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Sharks, SVS&E Partner With Habitat For Humanity

by Staff Writer / San Jose Sharks

Silicon Valley Sports & Entertainment and the San Jose Sharks organization will partner with the Silicon Valley Habitat for Humanity (SVHfH), an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, to build a “Home in a Box” in the HP Pavilion parking lot on Saturday, Aug. 12.



The event is scheduled to kick off at 8:30 a.m. with a safety talk, orientation and recognition of supporters. By 9 a.m., hammers are expected to be swinging.

A unique collaboration of volunteers will be building the “Home in the Box,” including members from the Silicon Valley Habitat for Humanity, San Jose Sharks, Rotary Club of Cupertino, St. Jude’s Episcopal Church of Cupertino and St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church of Mountain View.

“Silicon Valley Sports & Entertainment and the San Jose Sharks are extremely excited to be involved in the ‘Home in the Box' program in conjunction with the Silicon Valley Habitat for Humanity,” said SVS&E President and Chief Executive Officer Greg Jamison. “SVS&E and the Sharks have always tried to be a ‘good neighbor’ to our local Bay Area communities and it gives us great pleasure to participate in this project that will help victims of last year’s devastating hurricanes.”

The groups hope to have the home built by mid-day, when the construction staff will inspect the unit for accuracy and stability. Once the unit has passed inspection, it will be disassembled and bundled it for shipping.

This particular “Home in the Box” is targeted to be shipped to Biloxi, Miss., one of the areas hit hardest by Hurricane Katrina.

“Operation Home Delivery” is a project of Habitat for Humanity International which was activated shortly after the devastating hurricanes in the Gulf Coast. “Operation Home Delivery” and the “Home in the Box” Program have been making great progress over the last several months with 230 homes under construction and nearly another 100 have been completed along the Gulf Coast.

In addition to building a “Home in the Box” to be delivered to Biloxi for a family in need, SVHfH is working on sending a group of 20 to 30 volunteers this fall to work on homes in Biloxi.

“We at Silicon Valley Habitat for Humanity feel like we are only one part of a bigger organization and are hearing the call of another affiliate in need,” said SVHfH Executive Director Robert Freiri. “We are honored to be able to do our small part, along with SVS&E, the Sharks and many other good citizens by building and shipping one home to the Gulf Coast for a family in need.”

Anyone interested in supporting the “Home in the Box” project or volunteering with San Jose’s local affiliate is encouraged to call (408) 942-6444 or go online to http://www.habitatebsv.org/www.habitatebsv.org/.

Silicon Valley Habitat for Humanity (SVHfH), an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, was formed in July 1986. SVHfH’s first development of 10 homes began in Alviso in 1990. To date, Silicon Valley Habitat for Humanity has built 27 homes in Santa Clara County. They are currently in a dramatic organizational growth spurt as in the next three years, they will be building 29 homes, 17 of which will be in San Jose. SVHfH’s mission is to work with the community to provide families with low incomes the opportunity to build and own their own home. Their vision is to work in partnership with affordable housing providers and advocates to eliminate substandard living conditions in Santa Clara County.

The SVHfH office is located at 513 Valley Way, Milpitas, CA 95035. Phone: (408) 942-6444, fax (408) 942-6446, http://www.habitatebsv.org/.

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