Irma Ulloa and her daughter Vanessa received the keys to their newly renovated home in Long Beach this week after Habitat for Humanity and Delta Airlines finished their house.
“Delta Air Lines has amazed us with their commitment to affordable housing and employee volunteers who traveled from near and far over the last six weeks to complete this home in time for the holidays,” said Erin Rank, president and CEO of Habitat for Humanity Greater Los Angeles, in a recent press release. “This is the second home in Long Beach sponsored by Delta Air Lines and we know the Ulloa’s will feel their love and support in the walls of this home for years to come.”
The home is built in a Spanish style, and was originally built in 1926. It took six weeks for the Delta Airlines employee volunteers to renovate the house and was funded through the airlines’ in-flight recycling program, according to the press release.
But this isn’t the first home in Long Beach that Delta Airlines helped to renovate. The first was completed in 2010 for a mother and her two children, according to the press release.
“All of us at Delta Airlines were so excited to come back to Long Beach and rehabilitate a second home,” said Ranjan Goswami, managing director for national account sales at Delta Airlines, in the press release. “This build was unique because it was completely funded by our in-flight recycling program and also because we were able to complete the transformation of the home and see Irma Ulloa’s dream realized in only six short weeks with the help of the nearly 500 Delta employees who volunteered their time.”
The dedication event, which took place on Nov. 1, celebrated not only the completion of the renovations but also recognized the partners, volunteers and contributors who helped bring the project to completion. A YouTube video shows volunteers talking about the project.
“I could not be more proud to be a part of an air line that is so committed to improving lives,” said Barry Matthews, program manager for Delta Airlines, in the press release.