Families in Los Angeles Receive Keys to their New Home

May 13th, 2020

Last year, Giveback Homes Members, including The Agency, Ryder Design, and Schneider Properties, fundraised and volunteered to physically help build affordable homes for families in Culver City. Thanks to Habitat L.A.’s essential construction crew, they’ve been able to finish construction on the ten-home community so that families could move into their new homes. 

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Welcome home, Dave!

We had the honor of meeting Dave during our Build Day with The Agency. Learn more here.

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Welcome home, Powell Family!

  

We had the honor meeting Mr. Powell during our Build Day with Ryder Design. Learn more here.

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Welcome home, Ko Family!

The Ko family can now, safely establish roots for their family, which includes their two-year-old daughter, Rhema. Both Chris and Jennifer Ko have lived in the West Los Angeles community for more than a decade and have lived in the Culver City area since they were married in 2013.

 

“If we could own a home through Habitat LA it might be easier for us to manage the chronic illnesses that are impacting our family, and of course it would provide our whole family with greater stability.”– Chris Ko

 

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Welcome home, Mulvihill Family!

Kaoru Mulvihill is a hardworking, single mother who shares a twobedroom apartment with her three sons, Trenton, 21, Mason, 18, and Kendall, 16. Her youngest son, Kendall, was born with lifelong physical challenges and is confined to a wheelchair. Their current apartment’s lack of wheelchair accessibility and steadily increasing rent led Kaoru to apply for a Habitat LA home.

 

“The feeling of seeing so many people who don’t know you come out to help build your home is pure love and a wonderfully surreal experience. To be selected for a wheelchairaccessible home in our hometown of Culver City is truly a dream come true.” - Kaoru Mulvihill 

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More families moved into their homes in the Willowbrook and Avalon Gardens areas of Los Angeles.

 

Meet the Harper Family 

 

Sharice Harper is a single mother to her seven year old son, Zahvier. Sharice has worked at the Department of Public Social Services as an eligibility worker for over 12 years. Zahvier is a second grader and plays football in a local league. They currently share a two-bedroom apartment with two other family members in the City of Inglewood. They have been selected for the front, three bedroom home at 93rd Street.

 

Shanice Harper was overwhelmed with emotion when she learned her family was selected for a Habitat home. "It gives us a chance to save, we'll have a chance to live. It won't be such a hard struggle trying to raise my son."

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The Magdaleno Family 

For the last 11 years, Elizabeth Magdaleno and her two sons, Francisco (21) and Nicholas (15), have lived in a one-bedroom apartment in Los Angeles. This living arrangement has grown more and more challenging as her boys are becoming young men.  The kitchen and the living room are one room, and they only have one bathroom and one closet. As an Eligibility Worker for the County of Los Angeles, and as a volunteer at her church, Elizabeth has experienced the joy of helping other families and giving back to her community. Now she has the opportunity to see her community give back to her.

 

“Owning a home is like a dream come true! My boys will enjoy their own room and their own space,” says Elizabeth. “I am extremely grateful for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles.”

 

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