Thursday evening, July 2nd, several Habitat staff, board members and committee members gathered at the Hanford ReStore to surprise Victor Grey and Danielle Solorio, Habitat’s next homeowner partners. They have joined the more than 70 families who have partnered with Habitat for Humanity of Tulare/Kings Counties and they will put in 500 hours of sweat equity building their forever home in Hanford.

Like so many families, Victor and Danielle have been working hard to keep a decent home, but have been living in overcrowded conditions and spending more than 50% of their income to rent. Raising one child of their own and fostering two more has become very challenging.

Habitat homeowners pay an affordable monthly mortgage that does not exceed 1/3 of their income, including taxes and insurance. These payments then support future projects and help even more families in the community.

Help Habitat build decent and affordable housing by supporting the Hanford project. Find out how!

 

Takroa and Nelay gathered their four daughters at their Visalia home and handed the final mortgage payment check to Habitat’s retired executive Director Betsy Murphy. Betsy was part of the selection committee when Takroa and Nelay were first informed that they would be Habitat homeowners and  when they moved into the home in 2003. 17 years later, and after a lot of saving, the mortgage to Habitat is paid off.

They were living in a one bedroom apartment that was in poor condition and expensive. Nelay even remembers having to put tape on the ceiling to try and prevent a leak from the apartment bathroom upstairs. They both worked very hard to build the Habitat home and raise their children, watching the girls excel in school and their oldest daughter graduate from Fresno State.

“We were so blessed” said Nelay. “It was our faith that led us to Habitat, and Habitat to our home”

So many other families are in need of a decent and affordable place to raise their families. Help them build strength, stability and self-reliance like Takroa and Nelay.



 

On behalf of the Habitat for Humanity of Tulare/Kings Counties’ board of directors, staff and the families we serve, thank you to Wells Fargo for supporting Habitat for Humanity of Tulare/Kings Counties with a grant of $10,000 to help with COVID-19 relief. During this incredibly challenging time, supporting community seems to be more important than ever. Non-profits, and those they serve, have been hit hard, but we know that by working together, we will continue to build strength, stability and self-reliance in Tulare and Kings Counties.

For more than 25 years, Habitat for Humanity has partnered with hard-working, low-income local families to offer first-time homeownership opportunities as well as vital home repairs for people who already own their home but are challenged by age, disability or circumstance. These vulnerable populations are extremely cost-burdened and have few options for assistance. Many families believe that a decent and affordable home is out of their reach.

Businesses, congregations, service clubs and individuals can all join the Habitat for Humanity mission by providing funding, in-kind donations and volunteerism.

When everyone has an affordable place live, the entire community is stronger and healthier.

Again, thank you Wells Fargo for your support.

WE ARE PRAYING FOR EVERYONE DURING THIS DIFFICULT TIME. WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER.



The Combined Federal Campaign is offering an opportunity for federal employees to support local non-profits dealing with the impact from COVID-19.

This special solicitation is for Federal employees, members of the military, postal workers and retirees. You can create a new gift or an extra gift to Habitat for

Humanity of Tulare/Kings Counties online or through the CFC mobile giving app.

Support Habitat for Humanity of Tulare Kings Counties by signing up through the donor pledging system at: https://cfcgiving.opm.gov/welcome

& search for Habitat using CFC #22213

Your support with help us continue our mission to provide decent and

affordable housing for local families impacted by Covid-19.

Stay safe and thank you for your support.

 

Sharon and her husband were living in a church classroom when they heard about Habitat for Humanity and applied for a home in Visalia. In August of 2018, 22 years after making her first mortgage payment to Habitat, she walked into the Habitat office and made her last. During those 22 years Sharon raised her children and is now enjoying sharing her home with her grandchildren.

Having a home meant everything everything to Sharon and her family. Take a moment and hear her story.

You can be a part of making sure that everyone has a decent and affordable place to live. Donate to Habitat’s programs today and help a local family tomorrow. 

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.
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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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