2011 Lent Build: 40 Days of Building on Faith Culminates with a Local Family Receiving Keys to their new Habitat for Humanity Home
Draughan Family’s Home is One of Two Completed During Event
Los Angeles, CA – May 04, 2011: On Saturday, April 30th, Eric, Shemika and Jordan Draughan received the keys to their Habitat for Humanity home during a special home dedication ceremony. The home in Lynwood is one of two renovated homes that were completed during Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles’ (HFH GLA) first annual Lent Build. The forty days of building on faith kicked off in March on Ash Wednesday and is a testament to all that can be accomplished when congregations of all denominations and sizes come together to build. HFH GLA’s President and CEO and staff, the United Methodist Church District Leaders and members of the Los Angeles Faith Community were all on hand to welcome the Draughan family into their home.
“The Draughan’s are such a hardworking and vibrant family,” says Erin Rank, President and CEO of HFH GLA. “We are so thankful for all the volunteers that helped make our first Lent Build a success and making it possible for the Draughan’s to move into their home during the Easter season.”
During Lent Build 2011: 40 Days of Building on Faith, 28 congregations volunteered to build and renovate over 20 Habitat homes throughout Greater Los Angeles, two of which were completed. All of the homes will feature energy-efficient elements, lighting, heating and cooling systems, Energy Star® appliances, water efficient toilets and shower heads, water filtration systems, as well as native, draught-tolerant landscaping. Not only do these features make HFH GLA homes sustainable, but also affordable by keeping utility bills low for partner homeowners. Attendees at Saturday’s ceremony had the opportunity to take a home tour.
Previously Eric, Shemika and Jordan shared a 100 sq. foot room in Eric’s mother’s home in Long Beach. For the past two years Eric has worked as a security officer. The couple completed more than 300 hours of sweat equity on their home and continues to volunteer on other partner homeowner homes. Habitat for Humanity offers families like the Draughan’s a hand up, not a hand out, thanks to a volunteer workforce and the generosity of donors and supporters.
Volunteer opportunities are available Tuesday through Saturdays for individuals, or as a group in the HFH GLA office, ReStores and construction sites throughout Greater Los Angeles. No construction experience is necessary and volunteers can sign up online.
About Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (HFH GLA) strives to eliminate substandard housing through advocacy, education and partnership with families and individuals in need to build simple, sustainable and affordable housing. Since 1990, HFH GLA has built and renovated more than 690 homes locally and worldwide, transforming the lives of hundreds of individuals. HFH GLA is a GuideStar® Valued Partner. For more information, please visit http://www.habitatla.org or call 310-323-4663. Visit our blog at http://buildingagreaterla.blogspot.com
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