2016

PSHH College Club lends homebuilders a hand for NeighborWorks Week June 12

PSHH College Club lends homebuilders a hand for NeighborWorks Week June 12

Atascadero, Calif. May 23, 2016 – Approximately 15 students from Peoples’ Self-Help Housing’s College Club and their parents will volunteer on June 12 to help families building their own homes through PSHH’s Self-Help Home Ownership Program.

The students and their families will be lending a hand as part of NeighborWorks Week, a celebration that brings together affordable housing organizations, volunteers, neighbors, businesses and others across the country.

Locally, College Club students will be assisting in the project of the day – whether that involves painting, tile work, landscaping or clean up -- all while learning about teamwork from the Self-Help Builder families, who have been working together to construct their homes in the 6900 block of Atascadero Avenue.

“What a great opportunity to instill the values of community engagement, philanthropy and volunteerism in our youth, the next generation. What a gift for them to realize they can make a difference at a young age,” said John Fowler, President/CEO of PSHH.

The day will culminate in a massive, family-style picnic – complete with a meal prepared by College Club parents – that gives the Self-Help Builder families a chance to share their experience of hard work and “sweat equity” it requires to build their homes. It’ll be the ultimate lesson in what it takes to make a dream come true.

PSHH is collaborating with community development partner NeighborWorks America for NeighborWorks Week, which takes place June 4-12 across the United States. The week is designed to celebrate neighborhood change and awareness. Volunteers around the country will be working to rehabilitate and repair homes, paint and landscape properties, conduct neighborhood tours, recognize successful partnerships and host events.

Past collaboration experiences included NeighborWorks Week festivities in 2015, when elementary school students brought a meal to share with seniors living at PSHH’s properties in Arroyo Grande, Paso Robles and Santa Maria.

About PSHH
Founded in 1970, PSHH is an award winning non-profit organization that develops affordable housing and community facilities for low-income households and homeownership opportunities for working families and special needs populations, such as seniors, veterans, the disabled, and the formerly homeless. With nearly 1,200 self-help homes completed and almost 1,700 rental units developed, PSHH is the largest affordable housing developer on the Central Coast, with offices in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara. For more information on Peoples’ Self-Help Housing, visit www.pshhc.org, email communications@pshhc.org or phone (805) 781-3088.