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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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!






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!




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!


Wrapped in Green and All Dried In

the house 3609 Yogi Way is changing colors on a regular basis- first the blue board went up, and now the house is covered in green wrap to protect it from the elements.  Volunteers have installed the windows and doors, and shingles almost completely cover the roof. Volunteers are now preparing the house to install siding.  The house is now dried in! IMG_20150711_114453Last Friday, exchange students from Willamette University worked on installing windows:


On Saturday, volunteers prepared the house for siding by locating and marking studs:


Partner family members Martha, Marco and Noe worked on the house together:


Starting this week, we will be working on two Habitat houses at two different sites in Eugene! On Wednesdays and some Saturdays, volunteers will work at Yogi Way. On Thursdays, Fridays, and some Saturdays, volunteers will work at Royal Avenue. Be sure to check the calendar regularly to sign up volunteer days at each house!

Plumbing, Trusses, and Team Builds


Despite the heat, Habitat volunteers are making visible progress on Ursula’s house on Yogi Way! The plumbing is now roughed in and all the trusses are installed. Sheeting now covers the roof trusses, and the roof will be going on soon. Next up, the crew will covering all exterior surfaces, so that the house will be dried in and able to withstand the elements.

In addition to the tireless “regular” crew of volunteers, a couple awesome teams built with us recently. The KPD Insurance brought out “Team Kandu” last week to work on sheeting the roof trusses. On Saturday, Rotary members from three sponsoring Rotary clubs (Southtowne, Twin Rivers, and Delta Rotary) joined forces and swung their hammers together.  Stay tuned for more progress on Yogi!

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Roof Trusses Arrive

In the last two weeks, the volunteers have made incredible progress on the second floor of Ursula’s house! The stairwell is complete, second floor walls have been raised, and the roof trusses are up. Next, we will complete the roof and then move on to siding the house.

Roof trusses were delivered this week:


And the trusses are already up!


Pictured below, a group from Northwood Christian Church (one of the house sponsors) hangs out with Ursula, and raises a second floor wall: IMG_5422 IMG_5427

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Completed stairwell: