New Merger Will Increase Capacity in Lane County

To better serve an urgent need for affordable homeownership and home repair in Lane County, Springfield/Eugene Habitat for Humanity is merging with nearby Cottage Grove Area Habitat for Humanity to create a single affiliate that will be known as Habitat for Humanity of Central Lane.

There is an increasing need for services like the ones Habitat provides in Lane County. The cost of rent is increasing faster than wages, housing stock is scarce, and homeownership is increasingly out of reach for local families.  With a desire to better meet this growing need, our affiliates have been looking at ways that we might collaborate to:

  • Better serve central and southeast Lane County
  • Expand opportunities for people to engage with Habitat
  • Shelter more families here and abroad
  • Improve outreach to rural communities within our service areas

Ultimately, we made the exciting decision to merge the two organizations into one affiliate, becoming Habitat for Humanity of Central Lane, serving central and southeast Lane County.  This decision was reached after more than a year of careful thought and discussion. All staff from both affiliates will continue with the new organization and the boards of directors will combine and include representatives of both affiliates.  The ReStores in Cottage Grove and Eugene will continue to operate in their respective locations, and we will continue pursuing our plan to open a ReStore in Springfield.

By combining our administrative costs and deploying resources more effectively to where they are needed, we hope to be able to provide safe, decent, affordable homes to more families and complete more repair projects on a local level.  Our combined efforts will also enable us to serve more families internationally through Habitat for Humanity International.  Additionally we can provide more opportunities for the very dedicated volunteers of the Cottage Grove area to joyfully serve Habitat’s mission.

We will complete the merger by the end of 2017, and will remain headquartered at our Eugene office on 1210 Oak Patch Road.  We would like to thank our many donors, volunteers, sponsors, and faith and community partners for their partnership. Please contact us at 541-741-1707 with any comments, questions or concerns you might have on the matter. Linda Oxley with the Cottage Grove office can be reached at 541-767-0358.

New Year, New Paint & Landscaping!

 

Happy New Year to all!  We need your help next week – please sign up to volunteer to help with final landscaping work at the Yogi Way house. Next Thursday-Saturday, volunteers will finish building the fence and spread backfill in the yard. This will help us to complete the house by the end of January!

At the end of December, volunteers primed and painted the interior of the Martinez family home on Royal Avenue. Several volunteer teams joined us on the build site in December, including all five sponsors of this Interfaith Build: Pacific Continental Bank, Central Lutheran Church, Central Presbyterian Church, First Congregational Church, and Temple Beth Israel! This week, volunteers are putting the final touches on paint and trim.  Next up, cabinets and flooring will be installed. Here are a few photos of the progress on Royal Ave:

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Pacific Continental Bank Team

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Central Lutheran volunteers paint doors.

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Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays from Habitat!

 

From our Partner Families (and the whole Habitat family) to your family, we wish you Happy Holidays and a joyful New Year!

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Work on the build site continues, despite the stormy weather. Volunteers recently built a fence at the Yogi Way house, and excavation and other exterior work is nearing completion. Volunteers are currently painting and priming the walls on Royal Avenue, and more interior work will continue into the new year.

If you would like to start volunteering with Habitat in 2016, we invite you to attend the next Volunteer Orientation on January 6 at 5:30pm.  Register online or email amy@sehabitat.org today to sign up!

 

 

The Martinez family’s journey to homeownership – new video!

 

Watch This Video about the inspiring story of Andres, Brenda and their two young sons, as they move from unhealthy living conditions towards realizing their dream of a safe, affordable home of their own. They are building their future while building their home! The last segment will be filmed at the Dedication Celebration, when the house is completed and they receive the keys to their home and brighter future.Home sweet home

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Many Reasons to Be Thankful

We have so many reasons to be thankful this holiday season – for willing partner families, dedicated volunteers,  generous donors and supporters, and more!

 

Jimenez Home Dedication

Ursula, Haley and Ishmael in their new kitchen.

Ursula, Haley and Ishmael in their new kitchen.

The Jimenez family home on Yogi Way was dedicated on November 15. Many community members and supporters were in attendance – including the four sponsoring Rotary clubs, Wells Fargo representatives, Mayor Kitty Piercy, and Rep. Nancy Nathanson. It was a joyous opportunity to celebrate the hard work of the many sponsors and volunteers who came together to build this home alongside the Jimenez family – Ursula and her children, Ishmael and Haley. Work will conclude on the exterior of the house this month, and the family looks forward to purchasing and moving into the home very soon. This is Habitat’s 52nd completed home, and the first Greater Rotary Build. Watch the KEZI news story here.

Construction Committee Chair, Alain Rebeyrol, presents the keys to Ursula.

Construction Committee Chair, Alain Rebeyrol, presents the house keys to Ursula.

Rotarians showed up in full force to celebrate and support this build!

Rotarians showed up in full force to celebrate and support this build!

Martinez Home – Royal Ave. Interfaith Build

The Interfaith Build on Royal Avenue is progressing quickly this winter! In November, several clergy members from the sponsoring congregations volunteered together on the build site, installing Levi’s recycled denim insulation in the house. You can listen to a KKNU Community Forum story about the build here, including interviews with the family, clergy members, and Habitat staff.

Future homeowner, Brenda, works alongside Christian and Jewish clergy members.

Future homeowner, Brenda, works alongside Christian and Jewish clergy members.

Volunteers recently hung drywall on the interior, and will soon begin priming the walls. It’s beginning to look homey inside! After painting, volunteers will move on to interior finish work such as installing cabinets, flooring, and appliances. Watch KVAL coverage of the build progress and the family’s story here.

Volunteers install drywall.

Volunteers prepare to install drywall.

 

 

Jimenez Family Dedication – Sunday at 2pm!

 

Work is nearly complete at the Yogi Way house! We invite you to join us at the Jimenez Family Dedication Ceremony this Sunday, November 15 at 2:00pm.  Local dignitaries, house sponsors, volunteers, Habitat officials, and supporters will join the family at this celebration. Mayor Kitty Piercy and Representative Nancy Nathanson will be speaking! The house is located at 3609 Yogi Way in Eugene. Click here for a map. We encourage you to RSVP on Facebook!

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Jimenez Family – Ishmael, Ursula, Haley

Thanks to our recent Rotary Club and Wells Fargo volunteers – and our many dedicated “Regulars” who have made this house a reality!

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Rotarians at Work!

 

Some final volunteer work will take place after the dedication: landscaping, fence, gutters, etc.  In the coming weeks, volunteers will finish up the work on Yogi Way, and resume work at Royal Avenue with insulation and drywall!