Holiday Success Story
You may remember the story of Crystal and Cesar Lucca, who lived at Park View Terrace for the past four years.
When they started with us, Crystal had no idea what a budget was. They had two kids and a third on the way, were saddled with debt, and the idea of home ownership was, at best, a fantasy.
No more! After years of taking financial courses, saving at least $84/month, working hard, and living on a tighter budget than they had ever thought was possible, the Lucca family moved into a townhouse in Poway.
They hope this will be the first of many holiday seasons they spend in a home they can finally call their own.
The Lucca Family is one of those stories that just speaks for itself and all we do here at Community HousingWorks. But if you want to know the whole story, read what the San Diego Union Tribune had to say about their success.
It’s guaranteed to warm you during this cold time of year.
Fun Times at FaceLift
Linda Pennington and her team have done it again! In October we gathered together 736 volunteers at Olive and 46th Street in City Heights for a solid six hours of digging up gardens, painting fences, and laying pavements. And did we mention that eyesore of a median that was cleaned up?
On top of which, another 140 volunteers showed up to help clean up the canyon and prep a property that underwent a major landscaping overhaul. Prominent among our supporters was UPS – the guys in brown. Not only did they make a significant financial contribution towards improving the neighborhood, but they also sponsored a team of their employees…and BOY did they work hard!
All this effort led to eight 40 yard dumpsters full of trash. Two more dumpsters were filled with recycleables, plus we recycled a mountain of metal and a couple of truck loads of TVs and electronics. And don’t forget all the toys and furniture that still had life in them that ended up at the Goodwill store! Final count, according to Linda, is 13 houses that got fully “Facelifted,” with an additional half-dozen that got partial improvements.
Special Kudos to landscape designers David Clarke (David Clarke Design) and Lisa Bellora (Ornamental Gardens by Lisa) for their abilities to transition a tired yard into a thing of beauty sporting drought-tolerant plantings and a design that looked like it came out of a magazine.
Check out these Before and After pictures!
Changing Reality, One Person at a Time
Today’s marketplace demands anyone with significant career aspirations must attend college.
Thanks to a new partnership between CHW and Reality Changers, seven Poway High School students attended the College Apps Academy last month.
They are now much further along the road to attending college than they ever might have been otherwise.
Headed by Christopher Yanov – recently named by San Diego Magazine as one of San Diego’s new civic power brokers – Reality Changers helps would-be first generation college students to translate their college aspirations into reality.
These efforts to improve their college applications and essays came at no cost to the seven students or their families. Our expectation is these kids will look back in about 20 years and realize that the four Saturdays they invested, and the hard work they’ll be putting in over the next four years, will combine as the foundation for them to build much more successful careers and lives than they might have otherwise had.
All because someone cared enough to help.