Thursday, September 11, 2014

Bar tending for Cocktails in Havana 2014 at its finest

On August 22nd, the Real Estate Partners held their 4th Annual Cocktails in Havana evening.  This event has grown to become the second largest fundraising event for our affiliate and this year, there are rumors that net proceeds are near $60K.  This has yet to be confirmed since the final tally is being added up however, anyway you look at it, that is an impressive amount.  The first year, $11K were raised and the event has raised exponential amounts since then.  We are extremely grateful to Peter and Kristina Kalaydjian and Lupe Flores for their hard work, dedication and passion for Habitat for Humanity of Ventura County - thank you yet again.  You guys rock!

On that note, I would also like to give extra special kudos to my 2 cousins, Miguel and Chuy, for stepping up and bailing us out of a bind.  Other than the beer and hard liquor sampling, we had no barman to mix and serve drinks this year.  My cousins, who were on vacation here from Aguascalientes Mexico, offered to step in and volunteer.  This opportunity was a piece of cake for them since they both work at one of the most popular watering holes back in their hometown called "La Cantina".  In any case, Miguel and Chuy got busy as they proved they were certainly no fish out of water.  Peter told them his recipe for his famous "Jungle Juice" to which they picked up on right away.  No ingredients were written down at all.



During the evening, some attendees only wanted juice while others wanted mixed drinks and this resulted in uneven quantities of remaining ingredients.  So rather than closing up the bar, they began to do what they do best - they improvised.  They made their own jungle juices and margarita mixes by skillfully combining remaining juices or soda and liquor until all ingredients were gone.


Talk about being resourceful.  Not only did they use all ingredients wisely and evenly, they put out a tip jar and raised an additional $150 that went towards our mission.  These 2 gentlemen did an awesome job and I personally will be forever grateful to them.  I love these guys.  Gracias muchachos!  Los quiero mucho!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Huge Turnout and Huge Thanks at Our Latest Family Selection Orientations

After a nearly two-year-long wait, we at HfHVC are excited to announce that new construction on Cemetery Road in Santa Paula is underway! The lot will be the site for 8 future homes, and with our first two families already selected, we've begun the selection process for the following homeowners. Two Family Selection Orientations were held at the Santa Paula Community Center this past week to guide families through the processes necessary to become HfH homeowners.

The Orientations were massive successes with a total of nearly 200 families in attendance! Due to the efforts of our extremely capable volunteers and Family Selection Committee, both events went off without a hitch. A huge thank you to them and all those who attended the meetings!


Another thank you is in order to the Boys Team Charity of Conejo Valley for their help in posting flyers advertising the event in Santa Paula. You can check out the Ventura County Star article detailing their work here.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

A summertime hello to old followers and a hearty welcome to new readers! We are so excited to have you on our page, and hope you will follow along with our updates as we make strides in our new developments in Santa Paula. Habitat for Humanity of Ventura County broke ground on April 5th to build 8 new single-family homes on Cemetery Road, our largest development in over 10 years! St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church, Thrivent Financial and California Lutheran University have been instrumental in making this project possible, but any group that donates their time to Habitat for Humanity is composed of motivated individuals seeking to improve their community. 




While Ventura County is a opportune area to live in, with beautiful landscapes and weather, it is also a area with great need and families that could use the assistance of their neighbors and beyond. In addition to our home builds, our Preserving Homes efforts have served over 300 home repairs since 1983. Our Brush with Kindness program consists of home improvement projects that deliver lasting impact, on both the recipient and volunteers. Spending time with Habitat is a worthy and fulfilling experience that deepens community connections. 

If you have made it this far, consider joining with us in person in this new chapter. For upcoming volunteer dates, check back often to Building Homes, Changing Lives, and Habitat for Humanity of Ventura County's official event page at http://hfhvc.volunteerhub.com/Events/EventGroup/Summary.aspx?EventGroupID=18727

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Thank you to all our volunteers!

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and as we gather with family and friends, there are many things we give thanks for before sharing in the traditional meal of the season. One blessing we are very thankful for is each and every volunteer who has given their time and talent to aid in our fight against poverty housing. There is no greater gesture than the giving of our own personal time to stop and help others. At Habitat for Humanity of Ventura County, we do not take donated time for granted. 

The Wednesday Crew breaking for bread at noon
We are truly blessed and humbled to count on hundreds of generous, dedicated, selfless, hard-working volunteers. We appreciate each one of you - whether you are a member of our Wednesday Crew, Saturday Crew Lead, office or ReStore volunteer, student from a local high school or college, member of the corporate world, construction journeyman, sales associate at a local retailer, local business person, or anything else in between. You are all second to none, and you are the main reason this Habitat affiliate has enjoyed 30 years of success.

Thank you for your dedication, thank you for your time and thank you for your compassion! 

May you all enjoy a blessed, bountiful and peaceful Thanksgiving. 


Monday, June 24, 2013

Follow us on Instagram!

As most of you savvy readers have discovered, Instagram is one of the newer social media tools used to share snapshots of that one special, funny, exciting or heart-warming moment you want everybody to see.
THE Verizon Crew
In keeping up with the Joneses, we are proud to announce that Habitat for Humanity of Ventura County now has it's own Instagram account.  You can find us by tapping on the star symbol (bottom of the page, second icon from the left), followed by a tap on the magnifying glass (upper page, right side).  Then, under "Users" type in "habitat_venturacounty", tap on "follow" and that's it!  You can begin to enjoy our photos and now, thanks to an Instagram software update, 15 second videos
 
Make sure you follow us for great photos and videos!  And don't forget to smile for our camera.....

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

It's All About Thanks

I can never say thank you enough to all the volunteers, consultants, professionals and everyday folk that I have had the fortune of meeting while on the job.  We are truly blessed to have so many caring folks who have an interest in our work and in supporting our affiliate.

With that said, special thanks are in order for the 2 gentlemen pictured below.


This is Tito, our Site Supervisor (pictured on the left) and Juan Carlo, photographer extraordinaire for the VC Star (pictured on the right).  Tito is a bulldog and a go-getter and will not stop until the job is done.  Tito's can-do spirit is contagious and we are lucky to have him.  Thank you for being a member of our team.  I don't know much about photography except for the term "point and shoot".  But what I do know is that Juan Carlo is an artist.  His down-to earth style and sensibility are reflected in his work and we are very fortunate to have him capture life happening on our jobsites for the many readers of the VC Star.  Thank you for helping tell our story and for your support!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Landscape with a cause - The Surfrider Foundation

Last Saturday, volunteers installed an "Ocean Friendly Garden" (OFG) at the site of the home our affiliate repaired.  Not to shower our own selves with praise or anything, but the home preservation turned out wonderful, thanks to the City of Ventura, the Westside Community, OFG and ALL the volunteers that came out in full force to assist another deserving homeowner.


The folks from OFG have a really cool philosophy about water retention and we couldn't be more thrilled for the opportunity to have partnered with them on this home preservation project.  There is a true science to looking beautiful and being environmentally friendly.  We are grateful to Morrie, Laura, Tyrone, Paul and Jill for spearheading an exceptional effort that lead to a stunning result!


Last, but certainly not least, I would like to give a special shout out to Lori from the Westside Community Council (WCC) and to the WCC itself for treating volunteers to coffee and morning goodies from Django's.  Thank you Lori and the WCC!  If you are ever in Ventura's Westside, make sure you visit Maureen at Django's.  Their coffee and pastries are simply amazing!