Episcopal Life Online: "LA diocese, Habitat for Humanity Orange County partner to build 'Gordon's House' "

By Lynette Wilson, Episcopal News Service

With hammers and nails, family and friends of the late Rev. Canon Gordon B. Yeaton, Jr. began building Gordon's House at the Anaheim Convention Center, where the 76th General Convention of the Episcopal Church is underway.

The home, a partnership between Habitat for Humanity of Orange County and the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles, is being built in memory of Yeaton, an Episcopal priest, HHOC board member, teacher, volunteer and activist who died in 2007.

"Several people had wanted to do something to commemorate Gordon," said Adelle Yeaton, his widow. "Habitat was an incredible part of his life and he was committed to the Episcopal Church. This was a blending of the two … I am incredibly excited about a house in memory of Gordon. A house allows kids a better life, a better education."

Both Gordon and Adelle Yeaton taught in Irvine public schools, and Gordon was also a part-time priest in the Diocese of Los Angeles.

"Gordon was a longtime friend of mine; he had a heart for every human being," said Los Angeles Bishop Jon Bruno. "He'd love seeing his children and grandchildren here and to know his wife has carried on his tradition of great things."

Henry T. Nicholas, III, presented HHOC with a $100,000 check from his foundation, to pay for more than half the cost of the home. Nicholas is a member of St. Margaret of Scotland Church in Santa Juan Capistrano, California.

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Ashley Temm