LOS ANGELES: Gordon's House dedicated at festive celebration

A quiet Westminster, California, neighborhood welcomed more than 200 visitors on January 16 for the dedication of "Gordon's House," a new family home built by the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles, the Henry T. Nicholas III Foundation, and Habitat for Humanity Orange County, beginning at the 2009 General Convention of the Episcopal Church.

The Diaz and Martinez-Moran families received the keys to their newly built duplex homes, a joint Episcopal-Lutheran housing project.

Bishop J. Jon Bruno gave thanks for the efforts of Habitat for Humanity. He also thanked the Gordon's House donors, both of time and of financial assistance. Bruno prayed for blessings on the new homes, the families, and their new community of Westminster. Bruno said, "Allow our hands to continue to be hands in healing-reaching out touching the world."

Henry T. Nicholas III said, "I think it's important because we're building, not just homes, but communities. It's a blessing to have causes like this that do such great good in the world."

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Ashley Temm