During the holidays, we make great efforts to bring more families the life-changing news that we know will bring them great joy - the construction of their homes will be complete, just in time for the holidays!
But we can’t complete construction without you.
With your gift today, we can build more Habitat homes, just in time for the holidays!
Right now, here in Portland, there are families with children spending their holidays in conditions no one deserves to endure.
Although these families try to bring holiday cheer into their homes, the stress of living in housing that is unaffordable, overcrowded and substandard makes it nearly impossible to lift their spirits during this special season.
I hope we can count on you to help us change more lives this holiday season.Please give now to help another hardworking, low-income family spend their holidays at home.
After years of escaping war in their homeland of Burundi and living in refugee camps in Congo and Zambia, Ivette Nduwimana and Pascal Moboko, along with their three children, finally made it to the U.S. in 2004.
“In refugee camps, we slept outside for two months, had no good food, but we did learn a new language and we’re excited to come to the U.S.,” said Pascal.
While they are grateful for the opportunities they have received in the U.S., they are facing new challenges. Their housing in east Portland has mold, leaky plumbing, and other health issues that are not safe for their children. While they would like to find a better housing, they are not able to afford higher rent, and buying a home is not possible through traditional means. But the Nduwimana/Moboko family know all about perseverance and they were determined to find a better living situation.
"We learned about Habitat from Africa House (IRCO) in Portland and they told us the program could help low-income families buy their own home," said Pascal.
When they were accepted into the Habitat program, they were overjoyed. The family now envisions a new, stable place for their kids to grow and thrive. They are working hard building on site and contributing to the community.
"Being in our own home will bring stability you don’t get from renting. We can take responsibility for our neighborhood, help others and save money," said Pascal.
Their home, located at the Orchard’s site in the Gateway neighborhood, is being sponsored by The Standard. They will be moving in this fall and look forward to their new adventures in their safe and affordable home.
If you’ve been out to Habitat’s 45-home build site at SE 171st and Division Street, you have seen the transformation of the vacant parcel these past 12 months. Now that the first 22 homes are built and homeowners are moving in, staff and volunteers will soon start work on an 8,000 square foot lot at the end of the cul-de-sac on SE 171st Avenue.
Thanks to a generous grant from the Nike Employee Grant Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation, this open lot will be transformed into an open green space, raised garden beds and pathway lined with fruit trees. The pathway will lead out of the subdivision’s north end and onto quiet side streets, encouraging kids to utilize the pathway to get to school and the park.
More information about the Nike Employee Grant Fund of OCF is available here.
About the Garden BedsHomeowners are excited to have a place to grow their own food and are looking forward to planting their beds in the next few months. Each family will have their own raised garden bed that collects rainwater in an enclosed tank for reuse, eliminating the need for additional water supply. Water is collected during the rainy months and easily accessed year-round by a small hand pump installed on the side of the garden bed. The raised height and use of space means beds will be easily accessible, ensuring that all family members are able to participate in growing nutrient-rich food.