RTLB, HOPE Team Up to Provide Drought Tolerant Landscapes for Residents with Developmental Disabilities

Published: Monday, October 12, 2015

Ian Nevarez
Manager, Community Relations
(562) 508-0234 | ian.nevarez@hope-homes.org    

WHAT: On October 24, 2015 Rebuilding Together Long Beach (RTLB) and Home Ownership for Personal Empowerment, Inc. (HOPE) will be completing a “Lawn to Garden” initiative in conjunction with the Long Beach Water Department and the Surfrider Foundation.  More than 25 volunteers from Johnson Controls, The US Attorney’s Office, Molina Healthcare and the International Association of Events and Exhibitors  will participate as part of a collaboration to mitigate the effects of the ongoing drought and improve the homes and lives of several low income Long Beach residents with developmental disabilities.

Lawns on three adjacent HOPE homes will be removed, and regional vegetation will be planted during the daylong event. This project will lower the expenses of HOPE residents, contribute to water conservation, create a beautiful landscape within the neighborhood and engage the public in an impactful community event. HOPE residents often do not have the ability to manage the physical labor or cover the costs associated with transitioning to a more sustainable garden. The partnership between volunteers, the nonprofit sector and the city of Long Beach makes this transformation possible.

WHO: RTLB, HOPE,  Johnson Controls, The US Attorney’s Office, Molina Healthcare and the International Association of Events

WHEN: October 24, 2015, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

WHERE: 2209-2223 Clark Ave, Long Beach, CA 90815

About Rebuilding Together: Rebuilding Together strengthens the lives of people in our most vulnerable communities by providing low-income homeowners with critical home repairs, accessibility modifications and energy-efficient upgrades. Rebuilding Together’s local affiliates and nearly 100,000 volunteers complete about 10,000 rebuild projects each year. As we rebuild homes, community spaces and nonprofit facilities, our lasting impact helps to stabilize and revitalize neighborhoods across the country. We believe that everyone deserves to live in a safe and healthy home.

Learn more and get involved at www.rtlb.org 


About Home Ownership for Personal Empowerment, Inc. (HOPE): HOPE’s mission is to create stable, affordable housing options for people with developmental disabilities.

The value of empowering individuals to live as active and contributing members of their community is at the very heart of HOPE. And there’s no doubt—living a life as independently as possible, and having a place to call home, changes people’s lives.

HOPE partners with Regional Centers to offer a variety of housing programs. Regional Centers are private, nonprofit corporations that contract with the State Department of Developmental Services to provide or coordinate services and supports for individuals with developmental disabilities that include autism, cerebral palsy, intellectual disability, and epilepsy.

Since 1995 HOPE’s programs have been providing opportunities for people with developmental disabilities to live a life they may have only dreamed about. Whether living in affordable housing, state-licensed group homes, or in a college dorm setting, HOPE’s tenants are making their dreams come true.

Learn more and get involved at www.hope-homes.org