HomeAid, Pardee Homes Celebrate Renovation of Domestic Violence Shelter Serving Families in Santa Clarita Valley
Volunteers donated more than $50,000 in labor, materials and furniture
SANTA CLARITA, Calif., February 10, 2012 - The Santa Clarita Valley Domestic Violence Shelter has reopened after a major renovation effort spearheaded by HomeAid Los Angeles/Ventura and Pardee Homes, officials announced today.
The announcement came during a ceremony thanking the national non-profit organization that provides housing for temporary homeless families, the award-winning homebuilder company, the many area building trade companies that donated their time and materials and others who contributed to the renovation of Clara's Dream, the shelter operated by the Santa Clarita Valley Domestic Violence Center.
"Thanks to the generous donations of money, time, materials and furniture from our friends in the Santa Clarita Valley, we now have a shelter that provides a warm and loving environment for families who need emergency shelter," said Pamela Braly, chair of the center's board of directors. "We want to give a very special thank you to HomeAid for taking on this project and to Pardee Homes for being the builder captain of the renovation effort."
"Since 1990, HomeAid of Los Angeles and Ventura has contributed millions of dollars in building or renovating shelters all across the region," said Joyce Mason, HomeAid board president and Pardee Homes vice president of marketing. "Today, we celebrate another effort that will help the victims of domestic violence rebuild their lives, reclaim their self-sufficiency, and rediscover their future."
Clara's Dream was named for Clara Stroup, the founder of the Domestic Violence Center and a community volunteer. Stroup's dream was to have a shelter house in the SCV for abused families to go to in time of need. The Santa Clarita Domestic Violence Center, which receives more than 1,000 calls a year and provides more than 600 shelter visits to women and families in need, embarked on the renovation effort almost a year ago with a fund-raising drive.
Since it opened the shelter more than 20 years ago, the Domestic Violence Center was unable to make desired improvements to better accommodate families or improve the facility's overall operation. A fund-raising effort launched in March 2011 garnered nearly $38,000. As a HomeAid project, the renovation was managed by professional builders and enhanced through donations by sub-contractors. The renovation, valued at more than $50,000, included a room expansion, new roof, new cement pads around the outside of the house, new carpeting and electrical fixtures, new closet fixtures, better insulation, new kitchen appliances, painting, new windows and much more. The work also accommodated an additional bed.
Energy saving materials and equipment were used in the renovation of this home; this means significantly reduced energy costs, said Ralph Pistone, Pardee Homes vice president of construction. Clara's Dream was one of the first in the country to benefit from an energy efficiency grant provided last year by WalMart to HomeAid America for energy upgrades at shelter projects across the United States.
Attending today's ceremony were Santa Clarita City Councilmember Laurene Weste, who helped the Center with fund-raising efforts, and a representative of Assemblyman Cameron Smyth, honored last year for his support of the Domestic Violence Center, as well as Holly Schroeder, executive director of the Building Industry Association of Los Angeles/Ventura.
A list of contractors and others who contributed to the shelter renovation project is attached. For more information about the Santa Clarita Valley Domestic Violence Center, visit www.dvcsantaclarita.com or call 661-259-8175.
HomeAid is a leading national non-profit provider of housing for today's homeless. The organization builds and renovates multi-unit shelters for America's temporarily homeless families and individuals while they rebuild their lives. The HomeAid Los Angeles/Ventura chapter partners with the Building Industry Association of Southern California and its builder-members and associate members. HomeAid works with care providers that offer the necessary life-changing support and skills for the 82,000 temporarily homeless in Los Angeles and Ventura counties. For more information about HomeAid, call 818.889.9494 or visit www.homeaidlaven.org
About Pardee Homes
Established in 1921, Pardee Homes is one of the nation's most prominent multi-regional builders. Noted for lifestyle designs that also feature energy efficiency, advanced technologies and other sustainable concepts, Pardee Homes is active in California's San Diego, Inland Empire and Los Angeles/Ventura regional markets, and in Las Vegas. The company emphasizes master-planned communities that include schools, parks and preserved open space, and has earned wide recognition for quality construction, customer service, green and sustainable building practices and dedication to the educational and civic goals of the communities in which it builds. See: www.pardeehomes.com.
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