There are many wonderful things happening in Fresno and Madera counties and we can hardly contain ourselves! Click one of the links below for our archived newsletters.
October 12, 2019
FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- Three families are spending the night in their brand new homes thanks to Habitat for Humanity Greater Fresno Area and several other supporters. The properties are all located on Barcus near Polk in Northwest Fresno....
Habitat for Humanity operating as normal during COVID-19 pandemic
April 08, 2020
FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- Despite seeing a huge drop in cash donations, Habitat for Humanity Greater Fresno Area continues to operate as normal. The non-profit remains dedicated to the community, building homes for low-income families while maintaining its ReStores.
Habitat for Humanity Greater Fresno Area expanding into new territory
January 15, 2020
ABC 30 | Christina Davies
MADERA, Calif. (KFSN) -- On Wednesday morning, a ceremony was held to launch the construction of five new homes in Madera. The plot of land is off of Washington Avenue and Malone Streets. Andy Medellin, the mayor, is excited to see homes built on the plot of land finally. "I can't wait for families to say for the first time 'This is my home,'" he said. Medellin explained this is the first development of its kind in the city. According to Habitat for Humanity, this project costs around $1.2 million.
Angels come to homeowner's rescue
January 01, 2020
By Tami Jo Nix | Madera Tribute
A house on Lemon Avenue in the new section of Parkwood is enjoying a breath of fresh air thanks to a bit of a facelift from a famous community-aide organization. Single mother and homeowner Charlotte Morris moved into a relatively new house in 2007. She worked in the San Jose area and stayed with family throughout the week but would come home on weekends. Ten years later, tragedy struck and Morris, 54, was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer in 2017...
Just in time for Christmas: new Habitat for Humanity homes for two families
December 23, 2019
By John Walker | Fresno Bee
For the Johnson and Loza families, Christmas came early in new homes in Clovis, made possible through Habitat for Humanity Greater Fresno Area. Dedication and key passing ceremonies came Monday morning.
Fresno EOC and Habitat for Humanity partner for student success
December 11, 2019
By Shayla Girardin | ABC30
FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- A new partnership between Habitat for Humanity and Fresno EOC is helping aspiring homeowners while providing on the job training for students working toward a career in construction...
Solving the Rubik’s cube of affordable housing is possible
November 15, 2019
By: Matthew Grundy | Fresno Bee | Opinion Article
Access to safe and decent housing is a basic human need. Everyone deserves a secure place to live and raise their family. Yet owning, or even renting, a place to call home is increasingly out of reach for the average Californian....
Habitat for Humanity remodels Fresno grandmother's unlivable home
November 14, 2019
By Claudette Stefanian | Fresno Bee
FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- A Fresno grandmother, who just a few months ago was depressed and living in a home with numerous problems, received the gift of a lifetime today. Rosemary Burgos was overcome with emotion and shock as she stepped into her newly remodeled home...
Habitat opens it's 3rd ReStore in Madera!
September 21, 2019
Aiming to extend its tent pegs by putting God's love into action, Habitat for Humanity Greater Fresno opens its newest ReStore in Madera CA. Here we will add to the local tax base, employ Madera residents, divert thousands of pounds of materials from local landfills, and sell new and gently used home goods and construction products to help fund the mission of building homes, communities and hope in the Valley...
It was a burned-out, vacant store
May 13, 2019
BY BRIANNA CALIX of the Fresno Bee
By next year, a corner in southwest Fresno where a vacant, burned-out convenience store once stood will be home to four families with young children who will help build their new homes themselves.
Building community, making dreams come true
January 01, 2019
Featured Spotlight - Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco
Sandra Gonzalez vividly recalls the surprise and excitement she felt the morning she learned that her family had been selected to be a partner family for the brand-new Habitat for Humanity Rialto Ranch subdivision in Clovis, California. It was her father, Salvador Gonzalez, who saw a television ad for the opportunity and put in an application.
Habitat for Humanity and De Young Properties make dreams come true
August 01, 2018
By Tomas Kassahun - Clovis Roundup
Habitat for Humanity Fresno County partnered with De Young Properties to help a Clovis family achieve its dream of homeownership. Volunteers and staff members from the two organizations came together on Saturday, July 28 to install energy efficient Anlin windows on the Johnson family’s new home. Click the button to read more...
Rural development - two Valley families receive keys to new homes
July 12, 2018
RIVERDALE, Calif. (KFSN) --
Two Valley families received the keys to their brand new homes Thursday in the Fresno County community of Riverdale. With assistance from organizations like Habitat for Humanity and Self Help they are now first-time homeowners. Today is particularly special for the Spencer family, whose son has cerebral palsy.
To see the full story and video click below...
Volunteering at Habitat for Humanity Greater Fresno
May 08, 2018
FRESNO, Calif. - See the great work that volunteers do at Habitat for Humanity Fresno County. Why the organization is all about a hand up, not a hand out. We talked with local volunteers about how helping families build their own homes is so fulfilling. Click the button for the full story.
Non-profits build affordable housing in Riverdale
February 19, 2018
RIVERDALE, Calif. (KFSN) --
Construction workers are hard at work building houses in the community of Riverdale. The building materials include wood, nails, and love.
One of the eleven affordable houses is now under construction which will go to low income, working families in need of a place to call home. All of this made possible by a partnership between Fresno Counties Habitat for Humanity and Self Help Enterprises.
Habitat for Humanity: a partnership, a promise
August 11, 2017
By Donald Promnitz | The Business Journal
Habitat for Humanity International, the worlds largest private nonprofit homebuilder, has been working hard at making homes in the Central Valley, and in doing so, it has been building partnerships in the community. "Housing is a basic need" said Habitat for Humanity's Fresno County CEO Matthew Grundy. Safe housing is a basic need, and in Fresno County there's a shortfall of 33,000 affordable home units...
Thumbs up to Habitat Fresno
July 22, 2017
By John Walker | Fresno Bee
Thumbs up to the City of Clovis and Habitat for Humanity for providing three families with new homes within a year. The recipients, who received the news with laughter and tears were Xiong Lee, Mher Karapetyan, and Wallpor Yang Families. The homes are a dream come true...
Habitat for Humanity named 'Brand of the Year' in Social Services Nonprofit category based on the 2016 Harris Poll EquiTrend® Study
April 20, 2016
ATLANTA | PRNewswire-USNewswire
Habitat for Humanity has been named "Brand of the Year" in the social services nonprofit category based on the 2016 Harris Poll EquiTrend® Equity Score. This is the second consecutive year the global nonprofit has been recognized for its strength in brand equity...
Habitat for Humanity surprises new families
July 18, 2017
By Evan Onstot | Central Valley Today
CLOVIS, Calif. - It's not a handout, it's a hand up.
That's the philosophy behind Habitat for Humanity, and it's a philosophy celebrated Monday by the Clovis city council.
Three families were there, simply expecting to learn more about the non-profit's application process. Instead, all three learned their lives were about to change."We want to be the first to let you know," said local Habitat CEO Matthew Grundy, "that you have been selected to be partners in the Rialto Ranch subdivision. So all of your families will have homes soon," he said to cheers...
Habitat for Humanity to open a ReStore in NW Fresno
October 01, 2016
By BoNhia Lee, Fresno Bee
Habitat for Humanity Fresno County is opening a ReStore in Fresno – its second location in the area. The nonprofit home improvement store and donation center sells new and gently used furniture, appliances, home accessories and building materials at discount prices. It is a DIYers dream and a handyman or woman’s thrift shop. “You can pick up things that people think are junk,” said customer Teena Sears of Clovis, who likes to repurpose metal and wood shelves. “It’s a great way to reuse items that are thrown away.” And it’s for a good cause, Sears said. “I think it works for everybody...”
Thumbs up, thumbs down
November 27, 2015
BY THE EDITORIAL BOARD
Thumbs up to Habitat for Humanity Fresno for turning over the keys to Carlos and Ana Flores and their family recently. It was the 131st home built here for a fortunate family. The house is in the Hope Village subdivision at Church and Laval avenues in southeast Fresno. The home, sponsored by Wells Fargo, has 1,300 square feet, three bedrooms and two bathrooms. It is a big step up from their current housing, which the parents say is so unsafe they don’t let their little girls, ages 3 and 5, go outside to play. The experience has inspired the parents to learn to do more lucrative jobs so they can meet their financial needs and repair their own home...
January 01, 2020
BoNhia Lee, Reporter, Fresno Bee - Photos taken by: Eric Paul Zamora, Fresno Bee
Choua Vang remembers the first night her family slept in the new southwest Fresno home they built nearly eight years ago through Habitat for Humanity. Vang, the oldest of nine children, finally got her own room at age 21. Her brother got one, too, while the younger sisters shared.
A Habitat housing coordinator and her husband donated new beds to the family, but the big living room in the five-bedroom home was the most inviting.
“We all grabbed pillows and blankets and slept in the living room for the first two nights,” Vang said. “We were so excited.” The Vangs are one of 129 Fresno County families that have achieved the American dream of owning a home with the help of Habitat for Humanity Fresno County. The Christian housing ministry this month is celebrating its 30th anniversary...
Wells Fargo donates $100k toward In-Fill project
September 30, 2016
What's this item about? What makes it interesting Wells Fargo, a long time partner of Habitat for Humanity Fresno County has done it again. Their most recent act of generosity included a surprise $100k donation during new Executive Director Matthew Grundy's welcome reception.
"What an amazing way to be greeted by such an exemplary organization" Matthew stated. He went on to say, "we will honor this act of love by being great stewards of the donation, and put it towards the construction of two in fill lots near downtown Fresno."
To date Wells Fargo has contributed over half a million dollars to the local efforts of Habitat Fresno and is a continued example of what true community collaboration is all about.
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