Newlyweds Maria and Ricardo Rendon have long dreamed of moving into a new home to start their married life. Currently, they share a home with several family members, including their children and step children.

Maria, a teacher for more than 15 years, and Ricardo, a U.S. Navy veteran, believe having a home of their own will provide a fresh start where they can raise their children and grow closer as a family. And now their dream is turning into a reality, thanks to Habitat for Humanity.

“Partnering with Habitat for Humanity has given our children the opportunity to learn about hard work and having goals to work toward,” said Maria.

The Rendons were recently at the Habitat for Humanity Greater Los Angeles’ 10th annual “Power Women Power Tools” event, where they worked with more than 200 volunteers. Women from various sectors — including corporate, faith and the entertainment industries — came together to help build four homes, including one for the Rendons.

Edison International recently provided a grant of $50,000 toward the Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles Lynwood Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative and Family Investment Program. Part of this grant will go towards the Rendons’ new home. Over the years, Edison International has supported Habitat for Humanity Greater Los Angeles through grants as well as employee volunteers.

“It is so amazing to be a part of building someone’s home — especially alongside the families who will be receiving the homes,” said Caroline Choi, SCE vice president of Integrated Planning and Environmental Affairs. “It feels good to be able to give my personal time to an organization that helps build stronger communities — a goal that the company also supports.”

Power Women Power Tools allows families to transition from substandard housing into a safe, affordable new home. Since 1990, Habitat for Humanity Greater Los Angeles has built and rehabilitated more than 450 houses in neighborhoods across Greater Los Angeles. Edison International has partnered with the nonprofit since 1992. 

“Our goal is to eliminate substandard housing and make sure that everybody knows that it’s not OK to live in substandard housing here in the United States,” said Erin Rank, president and CEO, Habitat for Humanity Greater Los Angeles. “We partner with working families who want that opportunity for a hand up not a handout.”

She added, “Habitat for Humanity Greater Los Angeles receives funding to buy the land for our sites, but everything from the foundation to the completion of the homes is reliant on partnerships like Edison to buy the materials and provide the man and woman power to build these homes.”