The Habitat Enriched Neighborhood Model relies on the partnership of other local and regional nonprofits and caring corporations and small businesses to work with Habitat to provide no cost social and educational support to the families six months before moving into their new homes and 12+ months afterwards. Below are some examples of these important community partners:
The San Fernando Learning Center is a program of the Valley Economic Development Center designed to provide local residents access to technology, information, and education that include workshops on basic computer skills, job placement assistance, and other topics. These programs are augmented by those of the Employee Development Department of the City of Los Angeles, along with resume writing, dressing for interviews, job search and obtainment skill seminars presented by Valley Interfaith Council and Independent Living Center.
Local banks, including Citibank, offer classes in Money Matters; Keeping Track of Your Money; Budgeting Basics; Planning a Budget; How to Raise Your Credit Scores; How to Save for College and workshops for teens and children as well.
Issues of insurance and home safety are presented by State Farm.
Another integral part of our Enriched Neighborhoods is to ensure that all families have access to heath care insurance to the extent possible. To this end, North Valley Health Corporation is asked to make an annual visit to our low-income working families to ensure that all those not covered by other insurance that are eligible for this program are educated about it and assisted in accessing its full potential.
Porter Ranch Dental Studio does an annual on-site visit to provide dental screenings and inform our residents about dental hygiene and area clinics that can provide free or low-cost dental care to their families.
Kaiser Permanente helps us to ensure our residents know their risks and understand the importance of proper nutrition and exercise. They offer on-site bi-lingual health education programs and provide resources and referrals for free screenings and medical care.
These programs in nutrition are supplemented with programs to ensure access to good food—Pacoima Beautiful and The Million Tree Project provide assistance with trees and planting in our urban vegetable garden and fruit tree grove.
Educational programs, such as tutoring, computer training, and art are presented by our many Youth United Chapters. These include UCLA, Calabasas High, Harvard Westlake and Valencia High. Computers have been provided in the past by AT&T for each family—a program we are continuing with hopes of attracting new donors. Project Grad also comes in and prepares our youth for college.