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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 4, 2005 | Fred Alvarez, Times Staff Writer
These are supposed to be the golden years, when the days poke along at a leisurely pace and the toughest task involves putting bait on a fishing hook. So why, at age 64, is Elden Sandy working so hard? It's partly because he has worked hard all his life as an electronic engineer at the Point Mugu Navy base in Ventura County. But it's also because the Camarillo resident is pushed by his faith, driven by a belief that he should be of service to others.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
REAL ESTATE
June 17, 1990 | LESLIE BERKMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Last winter, David Avila, a janitor at a McDonald's restaurant, his wife, Maria, and their five children were living in a tiny shack in Riverside. The place was so cramped that some of the children slept in parked cars. There was one lamp for light and a bare concrete floor. The family used an outhouse for showers and toilets. But those hardships are over for the Avila family.
NATIONAL
September 6, 2005 | From Associated Press
Habitat for Humanity is laying the groundwork for its largest construction project yet, a blitz build of thousands of homes along the Gulf Coast for people left homeless by Hurricane Katrina. Operation Home Delivery is expected to start later this month in Jackson, Miss., where volunteers will assemble housing frames and put them on trucks bound for Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi, the organization said.
NEWS
March 11, 1993 | ROBYN LOEWENTHAL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
As spring break approaches, many students at Cal Lutheran University are looking forward to a vacation. But those hanging around with 66-year-old Mark Mathews of Westlake had better be prepared for some back-breaking work. Thirteen students are volunteers with the CLU Habitat for Humanity International chapter established in 1990.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 29, 1998 | ESTHER SCHRADER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It is 10 years since Habitat for Humanity began building affordable homes in Orange County for the working poor. And what does the nonprofit have to show for its time? Meet Michelle Ewing. "I've been praying for my own home ever since my husband left me with two kids to bring up," the disabled sign language interpreter said, sitting in the garage of the answer to her prayers--a three-bedroom duplex in Irvine. "I want to be here the rest of my life.
NATIONAL
December 7, 2005 | Scott Gold, Times Staff Writer
City officials and artists who call New Orleans home announced Tuesday that they would team with Habitat for Humanity to build a village for musicians chased from their homes by Hurricane Katrina. The alliance, which includes the Marsalis family and Harry Connick Jr., will use $1 million in seed money generated by two recent concerts in New York to launch the development.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 2, 1993 | BRENDA DAY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Habitat for Humanity is preparing to build a house in Thousand Oaks for a low-income family to buy with a no-interest loan, the first such project since the Ventura County chapter of the nonprofit group started 10 years ago. Thousand Oaks officials have committed up to $80,000 to buy land for the project. Land costs represent the single largest expense blocking home ownership for low- and moderate-income families in Ventura County, organizers said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 24, 2000 | MARGARET TALEV, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Over the years, Habitat for Humanity has often been known for building one home at a time. But now the group is going full steam ahead on an ambitious 22-home subdivision for low-income families in this rural enclave east of Fillmore still rebuilding from the 1994 Northridge earthquake.
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