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Making A Difference TOGETHER - November 2020
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Welcome Home!!
Habitat's mission to put God's love into action was accomplished at the dedication of three homes on Barcus avenue just west of Highway 99 in early October. 

The pandemic didn't slow the celebration as friends, family, and neighbors participated in a car parade for the dedication. Supporters helped Habitat Greater Fresno Area live out our purpose of bringing people together to build homes, communities, and hope.

Take a moment and watch the celebration in action, and welcome the Sims, Dorn, and Sardenetas families to their new homes. 

A big thank you to the City of Fresno, Central Community Church, Wells Fargo, and Noble Credit Union, for providing the support needed to make the project even possible.
Will Sims walks through the front door of his new home after the official key passing.
Volunteers Making A Difference!
On Saturday, October 10, more than 25 volunteers and future homeowner families and friends gathered across multiple Habitat project sites to finish up work on homes for four very deserving families.
 
The Camacho, Xiong, MaiLee Yang, and Vang families had five to eight people (following social distancing precautions) working on painting the exterior of their future homes, along with preparing for fencing by digging post holes around the properties.
 
“Volunteering has always been something important to me. Especially now during the pandemic, anything I can do to help our community brings me so much joy. I love getting to show people that even during these difficult times, we can come together. Not even the pandemic can stop the awesomeness of helping others!” said Habitat volunteer, Dana Irola.
 
The families will be moving into their homes in just weeks!
Elizabeth Flores-Perez paused to say "cheese" as she does some touch-up painting on the Vang family home.
Melissa Vargas is determined to paint the entire exterior wall on the Xiong family home before she leaves!
Volunteer painting away on Mrs. Woods' home.
Nothing a lot of elbow grease can't fix!
On a Saturday morning in October, eighteen volunteers from East Fresno Rotary, Scholars in Service, and Buchanan High School's Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter transformed the exterior of a house in the Tower District. Ruth Woods, the 84-year-old owner of her 1927 home, was the recipient of a sponsored Paint Day by our friends at East Fresno Rotary.

The condition of the home's exterior was in great need of some TLC since years of exposure to extreme heat, cold, and rain resulted in the home's wood trim developing rot. The amazing team of volunteers was able to remediate the flaking lead paint chips, and over two days, had hand washed the entire home because the exterior siding consisted of asbestos tiles. Work will continue on the broken siding in place, which will require replicating the siding and patching holes and cracks without removing any of the asbestos tiles. 
 
The Home Preservation team has more in store for Mrs. Woods' home in the coming weeks with a major roof repair to stop the leaking when it rains, a new water heater, and accessibility improvements to really allow for her to enjoy every part of her home. 

A big thank you to East Fresno Rotary for sponsoring the repairs on Mrs. Woods home.

To learn more about our Home Preservation program or to find out how to refer someone in need, click here.
Jerry Kelzer (center), takes a moment to pose for a photo with Habitat volunteers.
We are here for you!
Jerry and Angie Kelzer met many years ago while Jerry was serving in the war. He told us that he’s proud to be Angie’s husband and that she is known for her passion to give and help people. For 45 years, Jerry and Angie have lived in the same home in Madera.

As a veteran, Jerry has lived a disciplined lifestyle and has concentrated on his health and physical abilities. He’s run several races, including triathlons, across California over the years. Due to medical issues, Jerry has not been able to be as active as he normally would be, so when a few things around the Kelzer’s yard needed to be taken care of, Habitat's Acts of Kindness was able to lend a hand. 

Our volunteers assisted Jerry in cutting down a couple of small trees, hauled wood away, as well as removed heavy rocks from his yard. Jerry shared that our volunteers left a great impression on him and he was very grateful and impressed with the amount of work they were able to complete in a short amount of time. The feeling was mutual. Our volunteers found that working with Jerry on this project was very satisfying and they were proud to assist him. This type of community work reminds us how important it is to love and help our neighbors.

Need assistance or know someone who does?
If you, or anyone you know who might need assistance around the home, learn more about our Acts of Kindness program by clicking here.
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