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August 12, 1994 | BOB POOL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They've been hammering away for four days, those 100 volunteers working at a lot next to the Century Freeway south of Los Angeles. Most of them are rank amateurs who knew nothing about concrete forms or vinyl siding or plumber's tape a week ago. And most had certainly never set foot before in Willowbrook, where today they will finish constructing a new home for the Villegas family.
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October 29, 2007 | Lorenza Munoz, Times Staff Writer
For the last four years, Edgar Ruano and his wife, Carolina Morales, have slept on the pullout sofa bed in the living room of their one-bedroom Bellflower apartment. They reserved their only bedroom for their two children. But today they will begin building a three-bedroom, 2 1/2 -bath home in San Pedro through Habitat for Humanity's Jimmy Carter Work Project.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 18, 1994 | RICHARD DERK, Los Angeles Times
He had selfish motives, Tom Gleason admits now, when he first volunteered to work for Habitat for Humanity, the organization that shows folks how to build homes for themselves. Gleason, 55, wants to build a log cabin after he retires from the U.S. Postal Service and thought the Habitat project he read about in Pacoima would be a good place to learn the ins and outs of construction. That was two years ago. He's still volunteering but now works as much for others as for himself.
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March 21, 2007 | David Reyes, Times Staff Writer
When the work crews started pulling down the old buildings and barracks at the closed El Toro Marine base, they expected to find old appliances, faucets and hardware that, if they were lucky, might be worth salvaging. But the unexpected turned up: a painting of the flag-raising at Iwo Jima, mess hall recipes calling for pounds of butter for shortbread cookies, faded photographs and street signs bearing the names of fabled military battles such as Inchon and Midway.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 2, 1994 | CHIP JOHNSON
Two groups that assist residents who were left homeless or suffered damage in the Jan. 17 Northridge earthquake were among 19 Southern California recipients of $3.9 million in grants from a regional bank in San Francisco, bank officials said.
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April 26, 1995 | CARLA HALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two months before he becomes a volunteer carpenter for a week in Watts, former President Jimmy Carter was in Los Angeles on Tuesday, breaking ground for an ambitious project to swiftly construct 31 single-family homes that will be purchased by poor people. First, in a Downtown hotel and then on Santa Ana Boulevard, Carter praised the work of the nonprofit Habitat for Humanity. The organization is so synonymous with the former President that its annual centerpiece event is named for him.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 24, 1995 | CARLA HALL
Work had been horrible, his marriage was crumbling, so Tom Brennan decided to flee his job at a secondary mortgage company in Minnesota for a summer vacation doing something that would take his mind off his problems. He came to Los Angeles to build a house in six days. "I wanted to do something with a group of people that had a strong sense of focus," said Brennan, standing in a T-shirt and jeans in front of the house that he helped build on the Habitat for Humanity site in Watts.
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June 14, 1992 | MACK REED, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A spadeful of dirt from a vacant lot on Bliss Street was the beginning of something Francisco and Eloisa Rodriguez said they were too poor even to dream of--their own home. The Willowbrook upholsterer and his wife and two children helped break ground Saturday for the first of 100 houses that Habitat for Humanity International, a nonprofit home-building group led in part by former President Jimmy Carter, plans to build for the poor in Los Angeles by 1995.
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June 7, 1998 | PATRICK KERKSTRA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Clad in Nikes and designer jeans, they make an unusual--and tentative--construction crew. But the enthusiasm, if not the experience, was there. On Saturday, the project that several dozen high school students had conceived in August finally began taking shape. The teenagers started work on the frame of a house--a house that will soon be home to a low-income family--in a South Los Angeles neighborhood.
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October 29, 1992 | JULIO MORAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Like a religious tent revival, members and supporters of Habitat for Humanity, the Christian housing ministry that builds low-income housing, gathered Wednesday at a dirt lot in Pacoima to dedicate the site of its first project in the city with fiery calls for volunteers. Millard Fuller, the group's founder, opened his talk by leading the audience in a cheer, and then called the effort to build eight townhomes for low-income families a "wonderful demonstration of the value of partnership."
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August 1, 2005 | Fred Alvarez, Times Staff Writer
Flor Diaz wasn't expecting much from Corona's newest home improvement store. The Moreno Valley woman knew it had been opened by a nonprofit organization to subsidize home-building efforts for the poor, and she figured that at best she'd find secondhand items salvaged from the scrap heap. What she found instead was aisle after aisle of mint-condition merchandise, kitchen fixtures, gardening supplies and other unused items donated to Habitat for Humanity and offered at deep discounts.
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May 29, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
The founder of Habitat for Humanity, who was fired in January from the group that builds homes in 100 countries, unveiled a new organization that he said would continue his mission of building housing for the poor. Millard Fuller said the Fuller Center for Housing would work with charitable groups, including some Habitat for Humanity affiliates, on funding new housing. Fuller, 70, and his wife founded Habitat for Humanity in 1976.
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June 2, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Habitat for Humanity, the nonprofit group that builds low-cost housing, is opening a "theme park" at its world headquarters in Americus this week designed to give tourists a look at the world's worst slums. Millard Fuller, founder of the organization, said he expects the Global Village & Discovery Center to attract as many as 70,000 tourists in its first year. "Essentially, it's a theme park for poverty housing," Fuller said. "You'll come out of the center and walk right into a slum.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 31, 2001
Habitat for Humanity of Orange County on Sunday dedicated two homes built for low-income families in Brea. The homes are in the 300 block of South Walnut Avenue on land donated by the Brea Redevelopment Agency. Professional services, building materials and labor were also donated. Habitat for Humanity helps end substandard housing by building simple homes, sold to qualified low-income families for a 1% down payment and no-interest mortgage.
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November 24, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
Habitat for Humanity's ReStore will cut prices in half for a Dec. 1 year-end sale on refurbished doors, windows, carpeting, appliances and other home-improvement products, officials said. ReStore takes discarded items, repairs and sells them. Last year, ReStore recycled more than 500,000 pounds of merchandise, officials said. This year, it hopes to recycle 800,000 pounds. Proceeds from ReStore purchases go to the charity's programs to build housing for low-income families.
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November 18, 2001 | DAREN BRISCOE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They swapped their business suits for work duds and traded client lists for claw hammers. Thirty volunteers, gathered at a dusty North Long Beach lot, hitching at their jeans and squinting in the sun. They came to build. Most of them were Southern California employees of Merrill Lynch who had agreed to help Habitat for Humanity build three houses. It was part of a nationwide effort by the company to help the organization that seeks to provide homes for needy families.
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November 26, 1989 | PATRICK McDONNELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Just a few months ago, Andres Lara Lozano and his family lived in a dirt-floor residence of scrap wood and plastic. Now the 38-year-old minibus driver owns a new two-bedroom, cinder-block dwelling that he proudly displays to a visitor.
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August 9, 2001 | EDWIN CHEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
President Bush launched his crusade to foster community spirit and family values Wednesday, urging Americans to "help a neighbor in need." For his troubles, the president ended up with a bloodied finger. Accompanied by First Lady Laura Bush, the president set an example by spending an hour helping to build a Habitat for Humanity house in a dilapidated neighborhood near downtown Waco, the nearest city to the Bush ranch, about 25 miles away.
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October 7, 2001 | TIMOTHY HUGHES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Looking up at the grayish Piru sky, Jose Estrada wrapped his blistered hands around a section of wood framing Saturday and lifted it onto a set of bolts fastened to the cement foundation. Estrada's green work shirt, with his name stitched on the left pocket, dripped with sweat. His thick salt-and-pepper mustache sagged under the weight of more perspiration.
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October 3, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
Equipment and tools, including an electric saw used by volunteers to build homes for low-income families, were stolen from the Pacoima offices of Habitat for Humanity on Monday night, organizers said. The theft of several computers, a television, a VCR, a modem and the tools is being investigated by the Foothill Division of the Los Angeles Police Department.
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