Welcome Home, Millard Family!

Albert and daughter, Angel, receive their house key from Lead Project Coordinator (and volunteer extraordinaire), Cathy Olson.
Albert and daughter, Angel, receive their house key from Lead Project Coordinator (and volunteer extraordinaire), Cathy Olson.

On Saturday, Habitat volunteers, sponsors, staff, donors, families, dignitaries, and community members gathered to dedicate the Millard house on Yogi Way – our 51st house! We celebrated the work of 487 volunteers and over 6,800 volunteer hours that made the construction possible. Many individuals spoke about the tremendous need for housing, and the importance of bringing community members together to build safe, affordable, and decent places to call home.

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Huge thanks to our lead sponsor, Thrivent Financial!

City of Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy spoke about the challenge of homeownership, and how Habitat provides a solution: “Homeownership gets harder and harder for people. You’re opening a door for people to go through.” Albert Millard and his daughter Angel expressed gratitude to all who had contributed to the house. Many construction staff and volunteers spoke of Albert’s incredible dedication, patience, and commitment to quality throughout the entire Habitat process—Albert alone contributed over 500 hour of sweat equity work to Habitat, including construction on his own home and other houses.

City of Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy speaks with volunteer Cathy and Habitat Construction Coordinator, Roddy, before the ceremony begins.
City of Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy speaks with volunteer Cathy and Habitat Construction Coordinator, Roddy, before the ceremony begins.

Special thanks to our house sponsors—Thrivent Financial, Central Lutheran Foundation, and Eugene Mennonite Church, with additional support provided by Seneca Sawmill Company. This house was also made possible by our Habitat donors and in-kind donations from local businesses, as well as many dedicated volunteers from nine local Lutheran churches.

Shelley Turner, Habitat Board President, presents a gift to Albert on behalf of the Family Selection Committee.
Shelley Turner, Habitat Board President, presents a housewarming gift to Albert on behalf of the Family Selection Committee.
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The photographer himself – Bernie took hundreds of wonderful photos of the progress on Albert’s house, and also served as a build volunteer and liaison to Central Lutheran Church.