May 2018 Newsletter

From the CEO

Lessons from our Moms

Steve PonTell, President and CEO
National Community Renaissance

Like so many kids, my values and perspectives were largely shaped by a larger-than-life Mom. Mine never hesitated to stand up for what she believed in – putting her family first, always, but reminding us too of how important it is to help others. Indeed, community was a constant in our family. I learned at a very early age the value of giving back – of being involved. Today, as president and CEO of one of the nation’s largest nonprofit community builders, I’m proud to work with a team of dedicated professionals who give back and are deeply involved in the communities we serve each and every day. Like me, many of them were inspired by mothers who understood what community service meant. To all Moms, including my own, we honor you and thank you for inspiring us to make a difference in the communities we serve.

Helping remarkable women live remarkable lives

Over the years, we’ve featured a number of working mothers going to extraordinary lengths to provide their families with safe and secure home environments. There was mother-of-four Karina Orozco, who commutes from East Los Angeles to her day job downtown five days a week, then returns home at night to run a health and exercise studio she owns under a model live-work program developed by National CORE and the East LA Community Corporation. And single mom Nichole Callia, who saw homeownership as her and her children’s way out of poverty – a dream she was able to fulfill thanks to a partnership between National CORE and Neighborhood Housing Services of the Inland Empire.

We’re proud of the role we’ve played…

We’re proud of the role we’ve been able to play in helping these remarkable women and countless others like them. But we also realize so much more needs to be done. Poverty touches 45 percent of children who live without a father, while nearly a third of single women live below the poverty line. At National CORE and Hope through Housing, providing safe, high-quality shelter and life-changing human services is making a difference. Thank you for your support. We and the communities we serve need your help.

Partnering with LINC to help seniors

We’re proud to partner with LINC Housing and the City of Glendale, California, on a model example of combining high-quality affordable housing with onsite supportive services to provide the quality of life our senior population deserves. The groundbreaking celebration was held on May 10th for Vista Grande Court. When completed, Vista Grande Court will provide 65 beautiful apartment homes for seniors earning between 30 and 60 percent of the area median income and one manager’s unit. Seven of the one-bedroom apartments will be set aside for seniors with developmental disabilities. “Addressing the senior housing crisis involves more than bricks and mortar. It includes access to supportive services that allow seniors to live independently and with dignity,” said Michael Ruane, National CORE’s executive vice president.

Bring our kids to work

Our 2018 Bring Your Kid to Work Day Video is ready for viewing. See what our kids had to say.

Mother’s Day at Juniper Senior Village

Save the Date: An Evening of Hope

Come dream with National CORE and Hope through Housing on Thursday, October 4, 2018 as we celebrate An Evening of Hope: A Million Dreams.

This year’s annual gala will take place at the Ontario Convention Center and will benefit the Hope through Housing Foundation. For sponsorship opportunities and other information, please contact Ruby Foster at

Affordable Housing in the News



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