BuildOUT – Partnering with San Diego Pride

We teamed up with San Diego Pride to create BuildOUT, a historic event that brought together LGBTQ community members to build homes and bridges. The long-awaited partnership is rooted in our shared values – building community and inspiring hope.

On Saturday, January 27th, 70 Pride volunteers set out to four different locations throughout San Diego County in support of Habitat’s mission. They built on our new construction site on Harrison Street, helped us restore homes in the Logan Heights community, and worked in each of our ReStore locations in Kearny Mesa, National City, and Escondido.

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We’re so excited about our new partnership with San Diego Pride, and we’re grateful for the opportunity to put our vision into action while helping to unite the San Diego community. We hope to continue this success and grow BuildOUT into an annual event with increasing impact.

“Safe, stable, affordable housing is the foundation of thriving individuals, families, and communities,” said Lori Holt Pfeiler, President/CEO of San Diego Habitat for Humanity. “We are honored to walk side-by-side with San Diego Pride and the LGBTQ community to provide opportunities for homeownership for every San Diegan who needs a hand up to build a better future.”

According to San Diego Pride’s Executive Director, Fernando Zweifach López, Jr:

Here are two organizations that most people have never said in the same sentence before, working hand-in-hand to find shared values all while engaging community and building community. It’s a beautiful thing to focus on how two vastly different entities can find common ground … the world needs more of that.

Watch KFMB San Diego’s local news coverage:

Habitat for Humanity exists through volunteer labor and contributions of money, land and materials, including purchases and donations to the ReStore, Habitat’s discount home improvement retail center. Want to get involved? Click the links below:

Donate | Volunteer | ReStore

About San Diego LGBT Pride
Founded in 1974, San Diego LGBT Pride is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is “Fostering pride in and respect for all lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities, locally, nationally, and globally.”


Camp Habitat

On February 22nd and 23rd, we partnered with State Farm, Head Start, and 81 sixth graders from La Jolla Country Day School to teach youth about the importance of education, fundraising, service, and reflection when giving back to the community.

Each day started with the sixth graders learning about affordable housing, early education, and protecting the home. The students then broke out into teams of ten to build and paint a total of eight wooden playhouses, to be donated to Head Start programs across San Diego County!

Thank you, La Jolla Country Day School sixth graders, for your fundraising contribution of $4,000, and thank you to State Farm who provided a $2,000 grant to make this event possible!

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!



Six Families Move Into Their Homes in Imperial Beach

Sunday, February 21st was truly a beautiful day in Imperial Beach. The sun shined and the beach breeze blew as San Diego Habitat welcomed six new homeowners into their brand new houses, built in partnership with dedicated volunteers, supporters, and the families themselves.

Guests at this heartwarming event wished the new homeowner families well and sent them blessings as they embark on the next chapter in their lives.

Mayor of Imperial Beach Serge Dedina celebrated with the six families who were presented with keys to their new homes. “This is one of the best days of me being Mayor so far”, he said.

Every person deserves to have a place to live in dignity and safety. San Diego Habitat strives to provide every family a decent home that will give them the strength and security to build their futures.


Elm Street Community Complete!

BIG NEWS! Habitat for Humanity’s 11-home community at Elm Street in Escondido is complete! It’s been quite a ride – we held our 25th Anniversary event on the then-empty lot in October 2013; officially broke ground in March 2014; built three of the homes from the ground up in five days during our 2014 Home Builders Blitz through partnerships with Shea Homes, Emmerson Construction, and Sempra Energy; and held our 2015 Women Build event where 300 women donned pink t-shirts, built for a day, and raised $125,000 in support of Habitat programs!

Please join us in celebration of this great accomplishment that we achieved because of you and your continued and generous support!

Elm Street Home Dedication Ceremony 
Sunday, November 22, 2015 @ 3pm 
537 N. Elm Street 
Escondido, CA 92025  

AmeriCorps Members travel to New Orleans for Habitat’s Build-A-Thon

To commemorate the rebirth of the U.S. Gulf Coast ten years following the destruction caused by Hurricane Katrina, three San Diego Habitat for Humanity AmeriCorps members and one of our Superintendents traveled to New Orleans for a week of building and fellowship during Habitat’s annual AmeriCorps Build-a-Thon.

During the event, New Orleans-Area Habitat for Humanity hosted more than 400 current and alumni AmeriCorps members from across the U.S. The group, along with local volunteers, built 10 new homes in the New Orleans East neighborhood in partnership with low-income families.

Since the partnership began 20 years ago, more than 8,000 individuals have served as AmeriCorps members with Habitat for Humanity, helping more than 20,000 families in need of affordable housing, contributing more than 13 million hours of service, raising tens of millions of dollars in cash and in-kind resources and engaging more than 3.1 million volunteers.

Click here to find out how you can become an AmeriCorps member at San Diego Habitat for Humanity!

Guest Post: Building Nurturing Habits


“What Habitat does is much more than just sheltering people. It’s what it does for people on the inside. It’s that intangible quality of hope…”~Millard Fuller

Last Friday I had the amazing experience of participating in Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build with thousands of other women across the country. During 2013-2014, 13,500 women participated in Women Build and raised $1.75 million dollars building at 325 sites.

It was so empowering to participate last year, that I formed my own team this year of seven women, including my mother-in-law and 19 year old daughter. It was so remarkable having three generations of women in my family build together!


Habitat for Humanity does a beautiful job offering women the opportunity to stretch outside their comfort zones, learn new skills and tangibly address the issues of poverty and lack of affordable housing.

They also offered a lovely nurturing environment even on a job site, with the Habitat Cafe, catered lunch and the Habitat Spa offering massage, fountains, shade and plenty of water.

They seemed to understand the fundamentals of self-nurturing – creating a meaningful experience for women to make a difference in the world, while prioritizing caring for themselves in the process.

Imagine adopting this philosophy in your own life and building nurturing habits to make your work in the world more sustainable, enjoyable and fun!

I have found that when we start from a filled up and nurtured place, rather than feeling chronically overwhelmed and exhausted, we are more likely to stretch outside our comfort zones and grow. We are also more likely to respond to challenges versus reacting and contribute in a meaningful way in the world spreading love, compassion and kindness.

How might your life be different if you built more nurturing habits into your day?

What difference might you make in your community if you were not feeling so overwhelmed and exhausted?

What structure would support you in consistently nurturing yourself?

Participating in Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build was a deeply self-nurturing experience for me. Connecting in community with other women to build homes was so meaningful, learning to tile a floor with my mother-in-law and daughter was incredibly empowering, enjoying a massage after a lovely lunch was rejuvenating and ending the day with gelato and champagne was such a treat!

I strongly recommend you volunteer with Habitat for Humanity in your community!

May you feel empowered to build new nurturing habits in your life to fuel your meaningful work in the world and may live authentically in truth and beauty through the art of self-nurturing!

Please share your comments below to inspire and encourage others!

Peace, love and gratitude,

Kelley Grimes, M.S.W.

Counselor, Mentor and Artist


Grand Opening at North County ReStore!

On April 24th, Habitat was joined by friends, volunteers, customers, and supporters at the official ribbon cutting for the North County ReStore! Thank you to Escondido Mayor Sam Abed, the Escondido Chamber of Commerce, Congressman Duncan Hunter, Assembly Member Marie Waldron, Supervisor Dave Roberts, and Erica Barnes, Miss Escondido 2014, for your support! Come and see us at 837 Metcalf Street in Escondido.


You can also LIKE the ReStore on Facebook, and join our mailing list to stay informed about new products and special events! Volunteers are also needed in both ReStores, so sign up today!