Jimmy Carter Work Project 2016 | Memphis, TN

The Carters started building with Habitat in 1984 in New York, with just a few dozen volunteers traveling with them.  The Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project became an annual event that the Carters participate in every year.

Volunteers in Memphis, who traveled from across the country, joined the more than 92,000 people who have worked alongside the Carters over the years. The volunteers began showing up to the site before sunrise, excited to begin the week. After breakfast, President Carter spoke to the volunteers who went on to build 19 new homes, work on 10 beautification projects and six aging in place repairs that will help older homeowners stay in their homes.

Check out the video for a glimpse of this inspiring event!



Julia Continues to Inspire

Our friend Julia continues to amaze and inspire! She was awarded a Serving San Diego Award from  Newsradio 600 KOGO for her giving spirit when she used her Make-A-Wish to give back to her community through Habitat. We were pleased to accept on her behalf, along with our friends at Make-A-Wish San Diego, on the air with  Carl DeMaio. Listen here!  Congratulations, Julia!

Sponsor Spotlight: Realty Income

San Diego Habitat for Humanity and Realty Income Corporation (Realty Income, NYSE: O), The Monthly Dividend Company®, came together recently to build better life stories for local hardworking families in need of improved housing.

Realty Income is one of only four S&P 500 companies headquartered in San Diego. The company is structured as a REIT, and its monthly dividends are supported by the cash flow from over 4,600 real estate properties owned under long-term lease agreements with regional and national commercial tenants.

Realty Income believes giving back is an extension of its mission to improve the lives of its shareholders, its employees, and their families.  As such, Realty Income has a Corporate Responsibility Program which reflects its strong commitment to being a responsible corporate citizen and taking an active role in the betterment of the communities in which its employees and shareholders live and work.

“Through our Corporate Responsibility Program, we are pleased to once again work with San Diego Habitat for Humanity and honored to support the partner families,” said John P. Case, CEO of Realty Income. “We have had a significant presence in San Diego County since our company’s founding in 1969 and it is important to us to continue to impact our local community positively. The mission of Habitat for Humanity aligns well with the purpose of our charitable giving programs.”

Realty Income’s continued partnership with Habitat includes a donation of $100,000 and the hard work of 120 employee volunteers, the workforce of nearly the entire company, who helped install roofing, plant landscaping, build fences, and paint two homes in Imperial Beach as part of Habitat’s Neighborhood Revitalization efforts.

People in our community and all over the world partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. With our help, Habitat homeowners achieve the strength, stability, and independence they need to build a better life for themselves and their families.

This mission is possible through the financial and volunteer support of partners like Realty Income, and we are so grateful for their continued partnership.

Remanufactured Paint Now Available at the ReStore

Renew, reuse, recycle! The ReStore is now selling Visions remanufactured latex paint in 12 stunning colors! When ReStore customers donate their unused paint, it is given new life through the PaintCare paint recycling program. We’ve got just the right paint for your project whether you need gloss, semi-gloss, or eggshell! One-gallon cans range from $17 to $23 and you can pick up a 5-gallon bucket from $69 to $99. We’ve got primer, too!

Home Repairs Available for Veterans

Did you know that Habitat, funded by generous sponsors like The Home Depot, offers home repair services to veterans?

There are a few simple qualifications.  You must be a veteran,  you must own and occupy your home, and your income must fall at or below a specified level.

Click here for more information, or contact Al Lejarde at aj.lejarde@sandiegohabitat.org or 619-283-4663 to find out of you qualify today!

Habitat Named Brand of the Year

Habitat for Humanity has been named “Brand of the Year” in the social services nonprofit category based on the 2016 Harris Poll EquiTrend Equity Score. This is the second consecutive year Habitat has received this recognition in the annual survey that measures the brand equity of for-profit and nonprofit organizations in the United States. Habitat also has been named the “Most Trusted” and “Most Loved” brand within its category this year. Thank you for all that you have done to help us earn this distinction once again.

Habitat CEO Joins San Diego Housing Federation


San Diego Habitat for Humanity President and CEO, Lori Holt Pfeiler, now serves on the Board of Directors of the San Diego Housing Federation. In this new role, she will help to advance the shared mission of both organizations – to help hardworking San Diegans gain access to affordable housing.

Click here to read more.

Building Opportunity for Veterans

This Memorial Day, we had a special group of volunteers on the job site in Imperial Beach. Veterans were invited to build alongside corporate human resources executives to have honest, open, and real discussion about the truths of transition from military life to the corporate workforce. HR professionals from BAE Systems, San Diego Gas & Electric, The Home Depot, The San Diego Foundation, Wells Fargo, and Encore Capital came together with veterans to communicate about barriers to employment. The group got to know each other by working together on some critical repairs at the home of a local veteran. Al Lejarde, Habitat for Humanity homeowner, board member, and staff member at Courage to Call, facilitated the lunchtime discussion that brought great insight into the hiring process. It was a unique experience that built comradery, bridges, and opportunity. Thank you to all who participated!

Attention Volunteers!

We’ve got a new look!

Habitat’s website and our online volunteer management system, Volunteer Hub, have recently been updated. New volunteers can more easily navigate their way to their preferred volunteer activity and date, and returning volunteers can still quickly get to Volunteer Hub to sign up for their next build experience!

To access Volunteer Hub, please click on VOLUNTEER in the top menu on the San Diego Habitat website. Then click on RETURNING VOLUNTEER – SIGN UP HERE!

Helpful tip! To easily access Volunteer Hub, create a bookmark on your computer!

If you have any questions or need help signing into Volunteer Hub, please contact Chris Orkwis at chris.orwis@sandiegohabitat.org.

Neighborhood Revitalization

Many of SDHFH’s new construction sites are nestled into older neighborhoods that are in need of some attention and care. Neighborhood Revitalization (NR) efforts focus on the improvement of entire communities around new Habitat construction sites, and supporting families who already own their homes. SDHFH has implemented major multi-year NR efforts in the communities of Escondido and Imperial Beach, and will continue to work in neighborhoods where it builds new houses.

We build more than just houses – we build community.

As part of Neighborhood Revitalization, SDHFH partners with other community-based organizations to help neighborhoods become stronger, more vibrant places to live. Together, we are not only addressing many complex housing challenges, we are changing the way we all think about housing and how to improve it for as many families as we can.

An array of housing solutions are offered through NR

Home repairs, weatherization, home preservation, and even wraparound family support services such as financial education referrals and home maintenance classes are all provided as a way to build stronger communities.

For more information about Neighborhood Revitalization or to apply for assistance, please contact Program Manager Anne Marie Conte at 619-283-4663 x128, or via email at annec@sdhfh.org.