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Winter 2018

The House on Jackson Street Needed Help
Unfortunately, the elderly homeowner was not able to do the work. Habitat for Humanity Coachella Valley came to the rescue, with a group of stellar volunteers. These volunteers came from BD Medical, taking a work break from their conference in Ranch Mirage. They scraped and painted the house and installed some desert rock in the front yard.  The transformation was amazing! The lady of the house was absolutely delighted. This is part of "A Brush With Kindness," a program that works to improve the exterior of homes for those who cannot handle the work themselves.

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News from Habitat for Humanity International

- Atlanta, Oct. 3, 2017 -

Habitat for Humanity prepares long-term hurricane recovery plan for Puerto Rico

Hurricane Recovery for Puerto Rico In response to the overwhelming destruction caused by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, Habitat for Humanity has expanded its Habitat Hammers Back initiative to aid impacted families and individuals on the island.

Habitat’s three-phase disaster response focuses on immediate relief, community stabilization and long-term recovery. As part of its initial response in Puerto Rico, Habitat is assembling 2,000 shelter repair kits containing supplies and tools to help families make preliminary home repairs to improve their shelter conditions.

“Just as we are doing in areas affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, Habitat for Humanity is answering the call to help families in Puerto Rico get back on their feet. We are committed to assisting as many people as we can now and for the long term,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. “Traditionally, nearly 80 percent of disaster funds have gone to immediate relief, while only 20 percent to long-term recovery. We are focused on that long-term component and our ability to respond effectively depends on available resources. We ask those who can help to donate to our Maria response at habitat.org/hurricane-maria.”

With the help of its local office, Habitat is assessing the damage to homes on the island and will determine construction plans after evaluations. Habitat for Humanity of Puerto Rico has been building and repairing homes in the U.S. territory since 1997.

Through shelter, we empower. To learn more, visit habitat.org.

- Atlanta, Sept. 18, 2017 -

Daughtry boosts Habitat for Humanity's response to hurricanes Harvey and Irma

Rock band Daughtry is making a major contribution to Habitat Hammers Back, the initiative effort helping to repair and rebuild in the aftermath of hurricanes Harvey and Irma. The band is donating $50,000 and is encouraging their fans to contribute as well.

View Daughtry's video asking fans to join them in supporting Habitat's hurricane recovery efforts. “We’ve been struck by the images coming out of Texas and Florida after these two devastating storms,” said Chris Daughtry, lead singer of the band. “The destruction is enormous, but so is the love and compassion we’ve seen with people helping each other out. Habitat for Humanity is already on the ground helping folks assess damage, dig out and repair their homes. We’re making a donation to Habitat, and we’d like to ask you to join us by visiting habitat.org/hurricanes to make a contribution today.”

Working through its local offices as well as by deploying trained Disaster Corps volunteers, Habitat conducts rapid assessments of storm damage and helps clean out homes damaged by winds and floodwaters. Habitat’s long-term post-disaster recovery efforts include repair of damaged homes and construction of new affordable homes. Construction plans are determined after evaluations and are dependent on the level of support received from donors, volunteers, corporate partners and other community organizations.

Habitat has been responding to disasters since 1997 and to date has helped more than 230,000 families in 52 countries through its disaster response work. Following Hurricane Katrina, Habitat organizations along the Gulf Coast built more than 6,000 homes and removed debris and cleaned more than 2,500 homes in preparation for rehabilitation. Habitat also mounted responses to Superstorm Sandy, tornadoes through the South and Midwest, and earthquakes and typhoons overseas.

More information on Habitat for Humanity’s response to Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma can be found at habitat.org/hurricanes.

Fall 2017

- Palm Desert, CA, November 17, 2017 -

10th Annual Dave Watson Golf Classic

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Come out and enjoy a beautiful day of golf and camaraderie at the annual Dave Watson Golf Classic hosted by The Golf Club at Terra Lago.


- Palm Desert, CA, October 16, 2017 -

Palm Springs Teaches Association Tackles a Massive Overgrowth

A Brush With Kindness volunteers from the Palm Springs Teachers Association tackled massive overgrowth at a home in Cathedral City. Twenty-one volunteers frilled four huge bins on Saturday, September 30. An elderly woman was about to get a citation for the shrubbery obscuring her home.

This was the definition of volunteering that Habitat volunteers exhibit all the time. All over the world, Habitat volunteers are supporting our mission: A decent place to live for everyone.

Palm Springs Teacher Association

- Palm Desert, CA, October 16, 2017 -

Two (expanding) Families Now Occupy Two Newly Renovated Homes!

The Huerta family moved into their new home in Palm Desert just in time for the arrival Nevaeh Aurora Iris Huerta. The Castillo family will welcome twins to their new home in La Quinta come November. Both families are overjoyed to be in their own homes at last.

Enthusiastic volunteers from several organizations worked with zeal to ready these homes for new families: Rancho Mirage Rotary, Palms to Pines and Palm Desert Rotaries, Charles Schwab staffers, volunteers from ELFA and students from Trinity Western University in Canada.

There is one more house in La Quinta that is available. HFHCV hopes to have a new family selected very soon.

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Summer 2017

- Palm Desert, CA, July 10, 2017 -

Habitat for Humanity Coachella Valley is awarded Best Non-Profit of The Year by the greater Coachella Valley Chamber of Commerce at the Annual Installation and Awards dinner Ceremony!

HFHCV was honored to receive plaques and certificates of recognition from both city, county and national leaders as Non-Profit of the Year.

The Greater Coachella Valley Chamber of Commerce honored outstanding businesses and leaders at their annual Installation, Awards Dinner & Silent Auction event. It took place at the Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa beginning at 5:30 PM. In addition to the awards listed below, they installed the GCVCC Board of Directors and Business Districts for Cathedral City, Coachella, Indio and La Quinta. Outgoing leaders were recognized for their hard work, time and effort. A sold-out crowd celebrated the following honorees: President’s Award Robert Green, The Robert Green Company Large Business of the Year Alpha Media Group Small Business of the Year (East) CV Weekly Small Business of the Year (Mid) Nothing Bundt Cakes Small Business of the Year (West) Bonta Restaurant Leadership Award Supervisor John J. Benoit Ambassador of the Year Merritt Wiseman Lifetime Achievement Alexander Haagen, III Non-Profit of the Year Habitat for Humanity About this year’s Leadership Award: “John Benoit has left a legacy of caring, commitment, and dedication that personifies our Leadership

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- Palm Desert, CA, July 7, 2017 -

Nearly two years ago, volunteers gathered at two vacant lots on San Benito Circle in Palm Desert to begin construction of two Habitat for Humanity homes designed specifically for veterans and their families.

The three-bedroom, 2 ½-bath homes are completed – built with volunteer labor and donations – and a veteran family is close to getting final approval to move into one of the homes. But filling the second home, which was built specifically for a disabled veteran, has been difficult at best.

“We thought we were just going to get a family in there, no problem,” Habitat board president Patrick Swarthout told the City Council during a recent update.

MORE: Volunteers gather to begin construction on vet homes

The homes are being built on two parcels of former redevelopment agency land the city donated – with approval from the state – to Habitat, a nonprofit Christian organization which builds, renovates and repairs houses using volunteer labor and donations.

In transferring the lots, which range between 6,000 to 7,800 square feet, the city stipulated that the homes be for veterans.

It is the requirement that the home buyer be low income that is causing the difficulty, Swarthout said.

MORE: Habitat ReStore opens in new location

“Most of the time, those folks have not only disability (income) but a supplemental income … and it puts them over that low income mark,” Swarthout said, adding that Habitat is continuing its search.

“There are a lot of deserving veterans out there who should be put into these homes,” he said. “They just don’t meet the qualifications.”

Desert Sun reporter Sherry Barkas covers the cities of La Quinta, Indian Wells, Rancho Mirage and Palm Desert. She can be reached at sherry.barkas@thedesertsun.com or (760) 778-4694. Follow her on Twitter @TDSsherry

Home for a disabled vet

If you or someone you know is interested in the Palm Desert home built for a disabled vet, contact Habitat for Humanity Family Services at (760) 969-6917.

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- Palm Desert, CA, July 5, 2017 -

Habitat for Humanity ReStore Receives Large Donation of Furniture and Accessories from Ethan Allen Design Center in Palm Desert
Ethan Allen Design Center in Palm Desert, as part of the ongoing corporate partnership with Habitat for Humanity ReStores, has donated furnishings and home goods with a retail value of over $68,500 to Habitat for Humanity Coachella Valley ReStore. The resale store is located at 34470 Gateway Dr. in Palm Desert CA.

Last year, Ethan Allen donated close to 4,000 products to Habitat ReStores across the U.S. and Canada This year’s additional donation should bring estimated total donations to 48,000, with a total estimated retail value of more than $19 million. “Creating happy homes is what we do best,” said Debra Fink, Retail Design Center Manager. “We’re thrilled to help families achieve their dreams of home ownership, and we’re proud to support Habitat for Humanity Coachella Valley’s work in our community.”

Proceeds from the sale of products, which include furniture and home accessories, will assist Habitat in its mission to help families achieve strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter. “We are grateful for Ethan Allen’s partnership,” said David Thornton, Executive Director of HFHCV. “The sale of these products enables HFHCV to continue in its mission of building and renovating homes for those in need.”

- Palm Desert, CA, June 1, 2017 -

A Brand New House Available for Income-qualified, Disabled Veteran!
Habitat for Humanity Coachella Valley, with Palm Desert City and the Home Depot Foundation, has completed this three-bedroom home in Palm Desert, to ADA specifications for a low-income, disabled veteran or his/her disabled family member. The buyer must be honorably discharged and meet certain eligibility requirements, as well as providing evidence of financial responsibility. For more information call Family Services at HFHCV, (760)969-6917 for application information. The houses will be sold at no profit, with a small down payment and low interest mortgage. NO Agents or brokers, please!

This house is in the heart of Palm Desert, CA, 44879 San Benito Way, convenient to shopping and recreation. It has three-bedrooms, two and a half baths, all new appliances, low maintenance desert landscaping, easy access adaptations. If you are interested or know of someone who might be, please contact Family Services at (760)969-6917.

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Spring 2017

- Palm Desert, CA, May 1, 2017 -

Schwab's 14th Annual Volunteer Week
During Schwab’s 14th annual Volunteer Week, Schwab employees and executives from 170 cities nationwide will roll up their sleeves to pitch in on approximately 500 service projects impacting 280 local nonprofit organizations. @Charles Schwab volunteers put the finishing touches on a Habitat for Humanity Coachella Valley home, ready for a family in need to move in. So many little details to be addressed! The volunteers did a great job! See @Charles Schwab in action at www.AboutSchwab.com. Great teamwork in action on Saturday for Charles Schwab's annual Volunteer Week! Here's what we accomplished on Day 2: Finishing up a home for a new family in La Quinta, CA. This was a part of @Charles Schwab Annual Volunteer Week, with Schwab staff across the country involved in a variety of non-profit projects. Thank you from Habitat for Humanity Coachella Valley! #Schwab4Good Charles Schwab

Schwab's 14th Annual Volunteer Week

- Palm Desert, CA, April 1, 2017 -

Rotaries Work Day!
Morning and noon Palm Desert Rotaries pitch in to finish up two Habitat homes, soon to see new residents! Palm to Pines Rotary worked at an existing home, being readied for new owners, while the Palm Desert Rotary worked at the veterans’ homes on San Benito Way. It takes a community to provide housing options for needy families! HFHCV is fortunate to have such great community support!

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- Palm Desert, CA, March 1, 2017 -

Habitat for Humanity Coachella Valley and Rancho Mirage Rotary work on Palm Desert Home
On Saturday, March 4, Habitat for Humanity Coachella Valley welcomed ten volunteers from the Rancho Mirage Rotary to work on preparing an existing Habitat for Humanity home for new owners. The new owners have already been selected and are eager to move in. The home, at 74016 El Cortez Way, Palm Desert, has recently been vacated by the previous occupant. The volunteers cleared the landscape and cleaned the interior of the house. It was a very big job.
Since 1989. Habitat for Humanity of the Coachella Valley has partnered with families in the Coachella Valley to build strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter, by building and rehabilitating homes throughout the valley.

Rancho Mirage Rotary

Winter 2017

- Palm Desert, CA, January 30, 2017 -

Habitat for Humanity Coachella Valley and Riverside County Probation Staff work on Palm Desert Veterans Homes
On Saturday, February 4, Habitat for Humanity Coachella Valley welcomed twenty volunteers from the Riverside County Probation Department, to work on the completion of two veterans’ homes being constructed in Palm Desert, at 44879-885 San Benito Way. Volunteers completed the drought-resistant landscaping at the homes, installed mailboxes and put on other finishing touches, to ready the homes for veteran families. The volunteers are part of a Riverside County Probation Department Volunteer Day program and others will be working at Habitat affiliates throughout the county on Saturday.
Applications to buy the homes are being taken by HFHCV and information is available on their website, www.hfhcv.org, or by calling 760-969-6917.

Riverside County Probation

- Palm Desert, CA, December 10, 2016 -

Habitat for Humanity Coachella Valley and Leadership Coachella Valley put Finishing Touches on Veterans Homes
Habitat for Humanity Coachella Valley is in the process of finishing two homes for veterans, on land donated by the City of Palm Desert, at 44879-885 San Benito Way. One of the homes is designed for a disabled veteran.
On Saturday, December 10, Volunteers from the Leadership Coachella Valley installed sprinkler systems and drought resistant landscaping at the homes. Applications to buy the homes are being taken by HFHCV and information is available on their website, www.hfhcv.org, or by calling 760-969-6917.
Leadership Coachella Valley is a program designed to identify, motivate and develop future community leaders. The program encourages community involvement by providing knowledge and perspective on valley-wide needs and concerns. Participants meet current community leaders in forum and group discussion settings.

Leadership Coachella Valley

FALL 2016

- November 7, 2016 -

Trinity Western Students Pitch in for HFHCV
On November 7, 2016 a group of 18 volunteers from Trinity Western University in Langley, BC arrived to carry on with the project in La Quinta. They painted the house inside with a second coat and outside, plus cleaning the kitchen and bathrooms. Since they had 4 days with us, they moved on into ReStore, assembling Holiday merchandise for the selling floor, organizing light bulbs, batteries and tools and labeling them! A group from the University makes 2 trips a year to the desert to work with HFHCV for 4 days, then go on to a hike in the Grand Canyon.

Trinity Western Students

- October 2016 -

On a nicely overcast Sunday, 34 volunteers from ELFA, Equipment Leasing and Financing Association, put in several hours painting and clearing landscape at 2 homes in La Quinta, CA. These two houses were built by Habitat for Humanity Coachella Valley and sold to 2 families. They have now moved out of town and Habitat is refurbishing the houses and yards for new, low-income families to enjoy. The volunteers, in town for a convention, wanted to help Habitat with this project. They also gave HFHCV a handsome, generous check that will enable HFHCV to start new projects in the community.

A Very Hearty Thank You to the EFLA Volunteers! ELFA Volunteers

- Palm Desert, CA, October 19, 2016 -

Habitat for Humanity Coachella Valley Receives $15,000 Grant from Equipment Leasing and Finance Association
Palm Desert, CA, October 19, 2016... Habitat for Humanity Coachella Valley is refurbishing an existing Habitat home in La Quinta, to ready it for new owners. Volunteers from ELFA, Equipment Leasing and Finance Association will spend several hours on Sunday, October 23, 2016, working on the house, on Avenida Alvarado. Tasks will include painting interior and exterior and landscape clearing. The volunteers will have lunch at the site at noon and there will be a presentation of a $15,000 check to HFHCV.

- Palm Desert, CA, September 21, 2016 -

Habitat for Humanity Coachella Valley to Welcome Bank of America Volunteers for Clean Up Project
Bank of America volunteers will be working at a Habitat for Humanity Coachella Valley (HFHCV) existing home in La Quinta on Monday, starting at 8 AM. The prior owners have moved out of state and HFHCV is readying the home for new owners. The family will be selected by HFHCV according to income requirements. Interested individuals can get further information on the process by going to www.hfhcv.org. HFHCV recently received a grant for $5,000 for their home repair program.
Since 1989, Habitat for Humanity of the Coachella Valley has partnered with families in the Coachella Valley to build strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter, by building and rehabilitating homes throughout the valley. For more information, go to www.hfhcv.org, or call (760)969-6917.

Bank of America Volunteers for Clean Up Project

- Palm Desert, CA (12/16/14) -

Bank of America has awarded a $5,000 grant to Habitat for Humanity Coachella Valley to be used for 2 veterans' homes to be built in Palm Desert. This will enable Habitat to start pulling permits to start building. One of the homes is to be disability accessible. Palm Desert Housing Authority is making a donation of land to construct affordable homes that will be made available to veteran families of lower incomes.
"We are proud to support Habitat for Humanity Coachella Valley and their initiative to provide housing for our veterans," said Al Arguello, Inland Empire market president, Bank of America. "We share their mission of providing affordable housing for working families and military veterans, as well as the overall fight against homelessness in our community."
Habitat for Humanity Coachella Valley has been building houses in the desert since 1989. A Christian housing organization, Habitat is dedicated to building decent, affordable housing for low-income families. Thirty-two houses have been built so far throughout the Coachella Valley. Families are selected utilizing various criteria, by a committee, comprised of representatives of all the populations served. Our mission is to broaden access to affordable housing throughout the desert.


- JUNE -

Winewomen PSP Fundraiser
In June 2016, Winewomen PSP held their monthly dinner to benefit Habitat for Humanity Coachella Valley. A gourmet dinner by Chef Jerry Wesson, with appropriate wines from Organic Wine Exchange, was held at Louise's Pantry in Palm Desert. Winewomen PSP continues to be a great supporter of HFHCV!

HFHCV winewomenpsp June 2016 fundraiser


- MAY -

• Habitat for Humanity Named 'Brand of the Year' in Social Services Nonprofit Category Based on the 2016 Harris Poll EquiTrend® Study.

• Habitat for Humanity Coachella Valley Receives $25,000 Award From First Foundation Bank.

See more on these two stories in the May Press Releases (PDF).

Indio - 6th Annual Veterans Expo

HFHCV at Indio Veterans Expo

Follow-up (as PDF).

Habitat for Humanity CV is in need of funds to complete the two Veterans' homes, built in cooperation with the City of Palm Desert which donated the land. Since these are homes designed for special needs, adaptations need to be made. Please call 760-969-6917 to request further information.

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January 2016

Our thanks to Pacific Western Bank for their generous donation to the building of two homes for veterans in Palm Desert! We are grateful for the community support shown to this project.

Huge thanks to Daimler Trucks North America LLC conference for their recent donation of $2,540 donation to Habitat for Humanity of the Coachella Valley, Inc.

Funds raised at the Daimler Truck Summit 2016 held in January at the Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa, were presented to Marty Hartley, Executive Director, by Daimler Elite Support Team members Miranda Richardson and Tara Crane at the Habitat offices.

The Daimler representatives were particularly impressed to learn about the two Habitat homes designated for Veterans that are under construction in Palm Desert. Executive Director, Marty Hartley states, "This unexpected and most welcome donation will help install special access equipment needed for a disabled Vet in one of the homes. We are most appreciative that the Summit attendees selected the local Habitat for Humanity in the Coachella Valley as their designated charity."

December 2015

ReStore has a one-of-a-kind Christmas Tree.

Staff member Victor Gamino designed and decorated this unusual tree, utilizing items from the store: Light bulbs, nuts, nails and bolts, no less. All it takes is a great imagination!

Outward Bound in Palm Desert!

On December 4, 2015, 8 members of Outward Bound came over from their camp in Joshua Tree. They went to work cleaning the worksite at the Palm Desert veterans’ homes, in preparation for further construction. Then, an arts & craft project: cutting out ornaments for a donation Christmas tree in ReStore. After that, they returned to Joshua Tree for a climbing day at the Joshua Tree Rock. Yes, various rocks at the park are named for certain groups who come there often.

Outward Bound is the leading experiential education organization in the United States, with a national network of regional schools across the country. Their wide-ranging course offerings occur in the wilderness, and in the classroom, in cities and towns both close and far away. We are grateful for the day they gave us!

November 2015

Trinity Western University Volunteers Help HFHCV

Sixteen volunteers from Trinity Western University in Calgary, Canada came to the desert November 9 through 12! This is an annual trip, organized by Allan and Sylvia Kotanen, to work on Habitat projects. This year, they put in 3 days of labor on the veterans homes. After their hard work, the group then goes to the Grand Canyon, before heading home to Calgary. Our thanks to Allan and Sylvia for arranging this trip every year.

October 2015

October was a busy month for Habitat for Humanity.

The construction of the two Veteran homes in Palm Desert continues to progress. Last week the tiles were stacked on the top of each home in preparation for roofing. The installation of doors and windows comes next followed by stucco for the exterior. It's exciting to see the homes grow!

HFHCV ReStore Grand Opening Follow-up...

The Restore Grand Opening on October 24 was attended by hundreds of shoppers, Habitat supporters and volunteers. Visitors were treated to live music provided by Hot Purple Energy and food and drinks compliments of Target, Starbucks and First Bank. Eight lucky attendees walked away with valuable gift cards from Lowe's, Home Depot, Target, Restore and Starbucks.

September 22, 2015

The Vet Homes Go Up.
On Wednesday, September 16, a normally quiet street in Palm Desert was a blur of vehicles, people and equipment. By 7:30 a.m. nearly 100 volunteers from Home Depot Foundation and another 100 Habitat staff, volunteers, city officials and vendors had assembled to kick off the framing of two veteran homes and installation of beautification landscaping on four neighboring properties. At the end of the day, the two home were framed and drought-resistant landscaping was in place.

Upon completion, the houses will be sold at no profit, with a small down payment and zero-interest mortgage. One of the homes will be ADA compliant for a wounded veteran and his/her family.

Anyone interested in applying for one of the veteran homes being built in Palm Desert, can contact Habitat for Humanity Coachella Valley, (760) 969-6917.

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September 10, 2015 - Veterans Home Build Update

The Foundations are in!

CLICK HERE to see the Veterans Home Build Update as PDF.

Habitat for Humanity Coachella Valley, with Palm Desert and Home Depot Foundation to Build Two Veterans Homes

Palm Desert, August 18, 2015...Habitat for Humanity Coachella Valley (HFHCV) and its partners, the City of Palm Desert and The Home Depot have broken ground on 2 new, affordable homes on lots donated by the city for veterans and their families. The houses will be sold at no profit, with a small down payment and zero-interest mortgage. One of the homes will be ADA compliant for a wounded veteran and his/her family.

If you are interested in applying for one of the veteran homes being built in Palm Desert, or if you know of a veteran who may be interested, please call Habitat for Humanity Coachella Valley, (760) 969-6917. For more info CLICK HERE.

HFHCV News Archive

- June 2014 - July 2015 - (PDF)

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