ReStores Now Open on Sundays, 10am - 4pm! 
Volume XXXIII, March 2016
Sam Diego Habitat for Humanity

We've got a new look! 
Habitat's website and our online volunteer management system, Volunteer Hub, have recently been updated.  New volunteers can more easily navigate their way to their preferred volunteer activity and date, and returning volunteers can still quickly get to Volunteer Hub to sign up for their next build experience!  

To access Volunteer Hub, please click on VOLUNTEER in the top menu on the San Diego Habitat website . Then click on RETURNING VOLUNTEER - SIGN UP HERE!

Helpful tip! To easily access Volunteer Hub, create a bookmark on your computer!
If you have any questions or need help signing into Volunteer Hub, please contact Rhea Stumm at 619-283-4663 x140 or

#CheckTheBox on your 2015 CA Tax Return to donate. 

Join us in building California! 
A big THANK YOU to our build partners who make homebuilding and neighborhood revitalization possible!
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Seeking to put God's love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope. 
KGB's Big Garage Clean Out at the ReStore
KGB's Coe Lewis, ReStore Director John Stockman, and Habitat President/CEO Lori Pfeiler
From March 7 - March 19, the Habitat ReStores in Escondido and Mission Valley were overwhelmed with donations of building materials and home furnishings from loyal listeners of KGB and the Bob and Coe Morning Show on 101.5FM!  KGB held its Big Garage Clean Out event in support of the ReStores, and Coe even joined us in Mission Valley on the 19th.  Thank you to everyone who came out to make this event a success!  Your ReStore donations directly support Habitat's mission of building homes, communities, and hope.
Neighborhood Revitalization 

Many of SDHFH's new construction sites are nestled into older neighborhoods that are in need of some attention and care. Neighborhood Revitalization (NR) efforts focus on the improvement of entire communities around new Habitat construction sites, and supporting families who already own their homes. SDHFH has implemented major multi-year NR efforts in the communities of Escondido and Imperial Beach, and will continue to work in neighborhoods where it builds new houses.

We build more than just houses - we build community.

As part of Neighborhood Revitalization, SDHFH partners with other community-based organizations to help neighborhoods become stronger, more vibrant places to live.  Together, we are not only addressing many complex housing challenges, we are changing the way we all think about housing and how to improve it for as many families as we can.

An array of housing solutions are offered through NR

Home repairs, weatherization, home preservation, and even wraparound family support services such as financial education referrals and home maintenance classes are all provided as a way to build stronger communities.  

For  more information about Neighborhood Revitalization or to apply for assistance, please contact Program Manager Anne Marie Conte at 619-283-4663 x128, or via email at .
Building a Habitat Legacy

Some of our supporters hammer and paint. Some give annual financial gifts to enable us to build better life stories. Some make charitable plans to support San Diego Habitat after their lifetime. By building a charitable legacy now, you will help build stability and self-reliance through shelter for decades to come. From making arrangements for a simple bequest to establishing a charitable remainder trust, planned gifts can allow you to have a level of impact you may have never thought possible. San Diego Habitat is able to accept a gift through any planned giving vehicle. Many of our donors find that in addition to the positive feelings that stem from helping someone in need, the tax benefits are extremely advantageous.
If you have already made arrangements in your will or trust to support San Diego Habitat for Humanity, please email so that we can make sure to honor your intentions in the following ways:
  • Inviting you to a simple and elegant annual event to connect with Habitat Homeowner(s) and like-minded donors
  • Including your name on San Diego Habitat's Legacy Society Support Beam
  • Inviting you on a tour of current construction projects (in-person or virtual based on mobility)
To become a member of San Diego Habitat's Legacy Society, take these easy steps:
  1. Decide on your gift.
  2. Consult your tax professional or estate attorney.
  3. Let San Diego Habitat know of your charitable intentions.
We do not require details, but would like to honor your intentions and recognize your tremendous generosity. Learn more by contacting Karen Begin at or 619-283-4663.

Did You Know? 
If you have reached age 70½ and are required to take a minimum distribution from your IRA, you can donate up to $100,000 each year to charitable organizations. The donation must be made directly from your IRA to the organization in order to qualify and avoid incurring income taxes. The IRA Charitable Rollover provision, established under the Pension Protection Act, was signed into law on December 18, 2015.
Sponsor Spotlight: National Association of REALTORS®

San Diego Habitat for Humanity is proud to have a partnership with the National Association of REALTORS®. Recently in El Cajon, over 100 REALTOR® volunteers installed siding and roofing, mounted indoor fixtures, and landscaped at the final two homes of Habitat's Foundation Lane Community.  The association also donated $50,000 to support the hard work of its REALTORS®

This effort was in conjunction with the with the  REALTORS® Conference and Expo, which was held at the San Diego Convention Center Nov. 13 - 16. The event is the largest trade show in real estate. 
A big thank you to the National Association of REALTORS® and the many smiling volunteers who came out to offer a hand up to a local, hardworking families. Habitat's mission of building simple, decent, affordable housing for local families in need is possible through the financial and volunteer support of partners like these.