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December, 2014 - In This Issue
Thirteen families received keys to the homes they built in the Parksdale subdivision of Madera. By working together, these families completed the construction of their homes and achieved the dream of homeownership. The completion of the 13 homes brings a total of 100 homes to Parksdale since the first self-help houses were constructed in 1970. 

This year, Self-Help Enterprises celebrated 50 years since the organization was incorporated by a group of visionaries who helped three low-income families build their own homes in Goshen, CA.

To commemorate the milestone anniversary, Self-Help Enterprises held a celebration in June, which also honored retired CEO Peter Carey. Speakers shared stories about the organization's rich history throughout the memorable evening.

Over the last 50 years, Self-Help Enterprises has helped over 6,000 families build their own homes, rehabilitated over 6,200 homes, developed over 1,300 units of rental housing, put over 6,000 families on the road to successful homeownership, and has provided technical assistance to over 100 small communities working to provide safe drinking water and sanitary wastewater infrastructure. These activities have established Self-Help Enterprises as the nation's leading housing and community development organization.

As Self-Help Enterprises' efforts have expanded in the San Joaquin Valley, a new mission statement was adopted this year to better reflect the organization's broader sense of community and our work:   


Working together with low-income families to build and sustain healthy homes and communities.  


We look forward to the next 50 years and the impact we'll have in the communities we serve.  
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We hope you'll bookmark the link and share it with your friends and family. We appreciate the support you provide Self-Help Enterprises in our mission to work together with low-income families to build and sustain healthy homes and communities. 


In 2014, over 7,400 total hours were contributed by volunteers who committed time, resources, and energy to help low-income families in need of safe, affordable housing.  


Amongst the volunteers, Self-Help Enterprises hosted students from Midland School, Dunn School, Rotary Youth Exchange and UC Berkeley as well as members from the Anglican Diocese and Christ Lutheran Church in Santa Clarita, CA. In June, Self-Help Enterprises sponsored a successful volunteer effort to highlight NeighborWorks Homeownership Month with 75 volunteers from the Tulare County Association of Realtors, an organization of real estate professionals serving Tulare County, who worked alongside participants on construction of self-help homes in Reedley, CA.


We are incredibly grateful to all our volunteers for contributing their time to help families achieve the dream of homeownership.

This holiday season, children participating in the after school programs across Self-Help Enterprises' apartment rental communities are getting into the holiday spirit through arts and craft activities.

Activities included a Christmas party to kick-off the holiday season, embellishing ornaments, decorating nutcrackers with beards and gold trim, making Santa and elf mittens, and painting picture frames and jewelery boxes that the children will give to their parents as gifts on Christmas morning.

These activities enrich the children and help them grow social and cognitive skills while developing lifelong interests. We invite you to visit our Resident Pit Stop Blog to learn more about the fun, creative and educational activities our residents enjoy.
Bank of the West has awarded Self-Help Enterprises a $1,300 Expanding Homeownership Opportunities through Individual Development Accounts grant. Bank of the West generously contributed a total of $13,750 this year to support Self-Help Enterprises' homeownership counseling and education program, which prepares prospective homebuyers to become responsible and sustainable homeowners through comprehensive in-person and online classes. In 2014, nearly 350 individuals and families participated in Self-Help Enterprises' Homeownership Counseling and Education program.
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