e-mail: ofﬁce@HabitatWest.org 5293 NE Elam Young Pkwy, #140 Hillsboro, OR 97124 503-844-7606 www.HabitatWest.org
Huntting Park: Another Neighborhood Completed
Five More Families Spending the Holidays in Their Own Home
W elcome to Huntting Park. A .66 acre parcel of land,
it is located in Beaverton next to our Leadership
Row neighborhood. In fact, the property served
as our staging area in 2004 while Leadership Row was under
IS THE EARTHQUAKE AN OMEN?
In 2001, on Patti Huntting’s very ﬁrst day volunteering with us,
Portland experienced a 6.8 magnitude earthquake. “We ran out
onto the little porch [of the ofﬁce] wondering what was going
construction. Then, in 2007, we purchased the land from the City on,” said Patti. “Afterwards, I saw it as a good omen, that I was
of Beaverton. someplace where I could make a difference.” Patti
volunteered in the ofﬁce for several years, and even
Thanks to your generosity, we raised enough money served on the board of directors, but her true passion is
for the ‘sticks and bricks’ needed to build and sell all our families. She serves on the Homeowner Resource
ﬁve homes in the committee and loves the day when she gets to deliver
Huntting Park balloons and great news to families who have been
neighborhood this accepted into our program.
year. And it was
done in a mere The Willamette West Board agreed that the Huntting
356 days! Last family deserved having a neighborhood named after
November, ﬁve them, and on August 24, 2009, the development name
families were was ofﬁcially changed to Huntting Park by the City of
New Family Services Manager Erin Maxey living in cramped, Beaverton. On August 28, 2012 the ﬁrst family moved
(L) sells her ﬁrst home, to Horacio & Alicia, cold, substandard in.
now living at Huntting Park. living conditions,
and Huntting Park
was a pile of dirt. Now those families are homeowners Elia (pictured right) and her two boys are excited to move into their
with solid roofs over their heads, sealed windows in their new home. Before, she was paying $450/mo to rent a bedroom in a
bedrooms and energy efﬁcient furnaces and appliances to home that she shared with her boys. Now, everyone has their own
keep them warm and save them money. room in her own house.
TIME FOR A NAME CHANGE
Originally called ‘Barnes Acres’, the property had been called
Leadership Row II internally until long-time board member
Ed Brauner suggested naming it after volunteers and donors
Bill & Becky Huntting and Bill’s twin sister Patti. Bill began
volunteering less than a month after retiring from IBM. He
designs our homes, working with any limitations caused by the
physicality of the site while still accommodating the needs of
our families. He serves as a site supervisor as well, maintaining
an ofﬁce on the construction site. As for Bill’s wife Becky, she
helps by rewarding our daily volunteers by sending cookies to
the site with Bill. In fact, if you ask our ongoing volunteers what
the best thing about being on the construction site is, they will Mark Forker (back left) poses with representatives of Forest City
enthusiastically say “Becky Huntting’s cookies!” Trading Group (left side of room) and the Mohamed family in their
new home. Forest City Trading Group sponsored the Mohamed
Board of Directors From the Board
Tom Reese, President
Stan Axtman, V.P.
Glen Fahs, Secretary
Tom Reese, president
Leon Taylor, Treasurer
Carol Mangan ometimes challenges that we face tend to cast some doubts on our abilities
Karyn Smith to grow and provide more decent, affordable housing for needy families
Brent Warren in our community. Those challenges include our navigation through this
Robert Wood signiﬁcant economic recession and uncertainties of our government providing
funds to help us acquire property to build on.
Chris Criglow, Attorney
Perkins Coie Our board recently took some time out to spend a Saturday together and reﬂect
on our accomplishments over the past year and look ahead to our strategic plan.
Emeritus: What came from our meeting in looking back over the past year was nothing
Ed Brauner short of amazing. I thought I would share some of those successes:
Staff: • Record breakfast/lunch fundraiser with over 600 attendees
Mark Forker, Executive Director
Hope Howard, Development &
• Our construction crew has increased the energy efﬁciency of our homes to
Communication Manager Earth Advantage Platinum status
Erin Maxey, Homeowner Services • We purchased a subdivision that will provide another 26 homes for future
Mollie McAlpin Maughn,
Community Outreach Specialist • We had our ﬁrst golf tournament to help raise funds to build more homes
Mike Wille, Construction Manager • Raised funds through our capital campaign to purchase our ofﬁce and
Associates: • Completed a Women Build and a Builders Blitz Build, adding two more
Marilyn Palma, Bookkeeper
Madison Weakley, Volunteer homes for needy families, and did a Global Village Build in Costa Rica
Services Coordinator - AmeriCorps • We are participating in a Capacity Build Grant that allowed us to add to staff
Rilen Lukens, Kevin McLain, and and support new AmeriCorps site supervisors
Abe Thornagle - Construction Crew • Sold 11 homes during our 2012 ﬁscal year
Leaders & AmeriCorps Members
Newsletter Editor: Hope Howard
These are very impressive and rewarding, but also inspire us to continue our
Our Mission: plans to build more homes for those in need. The challenges are difﬁcult but if
Willamette West Habitat for Humanity we all work together we can succeed in our mission! Thank you for your past
seeks to eliminate poverty housing
and homelessness from Washington
help and your help in the future.
County and to make decent shelter
for all a matter of conscience and
action. Through volunteer labor and Tournament
donations of money and materials, we volunteer Miss
build simple, decent, and affordable
homes by partnering with low-income Oregon (Nichole
families and the community-at-large. Mead, pictured
right) handed out
5293 NE Elam Young Pkwy tee bags to all our
Suite 140 golfers this year,
Hillsboro, OR 97124 including board
503-844-7606 president Tom
From The Executive Director
W hen most people think about Habitat for Humanity, images of volunteers
swinging hammers, walls being raised and joyful families living in simple,
decent homes are pretty typical. Very few think about the economic
beneﬁts that Habitat brings to communities - better roads and schools, more funding for
police and ﬁre ﬁghters, and boosting local businesses. But they should.
Habitat for Humanity families pay property taxes, just like any other homeowner. This year, local Habitat
families will pay about $143,000 in property taxes. Since we built our ﬁrst home in 1992, Habitat families
have paid over $775,000 in property taxes to Washington County. Every eight new Habitat homes add
about $1 million to the tax base annually. Beyond the feel good images, these are quantiﬁable beneﬁts that our
ministry brings to the economic well-being of our community.
Habitat also beneﬁts local businesses. Even with our many volunteers and thousands of dollars in donated
building materials, we spend well over $100,000 to build each new Habitat house. These are dollars put into the
pockets of local suppliers - businesses that sell concrete, lumber, windows, doors, carpet, siding and shingles,
just to name a few. In fact, since 2008 Willamette West Habitat has pumped over $2.2 million into the local
economy - during the worst recession in over 80 years!
I’m no economist. I can’t tell you how many jobs we generated as a result of our work. What I do know is that
Habitat is much more than just do-gooders pounding nails. We offer tangible results: decent, affordable housing
for low-income families, and stable, thriving communities through homeownership.
Thank you for partnering with us.
Major contributors to the Home for Habitat capital campaign enjoy
actually burning our former lease. A lease burning party was held to
celebrate the purchase of our ofﬁce and warehouse space.
The donor wall, thanking those who made large gifts toward
the capital campaign, sits in our ofﬁce. The wall was made
out of recycled lumber and tiles, found at the Washington
County ReStore. Check out the capital campaign web page
at www.HabitatWest.org/Home-For-Habitat for a full-color
picture of the wall.
First We Burned, Now We Build
T wo years ago, we gave the Hillsboro Fire Department the opportunity to train recuits using their Burn to Learn program.
By letting them teach, and burn down a dilapidated home on our BraunerBrook property, we were able to make room for
new construction. In June this year, while still building at Huntting Park, we started Brauner
Brook with a foundation pour using volunteers from NIKE. The progress we’ve made since you
received your summer newsletter is outstanding. We have ﬁnished siding our ﬁrst two houses and are sheet-
rocking; we’ve got the roof on and have wrapped the next two houses; and we’re getting ready to pour the
foundation on two more houses. About the time you get your annual report next year, we’ll have the ﬁnal
two foundations poured and all homes will be under way.
It seems ﬁtting that the neighborhood we will be completing in 2013 – our 25th anniversary – is named after
Ed and Ellen Brauner (pictured right), who have been involved with the afﬁliate for those 25 years. We look
forward to bringing you their story in future publications. In the meantime, here are two families who are
half way through their sweat equity requirements, and actively building their homes at BraunerBrook.
MEET THE JAYARATNE FAMILY
Susantha and Dinusha Jayaratne are trying to raise a family and give their
children a brighter future. With a 4-year-old boy, Methul, and a new born
baby, Dijon, their current apartment is no place to raise a family. Mold plagues
the walls despite Dinusha’s repeated attempts to scrub it off, and Methul
has no place to run or play, since anything except tip-toeing around their current apartment warrants
complaints from the downstairs neighbors.
But despite all the hardships the Jayaratne family have faced the past year, like the premature birth of
their son Dijon, they continue to have hope for their future. Making their situation even more difﬁcult:
the Jayaratne family pays 40% of their monthly income on housing expenses. Why did they apply for
a Habitat for Humanity home? Because of a dream, explains Susantha: “All in all, we have only one dream, our own house where
my kids can be kids…where all of us can breathe freely…our own simple, decent, affordable house.” They know if they purchase a
Habitat home, not only will their “rent” payment go down, but the energy efﬁciency of the home will bring down utility costs too.
With your help, their dream for a safe, decent home will not be a dream forever. Methul can be a little boy and run around as much as
he likes, and baby Dijon will grow up never knowing the ‘dream’ only the reality.
MEET HAILE AND JAMILA’S FAMILY
Haile and Jamila’s story starts ﬁve years ago in Eritrea. Haile was in the military, but he was also
an artist and owned his own gallery. They were well off and Jamila spent her time caring for their
three children and preparing for the birth of their fourth. Something happened that put Haile’s life
in danger and he had to ﬂee the country, leaving his wife and children behind. He walked for days,
hiding out in the jungle until he reached the safety of the border. The Eritrean military seized his
business and threw Jamila in jail, convinced she knew his whereabouts. The family paid someone in
order to get her out of jail and she was forced to ﬂee the country on foot, pregnant and through the
jungle, leaving her children behind, just like Haile.
An international organization helped the political refugees get to the United States, get a job and settle
in Oregon. They now have two sons who have never met their siblings who are living with relatives
Haile and Jamila have received INS approval for their children to immigrate here, but there is no U.S. Consulate in Eritrea to help
expedite the process and the government wants money from Haile & Jamila because they believe ‘anyone living in the U.S. has a lot
of money’. The alternate choice is to pay someone to smuggle the children out, but the dire consequences if caught are too horrible to
imagine. So these “wealthy” Americans are now living in a cramped apartment where they frequently smell marijuana fumes coming
from neighboring apartments. Haile works nights as a CMA in a nursing home, leaving Jamila home alone with her children, feeling
uneasy and unsafe in their home.
The Habitat home they are working toward keeps their hope alive for a future where their family is reunited, and their children can
sleep in peace and security under one roof together.
Grandma DOESN’T WANT Another Pair of Slippers!
T he holiday season is quickly approaching and thoughts are now turning toward those holiday gift giving
lists. Why not support Habitat for Humanity during the holidays! This year, give your friends, family,
co-workers and employees Gifts that Build. Your kindness will help build a Habitat home for a local
family. Any gift size is welcome, a $10 donation buys a box of nails, a $200 donation buys a shower/tub en-
closure. Your gift recepient will receive a special card and the joy of knowing a hardworking family will soon
have a home. Consider what your gift could buy:
$20 ~ a gallon of paint to color their world
$30 ~ a furnace thermostat to keep them warm
$40 ~ the kitchen sink. Healthy kitchen = healthy kids
$50 ~ landscaping supplies to beautify the neighborhood
$65 ~ a bedroom door, many kids don’t have one
$100 ~ 50 2x6 exterior studs
$125 ~ a window to a happier world
$150 ~ the front door! ‘Nuff said.
$60,000 ~ the whole house!
After all, what does grandma really need? A $125 gift to Habitat in her name helps buy a new, insulated bed-
room window so a child stays warm and cozy through those long winter nights. Wouldn’t that warm her heart
more than another pair of slippers?
It’s easy to do. Simply send in a donation to Willamette West Habitat for Humanity. Enclose a note telling us
who the gift is for, and what their mailing address is, and we will send them a nice holiday card, telling them
you’ve made a donation to us in lieu of a gift. If we receive your gift before December 19th, the card should
reached your loved ones by Christmas. OR, we can ﬁll out the card and send it back to you, and you can give it
to them personally. Think about this: you’ll never ﬁnd a fruitcake or sweater that is tax deductible.
In Honor or Memory Giving:
While Gifts that Build is speciﬁc to Christmas, throughout the year, people make donations to Willamette West
Habitat in honor of someone’s birthday or anniversary or just because; we receive donations in memory of a
loved one who has passed away. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank our donors who have made a dono-
tion in honor or memory of someone between July 1, 2011 and October 31, 2012.
In Memory Of Mariah In Honor Of Craig Byrd In Honor Of Brian Hahn In Honor Of Jimmy Stewart
Wayne & Marguerite Fine Byrd Financial Group Angelica Mofford Ellen Yank
Francis & Anne Hanchek
Jack & Jerrie Johnson In Memory Of Jeanette Clifton In Honor Of Colleen Hortley In Memory Of Terry Taylor
Stewart Levy Don & Rowena Aina TM Pickett Robert & Wendy Archibald
Jackie Sanders In Honor Of Terry Crawford In Honor Of Ron Leistra In Honor Of Jim Walcutt
Joe & Carol Squyres Peggy Crawford Individuals Anonymous Bill & Gail Raymond
Vincent & Jacqueline White In Honor Of Chuck Falconer In Honor Of Joan Murray In Honor Of Stephen & Carol Wheeler
Mary Ellen Wilson Individuals Anonymous Constance Lord Donald & Marion Scrivens
In Memory Of Leo Bianchi In Honor Of Justin Gajewski In Memory Of D Rust
Individuals Anonymous Tony & Sherri McCormick Alvin & Theresa Meury
In Memory Of Brody Borlaug In Memory Of John Gray In Honor Of John Snyder
David & Bonnie Bennett Janet Voss Norm Thompson Outﬁtters, Inc.
By Women...For Women
The Roberts Home is Complete
T his continues to be a year of
implementing new programs in
order to help our families out of
substandard living conditions as quickly
as possible - and Women Build is a perfect
example of that. The Huntting Park CONSTRUCTION BEGINS
Women Build home was started about Then came months of ladies coming out to
a year ago, with hundreds of women the construction site every week, in rain,
attending public outreach meetings to snow, wind, and ﬁnally beautiful sunshine,
learn about Willamette West Habitat and to build Brandee’s house. The home was
the program. completed in October, and the Roberts
family (pictured above) moved in, just in
LETS START SMALL time to hand out Halloween candy to the
The ladies got right to work, building a neighborhood trick-or-treaters.
playhouse (below) to rafﬂe off. Nearly
A JOB WELL DONE their friends, and so on, and so on. We
The ladies are going to take a well- really only need 120 people, each raising
deserved rest now, but will be back in $500, to pay for the house. To get you or
2013 to start a Women Build home in your company involved in sponsoring or
Hillsboro at BraunerBrook. fundraising for the Women Build house,
contact Mollie McAlpin Maughn at
WANT TO HELP BUILD? email@example.com or call her
If you are interested in helping build at 503-844-7606 x 110.
the next home, please contact Volunteer
Coordinator Madison Weakley
every weekend it was in some restaurant let her know, or register yourself on our
or business parking lot - even at the Hippy volunteer website at www.habitatwest.org/
Chicks Marathon - while volunteers volunteer. Construction
sold rafﬂe tickets. Just will probably start in
as school ended, the February or March of
winning ticket was 2013.
drawn, and the playhouse
went to a Women WE NEED MONEY!
Build volunteer who Fundraising for the Brandee steps into her house for the ﬁrst
bought just one ticket ‘sticks and bricks’ time as a homeowner! She was surprised
“to support Habitat”. needed to actually to ﬁnd her kitchen stocked from Grocery
It was later donated to build the house has Outlet, and her new Habitat friends there
St. Andrew’s Lutheran also begun. If you are to congratulate her.
Church in Beaverton interested in
where it is being enjoyed fundraising,
by the kids. there are lots of
ways you can
CLIMB THE do that. Maybe
MOUNTAIN you have a
Next was an evening block garage
with Stacy Allison, sale, or invite
the ﬁrst American your friends
woman to summit Mt. over for lunch
Everest, which raised before you
an impressive $8,000 pass the hat.
toward construction Or maybe you
costs. just ask your Construction Crew Leader Paula Ohland (L), with
Karen Mitchell-Yakimi friends, who as new homeowner Brandee (C) and Women Build
is excited for wall raising day 6 leader Lynne Johnston.
Low Income Builder of the Year - That’s Us!
Earth Advantage Institute Announces Winners of First Annual Green Home Builder Awards
T he Portland and southwest Washington region is a national leader in green building
standards and high performance homebuilding. Earth Advantage’s residential certiﬁcation
program has certiﬁed over 12,000 homes to date, including 14 Willamette West homes.
“It was high time to highlight the builders who have made that possible” thought the people at
Earth Advantage, so The Green Homebuilder Awards were started.
Construction Manager Mike Wille submitted an application in August for consideration for the
new award. A panel of experts in the green homebuilding arena was assembled to consider the
applications and deliver the results. This year’s judges were Nate Bond, vice president of sales for ProBuild; Teresa St. Martin, eco-
broker, LEED green associate with Windermere Cronin & Caplin Realty Group; and Alisa Kane, the City of Portland’s development
manager in the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability.
The winners were announced at a luncheon held at McMenamins Edgeﬁeld facility. The winner
of the Low Income Builder of the Year was Willamette West Habitat for Humanity. Yay!
We’re proud that our Habitat homes offer a healthier living environment for our families, many
of whom are coming from moldy, damp, drafty houses. Healthy homes mean healthy kids who
don’t miss school, setting up themselves to succeed and break their cycle of poverty.
Mike recently told us that his construction team was “proud that members of the Energy Trust
team spent time at our Ramble Glen neighborhood while it was under construction. They used
it as a test site to get preliminary readings and then used the ﬁndings to come up with more
efﬁcient methods for air sealing a house. We were also honored that they used our homes to
train their new inspectors.”
Congratulations Mike. You and your team always goes above and beyond, keeping the end
product, an energy efﬁcient home for our families, in your sights.
Thanks to these Huntting Park House Sponsors:
House 1: Bill & Becky Huntting and Patti Huntting
House 2: HomeStreet Bank, Sterling Bank, Intel Women, Mentor
Graphics Women, and lots of individual women
House 3: Forest City Trading Group
House 4: Thrivent Financial for Lutherans
House 5: Mountainwood Homes and all the sub-contractors who
donated their time and materials
The Mohamed family (pictured
here) are happy to have a
new, energy-efﬁcient home at
Huntting Park in Beaverton.
And, thanks to Tony & Tina
Slyter, owners of Grocery
Outlte of King City, like all our
new homeowners, they were
surprised with a kitchen full of
groceries and supplies they day
they bought their house.
Can Old Cars Really Build a Home?
Only 40 cars are needed to ﬁnish this house
D id you know that 75 percent
of a car’s content can be
recycled? Or that steel is the
most recycled material on the planet? Do
The house, located at BraunerBrook, you could even get a tax deduction if
you itemize (see your tax accountant for
advice). All the while you’ll be helping
Willamette West Habitat for Humanity
you have something in your garage, or build more homes with the funds raised
your driveway, that could ﬁnd new life as from your vehicle donation!
If you are ready to donate your car, visit
You do?! Then, the good news is our Cars our website at www.HabitatWest.org/
for Homes™ program accepts donated Donate-Vehicles and start the process,
cars, trucks, boats, motorcycles, RVs and it’s quick and easy. If you are looking
other vehicles and sells them through for more information, visit the Cars for
automobile auctions, recyclers or salvage is being jointly sponsored by Bank of Homes website at www.CarsForHomes.
yards to raise funds that help build simple, America, the Washington County ReStore, org.
decent, affordable homes for hard- and donated cars. Since 2006, we have
working American families - right here in received over $50,000 in revenue from the If you are not ready to donate your car,
Washington County. Cars for Homes program. At an average truck, boat, or any other vehicle right
donation of $500, we only need 40 cars now, that’s ok. If you donate later via
So if you’re ready to upgrade to a newer donated to raise the $20,000 we need to the website, your donation will still come
car, or have an old vehicle (doesn’t ﬁnish building this home. With a county- directly to us!
even have to be running!) that you don’t wide population of over 500,000, this
know what to do with, please consider shouldn’t be difﬁcult.
donating it to Willamette West Habitat
for Humanity. The Cars for Homes™ Remember, there are lots of beneﬁts to
program is staffed by Habitat employees, donating your old vehicle: protect natural
and 100% of the net proceeds will come resources by recycling end-of-life cars into
right back to Washington County to help new steel; save gas and reduce pollution
us ﬁnish this house in Hillsboro. by getting old gas-guzzlers off the roads;
Even a ﬁeld of golf carts can be donated to Cars for Homes! These carts, however, are driven by golfers at the ﬁrst annual Golf For
Homes fundraiser. Here the players watch Miss Washington County’s Outstanding Teen Hayley Mueller start the tournament.
for you, and your company Our thanks and appreciation
to our 2012-13 AmeriCorps
Join a committee:
Help With: National Direct Members:
Board of Directors
Homeowner Selection - help find, review and Building (new, and green, building techniques)
recommend potential homeowners. Madison Weakley -
Family Resource - mentor families before and Development/Fundraising Volunteer Coordinator
after they purchase their home. Rilen Lukens - Construction Crew Leader
Come out and build!
Community Outreach - represent Habitat at fairs, Sign up individually, or as a group of friends or Kevin McLain - Construction Crew Leader
festivals and trade shows. co-workers, for as little as one day per year. Abe Thornagle - Construction Crew Leader
Sign up at HabitatWest.org/volunteer, or with our Volunteer Coordinator at 503-844-7606 x 102
Thank you in advance for your year of service
Willamette West Habitat for Humanity | 5293 NE Elam Young Pkwy, #140 | Hillsboro 97124 | 503-844-7606 | www.HabitatWest.org with Willamette West Habitat for Humanity!
Congratulations 2nd Place Winners: (left to right) Carl Johnson, Players (above) enjoy the beautiful course. Joey Har-
Greg Moser, Greg Marshall & Steve Lord rington (center) autographs a helmet for the auction.
Golf Fore Homes - Why Didn’t We Do This Sooner?
Bank of America sponsored event nets over $34,000 to build a house in Hillsboro
W hen we chose September 27th
as the date for our ﬁrst annual
golf tournament fundraiser we
were a little nervous. And admittedly, we
was everywhere. But, to be fair, there was
a pretty good showing of orange and black
Thanks to those who made
our tournament possible:
were holding our breath that week to see SPORTS FIGURES COME OUT TO Committee Members:
what kind of weather we would end up SUPPORT US Stan Axtman
with, but someone was smiling on us and We were joined not only by Joey Jeremy Breunig
it ended up being a perfect day for golf: Harrington, but also Jerome Kersey Steve Lord
not too hot, not too windy, and beautifully from the Portland Trail Blazers and Eric Frank Susak
sunny! Brunner of the Portland Timbers. Players Glen Fahs
checking in received their player goodie Jeremy Breunig
The tournament at The Reserve Vineyards bags from none other than Nichole
& Golf Club was a hole-in-one. Golfers Mead, the current Miss Oregon, and the Sponsors:
had a great time on the course, the tournament started after Hayley Mueller, Title: Bank of America
food was delicious, and we had enough newly crowned Miss Washington County’s Presenting: Bank of the West
interesting auction items to keep everyone Outstanding Teen, made the ﬁrst drive. Event: Specht Development
bidding until the closing bell rang. When Summer intern Sahar Petri even took Golf Cart: Grocery Outlet of King City
all was said and done, the tournament a day from school to volunteer at the Hole-In-One: Beaverton Toyota
saw a net proﬁt of nearly $34,000! tournament.
Not bad for a ﬁrst try. Some of that Hole Sponsors:
money is going to the Harrington Family CAN’T GOLF? THERE’S STILL THE Columbia Community Bank
Foundation; the rest stays with Willamette AUCTION! Cosgrave Vergeer Kester LLP
West and is Non-golfers were invited to participate Farmers Insurance
being used by attending the dinner and auction that First Tech Federal Credit Union
to construct evening. 25 silent auction items and 4 oral Forest City Trading Group
this house auction items kept people hopping and Guild Mortgage Company
at Brauner- bids ﬂew back and forth across the room. HomeStreet Bank
Brook in At the end of the evening, auction items Lateef Management
Hillsboro. garnered over $7,000. Milgard Manufacturing
NW Natural Gas
JOEY HARRINGTON JOINS THE SEPT. 12, 2013 - WRITE IT DOWN Paciﬁc Continental Bank
FAMILY Sorry you missed the big event? Not to Perkins & Company
The coming together of Willamette worry because we’re going to do it again! Reliable Credit Company
West Habitat and the Harrington Family Mark your calendars for September 12, Veritable Quandary
Foundation was a match made in Heaven. 2013. This time we’ll be on the south West Coast Bank
With Joey’s focus on children and our course. It’s not too early to reserve
focus on families our two missions were your foursome or hole sponsorship.
perfectly aligned. Golfers were excited It’s budget season, so contact Mollie
about Joey’s involvement and showed at firstname.lastname@example.org for
their team spirit by wearing green & tournament pricing to so be sure your
yellow, and the University of Oregon logo company’s involved in 2013.
New Program Focuses on Critical Repairs of Veteran’s Homes
to assist more veteran families in need of will be repaid to Willamette West through
re you are excited by the decent housing. a zero interest loan.
number of families we help
each year, but want to help even “We are excited to participate in the “We are proud to partner with Habitat
more? The Board of Director’s strategic launch of Habitat for Humanity’s Repair for Humanity International as we aim
plan has a vision is to expand our outreach Corps program and grateful to The to ensure that every U.S. veteran has a
and increase the number of families we Home Depot Foundation for funding safe and accessible place to call home,”
help. So in 2013 we are launching a new this project,” said Tom Reese, Board said Kelly Caffarelli, president, The Home
program called Veteran’s Repair Corps. President. “It is truly an honor to work Depot Foundation.
in partnership with former service men
An initiative of Habitat for Humanity and women, and their families.” If you know of veteran needing critical
International (HFHI) and The Home Depot home repairs on their home, visit our
Foundation, Willamette West Habitat was In early 2013, veterans or their family website after the ﬁrst of the year. If you
selected as one of just 84 participating members will be able to complete an are interested in helping us reach out
Habitat affﬁliates nationwide to participate initial request for help on our website or to veteran’s organizations to spread the
in the program. It provides critical home by calling Homeowner Services Manager word about the program, or if you want
repairs for veterans, including accessibility Erin Maxey. Like our homeowner to donate to the program to help with
features like wheelchair ramps and wider application, income will be veriﬁed to its sustainability, please contact Hope
doorways. Larger repairs such as rooﬁng, make sure the household income falls Howard at hopehoward@habitatwest.
electrical, plumbing, HVAC and structural within our guidelines of 30-60% of area org. Check out below for the program’s
repairs are also available. Modeled after median family income. A team will be requirements.
Habitat’s successful partnership housing sent out to inspect the home and record
program, Veteran Repair Corps families the needed repairs, and if approved, repair
agree to repay a zero-percent-interest loan work will begin. While the repairs are
that covers the repair costs. Payments paid for with a grant from The Home Veteran Repair Corps
are then “recycled” into a revolving fund Depot Foundation, a portion of the repairs
• All branches of the military are eligible,
but you cannot be active.
• Veteran must show proof of honorable
Huntting Park (left) in the
early stages of construction. • Veteran does not have to own the
~ house, but it has to be their primary
residence, and the homeowners must
(note Leadership Row at the live in the house.
top of both pictures).
• Homeowner must show proof of current
homeowners insurance policy and up-
to-date property taxes.
• Total household income must fall within
30-60% of the median family income for
Washington County (see our website
home for current income levels).
Huntting Park (right) • There will be some level of repayment
completed and waiting for required.
landscaping (see page 11 for
• There will be a small amount of sweat
the winning landscapers).
• This is not for emergency repairs, the
process will most likely take a few
months from the time of application until
*Our thanks to Bruce Miller for these the work begins.
amazing ariel photos he takes for us.
Willamette West Habitat’s
Youth United Chapter
N ot to be outdone by the adults, local youth have decided they want to raise
money for, and eventually build, a Willamette West Habitat for Humanity home,
Habitat’s youth programs seek to engage young people ages 5 to 25 and involve them as
leaders in the work of Habitat for Humanity.
The program is called Youth United and a YU Chapter has been formed by Madeleine
McKerrow. You remember Madeleine, she was one of our intern’s this year. After her
summer with us, she decided she wanted to stay involved and help spread the word about
what Habitat does. She put together a proposal that was presented to the staff at Wil-
lamette West, showing how she would reach out to other young people, raise money, and
ﬁnd youth volunteers to help build a house in Beaverton for us.
She brought in Allison Emmertt as Chapter co-chair, and together they began meeting with students and leaders at St. Mary’s Acad-
emy, Valley Catholic High School and Oregon Episcopal School so far to raise awareness for their program and ﬁnd other young
people to serve on the Chapter steering committee. Madeleine and Allison are planning a fundraiser during the holidays and just today
learned they were successful in getting a $2,000 seed money grant from State Farm Insurance.
They also had to apply for, and were granted, ofﬁcial Youth United Chapter status from Habitat for Humanity International. For the
ﬁrst year of the program, students will be raising money; by 2014 they should be working with Construction Manager Mike Wille and
breaking ground on the ﬁrst home in our afﬁliate history built by Youth.
If you know of any students who would
Girls in the EXITE camp (L) be interested in helping raise money to
sponsored by IBM. Middle build a Habitat home - maybe your own
school aged girls spend the children and their friends, or members of
week at a camp focusing a church youth group - contact Madeleine
on science & math. Then- or Allison at wwhfhyouthunited@gmail.
volunteer services coordinator com, or check out their Facebook page at
Erin Maxey gave the girls Facebook.com/WillametteYouthUnited to
house plans and supplies, and see what they are up to and how you can
they build miniature Habitat get involved.
Each year the Association of Professional Landscaping Designers, in collaboration with
Portland Community College, have students design landscaping for a newly ﬁnished
Habitat neighborhood. This year, Rebecca Gillenwater, Jesica Jabr, and Ginger Erwin-
Thomas (pictured LtoR) were selected to install their landscaping designs at Huntting Park.
Congratulations ladies and thank you!
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