LOS ANGELES: Gordon's House dedicated at festive celebration[The Episcopal News, Diocese of Los Angeles] A quiet Westminster, California, neighborhood welcomed more than 200 visitors on January 16 for the dedication of "Gordon's House," a new family home built by the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles, the Henry T. Nicholas III Foundation, and Habitat for Humanity Orange County, beginning at the 2009 General Convention of the Episcopal Church.
The Diaz and Martinez-Moran families received the keys to their newly built duplex homes, a joint Episcopal-Lutheran housing project. To view a video of the event, click here.
Bishop J. Jon Bruno gave thanks for the efforts of Habitat for Humanity. He also thanked the Gordon's House donors, both of time and of financial assistance. Bruno prayed for blessings on the new homes, the families, and their new community of Westminster. Bruno said, "Allow our hands to continue to be hands in healing—reaching out touching the world."
Henry T. Nicholas III said, "I think it's important because we're building, not just homes, but communities. It's a blessing to have causes like this that do such great good in the world."
Grocery Outlet, a Habitat for Humanity partner, stocked the pantries of the homes. Giving the new homes a fresh and familiar start, Grocery Outlet also provided each of the families with a $100 gift certificate to purchase all their perishable items at a local grocer.
The Martinez-Moran family thanked the Nicholas Foundation and Habitat for Humanity for their help and hard work in building their new home. Their excited children expressed their own gratitude, yelling, "Thank you!" into the microphone during their family's presentation. Two of the Martinez-Moran children have the debilitating disease cystic fibrosis. This home is viewed as a saving grace—"a change in their environment," said Rosa Moran.
Pastor Richard Ross of St. Luke's Lutheran Church was the sponsor for the Diaz family in a "Faith Build." Thrivant Financial for Lutherans and The Lutheran Partnership have a longstanding relationship with Habitat for Humanity and were excited, Ross said, to partner with their Episcopal friends.
Adelle Yeaton continues to support the work of her late husband, the Rev. Gordon Yeaton, to whom the new home is dedicated. Yeaton was a longtime Habitat for Humanity supporter and a youth leader and educator in Orange County.
The Rev. Michael Archer, rector of St. Wilfred of York Episcopal Church, Westminster, and diocesan coordinator for the Gordon's House project, also continues to aid in raising funds for the home. Under his leadership, churches and individuals in the Diocese of Los Angeles raised more than $238,000 to fund the building.
The Martinez-Moran home was framed at the Anaheim Convention Center in early July. Building started on the Westminster site on August 10.» Respond to this article