How We Give: Gainsbernard Family

What we give is just as important as how we give and here at LTF we make it our mission to not just help others because it’s what we stand for, we make it our mission so that others may pay it forward to individuals that they may come across. Recently, our project manager Julie Garcia was asked to take part in an interview that asked the following: “What examples can you share about people or communities that have been positively impacted by this organization?”  Well, here’s example of our impact.


“While there are many examples of success, I’d like to share of a man named Howard. Howard is a recently retired Navy Veteran who, due to unforeseen delays, broken promises and benefit cutbacks found himself financially unable provide for his family. After communicating with Howard through emails and telephone conversations, we traveled to Riverside California to meet with Howard, his wife and their five children. We discovered that Howard was on the verge of losing his home, their car and all of their personal belongings. Howard explained to us that although his financial situation was due to change for the better, his immediate financial needs could not be met. In fact, the electric power was scheduled to be turned off for non-payment at any moment. Words alone cannot describe the appreciation that this family displayed when LTF presented him with a check. Howard was at a loss for words and he began to weep. Howard’s wife stood in awe; she just couldn’t believe that this was happening; that “total strangers and an unknown organization” would drive over and hour and a half to present them with this life changing gift. LTF only asked Howard for three things: One, that he would allow us to pray for him. Two, that he would allow LTF to tell his story and three, that Howard would “pay it forward”. Howard whole heartedly agreed.” –Julie Garcia

Pictured above with Howard and his family is Rick Rodriguez , Founder of The Living Tree Foundation and Dave Garcia. Although LTF assists many veterans, families, and individuals we wanted to showcase our most recent impact to promote the importance of paying it forward.


Written by: Alyssa Portillo

Interview by: Julie Garcia

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Day to Honor – Calvary Chapel Santa Fe Springs


The Living Tree Foundation is dedicated to helping not just veterans but individuals that are in need. Here at LTF we spread our cause through exposure as well as making our presence known at events that outreach to various communities. This past Sunday on May 25th, 2014, Calvary Chapel Santa Fe Springs hosted a community event that sparked a light on the importance of remembering what Memorial Day is all about. This event was hosted as a “free for all” for the community of Santa Fe Springs, CA as a way to honor all of our fallen service members and their families and to display the community engagement and support that is available. This event was a spectacular afternoon filled with fun for the whole family as it was accompanied by CCSFS sponsored ministries, local community vendors, activities for the children, and military outreach. The event itself has grown over the years as exposure from Air1 Radio and KWVE 107.9 FM provided coverage of the whole event. For entertainment purposes, CCSFS was able to host the musical talents of The Soul Reformation and For King and Country to set the ambiance of the afternoon.

The message at hand for this event as well as the vision here at LTF is that we bring awareness to our men and women coming home from war as well as our veterans that have tried to adapt back into civilian life with no success. A Day to Honor hosted by CCSFS is to provide our fallen heroes with recognition through their families and so that the community does not forget. The Living Tree Foundation was there at this event to provide knowledge about our organization as well as outreach to future lives that we may have the honor to be apart of.


Written by: Alyssa Portillo


Who We Are

Living Tree Foundation was founded in 2011, by Lupe Rodriguez and Rick Rodriguez Sr. We are a grassroots organization. Our vision is to be a global assistance to those in need. We help provide assistance for the needs of combat veterans, current military service personnel as well as families in dire straits. Our mission is to provide a helping hand whenever it is needed most to the people who need the most. We proudly sponsor: Operation Legacy, PMA, Purple Heart Baseball, Rebuilding Warriors, Warrior Built, and 03XX Foundation. We give honor and praise to our Lord Jesus Christ for guiding us as we partner with these wonderful organizations.

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