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WOODLAND HILLS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Habitat for Humanity San Fernando/Santa Clarita Valleys honored Princess Cruises and the Princess Cruises Community Foundation at its annual Hearts for Heroes Builders Ball last night. Also honored were seven surviving Santa Clarita veterans of World War II. The funds raised at the event will be used to complete the remaining 24 homes of a 78-home neighborhood for low-income veterans in Santa Clarita. The event took place at the Universal Sheraton Hotel in Universal City, CA. The event, with 470 guests in attendance, raised $291,000. Princess received the Hammer of Hope Award from Congressman Brad Sherman. The Hammer of Hope is this Habitat’s highest honor and is presented to extraordinary individuals or entities who are leaders in their fields and communities – specifically those who serve veterans and low-income families seeking to enter the middle class. Past recipients include Anheuser Busch, Home Depot, Citibank, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, The Gas Company, Primestor, and many others. Accepting the award on behalf of Princess was its Vice President of Public Relations, Brian O’Connor. Princess is a longtime sponsor of Habitat for Humanity SF/SCV and a few weeks ago hosted a TEAM Build at which Princess employees spent the day building veteran homes. WW II veterans being honored with a special tribute at the event were Lou Brousseau (Army Air Corps), Cal Erickson (Army Air Corps), Rex Gribble (Army Air Corps), Lloyd Lubensky (Army Air Corps), Richard Roelofs (Navy), Lee Shulman (Army Air Corps), and Tom Tucker (Navy). The award was presented by California State Assembly Member Dante Acosta. Completion of the veteran neighborhood in Santa Clarita will bring Habitat’s total to over 400 homes to date. Next year, they begin building 56 more Veteran homes in Palmdale and 12 Veteran homes in North Hollywood. What makes this Habitat affiliate even more special is their belief that, in order for families to truly be successful, affordable housing must include a supportive environment that encourages self-sufficiency in a neighborhood culture. This program, called the Enriched Neighborhood® model, provides no-cost programs such as financial training, health and wellness programs, and social services that are easily accessible in the neighborhoods where the families live. This allows their families to become self-sufficient and learn skills and necessary tools to move out of the endless cycle of poverty housing and into the middle class. These programs are especially cherished by returning veterans as they seek the comfort of others returning from service and the strength to reintegrate successfully into their community at home. This year’s event was chaired by Karen Brown, Sr. Vice President of First Bank, and hosted by actress Alison Haislip, sideline commentator for ABC’s “Battlebots” and celebrated pop culture TV, podcasting and webcasting personality. Other elected officials in attendance were California State Senator Robert Hertzberg, Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger, Santa Clarita Mayor Pro Tem Laurene West, Los Angeles City Council Member Paul Krekorian, and Santa Clarita City Council Members Bob Keller and Marsha McLean. One of the best-known names in cruising, Princess Cruises is a global cruise line and tour company operating a fleet of 18 modern cruise ships renowned for their innovative design and wide array of choices in dining, entertainment and amenities, all provided with the experience of exceptional customer service. As world’s largest international premium cruise brand, Princess carries two million guests each year to more than 360 destinations around the globe on more than 150 itineraries ranging in length from three to 114 days. The company is part of Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE:CUK). Additional information about Princess Cruises is available through a professional travel agent, by calling 1-800-PRINCESS (1-800-774-6237), or by visiting the company's website at princess.com. Habitat for Humanity San Fernando/Santa Clarita Valleys’ mission is to build affordable homes for low-income civilian and veteran families, and provide services that empower them to build brighter futures as homeowners. They are a locally run, independent, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization service North Los Angeles City and County, building houses and futures for low-income families. We currently specialize in building Enriched Neighborhood® communities which hold the promise to move low-income families up into the middle class and have built 320 homes to date. Learn more at www.HumanityCA.org and follow Habitat SF/SCV on Facebook and Twitter.


News Article | December 6, 2016
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PLYMOUTH, Mich., Dec. 6, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Today Adient, the world's largest global automotive seating supplier, made an Ypsilanti Township family new homeowners. The company's employee volunteers renovated a home through Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley for Christina Thomas and...


FORT WORTH, Texas, Dec. 6, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- This holiday season will be particularly special for more than 1,000 families, many of whom will - for the first time - be able to create memories in their own homes. Throughout 2016, longtime partners Lowe's and Habitat for Humanity have...


MISSISSAUGA, ON--(Marketwired - November 28, 2016) - EXIT Realty Corp. International recently announced a $500,000 pledge to Habitat for Humanity International. The announcement was made during the company's Annual International Convention held at the Atlantis Resort, Paradise Island, Bahamas and brings the company's total pledges to-date to $3.5 million. Driven by the vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity builds and improves homes in partnership with people in need of an affordable place to call home. Stable, affordable living conditions lead to improved health, stronger childhood development, and the ability -- and financial flexibility -- to make forward-looking choices. EXIT Realty's support of Habitat began in 2004, with its first company-sponsored home build in West Palm Beach, Florida. Since then, the company has sponsored 18 additional home builds in Canada and the U.S., and has participated in a community revitalization project as well as Habitat's Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project. A portion of every transaction fee collected by EXIT Realty Corp. International is pledged to Habitat. In 2016, EXIT Realty announced its Habitat for Humanity: Dollar-for-Dollar Matching Program through which these funds can potentially reach every community where an EXIT office exists. EXIT associates anywhere in the U.S. and Canada can work in conjunction with their local Habitat office to raise funds for a specific project or initiative and submit a proposal to EXIT Realty Corp. International for those funds to be matched dollar-for-dollar from EXIT Realty's pledged pool of funds to Habitat. So far this year, funds have been matched in Arkansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Montana, Ohio and South Dakota, with projects underway in Arizona, Michigan and New York. "It is through the hard work of our real estate agents that our involvement with Habitat for Humanity is possible," said EXIT Realty Corp. International CEO, Tami Bonnell. "When they close a real estate transaction, they not only help that family but help other families across the continent achieve their dream of home ownership too. We are so proud to be partner with Habitat and applaud the fine work they do." About EXIT Realty: EXIT is a proven real estate business model that has to-date, paid out more than a third of a billion dollars in single-level residual income to its associates across the U.S. and Canada. State-of-the-art technology including geolocation Smart Signs™ gives home sellers the edge in a competitive marketplace. A portion of every transaction fee collected by EXIT Realty Corp. International is pledged to our charity of choice and to-date, $3.5 million has been pledged to Habitat for Humanity. For more information, please visit www.exitrealty.com. About Habitat for Humanity: Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity began in 1976 as a grassroots effort on a community farm in southern Georgia. The Christian housing organization has since grown to become a leading global nonprofit working in nearly 1,400 communities throughout the U.S. and in more than 70 countries. Families and individuals in need of a hand up partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Through financial support, volunteering or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, we empower. To learn more, visit habitat.org.


News Article | December 1, 2016
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ATLANTA and PARSIPPANY, N.J., Dec. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- GAF, North America's largest roofing manufacturer, is proud to renew its national partnership with Habitat for Humanity. The company will continue to donate roofing materials to Habitat for Humanity builds across the...


ATLANTA, March 2, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Aaron's, Inc. (NYSE: AAN), a leading omnichannel provider of lease-purchase solutions, and its divisions Aaron's and Progressive Leasing, last week surprised first-time homeowner and Baton Rouge resident Latrenda Perkins and her two children with a...


CARMEL, IN--(Marketwired - December 08, 2016) - Allegion Americas, a security products and solutions provider, today dedicated nine new homes with Habitat for Humanity in Baja California, Mexico. In September, Allegion initiated a $100,000 contribution to build Habitat homes alongside families in Tijuana and Tecate with a volunteer team made up of 120 employees. "As a company that values serving others and pioneers safety and security, Allegion is honored to promote homeownership with Habitat for Humanity," said Allegion Chairman, President and CEO Dave Petratis. "In Mexico alone, this organization has served nearly 57,000 families -- an outstanding impact. As a local business, we want to help grow this positive work there." Allegion Americas has a history of supporting Habitat for Humanity since 2009 in Indianapolis, Ind., where the company has a manufacturing facility. Earlier this year, Allegion Americas dedicated its eighth home with Greater Indy Habitat for Humanity. "Allegion's support has helped families obtain decent and affordable homes and create better lives for themselves," said Jonathan Reckford, Habitat for Humanity CEO. "We are grateful to partner with Allegion Americas to help families build strength and independence." Support in Indianapolis has included nearly $750,000 in sponsorships and in-kind donations as well as 13,000 volunteer hours to support the dream of homeownership. In 2015, Allegion Americas also began supplying hardware to Habitat for Humanity ReStores across the United States and, this year, donated nearly $1 million retail value. About Allegion™ Allegion ( : ALLE) is a global pioneer in safety and security, with leading brands like CISA®, Interflex®, LCN®, Schlage®, SimonsVoss® and Von Duprin®. Focusing on security around the door and adjacent areas, Allegion produces a range of solutions for homes, businesses, schools and other institutions. Allegion is a $2 billion company, with products sold in almost 130 countries. For more, visit www.allegion.com. About Habitat for Humanity Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity began in 1976 as a grassroots effort on a community farm in southern Georgia. The Christian housing organization has since grown to become a leading global nonprofit working in nearly 1,400 communities throughout the U.S. and in more than 70 countries. Families and individuals in need of a hand up partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Through financial support, volunteering or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, we empower. To learn more, visit habitat.org.


HBeAg seroconversion, in association with undetectable levels of hepatitis B virus DNA as determined by polymerase chain reaction, is an important goal in the treatment of patients with HBeAg-positive chronic hepatitis B (CHB). Achievement of sustained HBeAg seroconversion at an early age (<40 years) is associated with a reduced incidence of hepatic complications, increased rates of HBsAg loss and seroconversion and improved survival rates, whether the seroconversion is spontaneous or treatment induced. Patients with HBeAg-positive CHB who achieve sustained HBeAg seroconversion and complete 6-12 months of consolidation therapy are eligible for stopping therapy. In randomized clinical studies involving patients with HBeAg-positive CHB, treatment with pegylated interferon (PegIFN)- α is associated with higher and more durable HBeAg seroconversion rates than are lamivudine and adefovir. More recently, newer generation oral nucleos(t)ide analogs (NAs) have become available. These include entecavir, telbivudine and tenofovir, and they demonstrate superior antiviral potency and efficacy. This review examines the importance of HBeAg seroconversion as an end point for therapy in the treatment of patients with HBeAg-positive CHB, and examines the rates and durability of HBeAg seroconversion with PegIFN and oral NA therapy. The mechanisms for enhanced HBeAg seroconversion rates with new-generation NAs are also discussed. © 2010 John Wiley & Sons A/S.


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Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: ITEST | Award Amount: 1.20M | Year: 2015

This project will advance efforts of the Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) program to better understand and promote practices that increase students motivations and capacities to pursue careers in fields of science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) by drawing explicit connections between the artistic practices in the studio and the practices of STEM professionals. It will also contribute to the fields understanding of how to develop interdisciplinary educational experiences that capitalize on naturally occurring opportunities for transfer of knowledge and skill across disciplines. Artists for Humanity and Education Development Center, Inc. are collaborating to develop and study a model for using authentic art-making to promote high school students interest in STEM learning and STEM careers. The project builds on a highly successful Artists for Humanity out-of-school-time art and design program for Boston youth, which uses an apprenticeship model to educate under-resourced youth through mentor-guided creation and sale of artworks.

Youth at Artists for Humanity represent a racially and ethnically diverse, low-income demographic. Few teens entering AFH experience success in STEM learning, or express interest in STEM careers. Yet many engage in sophisticated art-making that calls on a variety of STEM-related practices, dispositions, and knowledge without recognizing the connection to their in-school STEM studies. STEAM Power will highlight the STEM thinking students do in the art studio, drawing explicit connections between the artistic practices in the studio and the practices of STEM professionals to help youth: develop a view of STEM that expands their school experiences, recognize their own STEM strengths, and increase their interest and confidence in pursuing further STEM study and careers. The goal of the project is to increase teen artists interest in STEM and STEM careers by highlighting the STEM thinking they do in the studio and deepening their STEM learning within this relevant and motivating context. By looking to impact the STEM interests and potential career choices of youth whose artistic training places a premium on thinking creatively, working collaboratively, and communicating effectively, a segment of the youth population is impacted that, while currently underrepresented in the workforce, has much energy and vision to offer STEM fields.


ATLANTA, Nov. 28, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In celebration of Giving Tuesday, Habitat for Humanity will launch Habitat Humanitarians to recognize the invaluable contributions of its high-profile volunteers. This generous group serves as mission champions, advocates and spokespeople...

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