Broken tool box from Christmas Break-in 2020


Habitat had a Christmas break-in! Thieves abound this time of year and they didn’t mind breaking in and taking much needed tools from Habitat for Humanity. Monday morning, December 14th, Habitat staff discovered that one of our construction trucks had been broken into. The metal tool box was broken and much needed construction tools were stolen. Missing are cordless power drills, skill saws, circular saws, drill bits and sawblades. In total about $1,000 in stolen or broken tools. These items are vital in helping local families with home repairs.

The Grinch arrived!

Everything is replaceable, of course, however the $1000 cost hurt Habitat for Humanity and the mission of building homes and hope. Despite the negative impact of the theft, local Christmas elves donated to a fund that will replace the tools. The positive always outweighs the negative. Thank you to everyone who supported Habitat.

If you would like to help Habitat please contact our office at 559-734-4040 ext 106 or donate directly at

Habitat is moving forward. We believe in our mission of building homes, communities and hope and know that 2021 will be a wonderful year for Habitat and our community.

Blessings from the staff a Habitat for Humanity.

Check out the Times Delta article!

Thrivent supports Habitat homeowners

Thrivent and Habitat for Humanity of Tulare/Kings Counties partner to help families stay in their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic

Visalia, CA (Dec. 14, 2020) – Thrivent is awarding Habitat for Humanity of Tulare/Kings Counties a contribution of $5,000 to help families in Tulare and Kings counties stay in their homes. Thrivent’s donation will allow Habitat to provide mortgage relief to Habitat homeowners who need temporary assistance making their mortgage payments during the COVID-19 pandemic. With Thrivent’s support, Habitat for Humanity of Tulare/Kings Counties will help keep homeownership costs affordable for 4-6 families in Tulare/Kings Counties who are experiencing financial hardship due to COVID.

Prior to the spread of the novel coronavirus, more than 18 million households across the U.S. were paying half or more of their income on a place to live. As the pandemic continues to cause job disruption and economic fallout, many households are enduring lay-offs, unemployment, and pay cuts. This wage loss has amplified the financial burden on households to maintain essential payments and can result in families having to trade-off between bills, mortgage, or medical care.

“As we deal with the fall-out from COVID, it is crucial to continue to work to provide stable and affordable homes for our neighbors.” said Executive Director Dirk Holkeboer. “Our community will recover when everyone has the solid foundation of a secure place to call “home”.

Habitat for Humanity of Tulare/Kings Counties is one of 100 local Habitat organizations across the nation partnering with Thrivent to help families stay in their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic. In total, Thrivent is donating $750,000 to Habitat for Humanity to assist with mortgage-related relief and prevent foreclosures across the U.S.

“This year has been incredibly difficult for many people as financial hardship has added stress and anxiety to daily lives,” said Nikki Sorum, senior vice president of Thrivent Advisors at Thrivent. “This pandemic has underscored how important it is for people to have safe, affordable homes. Given all we have endured in 2020, we are especially honored to provide financial support to Habitat for Humanity to help people stay in their homes so they can continue to build toward financial stability.”


Habitat for Humanity and Thrivent began their partnership in 2005. Over the past 15 years, Thrivent and their clients have contributed more than $275 million to Habitat and have partnered with families to build safe, affordable homes across the U.S. and around the world. Locally, Thrivent members participated in several home-building projects in Visalia.

About Habitat for Humanity of Tulare/Kings Counties
Habitat for Humanity of Tulare/Kings Counties has been working with local families since 1994. With more than 40% of the area’s population considered cost burdened when it comes to housing (i.e., spending more than 30% of household income on housing costs), the need for affordable housing is great. Because of the continued support of the businesses, congregations, the local community, service organizations and individuals, Habitat for Humanity has been able to make homeownership a reality for 68 families in Tulare and Kings counties while helping hundreds of other lower income homeowners with needed home repairs.

About Thrivent

Thrivent is a diversified financial services organization that helps people achieve financial clarity, enabling lives full of meaning and gratitude. As a mission-driven, membership-owned organization, it offers its more than 2 million members and customers a broad range of financial products, services and guidance. Thrivent and its subsidiary and affiliate companies offer insurance, investments, banking and advice over the phone, online as well as through financial professionals and independent agents nationwide. Thrivent is a Fortune 500 company with $152 billion in assets under management/advisement (as of 12/31/19). Thrivent carries an A++ (Superior) rating from AM Best, a credit rating agency; this is the highest of the agency’s 16 ratings categories and was affirmed in May of 2019. For more information, visit You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Marie Kondo-tidying up


‘Spark joy’ & ‘tidying up’ have become coin phrases for organizing & decluttering your home, thanks to Marie Kondo.

Her Netflix series Tidying Up With Marie Kondo & most recent book entitled The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying have swept the world by storm & has everyone wanting to tidy, clean-up & declutter their homes.

The basic premise of Marie Kondo’s tidying tips is to test your stuff by determining if an item ‘sparks joy’. If something in your home is no longer bringing joy, you thank it for its service & get rid of it.

While her ‘Tidying Up’ series focuses more on organizing tips for smaller items in your home like clothes, kitchen utensils & other miscellaneous items; the same decluttering process can be used for larger items in your home as well.

It is easy to hold on to bigger home items like furniture, appliances & home décor. Most were either expensive, useful, seemingly essential or brought you joy in an earlier season of life. That’s why learning to let go is an important skill to develop & one that can bring even more joy to your home.

Applying the KonMarie Method of tidying to home décor can be a bit tricky, but the following is an easy, modified guide for applying similar Marie Kondo tidying tips to the larger items in your home.


The same basic rules hold up: you’re better off without it if it serves you no purpose or is no longer making you happy.

tidy all at once

Once you have decided to tidy up the larger items in your home, try to do it in one fell swoop. Clear out a long weekend & try to make it in one shot. This is helpful for remembering what items you have in every room & better managing your home inventory if you decide to rearrange or move items around.

visualize your home

Envision the tidy home goals you have always dreamed of or maybe you have organization inspiration you found on Pinterest. Having a clear picture in mind for your space will keep you motivated to tidy up.

Tip: Start by tidying up. If you have home projects you want to complete, set them aside for now. Decluttering & getting rid of the items that no longer bring joy to your home should be viewed as the first step of your remodeling project.

try to tidy by category (not location)

It can be hard not to tidy by location, as you often separate your home by rooms, but tidying up will be more successful if you look at the furniture & décor in your space by category. It may be helpful to make a list or take photos of the items in each room by category before moving onto another space.

determine what stays & what goes

One by one look at or pick up each item. If it has a purpose or ‘sparks joy’ put it in a (metaphoric or literal) ‘keep’ pile. If the item does neither, put it in the ‘donate’ pile. The more you practice the process the easier it becomes to decipher what you want to keep & what you want to depart with.

Tip: Don’t feel bad about letting go. At one point that item brought you joy! Whether it was the person who gave it to you, the way you felt when you first bought it, or the potential you saw in it at one point, you can be grateful for the happiness in brought to you. Hold onto those memories (maybe snap a photo) and simply move on.

donate, discard or recycle

Donating items to organizations with a good cause might make letting go of an item a little easier. Donating items to the ReStore gives items an opportunity to ‘spark joy’ & purpose to another family’s home & all sales profit the local community & provides sufficient housing to those who need it. Find similar donation or recycling spots for all of the items in your home so you save the landfill & can feel even better about your decluttering process.

organize what you have left

Now that everything in your home serves a purpose & brings you joy, organize it in a way that does as well. If your decluttering process has left your home bare take the time to find new items to replace them. (Shopping second-hand is a great way to do this on a budget.)

Tip: Don’t feel like you have to replace anything or everything all at once. Spend time in your newly tidied space to discover what next item might bring joy. Take the time to browse inspiration as well. Now that your home is tidy you can finally tackle those renovations, remodeling or DIY projects you have been waiting for.

Hopefully, this modified KonMarie Method to tidying your home will give you the confidence to tackle a decluttering project & will leave you with joy.

Remember that the ReStore can be a great resource for many of your decluttering needs. We can pick up items you want to donate, we offer gently used items that can spark joy & serve a purpose in your home, and sell supplies you may need for any remodeling, renovation or DIY project you want to complete now that your home is tidied!

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Winter Women Build 2020-group photo



Nearly 30 women (and a few good men) from the local community joined habitat staff at the first Winter Women Build on December 4th & 5th in Hanford. Construction staff took time to demonstrate the skills needed for each task and make sure that the volunteers were comfortable with the tools and the tasks for the day.

Teams tackled building a fence while others hung drywall and painted the eves on the house exterior. There was even a lesson on how to use a circular saw!

Women Build is designed to take women out of their comfort zone and give them the opportunity to learn new construction skills that they can then use at home for their own projects.

Check out a video of the women in action.

Thank you the Winter Women Build Sponsors.

SoCalGas, Pacific Western Bank, The Hanford Rotary Community Foundation

Tackett Marketing, Griswold, LaSalle, Cobb, Dowd & Gin LLP, Family Health Care Network, Kings County Board of Realtors.

Lowe’s Porterville & Grocery Outlet.
Victor-future homeowner in Hanford-Winter Women Build 2020



HANFORD — Some say it takes a village to raise a child, but in the case of Habitat for Humanity of Tulare/Kings Counties, it takes a village to build a house.

“We’re very appreciative that during such a stressful time, we’ve got such great community support and volunteers,” said Deanna Saldana, resource development director for Habitat for Humanity of Tulare/Kings Counties.

Friday marked the first day of a two-day Winter Women Build event at the organization’s first big project in the county, a four-bedroom, two-bathroom house at 403 W. Cameron St. in Hanford.

Saldana said being able to provide a decent and affordable place for a family to live is important, especially with many families struggling right now.

Volunteers like Anastasia Ochoa know the difference a home can make for a family.

Ochoa and her family were living in terrible conditions until 2013, when she and her husband were chosen to become Habitat homeowners in Visalia.

“Habitat has changed our life so much,” Ochoa said. “Because of Habitat, we were able to get out of that environment and now we have our forever home.”

Ochoa said she has so much to be thankful for — including a job at the organization — that she has taken every opportunity to volunteer at events like Winter Women Build. With all the negativity going on in the world, she said it feels good to be a part of an organization that likes to give back.

“When we became habitat owners, we gained another family,” she said.

A soon-to-be member of that Habitat family is Victor Gray, who was chosen with his wife to be the homeowners of the house on Cameron Street.

Gray said one day while visiting the ReStore, he took a chance and signed up to be a possible future homeowner, never thinking they would actually be chosen.

After a few interviews with the organization, Gray said he and his family were called into the ReStore for a third interview. What they didn’t know, however, was that they had actually been chosen as the future homeowners and were surprised with the news that day.

“It was kind of unbelievable,” Gray said. “I’d won small things before, but this is something that would change our future.”

Gray said he’s been at the home for every workday since the project started. He said it’s awesome to be able to work with professionals and build a house from the ground up.

“It makes me appreciate the house that I’m going to live in a lot more,” he said.

Gray said owning this home will give him a foundation to build financial stability and strengthen his family. He said by not having to worry about living month to month, he can focus on finishing college and starting his own business.

“Habitat for Humanity is really a blessing,” Gray said. “They are actively changing peoples’ lives for the better.”


Barns Family-Visalia remodel project


Ernie worked with his sister to help remodel a house for his mother and step-father in late 2016. As a 14-year-old, it was more work than he expected, and the people showing up to help his family build their future home created a mixture of excitement & fear. Would this be a “forever” home-or just another stop along the way?

Five years later he looks back at that time as a true blessing and is grateful for everyone who helped build the Habitat home that would change his future.

Recently, Ernie sat down and talked about his journey with Habitat. HEAR THE INTERVIEW

As Ernie prepares to go to Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology in Tulsa, Oklahoma, he counts his blessings for the community support, and for Habitat for Humanity giving his family the opportunity to build strength, stability and self-reliance.

Donate to support other Habitat for Humanity projects. Ways to Give

Ginny & Jim with donated trailer


In a very special “God moment”, Habitat matched a donated travel trailer with Ginny & Jim, a couple who lost their home to the SQF Complex fire this summer. The story started with a couple in Utah wanting to help a family displaced by the large California fires and offered to donate their 24’ travel trailer. At the same time, Ginny & Jim were desperately looking for anyone to help them recover from the loss of their uninsured home. The Habitat California network connected their need with the trailer and Ginny and Jim now have temporary shelter during the slow process of rebuilding. While this is not part of Habitat’s regular activities, we were thrilled to offer a “hand up” to this family dealing with the loss of their home. Thanks to board member David Ochoa and Habitat staff member Ana Ochoa for transporting the trailer from Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sacramento to Tulare County.



Happy Trails joins Habitat on the jobsite in Hanford


Thank you to Leslie Gardner for bringing her team from Happy Trails out to the Habitat for Humanity jobsite in Hanford. They worked hard all day helping add sheathing and support bolts to the house with future homeowner Victor.  Non-profits working together is all about community.

Singkeovilay family


Samee & Nakor and their two daughters lived in overcrowded conditions with multiple families living in a single house with little or no furniture and sleeping on bamboo floor mats. His work as a custodian in a warehouse just didn’t bring in enough money to support his dream of owning his own home. However, he had faith.

Samee’s sister knew about Habitat for Humanity and applied for the homeownership program. Knowing about Samee’s desire to be a homeowner she encouraged him to apply as well. Samee & Nakor made the decision that if their application was not accepted, they would have to move their family out of the community.  Within days of their move date, he found out that their application was accepted and they became the 10th homeowner-partners in Tulare County.

It was a special build with 10 congregations, including the local Christian radio station, joining forces to help fund and build the house with Samee, Nakor and their daughters. Many local volunteer teams joined the build including several groups from Lemoore Naval Air Station.

In December of 2002, the house was dedicated and Samee & Nakor received the keys to their new home, moving the family from substandard housing to a decent and affordable place to live. In 2008 the family joined the Christ Lutheran Church membership and became friends with their pastor, Brian. Samee and Brian spoke for years having long conversations about faith and Samee’s desire to go to seminary and become a pastor for the Lahu community. During one of these conversations, Samee learned that Christ Lutheran Church was a part of the 10 church build and that Brian had not only supported but helped build Samee’s house. It’s a small world.

Samee’s faith was rewarded. He was ordained a Lutheran minister in April of 2018 and on August 7th 2020, Samee & Nakor made their final mortgage payment to Habitat for Humanity of Tulare/Kings Counties. Their oldest daughters are now nurses working at a local correctional facility and their youngest daughter is in high school. Affordable housing made a world of difference for Samee and his family, giving them a chance to build strength, stability and self-reliance.

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NAS Lemoore Volunteers in Hanford


On Saturday, August 29th, a great team of volunteers from NAS Lemoore and the local community joined forces to “roll the trusses” on Habitat’s new homeownership project in Hanford. It took all hands to help lift each 40 ft truss (that weighed close to 400 lbs) onto the top of the walls to be dragged into place on the house. Victor, the future homeowner, also joined the group to put in his required sweat equity hours.

Having community support is key to Habitat’s mission. The vision that everyone deserves a decent and affordable place to live is also key to building a  better community and a better future. With “sheltering in place” so important to everyone’s health, we are reminded that overcrowded conditions and substandard housing is exasperating the spread of the coronavirus in our neighborhoods. By working together to make affordable housing a priority, we can help build healthier communities in the future.

Find out more about the future homeowners in Hanford. Building together in Hanford

Check out pictures from the August 29th volunteer day.

Donate to this and future projects in Kings County.