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American Riviera Bank Employees Volunteer with Habitat for Humanity Building Carpinteria Homes

CARPINTERIA, CA - American Riviera Bank employees enjoyed their time volunteering to help build new homes with Habitat for Humanity for three local families in need.

Habitat for Humanity of Southern Santa Barbara County is building an affordable home project. The new homes will house three families, including eight children. The three, three-bedroom townhomes are for low-income and very low-income residents.

“American Riviera Bank is always looking for ways to support the community and partnering with Habitat for Humanity was a perfect fit,” said Deborah Deneault, American Riviera Bank’s AVP/Community and Board Relations Officer. “This experience not only allowed us to help the community and these amazing families but it also allowed us to work as a team outside of the bank environment.  

“It was rewarding to paint, install exterior insulation and trim alongside the family members,” Deborah added. “It lifts your spirit to see how excited they are to improve their living conditions and the pride they have in their new homes.”

The three families who will be moving into the new townhomes are all Santa Barbara-area residents who have been living in less than optimal conditions for their family size and distinctive needs.  

“The strength of our mission is a reflection of the support we receive from the community, partner organizations, and businesses. We are grateful for the support of American Riviera Bank, which serves as an outstanding community partner that’s making a lasting impression on our homeowners, and local neighborhoods,” said Jessica Wishan, CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Southern Santa Barbara County.

Established in 2000, Habitat for Humanity of Southern Santa Barbara County is a local nonprofit committed to building strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter. Habitat partners with low-income individuals and families in Southern Santa Barbara County to build and improve a place to call home. Homeowners build alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. By the end of 2018, Habitat for Humanity of Southern Santa Barbara County will have built 22 new homes for 84 people, 50 percent of which are children, as well as help re-build and repair 170 homes across Santa Barbara’s South County. Visit for more information.