Local Habitat for Humanity names new director

Robert Hughes will replace Dirk Holkeboer as new executive director of Tulare/Kings Counties chapter of national, nonprofit homebuilder

TULARE COUNTY – There is a new person raising the roof for families seeking homeownership in Tulare County.

Last week, the board of directors for Habitat for Humanity of Tulare/Kings Counties announced the appointment of Robert Hughes as the new executive director. Hughes brings a wealth of experience in the business and nonprofit world to the job. He lives in Springville and has worked in Porterville and other cities around the Central Valley. Hughes succeeds Dirk Holkeboer who led the local nonprofit organization for the past seven years before announcing his retirement in June.

Habitat’s local board also announced the appointment of Deanna Saldana to the position of associate executive director. Saldana is currently the resource development director for Habitat and for the last two months has been serving as the acting executive director during the recruitment and selection process. She has been a member of the organization’s staff for 14 years and is certainly a well-known face of Habitat for Humanity in the community.

The new administration at Habitat for Humanity of Tulare/Kings Counties quickly jumped back into the organization’s mission and also announced plans to build six houses over the next 30 months. The first project, the Re/Max home in Visalia is about to get underway, so volunteers and contractors are needed that are willing to help with this new home build in Central Visalia. Please contact Anita at 559-734-4040 ext 100 for information on how to help. Of course, donations are greatly appreciated and sponsorships are still available at www.hfhtkc.org/re-max-visalia-building-with-habitat. Join the team and help Habitat build more homes. Future projects are being planned in Porterville, Exeter and Hanford. The organization is looking forward to ramping up efforts to provide more much needed housing in Tulare and Kings Counties.

“This work is only possible with the support of the local communities, so please consider how you can help!,” Saldana said.

Habitat for Humanity’s vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live, and the mission of the local Habitat affiliate seeks to put God’s love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities, and hope. For more information about volunteer and donation opportunities, call 559-734-4040.

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