at Geneva […] I got a real sense of how much this house meant to him and his family.”

Of the many things Tom did while on the board of directors, he took a very important role in negotiating with the federal government to acquire the land where the Desiderio homes are built. Nine homes were made possible thanks to his efforts!

While he has since retired from the board, Tom feels grateful for the time he spent serving families in his community.

“[I feel] humbled and grateful that I could use my skills to make life better for these families.”

Today, he lends his legal skills to review documents that help families find safe and stable housing throughout the San Gabriel Valley.

Shane and Andrea

Former Habitat Homeowners Turned Explorers

With each move into a new apartment, Shane and Andrea faced high rents and cramped living spaces. Wherever they turned, a safe, quality, and affordable home was nowhere in sight.  

“Working to pay our bills was really what we were doing. We had to keep moving to find the best deal”, says Andrea. 

“The idea of owning a home seemed so far-fetched. […] It seemed like an impossible goal. We reached a point where we said we would just rent for the rest of our lives” added Shane. 

This began to change the day their daughter, Sydney, brought a Habitat flyer home from school. In 2012, the family purchased and moved into their Habitat home in Glendale that they had worked so hard to build.  

Thanks to their new home, Shane and Andrea were able to continue succeeding at work and in life. Their home, as Andrea puts it, provided them the opportunity to expand their dreams. 

“Our Habitat home in Glendale gave us the security that allowed us to dream bigger. We can tie all of the opportunities that we’ve had back to our home.” 

The memories they have are plentiful, but one in particular is especially impactful. 

“We have pictures of our friends and family building. We were putting up one huge wall. All of the families has representatives there. We have a picture of all of us standing there all at the same time. That was really special” says Andrea. 

Shane added that he and his fellow homeowners became lifelong friends. 

“The community that it created between all of us was really special. You don’t get that with under normal [homeownership] circumstances.”  

After four years in their Habitat home, Shane had an career-advancing opportunity in Seattle, WA. As a result, they sold their home back to SGV Habitat and used the money to purchase a home on the open market. With their old home vacant, a new family could find a safe and stable home.  

Recently, we caught up with Shane and Andrea. We told them about, Wesley,  Alexis, and their children Milo and Louie – the new homeowners of their old Glendale home. Andrea was quick to realize how their former home has provided impact to more than just their family. 

“It’s kind of neat to see how one home can multiply and bless multiple families”  

Shane shared how excited he is to stay involved to help more families like his own.  

“We’re grateful for the experience we had and the launching pad [our home] was for us, and we want to help in any way that we can.” 

Yasmine Khalil

Long-Time Habitat Supporter

Yasmine joined the affordable housing movement shortly after her move to Pasadena in 2001 – all thanks to an advertisement from our most famous volunteer! 

“Decades ago, I saw an inspiring Habitat commercial with President Jimmy Carter.  I knew at that instant I wanted to make a difference and get involved with my local [Habitat] chapter.   

Living in Pasadena meant joining us! Her decades long Habitat tale began after she signed up to volunteer. 

“My story began when Barbara (then executive director) took the time to call me directly soon after I completed a volunteer sign-up sheet.  She introduced me to the Gala Committee.  As soon as I attended my first meeting, I was sold!” 

The friendships she developed on the committee kept her coming back to help with the Galas year after year – and eventually convinced her to get even more involved. 

“I was also on the Hospitality Committee and got to work alongside [several people] at the builds once a month.  It was so much fun meeting new volunteers.  Plus, witnessing the progress of each home being built and seeing the joy in the family’s faces when they were completed was a thrill. 

Although Yasmine moved away in 2008, the friendships she created have lasted and her roots are well planted in the communities she helped serve. She has assisted whenever possible, and continues to support Habitat to this day. 

“The distance didn’t permit me to be as hands-on. Still, [SGV Habitat] is close to my heart, so I did what I could.  In 2010, I joined the Women Build and met more amazing women. I still fundraise to this day! 

I discovered many opportunities to help and met some phenomenal volunteers who became lifelong friends!

Our Founders

The Ones That Started it All

In 1990, friends, old and new, with a shared belief in empowering the dreams of others, moved to change the lives of families throughout the San Gabriel Valley. These friends became the founders of an organization that has been impacting generations of families for three decades – San Gabriel Valley Habitat for Humanity. 

Our three decade legacy started at a meeting where the seeds of a common vision were watered in the hearts and minds of four people – Ace (Pictured), Mavis, Jack, and Barbara. 

Barbara’s first moment of inspiration was in a deep trench at a Habitat for Humanity build in Mexico. Jack was at the same location and was also touched by Habitat’s vision. At the same time, Ace and Mavis were in Nicaragua at a different Habitat for Humanity build, and were confronted with the realities of poverty housing.  

Ace was a successful builder in the construction and development industry. He was very active in the Catholic community and was a leader in the greater San Gabriel Valley community. When he came back from Nicaragua, Ace was changed. Barbara shares why the group felt it was so important to start the affordable housing movement in their own back yard. 

“If you believe in something, if you really believe in something, you will do what you need to do when nobody else will do it. What drove us was the mission and belief that what we were doing was more important than all of the problems that we faced. It was social change that lasted.” 

It is well known in the SGV Habitat world that Ace was inspired by the one thought below: 

“If Pasadena can have a Tournament of Roses, then why can’t it have a Tournament of Houses?” 

He shared this thought with his friends, and a vision was born. This quote invigorated a newfound, common mission. With the help of Pat, a courageous woman in the Presbyterian Church, they formed San Gabriel Valley Habitat for Humanity.  

While Ace passed away before he could see the tremendous impact his dream would have on families, Barbara, Jack, and Mavis remained concerned about the mission and realized their moment of courage had come. They chose to act – and began a movement of inspiring and inviting others to act by building homes, communities, and hope. 

Thirty years and more than 225 families later, that same dream lives on in the accomplishments of our donors, volunteers, staff, and supporters throughout the community. 

Pastor Sandy

Community Builder and Faith Partner

Our faith partners are an important part of building stronger families and a stronger San Gabriel Valley. One such faith partner, First United Methodist Church of Pasadena (FUMC), has been an integral part of the community since 1939 – and Habitat supporters since 2004. Rev. Sandra Olewine (Pastor Sandy), the church’s current pastor, has helped continue her congregation’s strong commitment to safe, decent and affordable housing for all.

Born in Maryland and raised in California, Rev. Sandra Olewine (Pastor Sandy) is a graduate of the University of California, Davis and the Claremont School of Theology. An inspired preacher, writer, and teacher, Pastor Sandy has been involved across social, racial and economic barriers through her work, attempting to create a sense of solidarity among communities both here and abroad.

Today, Pastor Sandy guides her congregation, driven by a passion for the Gospel, and knows first-hand the importance of giving back through acts of compassion and mercy.

“As a person of faith, I believe housing is one of the things that helps provide shelter and stability for individuals and families.”

From funding and working on Habitat homes in Pasadena, fundraising for families at their annual Christmas market, and even hosting our board meetings for years, these are just a few examples of the way First FUMC has been a dedicated partner in faith. For nearly two decades, Pastor Sandy and FUMC have changed lives in more ways than one with their contributions to Habitat.

“Our congregation [recently] voted to make a $50,000 grant […] that helped build one of the projects in Pasadena.”

This project is more commonly known as the Manzanita Homes. Today, these homes provide safe and stable shelter for two families. In spite of the pandemic, these families are thriving – and Pastor Sandy knows why.

“Habitat’s work makes hope tangible, giving recipients a solution to their housing needs and providing a solid foundation on which to create their future.”

Mark Van Lue

Executive Director and Humble Visionary Leader

Before starting his Habitat journey, Mark owned his own remodeling company in South Bend, Indiana. While an English major, Mark learned of construction from his family — one of 11 siblings, his father built their family home from salvaged materials.

“He never owed a dime on it.”

There was one bathroom in the home that was added the year Mark was born in 1962. Before that, there was an outhouse.

“It was just a tiny, tiny bathroom … it was an art form how we made that work, but we did.”

Mark reflected on how his upbringing helped him understand the basic need of stable housing.

“It’s funny but we didn’t ever think of it as poverty housing; you know, it was ours, and it was warm and dry. Maybe that’s why building housing that’s basic and decent really resonates with me.”

Mark joined the Habitat community in St. Joseph County, Indiana, where he began volunteering in construction for their local Habitat chapter. At one point, he even volunteered abroad in Nepal. While he was intending to stay a volunteer in Indiana, things changed over breakfast with the executive director of the Indiana Habitat chapter.

“Coffee with a lawyer is never just coffee,” Mark says.

One cup of coffee later, he became construction manager, transitioned to even more roles with Habitat chapters in Texas and California, and eventually joined SGV Habitat as executive director in 2017 – and what a journey it has been.

“We continue to pull out every tool in our arsenal to build and create homeownership opportunities for families; we are building across all of our service areas and creating partnerships and building housing of every stripe.

“We’ve realized our mission more than ever to help as many people as we can to achieve that goal [of homeownership].

“We are really excited because we’ve been able to dramatically increase our impact and we’re working very hard across our entire team to help achieve our next goal.”

YOU!

Our Dedicated Supporters and Dream Makers

Yes, that’s right! You’ve been part of a legacy spanning three decades. A legacy that has not only created safe and stable housing for over 225 families, but has also created generational wealth that will impact lives for decades to come.  

Thanks to your support, whether you donated, volunteered, advocated – anything, families have brighter futures. Also thanks to you, Northeast Los Angeles, Pasadena, Glendale, and San Gabriel Valley are stronger, more inclusive, and continue to thrive! 

We cannot say it enough – THANK YOU.  

Our goal is to put ourselves out of work, but that can only happen once everyone in San Gabriel Valley (and the world) has a safe and stable place to call home. You’ve gotten us through the last three decades – imagine what we can do together in the next three years