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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Welcome, Escalante Family!

Joshua, Richie, Monica, and Jordan

Joshua, Richie, Monica, and Jordan. [Photo by Shanice Stringer]

Welcome to the Escalantes, who became a Habitat partner family in October!   Monica and Richie are parents to twins: Joshua and Jordan, age 13.  The kids attend Hamlin Middle School, and are eagerly awaiting their Habitat house so that they can each have their own bedroom.  Richie works at Lanz Cabinets.

For a long time, the dream of owning a home seemed out of reach for the Escalantes.  They tried and tried, but weren’t able to make it happen.  “We could only imagine it before, and now it seems like a reality,” says Monica.  Now that the Escalantes are a partner family, they see this dream coming true for other Habitat families who have diligently saved funds and contributed hundreds of sweat equity hours.

The Escalantes are proactive and hardworking.  They have already completed over 50 sweat equity hours in the last two months, including construction work on the Millard house.  “We are looking forward to building our home and others.  We are so thankful and grateful.  We want to help in whatever way we can,” says Monica.

Please join us in welcoming the Escalantes to the Habitat family!  It is a joy to partner with them as they prepare to be successful homeowners.

Luvert Family Goundbreaking

Luvert GroundbreakingExcitement is building for another Habitat Family! In our Meyer Estates development, Family, friends and supports joined together to celebrate the groundbreaking of Kenya Luvert’s new house. Kenya has worked hard to lay the foundation for a better life; now it’s time to lay the real foundation of her Habitat house. We are so grateful to our dedicated partners: Ninkasi Brewing Company, Chambers Construction and the City of Springfield HOME program for sponsoring this house.

Meet the Martinez Family

The Martinez FamilySpringfield/Eugene Habitat for Humanity welcomes our newest Partner Family, the Martinez Family. Brenda and Andres started their Habitat journey in October, 2013. They have two young sons; Isaac is one and Tiago is three years old.The family is so excited to be partnering for a home. In just two short months, they have worked many hours on the build site and supporting Habitat events.

Brenda and Andres have faced illness and financial stress while living in a poor housing situation. They have expressed so many times how blessed they are knowing their family will have a stable and secure home. They want build their home, then plan to continue volunteering for Habitat and building other homes for future Partner Families. They are a joy to work with and we look forward to helping them realize their dream of a home of their own.

Millard Family Groundbreaking

Excitement and gratitude filled the sweet spring air as many S/E Habitat supporters gathered for the groundbreaking ceremony on Saturday, March 29th, 2014.

Millard GroundbreakingAlbert’s dream home will be built at 3816 Yogi Way, Eugene, and is our 4th house in the neighborhood. We are so grateful that Thrivent Financial Services is the lead sponsor for this home, along with Central Lutheran Foundation and the Eugene Mennonite Church. Additional support is provided by Seneca Sawmill Company. We will be partnering with many Lutheran churches and other Habitat supporters to provide volunteers to build Albert’s long-awaited home. In just a few months, Albert will have a home that is safe and accessible. His home will be built to accommodate his physical challenges well into the future. Come join us and help Albert open a new chapter in his life.

Berglund House Dedication

Berglund Dedication

THIS IS OUR 50th HOUSE!!!

Come see what we have been working on over the past few months…Because of the support of donors and the hard work of Habitat volunteers, Chelsea and her kids will be spending Christmas in their new home. Please join us for this special occasion!

Saturday, December 14th, 10:00AM
3608 Yogi Way, Eugene

Thank you to Hamilton Construction, Levi Strauss & Co., Lowe’s Home Improvement, and our S/E Habitat for Humanity donors for sponsoring this house!!

Meet the Jimenez Family!

DSC_4184Meet Ursula Jimenez and her two children, Ishmael (age 11) and Haley (age 10), one of our Partner Families.  Ursula entered our program in May of 2013, and has worked many hours toward her volunteer sweat equity goals.  She has completed a new-homeowner program through the Neighborhood Economic Development Corporation (NEDCO), volunteered on our construction sites, at Habitat events including Home Shows, and in the Habitat ReStore.  She balances full-time work as a phlebotomist at PeaceHealth, while raising her children and being a Habitat Partner.  Ursula is truly a positive and hardworking mother who is determined to provide a stable and safe home for her children. We are excited to have Ursula, Ishmael and Haley as part of our Habitat family. A hand-up from Habitat will truly help this special family reach their goals.

“A Brush with Kindness” pilot project

Ninkasi ABWK Project OneEugene’s own Ninkasi Brewery sponsored and provided volunteers for the pilot project for our “A Brush with Kindness” program! This is an extension of the Habitat for Humanity model of helping provide decent, affordable housing for everyone…with this program, we aim to assist veterans, handicapped and seniors to maintain the exterior of their home. For this first project, the team from Ninkasi provided the financial sponsorship and helped to build a deck and ramp to maintain accessibility for a senior homeowner in Springfield. See the story here:

Meet the Luvert Family!

Kenya and Jeyla PollyKenya Luvert and her 6-year old daughter have been living under the same roof with four generations of family members since 2008. When asked about her experience living with so many family members as a single mom, she mentioned that as much as she loves her family, she wishes that she and her daughter had their own space.

“It’s a challenge knowing that although I’m an adult raising a young daughter, I also have to be respectful of my family’s input and that there are certain house rules to abide by,”  Kenya says, as she shared her experiences in her current home.

As a Partner Family, Kenya now has the opportunity for her own home where she can raise her daughter, and be less dependent upon her family. Kenya is looking forward to living in an affordable home with room for her family to grow and thrive. Even though the process will take 18 months to two years, she cherishes this special opportunity.