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!






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!

Three Houses and a Dedication!


Volunteers have been busy working on three different houses this month!  We are very pleased to have completed the siding and porches on our house in Springfield, in the Habitat Meyer Estates neighborhood.  Volunteers were busy for the last two weeks, building the porches and hanging the siding, to protect the house for the winter.  This two-story house is being built for Kenya and her daughter Jeyla, and will resume construction later this winter. IMGP3838 IMG_20151022_145559

Our house on Yogi Way is nearing completion!  Volunteers are currently working on finishing interior trim and painting, and they will soon move on to landscaping. Everyone is invited to celebrate with the family, volunteers, house sponsors, and the wider Habitat community on Sunday, November 15 at 2:00pm: Invitation

Meanwhile, at our house on Royal Avenue, volunteers have completed the siding and painting of the house. Up next, subcontractors will be installing the roof and HVAC (heating and cooling system). Then volunteers will put in the insulation and drywall inside the house. Pictured here are future homeowners, Brenda and Andres, Site Supervisor Byron, and regular volunteers, Ron and Al:

IMG_5043For the next two weeks, you can join us by volunteering on the Yogi Way house!  Sign up on the calendar today.  If you are new to Habitat, please register for the next orientation session (Nov. 4) on the calendar. THANK YOU, HABITAT VOLUNTEERS! YOU ROCK!




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!

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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!

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


Thank you, Allan of Pacific Electric!

Drywall & Siding


On Yogi Way, drywall is nearing completion!  Volunteers are adding additional coats of paint to the exterior.  Next week, the drywall will be finished by volunteers.  Then contract workers will come in to tape, mud, and texture the walls.  After that point, volunteers will be able to prime the interior! Check out the progress inside and out: IMG_7833



On Royal Avenue, siding is starting to go up! Roofers are beginning to install the shingles this weekend, and the house will be dried in soon.  After volunteers complete the siding, they will continue with exterior painting and then move to insulation and drywall inside the house.


Check out the front of the house, and the plumbing inside:

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Insulation Inside & Out


Thank you, Volunteers, for all your hard work on our two houses!  Both the Jimenez and Martinez families are putting in many “sweat equity” hours on the build site, and they are very excited to see the progress on their dream homes!

It’s all about insulation on the houses right now. On Royal Ave, volunteers have completed the exterior insulation with blue board and green wrap.  Siding will go up soon, and windows are already in! Volunteers also built the porch roof and raised the porch trusses:





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On Yogi Way, the exterior has been painted a lovely blue! Inside the house, Rotary volunteers installed all the Levi’s insulation in one day.  This week, volunteers are hanging drywall on the ceiling and walls.  Next up, the drywall will be covered with tape, mud, and texturing before the interior can be painted:

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Yogi & Royal: Volunteer Teams Galore!


We have seen many volunteer teams (as well as individual volunteers) during the month of August, and they have made serious progress on both houses!  The BJ’s Brewhouse “Brew Crew” worked on trusses and more at the Royal Avenue house:



The roof continues to be sheeted at Royal, and the exterior is being insulated with blue board and green house wrap. Volunteers will soon be putting up fascia board and siding, and plumbing will be roughed in next. This is a one-story house, so progress is moving along quickly.

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At 3609 Yogi Way, siding is complete and volunteers will install insulation later this week. Levi Strauss generously donates their recycled denim insulation for each Habitat house, which makes for effective, non-toxic, and non-itchy insulation! After the insulation is installed, drywall will go up inside the house.  The exterior of the house still needs to be painted, with colors chosen by Ursula and family- check back soon to see the colors!


Recent Volunteer Teams:

BJ’s Restaurant (aka “The Brew Crew”):


Central Lutheran Church:

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Central Presbyterian Church

First Congregational Church

Habitat Board of Directors

Quantum Health

Southtowne Rotary

Thank you to all of our Volunteer Teams!


Interfaith Volunteers Raise a Wall!


Thanks to our many dedicated volunteers, the Martinez Home on Royal Avenue has all walls raised! Last Sunday, all four sponsoring congregations sent volunteers to the build site to raise the final exterior wall. Congregation members covered the studs with blessings and messages of hope for the family. Special thanks to our house sponsors, as well as Seneca Sawmill Company for donating the lumber. The roof trusses will be going up soon, followed by roof shingles, house wrap, blue board, and siding.

Interfaith volunteers on the build site:


Studs signed by congregation members and volunteers:

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Future homeowner, Brenda, with First Congregational Church pastor, Janet, and FCC member/longtime Habitat volunteer, Mike:

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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:


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


Rolling Along on Royal Avenue


It’s been one month since the groundbreaking for the Martinez family home on Royal Avenue, and we are almost ready to raise walls! We got a jump start on the build schedule with a generous donation of labor from Dynasty Concrete Company. Even the smallest members of the Martinez family were there to watch the concrete being poured for the foundation:



Last week, volunteers began to work on the site – putting in the mud sill to cover the foundation, and then laying all the floor joists.  By end of this week, the sub-floor will be complete and we will soon raise walls!

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If you want to get in on the action and join the volunteer crew, sign up on the calendar!  If you are a new volunteer, please attend an orientation session.  The next orientation is Tuesday, August 4 at 5:30pm. Email amy@sehabitat.org to sign up.