On July 12th, members of the Porterville community joined Habitat staff, the “Building Hope in Porterville” Committee and Habitat’s newest homeowner to dedicate the fourth Habitat house on “G” street.

Mike Barbera from Believers Church of Porterville started the event with an invocation then gathered all guests together to help with a group dedication prayer. Anita Rodriguez, Habitat program assistant, presented the family with a bible.

Guests were able to tour the house and see the amazing results of a community working together to build homes, community and hope.

Master Home Builder Sponsor:

The City of Porterville

Community Builder House Sponsors:
Bank of America, Eagle Mountain Casino

Wall Raiser House Sponsors:

Bank of the Sierra, E.M. Tharp Inc., Myers Funeral Services,  Pacific Western Bank, Walmart Community Grant

Foundation Builder House Sponsors:

QK Inc., R.M. Parks Petroleum Services, Ruffa Electric,
Suncrest Bank/Gary Gostanian, Smith’s Roofing,
Whirlpool Corporation, Young’s Commercial Transfer

Special Mention:

Chicago Title, Porterville Zonta Foundation, Lowe’s,
Valley Pacific Petroleum Services, Valspar Paint,

Townsend Architectural Group, Harmony Magnet Academy,

Rainscape, Unruh Engineering, Dodd’s Plumbing,
Bryan Company, ServiceMaster by Benevento

The Building Hope in Porterville Committee:

Ashley Sizemore, Claudia Calderon, Denise Marchant, Dennis Townsend,  Donna Sue Keeley, Gary Gostanian, Kitty Highfill,
Lupe Diaz, Micky Phanthavong  & Steve Pearson



Ana and David Ochoa continue to give back to Habitat for Humanity, even six years after starting their partnership with Habitat by becoming homeowners. They fired up their grill and cooked tacos for customers, Habitat board members, staff and others who stopped by the Hanford ReStore on Saturday, July 13th.

Opening the ReStore had a dual purpose.

1. Bring the ReStore to Kings County offering the community a place to donate usable building materials and supplies that can then be sold back to the public at severely discounted prices.

2. Help support Habitat for Humanity’s home ownership and home repair projects in Kings County.

We continue to spread the word about the importance of the ReStore and love to hear the stories of DIY and Up-cycling projects that people finish with purchased ReStore items that would have otherwise been thrown away! Help Habitat reach the community by following and commenting on Facebook. 

You can also stop by the ReStore at 415 W Lacey Blvd, Hanford and start a treasure hunt of your own.

Thank you to our food sponsors: Bank of the Sierra, Creative Tree Service and Grocery Outlet.

Ribbon Cutting on July 11th 2018


Having the opportunity to talk about Habitat for Humanity is easy for me but, as with everyone, I need a platform! After more than a few conversations with Rose Ortega over at K-Jug, Visalia, getting together to record a PSA is like having a wonderful conversation with a friend.

On May 15th we met at Momentum Broadcasting to discuss all things Habitat for Humanity Tulare-Kings and covered a lot of ground.

Check out the interview


Helping Habitat for Humanity on the job-site or in the ReStore is so valuable. Check out this great video of a recent team of volunteers from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.


Over many years we have watched as our homeowners lives have changed and their families have thrived. Many find that because their mortgage payments are considerably less than the rent they were paying, they can now afford to save money for school and other opportunities.

This summer we are thrilled to have Daniel working with us in the ReStore and on many of our home repair projects. He came to us in June because he needed to complete 180 volunteer service hours to fulfill requirements for his internship program at William Penn University in Iowa. The truly exciting part of this particular story is that Daniel’s life changed when his mother and father were accepted to participate in Habitat’s home-ownership program in the City of Tulare.

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