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.
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.
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.