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.

Sponsor Spotlight: National Association of REALTORS®

San Diego Habitat for Humanity is proud to have a partnership with the National Association of REALTORS®. Recently in El Cajon, over 100 REALTOR® volunteers installed siding and roofing, mounted indoor fixtures, and landscaped at the final two homes of Habitat’s Foundation Lane Community. The association also donated $50,000 to support the hard work of its REALTORS®.

This effort was in conjunction with the with the REALTORS® Conference and Expo, which was held at the San Diego Convention Center Nov. 13 – 16. The event is the largest trade show in real estate.

A big thank you to the National Association of REALTORS® and the many smiling volunteers who came out to offer a hand up to a local, hardworking families. Habitat’s mission of building simple, decent, affordable housing for local families in need is possible through the financial and volunteer support of partners like these.

Sponsor Spotlight: Taco Bell

“Live Mas” is more than a company tagline; it’s a way of life at Taco Bell. Taco Bell, a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, is the nation’s leading Mexican-style quick service restaurant serving more than 40 million customers each week in more than 6,100 stores in the U.S. Yum! Brands, Inc., (NYSE: YUM), based in Louisville, Kentucky, is one of the world’s largest restaurant companies with over 42,500 restaurants in more than 130 countries and territories. In 2014, it was named among the 100 Best Corporate Citizens by Corporate Responsibility Magazine.

Yum! has built a unique culture, one that’s filled with energy, opportunity and fun. They believe in their people, trust in their positive intentions, encourage ideas from everyone, and have actively developed a workforce that is diverse in style and background. Yum! is a place where anyone can, and does, make a difference. This commitment to people extends to the communities they serve across the world. Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is central to our ability to succeed in the marketplace and to be a positive, responsible corporate citizen.

Thank you, Taco Bell, for lending us some your employees for the day on January 6 to build playhouses for local military and veteran families! The playhouse build took place at the Hilton San Diego Gaslamp Quarter Hotel during a company conference, and 75 employees from Taco Bell participated. A generous donation of $17,500 will support Habitat’s mission throughout San Diego County.

The San Diego Habitat for Humanity Playhouse Program is designed to offer a dynamic, fun and meaningful construction/team building experience for corporate partners. Habitat hosts a halfday event where volunteers build and decorate usable and durable playhouses that are then given to children through partnerships with several local charities serving families in need.

For more information about Habitat’s Playhouse Program, click here.

Sponsor Spotlight: Realty Income

Last month, San Diego Habitat for Humanity and Realty Income Corporation came together to build homes for hardworking San Diego families in need of safe, affordable housing.

Realty Income is dedicated to bettering the local community where their employees and shareholders live and work through their Corporate Social Responsibility Program. 120 employee volunteers, including Chief Executive Officer of Realty Income, John P. Case, helped install siding, roofing, permeable pavers, paint, plant landscaping and build fencing at the final two homes of Habitat’s Foundation Lane Community in El Cajon.

In addition to donating time and manpower, Realty Income donated $125,000 to SDHFH and surprised six SDHFH partner families with gift cards to purchase furnishings for their new homes.

Thank you, Realty Income, for supporting SDHFH’s mission to bring people together to build homes, communities and hope.

Sponsor Spotlight: Encore Capital Group

On September 26, a total of 75 volunteers from Encore Capital Group in San Diego came together with San Diego Habitat for Humanity to help build a home for a family in need in El Cajon.

The effort was part of the international finance company’s third annual Global Volunteer Day, with more than 400 employees across the United States and around the world building homes with Habitat for Humanity.

“Strengthening, and in this case, helping literally to build communities, is one of the goals of Encore’s corporate social responsibility efforts,” said Sheryl Wright, Senior Vice President of External Affairs at Encore Capital Group. “We are pleased to support Habitat for Humanity in its efforts to provide housing for families in need through significant cash donations and volunteer hours.”

Encore’s Corporate Social Responsibility program, launched in 2013, focuses on economic empowerment and strives to help improve communities through better education, job training and basic support services.

“When you provide a family an opportunity to purchase their own home, you transform that family for generations to come,” said Lori Holt Pfeiler, President/CEO of San Diego Habitat for Humanity. “We bring hardworking families, dedicated volunteers, and generous sponsors together to build simple, decent, safe and affordable housing for local families in need. This mission is possible because of the support of great partners like Encore Capital, and we are so grateful that they are joining us once again toward this goal.”

Sponsor Spotlight: Bank of America

On October 10th, 25 Bank of America employee volunteers gathered to build a new homes on Foundation Lane in El Cajon, the final two in the second phase of Habitat’s 10-home community.  Bank of America is committed to strengthening local communities through better housing opportunities, and has supported Habitat’s work for more than 25 years.

This home build is part of the second Global Build Week, during which Bank of America and Habitat for Humanity partnered to address affordable housing challenges, helping families build homes and achieve home ownership in more than 60 communities across the U.S., as well as 7 international cities including London, Hong Kong, Sydney, Jakarta, Manila, Toronto, and Mumbai.

“Access to affordable, stable housing is foundational to a family’s long-term financial stability and growth,” said Rick Bregman, San Diego Market President, Bank of America. “We’re pleased to partner with Habitat for Humanity and to help families like the Muñozes achieve homeownership and build a stronger, more vibrant community.”

The partnership with Habitat for Humanity is just one element of Bank of America’s broader commitment to help people live better financial lives, and support stronger communities and stable economies.

This year, Bank of America distributed $320,000 in community development funding to San Diego nonprofits to help individual and families regain and maintain financial stability through access to affordable housing, emergency housing and mortgage training.

To learn more about Bank of America’s Corporate Social Responsibility programs and practices, please visit www.bankofamerica.com/about and follow the company on Twitter @BofA_News and @BofA_Community.

SDHFH builds 4 Houses in 5 Days in El Cajon

We did it!  San Diego Habitat for Humanity’s seventh Home Builders Blitz took place last month In partnership with Balfour Beatty Construction, Clark Construction, McCarthy Builders, and RQ Construction, we built four homes – from the ground up – in five days.

These homes are part of an expansion of the Foundation Lane community in El Cajon, built in 2009 with generous support from the Jimmie Johnson Foundation.  SDHFH was honored to have substantial financial support, once again, from The Jimmie Johnson Foundation, Lowe’s, The City of El Cajon, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), for this second phase of the community.

Habitat’s partner homebuilders leveraged their relationships with subcontractors to arrange for donated labor from hundreds of skilled workers all week.  Building materials and event support donated by over 100 local and national vendors such as James Hardie, Simpson Strong Tie, Helix Electric, Whirlpool, Valspar, GB Sales, and Pepsi made the event possible.

A visit from NASCAR Champion and El Cajon native, Jimmie Johnson, and his lovely wife, Chandra, really made the week unforgettable.

There were so many event and material sponsors that made this event a success.  As always, we are incredibly grateful for the generosity and dedication of our supporters in helping to make the homeownership dreams of our partner families a reality!

To watch more news footage from the event, please visit our
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BAE Systems Helps Repair Veteran Homes

e6a5cbc0-55c7-4c72-88ba-8b6eb96f0999Habitat for Humanity’s Repair Corps program creates safe, healthy, independent, dignified living spaces by utilizing the donations of hardworking volunteers and individual and corporate sponsors to perform critical home repair on homes owned by local veterans.

One such project was embarked upon recently.

Desert Storm veteran Cliff Cross thinks like many of his brothers-in-arms do. He has a hard time asking for support when he knows that there may be others in more urgent need. That’s why his sister-in-law took matters into her own hands and contacted Habitat for Humanity’s Repair Corps program to find out if something could be done about the precarious state of his home. Habitat staff evaluated the home and realized that the necessary repairs were going to cost a lot more than was in the original project budget.

BAE Systems stepped in to help.  With their donation of $30,000 and the generous commitment of employee volunteers, Cliff’s bathroom received the vital repairs it needed.  In addition, other Repair Corps projects for local veterans will be completed in the coming weeks because of BAE’s support.  Check out the news coverage below to learn more!

Partnership with The Home Depot Foundation Supports Veterans

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The Repair Corps program is designed to provide much-needed repair to the homes of veterans to give them a better living environment. Since this partnership with the Home Depot Foundation launched just two short years ago, the funding provided has made a world of difference in the lives of local heroes. Here are just some of ways that the funding has helped:

  • Replaced the HVAC system just in time for a newborn with medical needs to come home from the hospital
  • Replaced old carpet that was a trip hazard with laminate flooring that made a huge difference in mobility around the house for an 89-year-old veteran with Alzheimer’s
  • Installed a walk in tub for a severely disabled veteran that helped his sole caregiver, his wife, give him baths
  • Made critical electrical, plumbing and other needed safety repairs in the home of a veteran and her five adopted special needs children
  • Installed new windows in the home of an elderly couple, making their home comfortable
  • After putting $15,000 in critical repairs on a home where children were suffering from asthma, taught the family how to repair and replace the rest of their home

This partnership allows for Habitat to provide so much more to the veteran community in San Diego.Thank you to the Home Depot foundation for improving the lives of San Diego veterans and their families.

Groundbreaking Kicks Off Partnership With Sempra Energy

On Saturday March 29, 2014, San Diego Habitat for Humanity broke ground on the new Elm Street Community in Escondido. The groundbreaking ceremony and inaugural build day served as the kickoff to a partnership with Sempra Energy that will help Habitat for Humanity serve more families, provide energy efficiency upgrades to qualifying existing homes, and transform the surrounding neighborhood.

The Elm Street Community in Escondido, consisting of eleven new 1,300 square foot homes, will feature three bedrooms and two bathrooms with electric efficiency upgrades. One of the homes is sponsored by Sempra Energy and will serve a wounded veteran and their family as part of Habitat for Humanity’s Building for the Brave program.


Sempra employees will be back in June to help complete the home during Habitat for Humanity’s Builders Blitz. Following that effort, 500 Sempra employees will provide critical exterior repairs and energy-saving upgrades to 35 homes in the surrounding community, June 14th and 16-19. Habitat greatly appreciates Sempra Energy for making these exciting build efforts possible.