Habitat is Hiring a Full-time Construction Project Manager

Major functions include oversight of Habitat construction programs, securing designs for Habitat homes and repair projects, supervision of site supervisors, set building schedules, assist in setting procurement policies, support build site selection efforts, monitor construction costs, work to set construction building standards and to monitor construction costs, and prepare reports.  Lead development of and manage a critical home repair program.  Collaborate with committees, volunteers, and staff in all facets of the construction process.

Minimum of five years’ experience as contractor or construction manager.  Experienced in residential construction.  Experience working with non-profit organizations a plus.  Experience supervising others. Proficient in computer functions and general software for office and construction operations.  Maintain a high level commitment to safe building practices through the Competent Person process and Habitat safety standards. Ability to become a Certified Competent Person and Responsible Managing Individual (RMI).   Ability to obtain and present construction documents to secure building permits; coordinate with engineers, architects, and other professionals.

Strong verbal and written communications skills, Ability to adjust to changing conditions or workload schedules. Encourage and support Habitat’s mission and core value of diversity.  Actively encourage and support involvement of volunteers in virtually all facets of construction.  Ability to be self-directed within the framework of Habitat operating standards and mission.  Must pass sexual offender registry check and have a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation.

Full-time, $52,000/yr, health ins, paid holidays & vacation.  Position is open until filled.  Resume & cover letter required.  Mail to Habitat, 1210 Oak Patch Rd, Eugene, OR 97402; e-mail to info@habitatlane.org.  EOE/AA. See full position description here.

 

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.

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!

Xmas Family Collage

 

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!

 

 

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.

 

 

Two Beautiful Homes

 

Don’t you think these houses are looking beautiful?!

Volunteers are completing the final coats of blue paint on the exterior of the Yogi Way house, which is being built for Ursula and her kids, Ishmael and Haley. Work is continuing on the interior of the house as well. The drywall has been hung and textured, and is currently being primed by volunteers.  Next, volunteers will move on to cabinets, flooring, and other finish work on the inside. Landscaping will also occur within the next month, and the house will soon be complete!

Yogi Way

Landscaping and interior work are up next!

The new siding is looking great on Royal Avenue! Volunteers will soon be painting the exterior of the house next, in order to beat the rainy weather. Electricity has already been roughed in, thanks to Allan of Pacific Electric! Up next, volunteers will install insulation and drywall.

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The house is almost ready for paint!

Brenda and Lanny

Future homeowner, Brenda, works alongside volunteer crew leader, Lanny.

Allan

Thank you, Allan of Pacific Electric!

Siding on Yogi

 

The last two weeks have been all about siding at Yogi Way. We have had many Rotarians and other volunteers come out to install siding! This week, the electrician has also been roughing in the house with wires. Next week, an HVAC professional will come out to work on the heating system. Next up, volunteers will be finishing the last bit of siding and caulking. Then comes insulation, and exterior painting will begin soon!

Here are some Southtowne members siding the garage:

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July Siding

Last Saturday, Rotarians from all 4 sponsoring clubs came out to install even more siding:

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Two weeks ago, a group from Lane County A&T LCATcares built with us!

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July Volunteer of the Month

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Congratulations to Marc Gaberlein, our Volunteer of the Month! Marc is a ReStore volunteer extraordinaire.  ReStore customers nominated Marc for this honor, saying: “He is very nice to customers. He always finds ways to please customers and is a very friendly person.” Since beginning work at the ReStore in March 2014, customer service has been Marc’s number one priority and source of enjoyment. “I really enjoy the customers, and it’s a nice work environment,” says Marc.

Although Marc had experience in retail before joining the ReStore team, he has learned a lot more about building materials in the last year. He also enjoys meeting customers who live in Habitat homes, or who know someone that lives in a Habitat home. This reminds him of the direct connection between the ReStore and Habitat’s mission of providing affordable housing for local families. Originally from Montana, Marc has a strong background in food service, and was recently working for Food for Lane County. Thank you for all that you do, Marc!

Do you know of an outstanding Habitat volunteer?  We want to hear about them! Email amy@sehabitat.org to nominate an individual as Volunteer of the Month.

May Volunteer of the Month

 

Congratulations to Don Colgan, our Volunteer of the Month! Don has served as a dedicated Habitat volunteer for over 5 years, in a variety of roles: ReStore volunteer, Blues & Brews Festival volunteer, family Advocate, Family Partnership Committee chair, and currently as a Board Member. He served as family Advocate for Albert, our 51st homeowner.  Don was deeply moved to see homeowner Albert at the dedication ceremony as he received the keys to his home.

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Don speaks at Albert’s house dedication ceremony.

Don enjoys working with Habitat because he cares about affordable housing issues – having served as a teacher for 30 years in Springfield Public Schools, he is connected to the community and wants to continue to give back. In addition to his service with Habitat, Don volunteers with the Long Term Care Ombudsman Program. Don has been a committed and compassionate volunteer in service to Habitat families. Please join us in congratulating Don on his many accomplishments as a Habitat volunteer!