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✩ A Fond Farewell to Retiring Executive Director, Dr. Sonja L. Yates ✩
A couple of weeks ago we spent a wonderful evening celebrating the career and legacy of Dr. Sonja L. Yates as she retired from San Gabriel Valley Habitat for Humanity. For those who joined us in Monrovia, thank you! I’m sure you’ll agree it was a special evening, and Sonja was so touched by your presence. For those who couldn’t make it in person, we all felt your spirit and well wishes.
Sonja forged deep relationships with so many of you during her work here, and your support in myriad ways has and continues to make our work possible. Sonja worked tirelessly to grow the capacity of our organization to assist as many as possible in achieving their dream of home ownership. My charge going forward is to continue to build on the strong foundation she and our wonderful team, and board of directors, have laid. I will step into her shoes, work equally as hard, and try my best to match her level of heart and compassion for our work.
I hope I can count on your continued investment in our community through the work of San Gabriel Valley Habitat for Humanity. Growing an organization to achieve even greater impact requires investment, and it is so rewarding to watch that investment help family after family achieve their dream of owning a home! If you have been inspired by Sonja’s work and achievements and would like to help build an even brighter future for the San Gabriel Valley, please consider a contribution to the Dr. Sonja L. Yates Fund, which will continue her legacy of building our capacity to help more hard working families.
Mark Van Lue
Questions? Call Sayaka Ota, Accountant, at (626) 387-6899 x14 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
All photos by Amanda White
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Thank you to the wonderful folks from Christ the Shepherd Church of Altadena for their continuous support and for providing a delicious lunch today. #WomenBuild 2017 at the #DesiderioHomes in Pasadena, CA
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Ice Cream Social honoring our latest homeowners who’ve made their last mortgage payment and welcoming our newest home buyers. This event was attended by staff, volunteers, homeowner families and their guests, a few wonderfully supportive local elected officials and lots of happy kids!