First Two Homes are Dedicated at Hope Village
Habitat Fresno is extremely excited to announce the first two homes to be dedicated at Hope Village, our latest subdivision at Church and Laval avenues in Southeast Fresno (click here to download flyer). Hope Village consists of nine contiguous in-fill lots and was made possible because of a $845,000 award from City of Fresno Home/CHDO Funds. The groundbreaking was announced in 2013 at a press conference attended by Mayor Ashley Swearingen and Councilmember Sal Quintero.
The first home to be dedicated is a three bedroom, two bathroom home for Mai Yang and her two children. Mai and her family have been living with her cousin in extremely overcrowded conditions, where two families shared a two room apartment. Her new three bedroom home will give her family both the privacy and space they require to thrive. “This new home will be a place to build everlasting memories for my children,” she said.
Chue Xiong and Daisy Vang will soon be moving in their new four bedroom, two bathroom home. They, too, have been living with relatives and Daisy recently gave birth to her second daughter. Daisy was very dedicated in performing her “sweat equity” and never let her pregnancy stop her from doing her part in building her new home. The family is very happy that their new child will grow up in a safe, clean environment.
Tony Miranda, Executive Director of Habitat Fresno, said, “This group of families who will be living in Hope Village represent the American dream of homeownership coming true, the fruit of faithful supporters – from individual donors, to churches, civic groups, local businesses, and to the City of Fresno. They are a wonderful compliment to the existing neighbors and neighborhoods.”
Hope Village is located only a mile away from the Little Long Chang subdivision where Habitat completed nine homes two years ago. Hopefully these two subdivisions will bring a strong and positive ripple effect to a previously neglected area in Southeast Fresno.
Randy Kammerer: Habitat Fresno Board Treasurer
Randy has served on the Habitat Board of Directors since October 2013, and is the current Board Treasurer. Randy is currently the Vice President and Credit Administrator at Premier Valley Bank, a community based bank with nearly $600 million in assets.
Randy’s professional qualifications make him an excellent fit for the Habitat Fresno Finance Committee, which he chairs, and he also manages the Loan Committee where he manages the underwriting of the bank loan portfolio. As our underwriter, Randy qualifies potential Habitat homeowner families’ ability to pay their mortgage. Randy also provides training to families on banking and he leads our strong partnership with the Federal Home Loan bank! “We are committed to work with partner families to ensure that the experience of long term home ownership is positive and successful,” he said.
Randy received his BS in Business Administration/Risk Management from California State University, Fresno, where he was a member of the Fresno State Golf Team and was Chapter President of the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity. He also is a graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking School.
Thank you, Randy, for your incredible commitment to Habitat Fresno!
ReStore Volunteer: Gene Schneider
There are not too many dedicated volunteers like Gene Schneider, and ReStore is very lucky to have him on the Habitat team. Gene has been volunteering at ReStore for eight years, starting out when it was still located at the old winery building. Prior to that, he volunteered at Crossroads, our subdivision at Fruit and Jensen.
A native of Illinois, Gene moved to California when he served in the Navy and has been here ever since. He recently lost his wife of 51 years and knew he had to do something meaningful to keep himself busy. So, in addition to volunteering regularly at ReStore, he has applied to the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project which will be sponsoring a week long build in Nepal. This event is part of Habitat Nepal’s ambitious goal of helping 100,000 Nepali families have decent shelter by 2016.
Gene will leave for Nepal in November and will be accompanied by his wife’s niece. After they complete the build, they will tour the area for another week. Each volunteer must pay all their own expenses which Gene figures will cost him about $6,000. That is true dedication! Asked why he enjoys volunteer work, Gene said, “California has been good to me and I have been so fortunate in my 51 years here. Giving my time is the least I can do to repay the community.”
To help support Gene’s journey to Nepal, please click here to donate.