Archive for Habitat

Habitat Volunteer Report

Last month, members of our OpenCircle young adult group and other Los Altos UMC members worked together to improve the Habitat for Humanity veterans shelter in San Jose. A full day of work involved adding seismic strapping, furring shear walls, digging dry wells, and weed abatement. The 1920s-era buildings have been renovated in partnership with the city of San Jose to serve veterans who are disabled, homeless or facing addiction issues. A special dog bathing station is included for vets with pets. Each room has its own heating and cooling system. Habitat can still use your help. If you would like to help with this ongoing project through our All Faiths team, visit the Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley website and volunteer sign-up page for further details.

New Habitat for Humanity Build Dates

Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon ValleyHabitat for Humanity has announced a few more work days for the All-Faiths team at the Delmas House in San Jose. Volunteers ages 16 and up are needed for July 16, August 13 and October 22. Please use the links below to sign up.

July 16

August 13

October 22

If you have a group interested in scheduling a Saturday painting day during the summer, please contact Don Varney.

Another Habitat Success

Habitat family new houseOn January 10, volunteers from LAUMC as well as other local churches in the Habitat for Humanity All Faiths group began the demolition efforts on a “gut and rebuild” home in San Jose. Weekend efforts were coordinated over the past few months, including LAUMC volunteers, culminating in the dedication ceremony on May 1. The Palm Street, San Jose, home went from being the blight of the neighborhood to a sparkling new home in just 4.5 months. During the emotional dedication, the family members were given a hammer in recognition of their ‘sweat equity’ efforts, a Bible, and the symbolic key to their new home, prompting the husband to fall to his knee in gratitude. It was a joyous day recognizing another successful build and the celebration of a deserving family’s new home.

Would you like to be part of this story next time? Come be a volunteer on our next Habitat project. Contact Rick Arnesen for details.